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Midnight's Children

Written by: Salman Rushdie
Narrated by: Homer Todiwala
Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This Audible production expertly brings to life Salman Rushdie’s postcolonial masterpiece Midnight’s Children, available for the first time unabridged in audio. A magical tale of discovery and identity, Midnight’s Children explores the wonders and perils of India’s birth through the eyes and actions of a child blessed with extraordinary powers.

About the book

Salman Rushdie’s second novel, Midnight’s Children, was an immediate success following its publication in 1981. The winner of both the Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize that year, it also went on to win the Booker best all-time prize in both 1993 and 2008. 

Written in the magical-realist style that Rushdie is renowned for, Midnight’s Children follows Saleem Sinai - a child gifted with extraordinary powers after being born at the exact moment India becomes independent. The captivating events that unfold act as an allegory for India’s transition from colonialism to independence as Saleem finds himself 'handcuffed to history', with his fate entwined with that of his newly independent state. 

Midnight’s Children is both comedy and tragedy, blending the real with the surreal as an enthralling family saga unwinds against the backdrop of a postcolonial India. A stunning story, rich with vibrant images and delightful characters, it thoroughly deserves its place as a modern masterpiece and an inspiration for a whole generation of future Indian writers.

About the author

One of the most celebrated and controversial authors in modern literature, Salman Rushdie is a multi-award-winning British Indian novelist whose writings on magical realism and postcolonialism have inspired and enchanted millions of people around the world. Born in Bombay in 1947, his early years were spent in India before moving to England and eventually reading history at King's College, University of Cambridge. 

Rushdie first gained fame following the publication of his second novel, Midnight’s Children, but it was the publication of his fourth book, The Satanic Verses, that resulted in global notoriety. Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against him which resulted in death threats and the banning of the book in 13 countries. A winner of dozens of the highest awards in literature, Rushdie was also the recipient of a knighthood in the UK in 2007.

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  • Vikrant Vivek
  • 05-10-19

Brilliant

My first Rushdie...now I understand why he is in the haloed circles. Great style, tempo, and a cutting sense of humour. A must read for the style of bombayyia and Indian English captured so well.

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  • Ade
  • 23-09-19

Just wow

What a fantastical brain that dreamt up this incredible journey of a book! I am in awe and feel like I've come across literary genius for the first time in my life. informative and spellbinding!

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  • Debbie
  • 01-01-19

What a boringly meandering dull dirge.

After just over an hour, I’m giving up. The basic concept sounded good, & it’s a prize winner and controversial so had to be worth a try. But it’s so rambling, repetitive & boring that I keep drifting off. I can’t face another 23 hours of this. Maybe I’ll try the 4-hour BBC radio play.

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  • Ryan Whelan
  • 10-05-19

A tough read

A struggle to readwith no cohesive aspect to the narrative at all. Very difficult to understand overall.

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  • Laura
  • Newcastle
  • 09-11-18

Totally unfathomable

This book really was a struggle, saved only by the superb narration. The storyline is all over the place and very difficult to follow, even with reading the Shmoop summaries after each chapter. I persevered hoping that at some point I would get to grips with what was going on but it never came. Unsure if this is actually something really clever and I’m just not able to understand it... or a load of absolute rubbish? Certainly one or the other.

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  • Scott at the Junction
  • North Yorkshire, UK
  • 08-01-19

Magical, historical confusion

Nearly gave up early on. some great moments but somehow overblown and pretentious at times too.
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  • Tommi Jokela
  • 04-08-19

Nice reading, book sometimes slow

Rushdie's style is unique - the narrative is very colourful and a bit all over the place. Some will probably find it very entertaining while others frustrating. The book starts out quite slow and you will have to keep going quite a while before the book even starts to focus on its main character. About a third into the book it gets better though and anyone with any interest in Indian history will appreciate how the story connects to historical events. Reading is good and expressionate.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-19

Good book, maybe not as an audiobook

I enjoyed the plot however I don’t think that the nature of the writing works well as an audiobook. I frequently found it difficult to follow, even when rewinding and repeating passages. I intend to read the book properly to see if this improves it.

This is not a criticism of the reading, which was good.

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  • Judith
  • 16-10-18

good narration

great narration, as for the story is was not for me. But it's a book I have wanted to read for a long time so I'm glad audible finally released an audiobook for it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-08-19

Rich with fantasy

I loved this book. So dense and complex and funny. So much craziness and wild imagery. I was sad when I arrived at the end.