I like the premise of the story, and how it portraits the vast gulf between the rich powerful class and the poor working class. Certainly open ones eyes to the fact that India still has a dark side today (or as the author calls it.. 'the darkness'). The story is also has some dark humorous moments.
The parts I don't like about the book is the last little bit. It felt like it was hurried and the story the author seems to have run out of time or something. I would have preferred if he had spent a bit more time on it.
Overall, the story is better than the 3 that was indicated. I would have given it a 3.5 if the rating system had allowed it.
Provokative, Satirical, Comedic
His ability to keep a large number of voices clearly delineated and effective while maintaining pace and energy throughout the sweep of the narrative.
I had read the hard copy of the novel some time ago and found that the Indian names were complex enough for me to forget who the characters actually were, so that at times I felt lost in the journey of the novel. This was not the case in John Lee's reading.
The Narrator of course! What is ganja? Can this guy not even take the minimal effort to research to pronounce a few words right. John Lee is yet another ignorant Westerner with a poor imitation of the so called "Indian" Accent. Would an English narrator of a French novel get away with this? People would mock him if he tried french but pronounced it incorrectly. Please re-record this book with an Indian narrator or re-record it with an American or Englishman who does not feign an accent. It is quite insulting...really....
The narrator could have taken the pain to pronounce Indian proper nouns as they should be said.
yes. Only because it is a good book.
This ranks right at the top. What a compelling story! It is obviously a work of fiction however the depiction of life in India in modern times is very real.
The format of the book, written in the first person, put the listener into the story in a particularly engrossing manner.
The narrator was the main character and was performed with great authenticity. It was hard to imagine anyone else doing this reading.
Probably none of them. They are not a very appealing group but the picture of the Indian caste system was vividly depicted.
I highly recommend this book. It requires a strong stomach at a few points but gives a particularly arresting picture of life in India in modern times.
Only to people travelling to India as a way to understand the logic of the people.
His description of his living/working space.
Yes, as an insight to the Indian thought process.
As a soon to be traveller to India this book was recommended to me. It offers insights into the ways of the country in the present day. So complicated yet clinging to many outmoded traditons.
I'm actually Judi Kearney and an avid audible listener. My listening time is constrained by the weather in that I am a small, organic farmer who needs to "make hay when the sun goes in!" I am also a quilter so I keep busy with that indoors when the weather is too hot to be outside here in Florida.
Culture differences, educational, surprising.
Learning about the way things are done in India.
Very authentic sounding. Steady and smooth.
Mr. Aushak to find out why he married Pinkie Madam and why he didn't follow her.
I have never read a book quite like this one.
He is a very gifted reader. I look forward to listening to more of his work.
I laughed and felt some sadness too.
I am so impressed with the great skill of this author, Adiga. He has woven such a clever tale of truth and wisdom about the working poor. In a very clever way, Mr. Adiga has taught us something while he entertained us with this wonderful story. This book is a true gift of pleasure and insight.
Yes! This book's protagonist, an entrepreneur, has a different approach to life. The descriptions of life in India are so vivid that I felt as if I was actually smelling and feeling the country. There are many laugh out loud moments. Graft and corruption can be humorous.
The author's book
So many! Probably when his name
As an Indian, it was painful to have to listen to this narrated by a non-Indian faking an Indian accent. It came off sounding like Apu in the Simpsons. Don;t think that's what the authir intended. It was a mutilation.
This book was "assigned" for my book club.
I didn't have time to read so I bought the audio.
Because the narrator is from India, the speaker gave the story authenticity with his accent and musical speech.
The story was fun to listen to.
It is a modern and compelling story.
Well worth listening to!