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From one of the greatest writers of our time: a spellbinding, entertaining, wildly imaginative novel which blends history and myth with tremendous philosophical depth. A masterful, mesmerising modern tale about worlds dangerously colliding and the monsters that are unleashed when reason recedes and a beautiful testament to the power of love and humanity in chaotic times.

Inspired by 2,000 years of storytelling yet rooted in the concerns of our present moment, this is a spectacular achievement - both very funny and terrifying. It is narrated by our descendants 1,000 years hence, looking back on 'The War of the Worlds' that began with 'the time of the strangenesses': a simple gardener begins to levitate; a baby is born with the ability to detect corruption in people; the ghosts of two long-dead philosophers begin arguing once more; and storms pummel New York so hard that a crack appears in the universe, letting in the destructive djinns of myth. Nothing less than the survival of our world is at stake. Only one, a djinn princess who centuries before had learnt to love humankind, resolves to help us: in the face of dynastic intrigue, she raises an army composed of her semimagical great-great-grandchildren - a small motley crew of endearing characters who come together to save the world in a battle waged for 1,001 nights - or, to be precise, two years, eight months, and 28 nights.

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Good, but not as good as I expected from Rushdie

The story was a bit dry for me. I liked Dunia and Gerenimo, but I wasn't invested in the any character by the end. I feel like the book lacked focus.

The narrator was alright. His "Indian" accent was terrible; it sounded like a caricature of Indian, but he kept rolling his 'arr's so much that it also sounded like Groundskeeper Willie.

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I felt like all current worldly problems answered in the most artistic way possible. loved the way the imaginations flow from and to the different worlds.

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  • Andrea Edan
  • 13-06-16

An oblique view of the world

What did you like most about Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights?

I loved the way that Salman Rushie uses the format of a fantasy story in almost fable-like fashion to hold a mirror up to our world today.

What did you like best about this story?

Matching the fantasy to today's reality

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

As the story is quite complex and there are many characters with curious names, it is worth, if not listening in one scene, at least to listen as continuously as possible.

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  • LJ
  • 22-06-20

Not his best

I couldn't finish this title. felt self indulgent the naration made it hard to get involved with the story

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  • Samuel
  • 01-11-15

if you like fairies

The love child of One hundred years of solitude and The Master and Margarita. Not my genre of preference, but a fun story well told.

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  • Hedvig Holmberg
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Wonderful story!

I love fairy tales and magic and novels that deal with the difficult questions in life and with the even harder attempts at an answer. Here both kinds of novel are combined. A bit confusing at times, but with so many great passages that I had no trouble sticking with it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-10-20

Wrong narrator for Rushdie

This was the wrong choice of narrator for this novel. The competent but ordinary delivery managed to dilute or miss the many magic moments of a Rushdie novel. The narrator would be great for a crime novel, a straightforward comedy or something less layered I'm sure, but not for this. This is the second time in as many months that I have bought a Rushdie Audible book where insufficient value has been placed on the choice of narrator. The other sounded like he was narrating down a tinny phone line, and also had a style similar to a 19th century Shakespearean. I returned that book so that I could preserve the richness of the text and read it in hard copy. Had I not done that so recently, I would have done it with this book too. Not for the first time I wonder what goes in to Audible's marrying of text and narrator. Is it based on availability and no more? Is any consideration given? Please Audible, value your Rushdie offerings more highly. Midnight's Children, The Satanic Verses, The Golden House, Quichotte - all wonderful. This one was just too watered down.