cover image How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

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)