Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie audiobook

Luka and the Fire of Life

By Salman Rushdie
Read by Lyndam Gregory

Recorded Books Inc., Recorded Books, Inc. 9780679783473

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665014083

Runtime: 7.67 Hours
Category: Fiction/Action & Adventure
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

Selected for the December 2010 Indie Next List

With the same dazzling imagination and love of language that have made Salman Rushdie one of the great storytellers of our time, Luka and the Fire of Life revisits the magic-infused, intricate world he first brought to life in the modern classic Haroun and the Sea of Stories. This breathtaking new novel centers on Luka, Haroun's younger brother, who must save his father from certain doom. For Rashid Khalifa, the legendary storyteller of Kahani, has fallen into deep sleep from which no one can wake him. To keep his father from slipping away entirely, Luka must travel to the Magic World and steal the ever-burning Fire of Life. Thus begins a quest replete with unlikely creatures, strange alliances, and seemingly insurmountable challenges as Luka and an assortment of enchanted companions race through peril after peril, pass through the land of the Badly Behaved Gods, and reach the Fire itself, where Luka's fate, and that of his father, will be decided. Filled with mischievous wordplay and delving into themes as universal as the power of filial love and the meaning of mortality, Luka and the Fire of Life is a book of wonders for all ages.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A beautiful book...It’s like a bridge built between generations, fabulous and strange and from the heart.” Neil Gaiman
“An imaginative excursion.” Barnes & Noble, editorial review
“‘Playful’ could be Salman Rushdie’s middle name, he’s been called it so often. But in his second book for kids of all ages, he takes his fondness for play up a few levels with a quest fable that mimics a video game, complete with special effects. It’s nonstop fun.” Washington Post
“The characters come either from Rushdie’s lively interpretations of mythology or his jovial, limber imagination...His exuberant wordplay is evident on every page.” New York Times
“A fun tale.” Publishers Weekly
“Readers will rightfully delight in Rushdie’s brilliant wordplay throughout...A celebration of storytelling...and a colorful, kick-up-your-heels delight.” Kirkus Reviews
“A book that can reach out to meet and move and touch a reader at any time of the reader’s life, from childhood to middle age and beyond, is a rare and magical book, and Salman Rushdie is a rare and magical writer.” Michael Chabon
“Twenty years ago, the average twelve-year-old boy imbibed most of his stories through the television. Today he more than likely gets them through video games. Rushdie, almost alone among modern fiction writers, gives these games their narrative due...Well worth reading.” Los Angeles Times
“High art and family entertainment all wrapped into one neat package.” New York Post
“Rushdie’s usual lyrical, narrative style is on full display here, flowing easily through puns, wordplay, rhyming, and the dialectical playfulness that defines his oeuvre...Rushdie goes in with both eyes open, brushing aside wishful thinking for a more honest look at how our children perceive the world and how the challenges of modern life can work with, rather than against, the traditions of our past.” BookPage
“It is hard to overstate the lightheartedness and love with which Salman Rushdie conveys this brief tale of a boy on a quest...But the serious undercurrents are many and thought-provoking.” Associated Press
“[Rushdie] captures brilliantly that moment when adults enrapture children by behaving like children themselves.” Guardian (London)
Luka and the Fire of Life...showcase[s] Mr. Rushdie’s verbal pyrotechnics, wit, erudition, and skill for spinning a yarn, appealing equally to young adults and older readers.” Wall Street Journal
“Narrator Lyndam Gregory...brings an excellent storytelling voice to this audio that allows listeners to imagine that they, too, are hearing a favorite childhood adventure story.” Library Journal (audio review)
“Riddles, puns and other wordplay enliven the writing...The charm and cleverness of this buoyant fantasy will draw you into its magical world.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Smart and entertaining...should please children and adults alike.” Miami Herald
“Narrated with a modulated tone and perfect pacing by Lyndam Gregory, this quasi-sequel to Rushdie’s first young readers novel, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, brims with clever puns and imaginative plot twists. Gregory affects a childlike sense of wonder as Luka, the young hero who must save his father and avoid video-game hazards...Entertaining for the whole family, especially as enhanced by the talented Gregory.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Salman Rushdie

Author Bio: Salman Rushdie

Sir Salman Rushdie is the author of many novels, including Grimus, Midnight’s Children, Shame, The Satanic Verses, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, and The Enchantress of Florence. He has also published works of nonfiction, including The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, The Wizard of Oz, and, as coeditor, The Vintage Book of Short Stories. He has received many awards for his writing and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres. In 1993 Midnight’s Children was judged to be the “Booker of Bookers,” the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its first twenty-five years. In June 2007 he received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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Available Formats : Library CD
Category: Fiction/Action & Adventure
Runtime: 7.67
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English