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The Reluctant Fundamentalist Audiobook

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

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Publisher's Summary

At a cafe table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with a suspicious, and possibly armed, American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful meeting.

Changez is living an immigrant's dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by Underwood Samson, an elite firm that specializes in the valuation of companies ripe for acquisition. He thrives on the energy of New York. But in the wake of September 11, he finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned. And Changez's own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and perhaps even love.

©2007 Mohsin Hamid; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks America

What the Critics Say

"Bhabha's English-influenced Pakistani accent proves soothing and inviting for listeners." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Live_Love_Laugh_louder Silver Spring, MD, United States 01-16-14
    Live_Love_Laugh_louder Silver Spring, MD, United States 01-16-14
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different style of writing - see comment below.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The 100 year old man who climbed out the window...


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

    His accent and voice variation for different characters.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Reluctant Fundamentalist?

    I purchased this book because I watched the movie and enjoyed it. The overall concept of the story is good but I did not like how it was written. The main character told the story with a one-sided conversation with a tourist at a café in Lahore, Pakistan. I felt the technique of narrating a one-sided conversation ("would you like some tea? you would? i'll order it for you.) distracting. I also felt like it was a lazy way to write a book. And as I was debating whether or not to continue listening, the story ended. Just a like that.


    Any additional comments?

    In this case, the movie was better than the book.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    KP United States 08-20-14
    KP United States 08-20-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Unusual Narrative Approach Gets Old"

    It's hard to talk about the content of this book because I found the narrative structure so very distracting. The entire book is written from the perspective of one person talking to another one evening. Everything learned about the second person is through the way that the narrator speaks to him. There are a lot of long sessions of the narrator talking about himself, except for the occasional chiding, borderline condescending comment he makes to the person sitting with him. (This structure is apparently called a "frame story".)

    The story -- about a Pakistani fellow who goes to America and figures out how to make a ton of money and has an awkward brush with romance, but then chooses to return home and give up that life after seeing the ill treatment suffered by seemingly anyone suspected to hold Islamist beliefs in the U.S. -- is intriguing enough to maintain one's interest for the full ~5 hours, and is even thought-provoking at times, with a bit of a punch to the gut at the end. The narrator is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JoAnn Boston, MA, United States 07-08-14
    JoAnn Boston, MA, United States 07-08-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great, short listen"

    This was a very interesting book written from the perspective of a Pakistani man who had achieved the "American Dream" before the 9/11 attack on New York. He is a successful, intelligent man who thrives in New York, but faces an existential crisis when his homeland and home are at war with one another. The story is narrated as a mealtime soliloquy between the protagonist and an unnamed American, as we learn the likeable protagonist's difficult but honest journey from Princeton boy wonder to financial wizard to befuddled bystander to outsider to ex-patriot. I am not sure that all of the emotions associated with this time were really flushed out (e.g., fear, racism), so I imagine the novel could have been longer, but it was a tight, concise, and approachable description of a perspective I would have, admittedly, otherwise not considered.

    The narrator is excellent- his Pakistani accent is smooth and velvety, and he transitions to "American finance guy" seamlessly. Listening to the monologue would be much preferred to reading the words, as the narrator is able to illustrate when the protagonist gets "fired up" (the visual reader would only know when, later, he apologizes for his raised voice), and make tangible the protagonist's polite tone (one of the character's defining features).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kzhaq Lake Hiawatha, NJ, United States 06-25-12
    kzhaq Lake Hiawatha, NJ, United States 06-25-12
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    "Blown away by Mohsin Hamid!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Reluctant Fundamentalist the most enjoyable?

    The fact that I could listen to it while being on a train instead of packing extra weight! Also, how it was written. I was hooked right after the first chapter and the ending was just as different.


    What other book might you compare The Reluctant Fundamentalist to and why?

    None


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

    The character's love for the girl. It's so well written that you can climb into every character's head.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Carlsbad, CA, United States 07-08-13
    Barbara Carlsbad, CA, United States 07-08-13
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    "The accent and voice were perfect."
    Where does The Reluctant Fundamentalist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Reluctant Fundamentalist?

    The book is written in first person and the one character with accent made it seem real.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me think about my grandson who is a Yale student and having his first summer intern job in NYC and getting used to it.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Washington, DC, United States 06-07-09
    Dennis Washington, DC, United States 06-07-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Fundamentally Sound"

    The story relates a one-way conversation by a Pakistani-American to an unnamed American with a bulge in his arm pit where something may be concealed. In a restaurant in Lahore, he relates his life story to the American who appears to be in an uncomfortable position.
    It is a true American success story where a poor boy reaches the pinnacle of American business only to have second thoughts about his prosperity after 9/11.
    Hamid leaves the ending up to our own devices to figure out. However, this makes the story al the more interesting.
    I give it three stars because, while interesting, there is really only one character and his development is given away by the title.



    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew George Chevy Chase, MD, US 04-09-10
    Andrew George Chevy Chase, MD, US 04-09-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Engrossing but Unsettling"

    There is a lot about this book that is very honest, in terms of the feelings some people have towards this country. And I think it's worth reading--hopefully by mentally balanced individuals.

    That said, I hope that none of this book's many admirers take it as justifying or rationalizing terrorism. We all agree that being happy about the killing of innocent people, just because you're uncomfortable with the way their country operates, is not ok, right??? I find the book's ambiguity on that question pretty unsettling.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    FCD117 Pennsylvania 07-10-17
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    "This Audiobook Is Not Complete"

    There are parts of two chapters missing. The end of Chapter 2 and the end of Chapter 9. It is not obvious if one only listens. I read the book on Kindle and listened simultaneously.

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    Jefferson Phoenix 09-24-16
    Jefferson Phoenix 09-24-16
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    "Very interesting insight and enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this was a well-written book and easy to follow. I first learned about this book from watching the movie with the same title. Needless to say, the film tries but does not give the book justice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it I found it hard to stop listening as the story flows well, and could have easily listened to it in one sitting.


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    Jordan light 08-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "well done!"

    This story took me by surprise. I was slightly offended and thoroughly enthralled by this love story, political narrative, and cultural exchange wrapped into one very unique novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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