This story is riveting from beginning to end. I was late for everything the entire time I was listening because I just couldn't hit the pause button. The story captures your imagination and the narration is sublime. Do yourself a favor: get it. You won't regret the credit spent.
I can sure see why a movie was produced based loosely on this book. Everything about it was brilliant. I was pleasantly surprised at how different the novel was from the movie. I love how the stories within the novel all link so well. The main character, Ram's, honesty, kindness, naivety and obvious intelligence made for an unusual and interesting character and the narrator portrayed all the traits very well. I found myself following Ram around the Indian country side on Google Map and looking up many different things that were referred to in the book. It's one of those books that I'll likely listen to again someday.
I generally avoid fiction. This time I just wanted to know what all the hype was about. I haven't seen nor do I plan to see the movie, but the audio version of the novel was quite a surprise. The writing is amusing and the reading is excellent.
Essentially, this is the story of one Ram Mohammad Thomas (yes that is an interfaith name) who wins a billion rupees in a quiz show. He is accused of throwing the quiz and the novel explains how he "obtained" the answers.
The story-line is a little contrived, but it doesn't matter. The reader is repaid many times over. The humor is wonderful and the stories will keep the listener's attention. If you tolerated Forest Gump. there is much more here for the interested.
Slumdog isn't high brow, but is an entertaining listen. Take a chance, relax, and enjoy the trip.
I didn't see the movie and the book didn't have a real draw for me. I loved it from start to finish!! On top of a great story, wonderful writing and characters who were so real to me, the narrator is excellent. Fun book.
I loved this book! It is a colorful description of life in India from the perspective of a poor orphan boy trying to make his way in the world. I thoroughly enjoyed all the adventures of Ram Mohammad Thomas, our young hero with the big heart. I was sometimes confused about the timeline, as the story jumps around in time to different phases of his life. This is because Ram is telling his life story, not in chronological order, but in the order the events of his life correspond to the quiz questions of the game show he has just won. Christopher Simpson gave an amazing performance! Everything about his narration, accents, pronunciation, expression, and timing was outstanding. I will listen to this book again sometime, enjoying it a different way now that I know some of the surprises that are revealed at the end.
I was totally swept up in this story from beginning to end! Great writing, amazing performance and a story that informs, tears at the heart and proves that good can overcome evil!
This story is heartbreaking, inspiring, heart-warming - all in one. I haven't yet seen the movie, but I can't imagine it comes close to portraying all of the love and pain and raw emotion that is described in the book. Beautifully narrated - a must read/listen.
Incredilbly narrated, Swarup's novel fuses tragedy, romance, and thrill. Q&A will make you cry, laugh, and cheer as Ram Muhammed Thomas recounts his life experiences that will leave you questioning your role in society. This story focuses on the influence of greed, wealth, and power and sheds new light on issues of poverty and injustice that exist in our world today.