Wow. I loved the movie so I thought I'd give the book a whirl. Totally different everything. The only thing similar to the movie is that there is a character named Salim and the main protagonist is on a game show. Download and listen now.
Great audiobook. Interesting story, great performance. As usual, better than the movie (which was great). I highly recommend Slumdog Millionaire.
This book has a lot going for it. It has a unique plot, the main character is someone you really want to root for and it is an education of a way of life very remote for most of us.
I knew the story, I had seen the movie, but even so I couldn't put the book(headphones) down. As usual, the book was much better even though the movie was good as well.
If you enjoyed the movie and want to prolong the experience, give this a listen.
Narration was good.
I don't care for sex and foul language in my books and knowing this was made into an R rated movie I purchased it cautiously. I was pleasantly surprised. I would label the book PG-13. There is no explicit sex and while there is some swearing it was not gratuitous or excessive. The book has a great moral and a postive message. After listening to the book I looked up the summary of the movie. It doesn't sound like the movie is much like the book at all. I'm glad I listened to the book. I would rate it in the top 3 that I have listened to so far.
I love it when I have two views of a great story: cinema and book! I enjoyed both, but I especially enjoyed the pictorial sense of India down-deep, and I enjoyed listening to the main character in his own voice. The story is exceedingly far fetched, but very-very enjoyable.
I had never seen the movie before reading this book. I have since watched the movie, and although they are similar, the book far outshines the movie.
The book has a bit of a fairy tale/whimsical quality to it. Don't get me wrong, there are still some awful things happening in the world of Slumdog Millionaire, but it just doesn't seem quite as dark as the movie.
This has been one of my favorite audio books of the last few years.
The movie ran with the general premise of the book, and it was a nice watch particularly for the scenery of India (the good, bad and ugly), but there it ends. The characters in the movie are not taken from the book at all - and the stories told in the book are captivating, and complex, and the characters authentic, yet layered and unique. I listened for six hours the first day, and finished it the next. The narrator is excellent - one of the best I have ever listened to. To those who are annoyed because he does not portray Indians with a Texan accent, because it would be easier for you to understand... whatever. I have no words for you.
I would listen to it again because the novel weaves so many stories together. I felt like the book teaches readers bits about Indian History and the current social climate without feeling like a lecture.
I have not watched the movie- so I did not really know the outcome until the very end. The suspense pushed me on to get to the end of the story.
Ram- the main character was by far my favorite. Christopher Simpson did an excellent job making me feel Ram's emotions and honesty throughout the book.
Parts of the book are extremely sad and show a harsh reality that Westerners may not be aware of. I did shed a tear or two while listening to this book and definitely had a few laugh out loud moments.
Audible fan!...Why didn't I discover audiobooks sooner? I would rather listen than watch.
I haven't seen the movie but may rent it after having read the book. This was a fun premise and I imagine if it happened in real life, people would still assume the poverty stricken, uneducated person cheated.
Wonderful story telling
Of course the scene where Tomas layes the body of his dead freind on the dining table of the rich mother is stuning. We always want the good guys to win, especially when they are poor and powerless.
I loved how Mr. Simpson transitioned from one character to another.
I didn't see the movie and didn't know what to expect with this book. It did not disappoint. It is a cross of Forest Gump and Life of Pi. Love it.