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Download The Buddha of Suburbia Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,017 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hanif Kureishi Narrator: Christopher Simpson Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2005 ISBN:
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The hero of Hanif Kureishi's debut novel is a dreamy teenager, desperate to escape suburban South London and experience the forbidden fruits which the 1970s seem to offer. When the unlikely opportunity of a life in the theatre announces itself, Karim starts to win the sort of attention he has been craving, albeit with some rude and raucous results. Download and start listening now!

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

    " hilarious and raunchy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 1/20/2014

    " Another live-by book . . "

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

    " Well, I must admit to laughing hysterically when I read it the first time, and finding a lot of the sex scenes unnecessary. This lead me to thinking about why on earth this book was set on the first year literary theory course. After some reflection and reading Spivak, Said and Fanon, I am seeing why it is on the syllabus. So, overall, quite good, appreciation for it is growing over time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin Waight | 12/25/2013

    " This book has very mixed reviews. It was funny in parts. A bit long winded in others. I didn't really feel involved with the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 12/20/2013

    " Quite interesting book.. Coming to age type of story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rodrigo Salgado | 12/19/2013

    " De pasada, hice un playlist de buen rock al leerlo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dinyah | 12/8/2013

    " "I'd discovered in life that if you're too eager others tend to get less eager. And if you're less eager it tends to make others more eager. So the more eager I was the less eager I seemed." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 11/25/2013

    " Brilliant book. Just so much to think about; dense with ideas and twists and great characters! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/23/2013

    " I read this for a college class that I hated. I can't possibly give an accurate review as a result. I've heard good things about Hanif Kureishi's films, so maybe I should give this - or other work of his - another try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taz | 11/21/2013

    " one of the first comic novels i read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 9/13/2013

    " This is one of the funniest weirdest books ever "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Harris | 8/6/2013

    " Interesting look at life in London through the eyes of a second-generation Indian. I enjoyed the book, but I wasn't wowed by it. By the way, this is the same guy who made the movie My Beautiful Laundrette. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glen | 5/21/2013

    " American Beauty meets Indian culture. The setting of this book takes place in the suburbs of London, South London, and London. Briefly summing up this book, a dysfunctional Indian family moves to the London area and clashes with Western culture. Hilarity ensues (Very dark comedy). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Namrata | 12/28/2012

    " So funny! Really captures what it is like to be caught between two cultures/time periods/families, and all the complexities of figuring out your relationships with the people closest to you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloss | 12/13/2012

    " A long-time favorite -- I first read it in my first sorta-girlfriend's dorm room in 1992/3 and keep coming back to it. Kureishi's language is almost accidentally lyrical. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 6/30/2012

    " I had to read this in a college English course and it is among the few course texts I remember liking. I just re-read it, 10+ years later. The first half stood up well, the second half lagged this time around. I still found it funny and sharp in its take on race, and an overall compelling story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saleem Khashan | 6/25/2012

    " I can imagine you can only love or hate hanif, I like this guy. I like this book, weird charecters, which seems to be Hanif's way of exploring the possibilities of imagination, I like hanif. 4 stars is excellent I only give five to unf**king believable ones "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 5/24/2012

    " This is the seventies is full color. If you want a trip back here it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andreea | 1/24/2012

    " delicious, so funny... foreseeing the problems of today's suburbia 20 years ago "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 12/26/2011

    " this was my traveling book On Planes trips great story could not put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff James | 7/5/2011

    " An interesting story about a young man coming of age in 1970s suburban London - deals with issues of sexuality, class, and race. I enjoyed this book, but it seemed a bit fluffy somehow, even though it dealt with serious issues. Maybe I'll check out the TV miniseries version. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alan | 6/1/2011

    " Add this to my "wish I hadn't read it" list. "

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

    " The book was a quick read, funny..the characters well etched, though I was left wanting to know some of them a bit more.. you start knowing Karim so well that you wish you knew the perspectives of some of the other characters equally well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 3/24/2011

    " I had to read this in a college English course and it is among the few course texts I remember liking. I just re-read it, 10+ years later. The first half stood up well, the second half lagged this time around. I still found it funny and sharp in its take on race, and an overall compelling story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana | 11/24/2010

    " I felt like I was there with Karim wandering London streets and listening to all the pop/rock 60s music! Prejudice and racism are the main themes of the book, but there's also the search of identity... to find oneself. Isn't that what we all are trying to find out? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 7/19/2010

    " A funny book about growing up and moving away from home/parents. I enjoyed the depiction of late seventies Britain teetering on the brink of revolution. I shall always be wary of Great Danes now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loredana | 7/7/2010

    " Interesting book! I can't say I loved it in the way I loved other books, but it made me think about everything people have to go through at some point in their lives. It was a novel filled with life and with life's unpleasant aspects. Kureishi's style reminds me so much of Murakami's! "

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