The Ground Beneath Her Feet

  • by Salman Rushdie
  • Narrated by Christopher Cazenove
  • 12 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Vina Apsara, a famous and much-loved singer, is caught up in a devastating earthquake and never seen again by human eyes. This is her story and that of Ormus Cama, the lover who finds, loses, seeks, and again find her, over and over, throughout his own extraordinary life in music. Their epic romance is narrated by Ormus' childhood friend and Vina's sometime lover, the photographer Rai. Around these 3 the uncertain world itself is beginning to tremble and break: cracks and tears have begun to appear in the fabric of the real. The Ground Beneath Her Feet is Salman Rushdie's boldest imaginative act, a vision of our shaken, mutating times, and a brilliant remaking of the Orpheus myth. Rushdie is also the author of Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses.


What the Critics Say

"No novelist currently writing in English does so with more energy, intelligence and allusiveness than Rushdie. Nearly every page of The Ground Beneath Her Feet offers something to arrest a devoted reader's attention: puns and wordplays galore . . . and enough literary echoes—of Joyce, Yeats, Frost, Dante, oh hell, of nearly everybody—to keep graduate students on the prowl through these pages for years." (Paul Gray, Time)
"Lusty, sprawling, acid-high. With it, Rushdie enters a new rawness, a different madhouse, America." (The Washington Post)
“a spirited, head-spinning entertainment from a writer of undeniable genius.” (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Missing Mass

This book is a classic, and the audio edit leaves out a major plot elements which make sense of the whole thing. Aside from that, it's well presented. But it's not Rushdie's book, it's a readers digest condensed version.
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- Dan

Please give us the Unabridged!

This would be a fabulous listen if only it were available as Unabridged. I was very disappointed it is only offered as abridged. The story doesn not work as abridged.
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- Sommer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books