Moth Smoke

  • by Mohsin Hamid
  • Narrated by Satya Babha
  • 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Through a brilliant array of voices and perspectives, author Mohsin Hamid tells the story of one love-struck Daru Shezad who, when fired from his banking job, instantly removes himself from the ranks of Pakistan's cell-phone-toting elite and plunges into a life of drugs and crime. But when a heist goes awry, Daru finds himself on trial for a murder he may or may not have committed. His uncertain fate mirrors that of Pakistan itself, animated by nuclear weapons and sapped by corruption.

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What the Critics Say

"A first novel of remarkable wit, poise, profundity, and strangeness....Hamid is a writer of gorgeous, lush prose, and superb dialogue....Moth Smoke is a treat." (Esquire)

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Young and Rich in Lahore

Moth Smoke presented a lively but disturbing portrait of life among the wealthy and privileged in Pakistan. The novel includes a Great Gatsby-like love triangle between the narrator, his best friend and the best friend's wife. The narrator, who is smart and handsome but whose background is less privileged than that of his friends, finds himself in increasing trouble as he tries to exercise the prerogatives of the young and rich without the means or connections. And despite the narrator's strong moral sense, he has a devastating sense of entitlement that ends up creating havoc in his life.

The images of Lahore, with its disparities in wealth and its casual corruption, were informative. A favorite minor character was the narrator's young servant, who comes the closest to a moral center for the novel.

The narration was well done, and the story easily holds up through the end. One drawback: The beginning, with allusions to Pakistani myths and an imagined courtroom scene, is hard to follow in audio. It's the kind of book you have to get in hard copy just to check out what was going on at the beginning. But then, as the novel flows, it gets easier to follow. Overall, a worthwhile and entertaining read.
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- David

Incredible Story and Awesome narrator

If you could sum up Moth Smoke in three words, what would they be?

Riveting, Life, Reality


What other book might you compare Moth Smoke to and why?

"The Reluctant Fundamentalist" - because it's the same author so similar writing style
"The Kite Runner" because it also tells a history of a few people and how they're lives are so intertwined and affected by the actions of each other
"And the Mountains Echoed" because this story also traverses generations, relationships and lives


Have you listened to any of Satya Babha’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes! Amazing narration - this narrator is awesome - he's just amazing I love his narration...going to look for more titles that he narrated!


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Mumtaz makes a decision - near the end of the story


Any additional comments?

Wow! I'm impressed with this author...ive read both his books, and I'm wondering what else he's written...would love to read more by him - Mohsin Hamid you just became one of my favorite authors!

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- Sonie "i love love love listening! thank you Audible for making it possible - to have the stories come to life!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-15-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.