Extended Audio Sample

Download Watched Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Watched, by Marina Budhos Click for printable size audiobook cover
0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marina Budhos Narrator: Sunil Malhotra Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9780735287136
Regular Price: $20.00 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $17.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Marina Budhos’s extraordinary and timely novel examines what it’s like to grow up under surveillance, something many Americans experience and most Muslim Americans know.

Naeem is far from the “model teen.” Moving fast in his immigrant neighborhood in Queens is the only way he can outrun the eyes of his hardworking Bangladeshi parents and their gossipy neighbors. Even worse, they’re not the only ones watching. Cameras on poles. Mosques infiltrated. Everyone knows: Be careful what you say and who you say it to. Anyone might be a watcher.

Naeem thinks he can charm his way through anything, until his mistakes catch up with him and the cops offer a dark deal. Naeem sees a way to be a hero—a protector—like the guys in his brother’s comic books. Yet what is a hero? What is a traitor? And where does Naeem belong?

Acclaimed author Marina Budhos delivers a riveting story that’s as vivid and involving as today’s headlines.

Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a fast-moving, gripping tale that conveys Naeem’s restlessness and the sense of paranoia that comes from being watched constantly. Budhos perfectly captures the gritty details of daily life in a Queens neighborhood, as well as the nuances of different immigrant groups. Verdict: Highly recommended because of its very timely subject matter.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “In a stirring novel about coming of age amid intensive police surveillance and racial profiling…Budhos captures the tug of youthful innocence leeching away as hard, unjust realities set in.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Budhos explores the fine line between racial profiling, surveillance, and entrapment. From Naeem’s point of view, readers gain a unique perspective of growing up in America as a Muslim immigrant…The novel’s timeliness makes it worth the read.”


  • “Tackles identity and belonging or lack thereof, as well as Islamophobia and growing up under surveillance.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Sunil Malhotra’s first-person narration…conveys the paranoia of Naeem…[and] fleshes out Naeem’s fear, frustration, and anger…Malhotra sets the emotional tone so clearly that listeners understand why Naeem takes risks in this dangerous relationship…Malhotra sensitively portrays his increasingly conflicted feelings and difficult decision.”


Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations