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Rushdie always has a way with words, and this narrator somehow manages to do 5 different accents. It was a true pleasure to listen to this.
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An intellectual game of storytelling with loads of obscure literary, musical, and historical allusions. The narrator, a young New Yorker and would-be film writer-director becomes an intimate friend with a multigenerational family of extraordinarily wealthy immigrants from an undisclosed country. The family members—each of whom has intriguing mental states, personal histories (temptingly doled out bit by bit), or relationships with the narrator—are the vehicle by which the tale unrolls. It’s wonderfully addictive and unpredictable.
The reader does a magnificent job differentiating characters of several countries, a range of genders, and all ages.
I was mildly irked by the director’s failure to correct mispronunciation of some English words and New York place-names that even I, a non-New Yorker, was familiar with. Those minor irritants broke the story’s compulsive pacing.
On the whole, this is a very enjoyable and original book, excellent in audio form.
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