• The Reluctant Fundamentalist

  • By: Mohsin Hamid
  • Narrated by: Mohsin Hamid
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, written and read by Mohsin Hamid. 

'Excuse me, sir, but may I be of assistance? Ah, I see I have alarmed you. Do not be frightened by my beard. I am a lover of America....' So speaks the mysterious stranger at a Lahore cafe as dusk settles. Invited to join him for tea, you learn his name and what led this speaker of immaculate English to seek you out. 

For he is more worldly than you might expect; better travelled and better educated. He knows the West better than you do. And as he tells you his story, of how he embraced the Western dream - and a Western woman - and how both betrayed him, so the night darkens. 

Then the true reason for your meeting becomes abundantly clear....

©2008 Mohsin Hamid (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Masterful.... A poignant love story and a thriller that subtly ratchets up the nerve-jangling tension towards an explosive ending." (Metro)

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  • 06-15-22

Good listen I struggled to buy into the characters motivation

I enjoyed this book but I was for some reason underwhelmed.

The story is concise and it’s content is interesting. The narrator is spot on for the character and I was drawn into the world described, which is full of beautiful descriptions of places, people and food. The ending was a good cliffhanger and all would seem well.

However, I think I struggled with what felt like a contrived story to make a point about some of the US and west’s unbridled ruthless capitalism. These are fair points but I just couldn’t quite buy then protagonists motivation. Perhaps this is just because I am a westerner, but in any case I just didn’t like this aspect of an otherwise good listen.

Many others will disagree and this is why you may want to listen

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  • Luna Dog
  • 02-05-22

Captivating

An entirely captivating and beautiful story of love and the ties that bind you to the past. Mohsin Hamid's narration of his own novel is first rate. Short enough to listen to in a single session once you start you won't stop.

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  • Waggy From Derby
  • 02-06-21

the view of american by an educated Pakistani

when 9/11 happened we thought of the horror committed by Ai Qaeda , we never thought of the horrors Americans would commit to Americanised Pakistanis. A thought provoking book from the other side of the fence.

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  • Nadia
  • 05-14-20

beautiful

I loved this book. It is on my son's IB 6th form syllabus and i listened to it to help him! what a treat! beautifully written and thought provoking with he parallels throughout the novel. wonderfully narrated too.

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  • jesjaspers
  • 03-10-19

Extraordinarily brilliant

Great story merging a young man's thwarted love affair with a young woman doomed by the death of her first and only live, a childhood sweetheart, with the story of his dissallusionment with his work, with America and its ethics, compounded by time and place and culture. Excellently read by the author whose clear flowing writing style is very suited to the confessional nature of how this story is told.

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  • Jan
  • 01-26-19

Amazing and spellbinding

Hearing this ,felt to me ,like I really was sitting close by whilst the story in the book was actually happening. I’ve never experienced anything like that before and so I truly thank the writer/narrator for it all ...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-18-18

incredibly well written, unforgettable story

it was worth listening that book, the vision of America fusioned with one of the main characters is not only a story but the life of a country

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  • S Hall
  • 07-19-18

Interesting and complex

I liked the story of the relationship of the protagonist and the fact that he was telling it to someone we didn’t know. The air of menace and mystery was a clever technique. Unfortunately, the way it is read on Audible completely detracts from the book itself. Sad, as it is a good book that read with no feeling.

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  • James
  • 06-15-18

A Self-fulfilling Prophecy

A remarkable story telling itself in its own likeness. Told like a tapestry is woven.