• Alif the Unseen

  • By: G. Willow Wilson
  • Narrated by: Sanjiv Jhaveri
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-24-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.3 (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients - dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups - from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif - the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the state’s electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line. Then it turns out his lover’s new fiancé is the “Hand of God”, as they call the head of state security, and his henchmen come after Alif, driving him underground.
When Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the secret book of the jinn, which both he and the Hand suspect may unleash a new level of information technology, the stakes are raised - and Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen.
©2012 G. Willow Wilson (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"[A] Harry Potter-ish action-adventure romance [that] unfolds against the backdrop of the Arab Spring.... Improbably charming... A bookload of wizardry and glee." (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Jaspal on 04-11-14

Meandering story, awful voices, interesting idea

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I can't think who would enjoy this, no doubt someone will.

What was most disappointing about G. Willow Wilson’s story?

The characters were poorly drawn and paper thin. I found myself wanting the 'hero' to be discovered by the bad guys early on and put out of his misery.The use of language is often bizarre with invented words like 'presentist' and 'pietist' making an appearance.

The idea of computers and the metaphysical interacting is interesting but that's about all, the execution of that idea isn't too bad either but it is surrounded by what I found to be frankly, a boring, often irritating story.

Would you be willing to try another one of Sanjiv Jhaveri’s performances?

No - UK listeners who remember 'Mystic Meg' on the TV will be reminded of her weird voice that the narrator uses for the voices of the djinn. I found nearly all the voices used for all but the main protagonist are incredibly annoying and distracting.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Aspiring Bookworm on 04-13-13


This started off in a similar way to Arabian Nights set in the modern world and expanded into a fantastical story revolving around demons, jenie and disaffected communities. Interwoven is the the story of the woman behind the burka. I enjoyed it but wasn't completely hooked.

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