The Golden House

  • by Salman Rushdie
  • Narrated by Vikas Adams
  • 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of The Golden House by Salman Rushdie.
When powerful real estate tycoon Nero Golden immigrates to the States under mysterious circumstances, he and his three adult children assume new identities, taking Roman names, and move into a grand mansion in downtown Manhattan.
Arriving shortly after the inauguration of Barack Obama, he and his sons, each extraordinary in his own right, quickly establish themselves at the apex of New York society. The story of the powerful Golden family is told from the point of view of their Manhattanite neighbour and confidant, René, an aspiring filmmaker who finds in the Goldens the perfect subject.
René chronicles the undoing of the house of Golden: the high life of money, of art and fashion, a sibling quarrel, an unexpected metamorphosis, the arrival of a beautiful woman, betrayal and murder, and, far away in their abandoned homeland, some decent intelligence work.
Invoking literature, pop culture, and the cinema, Rushdie spins the story of the American zeitgeist over the last eight years, hitting every beat: the rise of the birther movement, the Tea Party, Gamergate and identity politics; the backlash against political correctness; the ascendency of the superhero movie; and, of course, the insurgence of a ruthlessly ambitious, narcissistic, media-savvy villain wearing makeup and with coloured hair.
In a new world order of alternative truths, Salman Rushdie has written the ultimate novel about identity, truth, terror and lies. A brilliant, heartbreaking realist novel that is uncannily prescient and shows one of the world's greatest storytellers working at the height of his powers.

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Not for the faint-hearted.

I wonder who, apart from critics, will make it to the end of this novel. It is so littered with allusions and proper nouns, in virtually every other sentence, it becomes an endurance test to grasp them all and follow the plot at the same time. I rate Rushdie highly but feel he has strayed too far into pretentiousness here. By chapter 8, I had still not encountered a single character I could care less about. Despite an excellent narrator, I feel this would be a book better read than listened to.
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- Joey Dean

Rushdie sends up NYC

If you could sum up The Golden House in three words, what would they be?

No going back


What other book might you compare The Golden House to, and why?

Compared to Midnight's Children this book lacks bite. One senses the author isn't drawn to New York - he hasn't really settled but lives out his time there. And so with the Golden family. Rushdie plays games with the reader, slowly building the personal architecture of the Golden household in satirical manner, then deliberately shocking.


Have you listened to any of Vikas Adams’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Vikas Adams could not be bettered


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Anodyne. His writing has become like white jazz, intellectual, emotionally flippant/disengaged to avoid the pain of looking too closely.


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- Mr

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-09-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks