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3.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 5 3.30 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mohsin Hamid Narrator: Satya Bhabha Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9781482976878
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At a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with a suspicious and possibly armed American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful meeting.

Changez is living an immigrant’s dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by Underwood Samson, an elite firm that specializes in the valuation of companies ripe for acquisition. He thrives on the energy of New York. But in the wake of 9/11, he finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned. And Changez’s own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and perhaps even love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A tale of enormous tension—more exciting than any thriller I’ve read in a long time.”

    Philip Pullman, bestselling author of the His Dark Materials series

  • “Elegant and chilling…his tale [has] an Arabian Nights–style urgency: the end of the story may mean the death of the teller.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A lucid, unsettling novel.”

    New Yorker

  • “Slender, smart, and subversive.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Changez’s voice is extraordinary. Cultivated, restrained, yet also barbed and passionate, it evokes the power of butler Stevens in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day.”

    The Seattle Times

  • “This novel’s firm, steady, even beautiful voice proclaims the completeness of the soul when personal and global issues are conjoined.” 

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “It’s never clear from narrator Satya Bhabha’s focused performance whether the American is there to befriend or harm the Pakistani. Ultimately that ambiguity makes the story all the more interesting because it puts the symbolic choice in the listener’s hands.”

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  • “A searing and powerful account of a Pakistani in New York after 9/11.”

    Mira Nair, director of The Namesake

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books, 2007
  • Winner of the 2008 Ambassador Book Award for Fiction
  • A 2007 Man Booker Prize Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Penny Little | 2/18/2014

    " Liked the idea of Changez talking and thinking, and thinking he knew what the American was saying and thinking but got tired of this after a while. Found it dull and boring in parts and didn't empathise with the characters. Must have missed the point of it really. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/16/2014

    " Interesting book. At only 184 pages, it takes more time to think about it than it does to read it. A young Pakistani comes to the US, attends Princeton and enters the high test working world of a NYC financial analyst. Spurred on by the events of 9/11 and a relationship with a very fragile woman, he questions his life plan and returns to Pakistan. The whole book is a monologue with an American of questionable intent in a tea shop in Lahore. The ending...soooo many things to discuss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Wilson | 2/7/2014

    " Not the classic I was expecting - well written, but not convinced by the ending. Slow burn without a bang. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Hunter | 1/27/2014

    " An interesting book written as a one sided conversation that explores the impression America has on other cultures. The main character is used to look at the personal conflict an individual has when participating in two cultures at odds (or in this case at war) with each other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marge | 1/13/2014

    " The author's style pulled me into this book immediately. The narrative was perfect. Because of this book, I have another insight into the world of American politicos. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Zena | 1/10/2014

    " Not a good ending.... enjoyed it for the most part, but the end let it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Jacobs novak | 1/5/2014

    " You will read it in one sitting and think about it for day's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clare Smith | 12/24/2013

    " Different, thought provoking and interesting. But there is something missing that you keep looking for throughout the read almost a sense of unreleased tension. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Poingu | 12/18/2013

    " A very focused and short book that hits all the right points along the way and, in spite of its charged material, manages to be something special. A thought-provoking read. The reading experience is something like Nicholson Baker's "Checkpoint" but Hamid's novel is far more subtle and nuanced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fiona Shivers | 12/12/2013

    " Gripping. Couldn't believe it ended the way it did! Nooooooooooooo!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karyl | 11/18/2013

    " Amazing... Powerful and opening to how belief and minds can change "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marygrace | 12/23/2012

    " Had a bit of difficulty with the narrative style at first with the non responding dinner partner. However the writing created some chilling moments and the timeliness of the "Occupy Wallstreet" protests coincide with a major theme in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 11/22/2012

    " A fast read, but gripping and very well-written. The book raises some very hard and real questions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Catinari | 11/11/2012

    " Recommended by my daughter, I have it on cd for the car. I would say it's an okay book, but my daughter enjoyed it more than I did... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Selene | 2/13/2012

    " An interesting one-sided view of a Muslim after 9-11. A very quick read - ok but not mind boggling! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Merley Okine | 12/9/2011

    " I did not enjoy this book. I feel the suspense created was not sufficietly rewarded. Anti-climatic. Also, I didn't understand the central character and wasn't convinced by his transformation. I felt the characters were not well developed and the story was flat and two dimentional. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 johanna | 5/14/2011

    " this was an interesting book. it was a fast and easy read and was thought provoking. I just don't know about the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gaylen | 5/10/2011

    " Read this after being in Lahore, Pakistan, where this novel is set. Interesting perspective from an American educated Pakistani on experiences in US and Lahore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 4/26/2011

    " Not my type of narration. But interesting how he develops his beliefs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Penny | 4/25/2011

    " Liked the idea of Changez talking and thinking, and thinking he knew what the American was saying and thinking but got tired of this after a while. Found it dull and boring in parts and didn't empathise with the characters. Must have missed the point of it really. "

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About the Author
Author Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid is a writer whose first novel, Moth Smoke, won the Betty Trask Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Prize, while his second, The Reluctant Fundamentalist was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. His essays and short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, and Washington Post, among others.

About the Narrator

Satya Bhabha is a British-born American actor and director best known for his role as Matthew Patel in the film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. His New York credits include work with the Living Theatre, Target Margin Theatre Co., Les Freres Corbusier, and the Culture Project. He is a Yale graduate and currently resides in New York.