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Publisher's Summary

Salman Rushdie holds the literary world in awe with a jaw-dropping catalog of critically acclaimed novels that have made him one of the world's most celebrated authors. Winner of the prestigious Booker of Bookers, Midnight's Children tells the story of Saleem Sinai, born on the stroke of India's independence.
©1981 Salman Rushdie; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

“Extraordinary . . . one of the most important [novels] to come out of the English-speaking world in this generation.” (The New York Review of Books)
“Burgeons with life, with exuberance and fantasy . . . Rushdie is a writer of courage, impressive strength, and sheer stylistic brilliance.” (The Washington Post Book World)
“A marvelous epic . . . Rushdie’s prose snaps into playback and flash-forward . . . stopping on images, vistas, and characters of unforgettable presence. Their range is as rich as India herself.” (Newsweek)

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  • Randall
  • Westminster, Colorado
  • 05-11-12

I did not enjoy this book

Abstract and narrated in a dialect I couldn't understand that reminded me of all of the bad computer help desk voices. This book just did NOT work for me. I didn't like it on any level. A total waste of time.

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  • Pat
  • New York, NY, USA
  • 07-08-10

Ponderous reader

The birth of India sounds significant the way the narrator reads it. That's appropriate, but he uses the same tone for the (copious) description of the child's (copious) snot, for instance. I made it through the first third of the book before giving it up with India still in it's youth.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Saman
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 10-29-17

Booker of Booker – twice! Magical offering.

Quite a story! Unbelievably funny and yet poignant, this book is a must read/listen. This is a true modern day classic in every possible way. I can believe that in the future, book lovers will adopt this masterpiece in a similar fashion to works from Dickens, Austen, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, or any other great author.

Saleem Sinai, the boy with the elephant nose captured my imagination from the onset. Born at midnight on India’s dawn, swapped at birth, possessing telepathic smarts, he takes us on a life journey filled with amazing experiences in a crowded landscape of eccentric people. Mr. Rushdie outdoes himself with his mystical and magical prose in this remarkable novel.

As I read this book, I wanted transport myself to Methwold's Estate, home to Saleem in Book 1, and greet every individual of this crazy community. Once you start the journey and immerse yourself in the pages, you will love each character, even the large kneed Shiva, Saleem’s enemy. Who wouldn’t want to meet Saleem’s grandmother, Reverend Mother, or Pia the beautiful aunt, with whom he has a hilarious sexual encounter? So many colorful, humorous, and tragic characters line the pages within this book. Mr. Rushdie has a great imagination.

The narration of this book is simply marvelous. The best I have ever heard. Do not miss this.

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  • Graeme
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 07-09-16

A beautiful bore

Salman Rushdie has managed quite a feat with Midnight's Children.

He has written the most beautiful, exquisitely prosed yet boring story I have ever read / listened to. The writing is gorgeous, lush, vibrant and captivating. The story which is stitched together with this glorious writing however is a tedious bore!

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Excellent Narration

Not only is Rushdie's story magically entertaining and brilliantly written, Lyndam Gregory's voice, narration, and perfect pronunciation brings the story to life. Wonderfully narrated audiobook.

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Wouldn't have made it through without the narrator.

Maybe it's my ADD, but I became impatient with Rushdie's meandering, albeit pretty, prose. The writing did evoke a sense of Indian mysticism, but without the stellar narration the words just wouldn't have come alive for me.

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I'm left confused

Was there an actual plot? I don't know. But it had a unique narration style so it will be enjoyed by those who like that. But this is one of those narratives that holds its characters and humanity in general in contempt, and if you don't like that, then I don't think you will enjoy this.

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A masterpiece and classic

Amazing, but will be a difficult read for the general reader. Exotic, passionate, mysterious, fantastic etc...

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Strange Characters and rambling story

If you want an action focused story, you won't like this writer. If you like unique characters in fantastic situations with a rambling free form structure, Rushdie is worth the effort. At the beginning I found myself wanting to go read John Irving's Son of the Circus instead (one of my favorites), but I stuck with it and I am glad. I understand why Rushdie is heralded as a great writer in the tradition of Dickens. But it does take some effort, it's not a casual read. On the up side, it isn't the violent, pointless depressing roller coaster ride of so much current fiction. I will be reading more of Rushdie's fiction. The narration is very enjoyable as well. Regarding pronunciation, please don't make the mistake of thinking that the typical American pronunciation is "correct". The different pronunciation is British, not a narrator mistake.

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An epic read

This is not an easy read, but I was glad to do it and sometime want to listen again. The use of language is wonderful and I loved the accent of the reader. Some of the descriptions go on and on, and sometimes it is hard to follow - but overall it is lush, funny and very creative. I found that the wikipedia synopsis was helpful to understand the historical significance.

My husband read it and I listened to it, and we both thought it was a great book.