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Midnight's Children

BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
Written by: Salman Rushdie
Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Nikesh Patel stars as Saleem in BBC Radio 4's epic dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's Booker Prize-winning novel of love, history and magic.

Saleem Sinai is born on the stroke of midnight on 14th-15th August 1947, at the exact moment that India and Pakistan become separate, independent nations. From that moment on, his fate is mysteriously handcuffed to the history of his country.

But Saleem's story starts almost thirty years earlier, when his grandfather, Dr Aadam Aziz, falls in love with a woman concealed behind a perforated sheet. That pivotal moment in Kashmir in 1919 sparks a series of bizarre events that will lead to a cryptic prophecy and the birth of a boy with an extraordinary destiny. As a 'Midnight's Child', Saleem has magical powers, and can telepathically tune in to all the other gifted children whose birth coincided with India's division. However, his strange entanglement with the fate of India will have dramatic repercussions for both him and his country....

Adapted by Ayeesha Menon, this dazzling dramatisation of Rushdie's many-layered, magical realist masterpiece is both an enthralling family saga and a riveting history of post-colonialism. First broadcast to mark the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India, it features Nikesh Patel as Saleem, with a star cast including Abhin Galeya, Meera Syal, Anneika Rose and Narinder Samra.

Also included is an interview with Salman Rushdie, in which the author talks to radio drama director Emma Harding about his multi-award winning novel.

Midnight's Children won the Booker Prize in 1981, and was subsequently awarded the 'Booker of Bookers' prize in 1993 and 'The Best of the Booker' prize in 2008.

©2017 Salman Rushdie (P)2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Radio drama of the year." (Gillian Reynolds, The Telegraph)

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It is the best Audible treasure out there

The very best audible till now. This is just awesome engaging drama. The sound effects and music have added a new dimention to the hearing. DO NOT MiSS IT. It is a treasure.

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Incredible book and dramatisation.

The back ground sounds added to the visualisation in a listner's mind and makes it more interesting

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It is a Great Performance; But Skips Some Portions

Midnight's Children is my favourite book and this dramatisation was really amazing. This was way better than the movie that came out lol. Nevertheless, there are many major portions of the book that the audio version excludes (including some of my favourite portions). I'd have given it a 5/5 if those portions were included. However, I understand the limitations of time here and this is a fantastic performance nevertheless. Strongly recommended!

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Very entertaining and engaging.

Amazing performances by the voice cast and engaging storyline makes Midnight's Children a worth while audiobook.

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  • Eduardo Guisa
  • 27-04-18

Really nice story and great interpretation

I enjoy a lot this audiobook. The story is well thought, and quite interesting, specially if you like India's history. I actually just regret that the audiobook didn't last longer. The interpretation is great. I would only complain that unlike other audiobooks this one required more attention because of the background noises and the fact that some voices overlap a little from time to time. I recommend this audiobook.

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  • CAVALLO ELENA
  • 04-12-17

Fantastic dramatization

I was so enthralled by the dramatization that I want to read the original book now! Thank you BBC for making it so unique, it was like watching a movie! Also, I very much appreciated the interview with the author at the end.

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  • Sharey
  • 16-11-18

Superb

I remember reading this book in college. This excellent production brought back the book as I then imagined it. One of, if not the, best performances of an exquisite book on Audible!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-09-18

Too much

The sound effects are distracting and the dialoque is too soft. Couldn't get into it

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  • Nigel
  • 18-09-17

Another fantastic dramatisation by the BBC

BBC Radio 4 have dramatised Salman Rushdie’s 1981 Booker Prize winning novel ‘Midnight’s Children’ to mark the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India.

A superbly crafted story which in the 13 minute interview at the end, we learn took Salman Rushdie 5 years to write.

Another fantastic dramatisation by the BBC, I really enjoyed it. 5*

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  • Bookish
  • 18-05-18

Moving story

A beautifully written book set in India. The story is very moving and imaginative, brought to life by excellent narration. I was drawn into the story very quickly and my attention held to the very end.

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  • A. P. Gill
  • 26-02-19

Enthralling and hugely entertaining.

I heard this when it was first broadcast on Radio 4 but having heard more about Rushdie in the context of the 30 year anniversary of the fatwa, (issued for The Satanic Verses) I wanted to listen to this again.

The story is imaginative, evocative of India and gripping. it also uses major events leading up to and following partition to give a historical context to the narrative.

Rushdie won the 1981 Booker prize for Midnight's Children and went on to win the Booker of Booker prize. Well deserved in my opinion.

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  • Susan
  • 14-03-18

great book

Great story, brilliant characterisation. I couldn't stop listening to this book. No wonder it won the Booker prize

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-17

An absloute pleasure

Would you listen to Midnight's Children again? Why?

What dramatization !!
Background music , sounds and noises were on point.

Who was your favorite character and why?

all the characters were very well dramatized , flawless narration , relatable accents !!

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

Absloutely !!

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  • E. Harmer
  • 04-12-17

Really annoying constant background music

Would have been enjoyable but for the constant, annoying background music which made it difficult to hear the actors. Also way too much inane giggling from the actresses! This audible dramatisation threatens to ruin a good book- beware!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-11-17

An enjoyable listen

I first heard this on Radio 4. Was very pleased when I found the audiobook.

Thanks Audible.

Definitely worth listening to more than once.

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  • Georgina
  • 06-11-17

Brilliant work from the BBC

This is a great story, the narration, acting performances and sound effects took me on a real journey. I loved this adaptation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-17

Fantastic

A chaotic and winding tale spanning 6 decades and 3 generations living through the partition of India. Mystic, smoldering and engaging throughout. A wonderful tale.

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  • Louise
  • 10-02-18

Entertaining

The performances were brilliant and it was easy to imagine the scenes.

I didn’t know the story and found myself having to hit rewind quite a lot, so that I could follow what was happening. There are a lot of characters and I felt that some of them had more to tell than there was room for in a short adaptation. Five hours or so is probably not enough for a story that takes place over thirty years. I think this adaptation would probably be more suited to those who have already read the book and know the intricacies of the story.

I did enjoy the book and I’m keen to listen to another Salman Rushdie novel soon.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-10-17

Like listening to a play

Amazing voice acting brings the story alive, the writing really sets the feeling for each character, their experiences, success and mistakes really effect the listener..

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