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Midnight's Children

BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
Durée : 4 h et 54 min
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Nikesh Patel stars as Saleem in BBC Radio 4's epic dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's Booker Prize-winning novel of love, history and magic.

Saleem Sinai is born on the stroke of midnight on 14th-15th August 1947, at the exact moment that India and Pakistan become separate, independent nations. From that moment on, his fate is mysteriously handcuffed to the history of his country.

But Saleem's story starts almost thirty years earlier, when his grandfather, Dr Aadam Aziz, falls in love with a woman concealed behind a perforated sheet. That pivotal moment in Kashmir in 1919 sparks a series of bizarre events that will lead to a cryptic prophecy and the birth of a boy with an extraordinary destiny. As a 'Midnight's Child', Saleem has magical powers, and can telepathically tune in to all the other gifted children whose birth coincided with India's division. However, his strange entanglement with the fate of India will have dramatic repercussions for both him and his country....

Adapted by Ayeesha Menon, this dazzling dramatisation of Rushdie's many-layered, magical realist masterpiece is both an enthralling family saga and a riveting history of post-colonialism. First broadcast to mark the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India, it features Nikesh Patel as Saleem, with a star cast including Abhin Galeya, Meera Syal, Anneika Rose and Narinder Samra.

Also included is an interview with Salman Rushdie, in which the author talks to radio drama director Emma Harding about his multi-award winning novel.

Midnight's Children won the Booker Prize in 1981, and was subsequently awarded the 'Booker of Bookers' prize in 1993 and 'The Best of the Booker' prize in 2008.

©2017 Salman Rushdie (P)2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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"Radio drama of the year." (Gillian Reynolds, The Telegraph)

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  • 16/11/2018

Superb

I remember reading this book in college. This excellent production brought back the book as I then imagined it. One of, if not the, best performances of an exquisite book on Audible!

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  • 13/09/2018

Too much

The sound effects are distracting and the dialoque is too soft. Couldn't get into it

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  • Eduardo Guisa
  • 27/04/2018

Really nice story and great interpretation

I enjoy a lot this audiobook. The story is well thought, and quite interesting, specially if you like India's history. I actually just regret that the audiobook didn't last longer. The interpretation is great. I would only complain that unlike other audiobooks this one required more attention because of the background noises and the fact that some voices overlap a little from time to time. I recommend this audiobook.

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  • CAVALLO ELENA
  • 04/12/2017

Fantastic dramatization

I was so enthralled by the dramatization that I want to read the original book now! Thank you BBC for making it so unique, it was like watching a movie! Also, I very much appreciated the interview with the author at the end.

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  • A. R. Masters
  • 08/04/2020

I can’t follow radio plays

I have a cochlear implant, and have been listening to audiobooks to retrain my brain. Loved Rushdie’s Satanic Verses on Audible, with a single talented reader. Can’t understand this one, with multiple voices, sound effects, people at various distances from the mic.

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  • Cheshire
  • 07/02/2018

Very well done,. But.

Rushdie is a magic teller of meandering stories. To shorten his epic to 5 hours is like looking at a dammed -up lake instead of a river and saying it's the same water.

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