Your audiobook is waiting…

Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Narrated by: Neil Shah
Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
4 out of 5 stars (282 ratings)
Regular price: $17.49
$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

Discover Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Salman Rushdie's classic fantasy novel.

Set in an exotic eastern landscape peopled by magicians and fantastic talking animals, Salman Rushdie's classic children's novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories inhabits the same imaginative space as The Lord of the Rings, The Alchemist, and The Wizard of Oz. In this captivating work of fantasy from the author of Midnight's Children and The Enchantress of Florence, Haroun sets out on an adventure to restore the poisoned source of the sea of stories. On the way he encounters many foes, all intent on draining the sea of all its storytelling powers.

©1990 Salman Rushdie (P)2017 Recorded Books

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    125
  • 4 Stars
    84
  • 3 Stars
    42
  • 2 Stars
    19
  • 1 Stars
    12

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    174
  • 4 Stars
    46
  • 3 Stars
    25
  • 2 Stars
    12
  • 1 Stars
    3

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    123
  • 4 Stars
    65
  • 3 Stars
    41
  • 2 Stars
    17
  • 1 Stars
    12
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great story and great story teller

I was very impressed by all of the character voices in this story. The writing was so imaginative that it inspired me to draw what I was listening to (and I am not an artist). The imagery was limitless and I’m so glad I got to experience this book through audible.

44 of 45 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Haroun, Hooray!

I don’t think I have ever enjoyed a book designed for children more than I did this one.
Salmon Rushdie performs with charm and delight. I have recommended this book to many friends and, now, to you.

33 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

read on paper

Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this reader. When I picked up the paper cooy, it was fantastic. This reading really doesn't do it justice but rather makes it sound rather silly.

28 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Bcrawf
  • Cumberland, RI USA
  • 02-22-19

Wonderful story for children and adults!

This story is a wonderful little tale spun by a master storyteller. I had no idea that Salman Rushdie could be so amusing. This is called a children’s book, but I loved it, and I am 56 years old. Narration by Neil Shah was superb!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

For me it plodded along

I have never read anything by Salman Rushdie. Back in the early 90s I had almost read his controversial book, but it didn't seem so controversial and it wasn't my normal jam so I didn't bother.

When I saw this book I thought maybe I would give him a try, and I found that he still isn't my jam.

I didn't find anything in the book interesting, the characters, the writing and it was a long long slog just to get through it. I do think there are people out there that might like his books, but it is so far away from what I like that it just didn't work for me.

Ya, just not a book I found interesting, well written or even just a good waste of time for me.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Best performance ever

I loved the story on its own, but the performance was truly exceptional. Neil Shah made the book so entertaining. He has sort of ruined me for other narrators—he was that good. As a whole, this was one of my favorite audiobooks ever.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

such a good book.

I was initially skeptical, but after first 2 minutes I was hooked. It's so funny, clever, and engrossing.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Tries too hard

Not everyone can write fantasy adventures, and Rushdie is not one of them. Taken as an allegory, one can find interest, but the story itself? What a yawner. Entirely predictable, from plot to cultural commentary. Easy to fall asleep on it. And the description sounded so good.

Everything about it was just OK. The word play was clever and fun at first, but eventually even that seemed overdone.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Imagination

Kind of a children’s book that this adult found very entertaining. Great imagination on part of author. Enjoyed very much. A great break from seriousness. Fun imaginative characters.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Almost Dr Seuss-ish, but, but, but, excellent!

Great story about stories, interesting names and creatures, excellent narrator. If you like fantasy. that's a little or a lot silly, you'll love this book.