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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,213 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: G. Willow Wilson Narrator: Sanjiv Jhaveri Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN:
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In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients - dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups - from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif - the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind.

The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the state's electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line. Then it turns out his lover's new fiancé is the Hand of God, as they call the head of state security, and his henchmen come after Alif, driving him underground.

When Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the secret book of the jinn, which both he and the Hand suspect may unleash a new level of information technology, the stakes are raised and Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zac | 2/11/2014

    " As an IT boffin, I was excited when I saw the word 'hypervisor' and then a little disappointed when the computing became increasingly nonsensical. However, geeky disappointment aside, it was a pretty great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harriet | 1/31/2014

    " What a refreshing novel,it has magic and a brilliant computer hacker and middle east unrest and Arab fantasy. It was hard to put down, it moved so well. I haven't read anything that I enjoyed as much in a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonia | 1/26/2014

    " Very much enjoyed this well-written fiction which brings together the modern IT age with the fantasy of A Thousand and One Nights, particularly the story of Aladin and the Genie. Modern and fun. Set in an unnamed Middle Eastern land, this book is one long chase through the souk, and then through the netherworld of unseen beings that can help or hurt our protagonist who must be very clever to outwit his enemies in the natural and unnatural worlds. "

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

    " Wonderful premise, the mashup of Islamic Revolution and Arabic mythology, but by the end the premise fell flat and I was left feeling like I had just read another fantastical YA novel, albeit written from a novel concept of a Djinn influenced Arab Spring hacker story. I'm sorry it devolved into a coming of age love story, superimposed on that fantastical backdrop. Still, it allowed me a greater glimpse into a world not many of us Western Judeo-Chritianized folk often have contact with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simone Roberts | 1/17/2014

    " Lots of people will compare Alif to a William Gibson novel, like Idoru for instance, and they won't be entirely wrong. But, they will be wrong. The time is now, the tech exists now, and the characters have lots more depth and texture. There's more humor, and serious intertexual complexity (elegantly handled, not slap dash, not just cultural tags). And there the bits I like THE MOST which I won't tell you, my friends, because that would spoil the fun, and there is fun. Fun, fun, fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms. S........... | 1/2/2014

    " ..interesting thoughts, interesting characters, but the writing felt a bit immature to me... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 11/25/2013

    " Islamic cyberpunk a la American Gods set in the Arab Spring ... quite a mix. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 11/8/2013

    " 3.5 stars. A fun read with well written and interesting characters. It sort if fizzles out in the end, but definitely worth the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenine | 11/2/2013

    " Yay! I liked this one. Place, culture, religion, djinn and expats. All rolled up in a rushing sandstorm of a narrative. I was never bored. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 10/6/2013

    " I felt out of breath, running headlong with the revolution. Fantastic story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arielle Valenti | 9/30/2013

    " This was awesome! It did remind me of Phillip Pullman's Dark Materials, but less irreverent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Jeffrey | 8/22/2013

    " I really liked this book, but didn't quite love it. Part of that is probably the fact that I did love the graphic novel Cairo written by the same author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manek | 8/1/2013

    " Very interesting mix of sci-fi, fantasy, and Islam... A little bit disappointed in the writing at the end, but otherwise very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Makduda Zainulbhai | 12/3/2012

    " Sometimes the bad language is unwarranted, but otherwise a good book and well written. Goes a little towards the realm of fantasy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 9/17/2012

    " My wife gave me this book to read. I enjoyed it because I like stories about computer hacking and monsters. I look forward to the next book my wife gives me to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 8/28/2012

    " This is pretty fantastic. Read it ASAP. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alana Suskin | 8/16/2012

    " a quick read with an interesting premise - a hacker in an unnamed Middle Eastern country who gets involved with demons and/or djinni - and has to come to recognize the value of all those he previously thought of as uninteresting. "

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