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<i>Prayers for the Assassin</i> was a thoroughly enjoyable listen, set in an imagined 'Islamic States of America' of the future. Reminiscent of Robert Harris' <i>Fatherland</i>, the book painted a fairly believable picture of what a post-apocalypic America under Islamic rule would be like - although I do have to point out that having the characters going to work on a Friday was a bit of a slip. I think my favorite part was the presence of the 'moderns' - Muslims who aren't too fanatical about it. With the increasing number of Muslims living in the West, I think the author's portrayal of Islam changing to suit the culture of its newest conquest is a fairly accurate one. Indeed, one only need read newspaper stories of gangs of young Saudi men (shabab) beating up the religious police (Muttawa) nowadays to see how any attempt to impose the stricter version of Islam on a Western nation would fare.
So, a ripping story combined with a thought-provoking image of an Islamic America - well worth a listen.
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I had read the series several years ago and was excited for the audio book but the performance was poor. The story jumps timelines and stories but the reader doesn't pause, change tone, or attempt voices for the different characters. During moments of intensity the reader just keeps going at the same pace and tone. This really flattens and white washes the story.