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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (43,570 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Salman Rushdie Narrator: Lyndam Gregory Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 1981 ISBN: 9781449813789
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Salman Rushdie holds the literary world in awe with a jaw-dropping catalog of critically acclaimed novels that have made him one of the world’s most celebrated authors. Winner of the prestigious Booker of Bookers, Midnight’s Children tells the story of Saleem Sinai, who is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India’s independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of national affairs; his health and well-being are inextricably bound to those of his nation; his life is inseparable, at times indistinguishable, from the history of his country. Perhaps most remarkable are the telepathic powers linking him with India’s 1,000 other “midnight’s children,” all born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts. 

This novel is at once a fascinating family saga and an astonishing evocation of a vast land and its people–a brilliant incarnation of the universal human comedy. More than twenty-five years after its publication, Midnight’s Children stands apart as both an epochal work of fiction and a brilliant performance by one of the great literary voices of our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is the most enchanting book. And it’s such a brilliant idea: children born at the same hour who metaphorically encompass all the good and evil attributes of a new society. Rushdie writes with a true patriotism—a love for his country that’s not blind.”

    Daniel Radcliffe

  • “This is a book to accept on its own terms, and an author to welcome into world company…Midnight’s Children is coarse, knowing, comfortable with Indian pop culture and, above all, aggressive…Midnight’s Children sounds like a continent finding its voice…Marvelous to behold…The flow of the book rushes to its conclusion in counterpointed harmony: myths intact, history accounted for, and a remarkable character fully alive.”

    New York Times

  • “In Salman Rushie, India has produced a glittering novelist—one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling.”

    New Yorker

  • “An extraordinary novel…One of the most important to come out of the English-speaking world in this generation.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “Pure story—an ebullient, wildly clowning, satirical, descriptively witty charge of energy.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “A marvelous epic…Rushdie’s prose snaps into playback and flash-forward…stopping on images, vistas, and characters of unforgettable presence. Their range is as rich as India herself.”

    Newsweek

  • “Huge, vital, engrossing…In all senses a fantastic book.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • Winner of the 1981 Man Booker Prize
  • Winner of the 1981 James Tait Black Memorial Prize
  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Marie | 2/8/2014

    " I've been meaning to read this for years, and finally got around to it. Worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric G. Swanson | 2/6/2014

    " My favorite book of all time. Stunning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maiq | 2/5/2014

    " DO NOT READ THIS DREAMY NOVEL IF YOU HAVE A FEVER, a mistake that I committed. The intoxication will be magnified tenfold. Haunted by sleep-filled days and sleepless nights, I read Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children well into the night, entangled in the story of Saleem Sinai---Snotnose, Cucumbernose, My-piece-of-the-moon---one of the 1001 "midnight's children" born at the stroke of midnight when India proclaimed its independence. This novel gives voice to the many contradictions that is India, the novelist trying to grasp the ungraspable by fusing myth and history (because there simply is no other way). In some parts playful and in some parts steeped with lyrical melancholy, Rushdie's writing hypnotizes the reader until the very last page. But what makes this novel relevant to us, Filipino readers: It is easy to see the similarities between India and our nation, both postcolonial countries dealing with the difficulties of forging an identity after independence and making sense of the incongruities between our past and our present. But beyond this, we are left with a feeling that we are all midnight's children, minus the superhuman powers; we are all agents and victims of history! No wonder this book won the 1981 Booker Prize, the 1993 Best of the Booker, and the 2008 Booker of Booker. Comparable to, I think, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude, this novel, together with his fantastic oeuvre, can easily win for Rushdie the Nobel Prize for Literature (if only the Swedish Academy can see beyond the "scandal" of The Satanic Verses)! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Prashant M | 1/10/2014

    " One of the most difficult book I have ever read.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly McCarthy | 1/7/2014

    " Ok, this is one of those books I wanted to love, feel absorbed in at the end of a long day. I know I should have given it more time, but I hope one day to have the patience to stick with it. Just too dense and too much to untangle once I've settled into bed with a toddler snuggled next to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 12/27/2013

    " Review forthcoming on my blog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carl | 12/20/2013

    " Maybe my favorite book. Gift from Clark. Mix of real world and fantasy-great writing, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roslyn | 12/13/2013

    " One of my favourite books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Selene | 12/11/2013

    " Well, after days of thinking about it, decided to stop reading. It was very good, but I just didn't seem to be getting through it. I am impressed with R's writing - it is truly beautiful!! But just can't go on, sad really :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maya | 12/7/2013

    " Rich and imaginative. Rushdie's command of language is inspiring and entirely his own. Reminded me of East of Eden in a strange way; crossing the generations. Just with a magical realism/Indian twist. Really good, really long, and really rewarding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/5/2013

    " I loved this book. So well written and interesting. Historical and fantastical elements. Highly recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maximiliano | 11/22/2013

    " Not an easy-to-follow story, but such a delightful experience. Its voice pervades the readers' imagination and manages to blur the limits between reality and the enchanting universe of magic which, once visited through Rushdie, cannot be abandoned. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicola | 1/4/2013

    " I was expecting great things from this book, I was disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rahul Menon | 12/25/2012

    " One of the best ever read ! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria Lawson | 10/31/2011

    " I just couldn't like this book no matter how much I wanted to. I gave it 250 pages but it's just not for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elliot Schnapp | 8/4/2011

    " Absolutely brilliant. The richness of language and incident is truly extraordinary, his description of being lost in the mangrove swamp is unforgettable. Not an "easy" book, but unforgettable. Stick with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 7/12/2011

    " started on 21st of January "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 5/24/2011

    " beautiful language- but the plot trajectory seems besides the point. How are they supposed to make a movie out of this book? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 5/22/2011

    " I was enjoying this book - but it was just too long. Had a break from it and then couldn't get back into it. May read again one day and finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 5/15/2011

    " A wild marvelous book about a boy, Saleem Salaam who represents India and Pakistan as he is born at twelve midnight on the day of India's freedom from British rule. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bex | 5/12/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book. Combines harsh reality with fantasy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marikka | 5/12/2011

    " Web of interlocking characters and events - can't remember the story or plot much except that it had a spellbinding, mystical air.... "

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About the Author
Author Salman Rushdie

Sir Salman Rushdie is the author of many novels, including Grimus, Midnight’s Children, Shame, The Satanic Verses, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, and The Enchantress of Florence. He has also published works of nonfiction, including The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, The Wizard of Oz, and, as coeditor, The Vintage Book of Short Stories. He has received many awards for his writing and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres. In 1993 Midnight’s Children was judged to be the “Booker of Bookers,” the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its first twenty-five years. In June 2007 he received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

About the Narrator

Lyndam Gregory is an accomplished film, stage, and voice actor. He has performed a wide range of roles for the BCC Radio Drama Company and went on to have a feature role in the long-running program The Archers. His most notable stage and television credits include Star Talk, Surgical Spirit, and London’s Burning