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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,063 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Salman Rushdie Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781436135856
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Salman Rushdie is widely considered one of a handful of truly great living writers. The internationally acclaimed, Booker Prize–winning author’s storytelling shines in this epic love story, a modern retelling of the myth of Orpheus. Energetic and musical, Rushdie’s prose is positively mesmerizing when you hear it read aloud. This panoramic work is framed with the death of rock goddess Vina Aspara. The story of her life and love affair with musical prodigy Ormus Cama is told by Rai, a photographer who also loved Vina. Rai worships the ground beneath her feet, even as he ponders the loss of terra firma in modern culture. Narrator Steven Crossley gives Rai’s voice just the right blend of amusement, insolence, and devotion. With his light British accent and perfect pacing, Crossley glides you non-stop through the novel’s imaginative maze of ancient mythology and pop culture. His performance lets you sit back and enjoy the amazing things Rushdie does with the English language.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliant…Rushdie writes like a wizard…and the effect is out of this world.”

    Entertainment Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caleb Zigas | 2/20/2014

    " my first disappointment with rushdie, and also his first book that i read. I did still enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 2/20/2014

    " I read this while traveling around India and found it to be a timely novel for my trip. My favorite imagery was when the ladies in saris waded into the ocean, and the bottoms floated to the surface like jellyfish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 2/4/2014

    " This was an epic saga that took me months to read, mostly because Rushdie's prose is so rich that you want to take your time with each sentence. The plot didn't always keep me hooked, but it was a worthwhile read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 1/30/2014

    " This was my first Salman Rushdie novel. His writing style is a lyrical, epic poem. The only downsides of this book was the length (this is one of the few books I have read that I had to push myself to complete when I actually really liked the book) and the sense of displacement. I think the displacement happens because you are introduced to the central theme of the book - Vina caught in an earthquake and then loop in time around it. The characters are rich and deeply flawed - more like epic heroes than normal beings. The settings are vivid in their descriptions of India and New York City and other parts of the world, and made feel as if I was really exploring the cities and empty countrysides with the characters. I love the sad, intricate sub plots and the exploration of a theme I have seemed to see everywhere in my life lately - the idea that the world around us has layers that can be destroyed - but at the peril of those existing on either side of that layer. Overall, I would recommend the book for those who love long narrative fiction with a stark streak of the otherworldly. Pros: well written, evocative Cons: long and loopy at times "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fred | 1/23/2014

    " The scope of this novel is just breathtaking. Rushdie roams the globe, goes back and forth through eras and creates not only characters but whole sub-culutres of fans around the characters. It is wonderful and dizzying. How anyone could create such a world is beyond me. U2 actually put one of the songs in the book to music. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill Caram | 1/17/2014

    " I felt like I should have loved this book a lot more than I did. I loved Ormus, I loved Vina, and I tolerated Rai. The themes were grand and the writing was beautiful but for some reason I struggled through this book. I felt as if I could have put it down at any time without regretting it or missing it. I suspect it was the narrator that killed it for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ehnonymus | 1/11/2014

    " i love the magic of rushdie's tales. one doesn't have to be constrained to reality to touch upon the core of human experience and emotion. though this one is truthfully a little more ridiculous than completely necessary... but who cares. not i. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris Whitney | 1/8/2014

    " I'll never understand why this man's books are so popular. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 1/2/2014

    " Salman Rushdie's truly intriguing history of Rock music. It isn't the best book written about music but it is a good one. As they say about Woodstock, If you can remember it you weren't there...well go for it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Serafina Sands | 11/7/2013

    " again, too much foreshadowing for me, and too much of the same structure as earlier books. I set it aside "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen Wynne | 11/5/2013

    " Good. But all of his books are disappointing after reading Midnight's Children and the Satanic Verses. You expect me him to pure genius every time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mona | 10/21/2013

    " This is on my summer re-read list! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Soledad Acirihca | 9/4/2013

    " Bored me so much couldnt finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandy | 8/27/2013

    " wonderful vocabulary, story that spans most of a lifetime. compelling and mostly gripping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vojtech Podhorny | 8/13/2013

    " one of Rushdie's most user-friendly novels. who likes Rushdie's intercultural plots and rock'n'roll can't be diappointed... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phillip | 4/23/2013

    " I try to be a big fan of Rushdie, but somehow he bores me. I recognize the good writing. But in my opinion he could edit out maybe a third or half of the words and tell the story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kerith | 3/20/2013

    " Unfortunately, I couldn't get past the first 2 chapters...I should like it, but I didn't... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edmond Yomtoob | 1/28/2013

    " Another favorite. Ive always been intimidated by Rushdie, but I learned that he is a wondrerfully lyrical author. His prose are brilliant, hysterical and sometimes crass. The lead character may as well be an Indian Bono (or Janoom) in this story based in Greek mythology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 12/5/2012

    " My first Rushdie...a good introduction. Not his best writing, but most entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Orbach | 12/3/2012

    " Eh... He's seen better days... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geir | 5/9/2012

    " An amazing book. Beautifully written. Lyrical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DL | 10/19/2011

    " All I can say is wow. Reading a Salman Rushdie novel is like living another life, in another world, somewhat like our own, but mixed up in different ways. It's more like a saga than a novel, but as sagas go, it's one wild ride. Rushdie takes on the history of Rock 'n' Roll and the Orpheus myth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aubrey | 6/14/2011

    " If you get past the sappy "love" aspect, it is a terrific book. Well, written, excellent lines that stick with you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mona | 4/26/2011

    " This is on my summer re-read list! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandy | 2/17/2011

    " wonderful vocabulary, story that spans most of a lifetime. compelling and mostly gripping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aakanksha | 2/5/2011

    " One hell of a brilliant book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 1/23/2011

    " I loved this book. It was passed on to me in India, and I didn't anticipate liking it. The characters are so full and vibrant and their lives flit past so fast and you live vicariously through them for what is a great many pages, but you don't notice. You just want them to live 3 lifetimes more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 1/11/2011

    " This book is a modern and twisted rendition of the Orpheus story that included a demented but honest love triangle. Some of the poetry in the book is beautiful; so beautiful in fact that U2 made a song out of one set of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 1/9/2011

    " i'll probably read this again in a few months "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 1/9/2011

    " With all of the swirl around Rushdie because of the fatwa, people would think that he is overly serious and unapproachable. Not this book. I really liked it and recommend it highly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Areedy | 1/7/2011

    " If you like Rushdie, you would love this. It is very dense but very imaginative and his use of language is amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 12/3/2010

    " One of the most amazing descriptions og photography I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/3/2010

    " I love his use of language. The music references were also fun. The twisted history is also entertaining. I enjoyed finding real people with their names changed as well. Hi sbooks alwyas take me a while to red but I thoroughly enjoy the time spent reading them "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 11/11/2010

    " First Salman Rushdie book I read. Not as dense as his other books...light, smooth prose. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ora | 10/17/2010

    " I couldn't get into the narrative. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bebe | 10/7/2010

    " Book on CD - 2 1/2 stars, it was too long but it had parts that were interesting. "

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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

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.