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Extended Audio Sample The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie Click for printable size audiobook cover
2.99986781229346 out of 52.99986781229346 out of 52.99986781229346 out of 52.99986781229346 out of 52.99986781229346 out of 5 3.00 (22,695 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Salman Rushdie Narrator: Sam Dastor Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 1989 ISBN: 9781461804048
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Inextricably linked with the fatwa called against its author in the wake of the novel’s publication, The Satanic Verses is, beyond that, a rich showcase for Salman Rushdie’s comic sensibilities, cultural observations, and unparalleled mastery of language. The tale of an Indian film star and a Bombay expatriate, Rushdie’s masterpiece was deservedly honored with the Whitbread Prize. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Voltaire’s Candide …Rushdie is very much a latter-day member of their company. New York Times Book Review
  • A 1988 Man Booker Prize Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danny Clark | 2/17/2014

    " This was a struggle to get through, and I made myself finish it on principle, but I didn't enjoy it at all. I found the main characters to be bad people and unrealistic, but worst of all, uninteresting. I didn't care what happened to them, and so had no interest in thinking about what Rushdie was actually trying to say. I was disappointed for a second time by Rushdie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allan | 1/30/2014

    " With all the press this book got I had to read it. It was slow at times, but fairly entertaining none the less!! Not at all what I expected! How could anyone take what is obviously a completely fictional work seriously enough to put out a death warrant on the author. Really get a grip people!! "

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

    " never gonna finish this book, it's way too boring to be so farking 'controversial' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Enrico Iglesias | 1/5/2014

    " Not at all what I was expecting, didn't finish it, but I'd read it again "

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

    " This is a fun read :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danielle | 12/30/2013

    " It was hard to understand and follow! So I stopped reading it, lol! Anyone finish it? What happened and what did you think? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie Schuch | 12/27/2013

    " Much ado about nothing......probably as i am not Muslim! His reference to "saints" as sinners was rather funny.....a dificult read due to the the names (Gibreel Fabrishta & Saladin Chamcah etc) not easy on a western mind!!! Over rated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 kat | 12/23/2013

    " I didn't think I was ever going to get through this. I completely understand how there are people out in the world who would really enjoy this book, but I am not one of those people. Surrealism just ain't my bag, baby. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joseph Levesque | 10/5/2013

    " This book was a real challenge. While the language is beautiful -- and sometimes haunting and shocking -- one can get lost in the never-ending run-on sentences. I would be hard-pressed to recommend this book; I'd probably tell someone to read Midnight's Children instead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri Hansen | 5/22/2013

    " I'm guessing that if I had read it with a group who could have helped me place it the book would live on the favorites list somewhere. Maybe next time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay Daze | 4/9/2013

    " What a funny book! Very naughty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Johns | 4/9/2013

    " I'm still thinking about this book, it's kind of like the cirque du soleil of novels. It's all twisty and curvy, and it's really hard to follow because it leaps and jumps and falls all over the place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grant Downs | 2/16/2013

    " The plot lines in the story were incredibly disjointed. However, Rushdie's re-imagining of the Prophet and the origins of Islam are fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James H. | 2/16/2013

    " Disturbing a bit, but wonderful just the same. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 2/15/2013

    " Parts of the novel were really good and other parts were extremely tedious and hard to get through. My lack of knowledge about Indian culture and customs hampered my understanding of the novel in certain parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Regine | 1/2/2013

    " Rushdie again astounds me with his beautifully written prose, but I don't think this book was worth the death sentence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marlasg Griffith | 10/4/2012

    " Hard to follow. Too many names. Good story though. Dont see what the big deal was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Collinson | 9/7/2012

    " I love this book. A wonderful work of great intelligence covering racism, self hate, religious genesis and acceptance of labels from others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward | 9/21/2011

    " Complex and fascinating. I read Grimus years back at the suggest of a friend, and I'm glad to have read this one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 9/17/2011

    " This would have been better if I understood more of the underlying culture and conflict. I may read it again someday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greeneyedlady | 9/14/2011

    " Interesting but not an easy read when you do not have enough background knowledge on Islam. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meg | 9/13/2011

    " Just couldn't get into it --- too fragmented for me. I skimmed the whole second half. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bekah | 9/5/2011

    " Took me a long time. Several breaks for easier stuff to read. But I get why it's important. "

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

    " One of the best books I've ever read. Incredible writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 8/31/2011

    " Hmmm... Not sure what today about the Satanic Verses. I loved the historical and dream sequences. Not as keen on the modern time Gibreel and Chumcha parts. "

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