Regular price: $17.09

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Narration by the Author or Authors, 2013

Hayat Shah was captivated by Mina long before he met her: his mother's beautiful, brilliant, and soulfully devout friend is a family legend. When he learns that Mina is leaving Pakistan to live with the Shahs in America, Hayat is thrilled.

Hayat's father is less enthusiastic. He left the fundamentalist world behind with reason. What no one expects is that when Mina shows Hayat the beauty and power of the Quran, it will utterly transform the boy.

Mina's real magic may be that the Shah household, always contentious and sad, becomes a happy one. But when Mina finds her own path to happiness, the ember of jealousy in Hayat's heart is enflamed by the community's anti-Semitism-and he acts with catastrophic consequences for those he loves most.

©2011 Ayad Akhtar (P)2011 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

" [A] heartfelt first novel.... Akhtar's characters drive a story that's compelling and believable even at its most alien. American Dervish offers a rich look at a nearby world that many Americans don't know nearly enough about." (Entertainment)
"Loss of innocence-sexual, of course, but also cultural and religious-is the subject of Ayad Akhtar's poignant American Dervish, set in a Muslim-American community in the early 1980s.... With characters full of contradictions and complexity, this debut novel is refreshing for its lack of the political and religious hand-wringing so common in the post-9/11 world. But it's also resonantly familiar in its depiction of youthful obsession and the desire to belong." (O, the Oprah Magazine)
"a compelling debut with a family drama centered on questions of religious and ethnic identity.... Engaging and accessible, thoughtful without being daunting: This may be the novel that brings Muslim-American fiction into the commercial mainstream." (Kirkus, Starred Review)

More from the same

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    186
  • 4 Stars
    114
  • 3 Stars
    29
  • 2 Stars
    12
  • 1 Stars
    5

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    202
  • 4 Stars
    83
  • 3 Stars
    24
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    1

Story

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    169
  • 4 Stars
    104
  • 3 Stars
    29
  • 2 Stars
    8
  • 1 Stars
    6
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Dal
  • CARY, NC, United States
  • 02-01-13

What a sad, tragic, enlightning, memorable tale.

Where does American Dervish rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10%

What was one of the most memorable moments of American Dervish?

The Muslim cutural enlightning moments and there were many.

What does Ayad Akhtar bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Direct realistic contact with the Muslim axperience.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Hospital scene at the end and the meeting with Nathan right after.

Any additional comments?

The depth of hatred for Jews was something, if true and I'm sure it is, that will probably last as long as there are Arabs like the ones in this book.It's nice to be a person whose life is not ruled by extreme religion. Life is a struggle without that.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

The author's narration makes the story poingnant.

Where does American Dervish rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Withthe author narrating his own works it was possible to truly hear the inflection and tone he was attempting to create in his writing.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Profoundly moving, brilliantly written and read

Would you consider the audio edition of American Dervish to be better than the print version?

I love hearing an author read his own work, and with his experience in theater, Ayad Akhtar does a splendid job, adding so much to the written word.

What other book might you compare American Dervish to and why?

One of the striking things about this book is that it feels like really new - and important - territory for an American novel.

Any additional comments?

highly recommended! If you care about the American novel, you don't want to miss this.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Trish
  • Virginia
  • 09-06-12

Very Good Novel--

American Dervish was an interesting, eye-opening novel. I enjoyed it very much.

This purchase was one of my many "bargains" that I pick up when Audible offers audiobooks cheap! And I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to it. It has a very good story and is narrated beautifully by the author. I truly enjoyed learning about the Pakistani culture and traditions (or the somewhat Americanized versions). It had some sad parts, but nothing tragic and unsettling. Definitely worth a listen--

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Brilliant story, excellent narration

Would you consider the audio edition of American Dervish to be better than the print version?

I would like to compliment the author on his narration. I found Ayad's reading to be as skillful as any big name voice actor and his handling of the many accents authentic and masterful - each character vibrant and recognizable. Bravo!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

A Very Compelling Story

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though parts were hard to read. It helped me understand where Muslims' and Jews' slants on life come from. The book makes one realize what influence older people with slanted viewpoints have on younger minds and how people are driven to violent acts by something they were taught at a young age. The narrater/author did a fabulous job and it made me want to know more about him and his past.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Alex
  • TROUTMAN, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
  • 08-15-13

Worst book i have ever read.

What disappointed you about American Dervish?

It really disappointed me how graphic the book became about a child discovering his body. The story was quite bland and lacked anything special. I was required to listen to the book for a class and an F had never sounded more appealing to me.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ayad Akhtar again?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ayad Akhtar’s performances?

No.

What character would you cut from American Dervish?

All of them.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful