How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Mohsin Hamid, read by the author. Penguin Audio, library edition, four CDs, 4.5 hrs., $59.99 ISBN 978-0-241-14619-4
Moshin Hamid’s novel follows a nameless protagonist who struggles to overcome poverty and find a life of luxury through a mixture of persistent hard work, luck, and, at times, questionable ethics. The entire book is told in the second person, which makes for a curious listening experience. Repeatedly hearing “you” is not something audiobook listeners are used to—but it works exceedingly well here because of Hamid’s skill as both a writer and narrator. His reading is deliberate and reserved, nuanced and subtle. This understated delivery contrasts strongly with the sometimes powerful and shocking content of the book. Still, it is a performance that drives the story forward, as listeners wait with great anticipation to learn what will happen to “you.” A Riverhead paperback. (March)
Reviewed on: 04/29/2013
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