Name: In Company of Strangers
Author: Awais Khan
Publication Date: June 13, 2019 (Paperback)
April 1, 2021 (Audio-book)
Audiobook Narrator: Esh Alladi
Audiobook by Isis Audio
Time: 9 hours and 40 minutes
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In the glittering world of Pakistan’s elite, all is not what it seems…
Mona has almost everything: money, friends, social status… everything except for freedom. Languishing in her golden cage, she craves a sense of belonging…
Desperate for emotional release, she turns to a friend who introduces her to a world of glitter, glamour, covert affairs and drugs. There she meets Ali, a physically and emotionally wounded man, years younger than her.
Heady with love, she begins a delicate game of deceit that spirals out of control and threatens to shatter the deceptive facade of conservatism erected by Lahori society, and potentially destroy everything that Mona has ever held dear.
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Oh well! The book is so beautiful! I cannot believe how good Awais Khan has written it and how Esh has narrated it. It was a meant to be book for both of them.
This was the first audiobook I ever heard to, and to be honest, it turned out to be exceptionally amazing. Narrated by Esh Alladi and audiobook by Isis Audio, the story did leave me awe-struck. The book is set in Pakistan and provides a cultural and vivid description of atmosphere and city-life as well as lavish life of people living there.
The novel began with a suicide bombing, and in-that-moment, just before the large voice of them bomb, I DIDN’T EVEN REALIZE, he was describing a terror attack! I was literally mutilated when I came to know about what actually was written in there. The book shows the social taboos running in the culture. Provides an understanding of mind-set of people.
I was deeply hurt when I heard about Hussain (you have to read to know.). That particular scene was so heart-breaking and the way it was described. Awais takes your heart away with his writing of this traumatic scene. Also, I love Mona’s mind talks and what she thinks and the openness of Meera. It was so much fun going through so many feelings at once!
Esh’s narrating is exceptional as well. He threads the meaning of the book perfectly and beautifully expresses through his voice! Just loved it!
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About the Author
Awais Khan is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and Durham University. He is also an alum of Faber Academy. He teaches creative writing in Pakistan as part of the Writing Institute and has delivered lectures at Durham University, American University of Dubai, Canadian University of Dubai to name a few. He has appeared on BBC World Service, Dubai Eye, Voice of America, City42, Cambridge Radio, Samaa TV, Indus TV, PTV Home and several other radio and TV channels. His work has appeared in The Aleph Review, The Hindu, The Missing Slate etc. He is the author of In the Company of Strangers (published by Simon & Schuster, The Book Guild and Isis Audio) and No Honour (published by Orenda Books in Summer 2021). He is represented by Annette Crossland.
About the Narrator
Esh Alladi is an actor who trained at LAMDA and has a wide range of stage experience. His theatre credits include: Hobson’s Choice (Royal Exchange), Rutherford and Son (Crucible Theatre), Absolute Hell (National Theatre) and Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company). Esh is also no stranger to the screen and some of his TV credits include: Anthony (BBC), Unprecedented (BBC), A Confession (ITV), Casualty (BBC), Frankie (BBC) and EastEnders (BBC). He won a UK Theatre Award in 2019 for Best Supporting Performance for his role in Hobson’s Choice.
Thank you so much Isis Audio for this amazing book! Thank you Danielle for the tour! I received this ARC but has no effect on my review.