This novel started out a little slowly, and I was not sure how it would all come together. It is a charming story of the people running a marriage bureau and their clients, somewhat along the lines of Alexander McCall Smith's "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series. After the first hour or so I was completely enthralled, and I was disappointed that the story had to end. The reader switched between an English accent for the narration, and Indian-accented English for the characters. I can't judge the accuracy of the Indian accent, but to an American listener, it sounded like what we are used to hearing. The characters were well delineated and it was easy to picture each one of them as they spoke. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
I really enjoyed this book. Very funny and charming. The narrator was perfect for this book.
I usually read alot of blood and guts and this book was a nice diversion. Plus I love
Indian authors---their humor is fabulous! Worth a credit for sure!
This was a thoroughly delightful experience - good enough for second listen. Rich in detail; warm relationships with the sweet humor of life included. Mr. Ali shares his wisdom and advice as he moves among his diverse clientele giving the listener a slice of life for each group. Yet Mrs. Ali is right beside him, supporting his new venture, yet, keeping him from becoming too full of himself. This listening experience reminds me of the enjoyment I had from the "Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency" series.
This book is delightful! It is actually a love story, but you don't realize it until the last few chapters. In the meantime, there is all sorts of intriguing information about life in India as a Hindu, a Muslim, and a Christian. The narration is fantastic. It is so good that I felt as if I knew the characters personally. In fact, I wish I really did! I couldn't stop listening!
I enjoyed learning about castes and marriage customs and family values, as well as "the changing India" with more modern times taking over. The progress of the story kept my interest totally. Throughout the entire book, I kept wanting to know what happened to each character. And each situation was resolved artfully by the author, and enhanced by the excellent narration! I actually listened to many sections several times because the turns of phrase were so expressive and interesting to hear!
The unexpected proposal! (Don't want to ruin it for you!)
Her accent and voice are nice to listen to. The pronunciations were interesting and charming. Good expression and emotion. I could easily tell which character was speaking.
I couldn't stop listening. I put it on my iPhone with the audible app and clipped it to me and listened whenever I could! I cried with compassion for Aruna and also for happiness. The excellent narration and the story itself got me really wound up into it. I wish it was 2 or 3 times as long as it is! The family values were so uplifting! And I did laugh at many points in the story.
This is a book that will be delightful to listen to, extremely interesting, and will make you feel good! Sometimes we need just such a book in our lives.