A Case of Exploding Mangoes

  • by Mohammed Hanif
  • Narrated by Paul Bhattacharjee
  • 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

There is a saying that when lovers fall out, a plane goes down. A Case of Exploding Mangoes is the story of one such plane. Why did a Hercules C130, the world's sturdiest aircraft, carrying Pakistan's military dictator General Zia ul Haq, go down on 17 August, 1988? Was it because of: mechanical failure; human error; the CIA's impatience; a blind woman's curse; generals not happy with their pension plans; the mango season? Or could it be your narrator, Ali Shigri? Teasing, provocative, and very funny, Mohammed Hanif's debut novel takes one of the subcontinent's enduring mysteries and out if it spins a tale as rich and colourful as a beggar's dream.


What the Critics Say

"Reader Paul Bhattacharjee gives voice to torture chambers, social satire, bucolic lyricisim 'night on the mountains is a black sheet flung from the skies' and Catch-22-style military slapstick with equal panache, through I suspect the real Zia was a little less cuddly than he makes him out to be." (Saturday)
"This explanatory novel, woven in language as explosive as the mangoes themselves, is wickedly cynical and reveals layers of outrageous - and pausible - corruption." (The Observer)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

whatever happened to blind Zenab?

Would you listen to A Case of Exploding Mangoes again? Why?

I never listen to books more than once

What did you like best about this story?

I could feel the heat of the sun and the tension in the air. great story, well told well read. I want to visit Pakistan now!

What does Paul Bhattacharjee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His voice and accent fitted the story and enriched my experience

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The very surprising love scene...no spoilers

Any additional comments?

I am still captivated by the story one week after finishing it, it made my trips to work in the car fly by

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- Mark


Entirely believable tale of Pakistani life under the first post-colonial military rule, written from the perspective of the leader and a lowly member of the military who has reason to bear a grudge. A beautifully written, gently and cleverly funny story.

The narration was pitch perfect for the characters and for the pace and style of the writing.
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- Boggy of Bucks

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-10-2008
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks