Exit West

  • by Mohsin Hamid
  • Narrated by Mohsin Hamid
  • 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the internationally best-selling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, a love story that unfolds across the rapidly changing face of a volatile world.
In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet - sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors - doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through....
Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.


Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, March 2017 - Set in a world being irrevocably transformed by migration, Exit West follows Saeed and Nadia, a young middle-class couple in an unnamed country. As their city collapses around them, they are forced to join a wave of migrants fleeing for their lives. But their journey is not what you'd expect. To escape, they decide to seek out one of the doors they've been hearing about, portals to another, safer part of the planet. Using these doorways to exit conflict zones, people emerge in Western societies. While magical and almost fairy-tale like, this novel is sharply modern - where social media is a prime source of information and drones fill the sky. There is also no fluff in the language - the story is told by a detached observer, which is perfectly captured in author/narrator Mohsin Hamid's beautifully measured performance. Spare yet rich, fanciful yet scarily realistic, Exit West brings home the very personal and human struggles people face as refugees. —Tricia, Audible Editor


What the Critics Say

"The narrator's style is purposeful, measured, and dramatic. Each chapter leaves the listener waiting to hear what will happen next." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Stirring, exquisitely written.

Lilting prose, wise insights into the human condition. juxtaposes unreconcilablecontradictions to great effect.

Pauses and teaches as he narrates.
Mr. Hamid: please keep writing!
With respect,
Marta Resnikov Reisman
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- Ron Mellencamp

Compelling and true, with a magical realism twist

Hamid compassionately tells the story of a whole world on the move, refugees, migrants in place and time. Through the journey and arc of relationship between Said and Nadiya. Ultimately a realistic evocation of the world future we face with collapse of the worlds political and climatic systems, with an ending that is both "plausible and desirable," a way forward through the falling apart.
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- William K. Conover

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio