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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,985 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mohammed Hanif Narrator: Paul Bhattacharjee Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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There is a saying that when lovers fall out, a plane goes down.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes is the story of one such plane. Why did a Hercules C130, the world's sturdiest aircraft, carrying Pakistan's military dictator General Zia ul Haq, go down on 17 August, 1988?

Was it because of: mechanical failure; human error; the CIA's impatience; a blind woman's curse; generals not happy with their pension plans; the mango season? Or could it be your narrator, Ali Shigri?

Teasing, provocative, and very funny, Mohammed Hanif's debut novel takes one of the subcontinent's enduring mysteries and out if it spins a tale as rich and colourful as a beggar's dream. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/20/2014

    " interesting little book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fariha (damn you SketchUp!!) | 2/17/2014

    " a must read for all! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bruno | 2/15/2014

    " Uhg. Totaal mijn ding niet. Laat het ons daar maar op houden. Schone cover. Dat wel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesshudak | 2/5/2014

    " This books was pretty good. It took me a while to get into it, but it was a pretty easy, enjoyable read once I did. It has been compared to Catch 22 and I can definitely see the comparison, however this book is not quite as complex. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruzena | 1/28/2014

    " A fascinating fictional account of the real and mysterious plane crash that killed Pakistan's president Zia in the late 80s. Imaginative, clever, dark, funny, and kept me guessing all the way through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 1/24/2014

    " An interesting bit of fiction wrapped up in an historical event. Can't say that the style was my favorite, but glad I read it either way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 1/21/2014

    " Read my review at my blog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanvir Muntasim | 1/14/2014

    " Hugely enjoyable and all too credible look into the mind of a despot, and in the process it provides a scathing analysis and social commentary on the sad state of the world and makes you realise how little things have changed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thaddeus Croyle | 1/11/2014

    " I go back and forth between 3 and 4 stars. A nice light read, but sometimes the satire seemed a bit forced and heavy handed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vidushi | 1/5/2014

    " Delightfully entertaining and confusing at the same time. The final bits seemed to get into the biggest longest most winding maze of things just happening. But a great read overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 11/28/2013

    " i think that this would have been much more interesting if i had a bit more cultural and historical background- after reading i was able to google information on many of the specifics that the book left me questioning- "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqueline | 11/23/2013

    " Michael Chabon goes to Pakistan. The absurdity of modern military life--with a twist. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shelly | 11/19/2013

    " I must admit, I didn't finish it! This received such good ratings, but I didn't really enjoy it at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Williamson | 8/27/2013

    " wonderfully sarcastic and funny. this is the book that CATCH-22...should have been. loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 8/21/2013

    " The Pakistani Catch-22. It manages to be deeply funny even in the midst of terror dungeons, and other monstrosities. The book creates a vivid satire of Pakistani politics and military culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicola | 7/2/2013

    " Witty, intelligent, and an all out fun read. A less dated "Catch 22". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nisrin Aziz | 6/17/2013

    " Witty and well-drafted, this book was a revelation from the fast-declining quality of writing in English from this side of the globe. Hanif is fresh, funny and knows how to form the addiction between the reader and the book. Read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Priyanka | 3/29/2013

    " It has an engaging plot that builds up well to a climax that never arrives. Nevertheless the book never feels like a chore because Hanif's writing is so witty and insightful, with tongue-firmly-in-cheek. Looking forward to more from the author. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kas | 12/27/2012

    " It was the title that pulled me in... and I'm very glad I read it. The voice of the novel was marvellous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Ngew | 8/5/2012

    " It is generally an interesting book. However, you have to be really patient in the beginning as you have no idea what is going on. Then the plot will slowly unravel and reveal itself to you and ends with an entertaining explosive twist! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ibrahim | 12/4/2011

    " Turned out to be overrated.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tessa Eger | 10/12/2011

    " Couldn't get interested. DNF "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pip | 10/5/2011

    " Great political satire. About the assassination of a Pakistani dictator. Lots of subtext and funny. Good cameos of American diplomats, soldiers and the president himself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sasha Turchyn | 8/18/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, it was subtly witty. I need to head to the web to figure out how much truth it is based on. The characters were entertaining and it was a fun book to read on vacation. It is set in Pakistan in 1988. The ending is heart breaking in many ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karlan | 7/14/2011

    " This novel is based on story of the 1988 crash which killed General Zia, Pakistan's ruler. A young pilot in training wants to avenge his father's death and conducts his own odd investigation until he finds General Zia guilty. The novel uses a brisk amusing style to tell an awful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 5/25/2011

    " Interesting, satirical and worthwhile. Strange, but recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Netts | 5/14/2011

    " if this debut is any indication, i think i may have found a new favorite writer "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ctb | 5/8/2011

    " Pleasant combo of factual political intrigue and fiction "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vaarun | 4/25/2011

    " A brilliant book..keeps you hooked all throughout absolutely loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eva | 4/21/2011

    " Dark humor. Revealing look at the Pakistani government and military through the vehicle of a novel. Great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marty | 4/15/2011

    " Wow! What a surprise this was. The story of the assassination of Zia ul Haq. Having lived in Pakistan during this time, this approach to the mystery felt very real....and possible. A very good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 4/11/2011

    " Enjoyed it. Especially the writing style - very creative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikram | 3/9/2011

    " I'm overwhelmed by the writing skills of the author and how artistically he criticizes gen zia-ul-haq "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thaths | 3/4/2011

    " This book reminded me of Catch 22 in its weaving together of humor and horror. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 3/2/2011

    " Very interesting novel with history entwined. Very well written. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caro | 3/1/2011

    " I expected more from the original title. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 2/2/2011

    " It surprised me, entertained me, and was intellectually thoughtful at the same time. Though the topic may not appeal to all on the surface, this is an intricately woven story that is more than what it's jacket cover describes it as. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shamsher | 1/19/2011

    " A Fantastic read. Muhammed Hanif mixes his acerbic humour with a fantastic insight into Pakistan and produces a great book. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/17/2011

    " This book is hilarious...laughing out loud!!!! "

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About the Author
Author Mohammed Hanif

Mohammed Hanif is a Pakistani writer and journalist. His first novel A Case of Exploding Mangoes was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. It won the Commonwealth Book Prize for Best First Book and the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize. He has also written for the stage and screen, including a feature film, The Long Night.