This author might be the Charles Dickens of India. I found this book difficult to listen to at times... Painful. But it was beautifully written and read! I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good long novel they can sink their teeth into.
This journey should be part of your journey. Excellent narrator. Characters are complex, compelling and need hugs/slaps/or a hand to hold.
Having listened to Shantaram a couple of years ago, the neighboorhoods are slightly familiar and I was eager to revisit familiar places I've never been.
Last scenes will never leave me.
Thank you,Rohinton Mistry.
The characters are so finely drawn and expressed so well the ups and downs of life. I loved to hear their words. And the narrator made them come alive-rising 3 D off the pages.
professor. like great and VERY good books, fiction and history, mainly
he is the best narrator by far i have heard. when he reads orhan pamuk i could swear he was turkish. here, i'd swear he was indian. he reads with great intellence and refinement.
no, it is quite long.
The Woman of Brewster's Place Why? I guess the tone.
Not possible, 24 hrs long. After the first 7hrs I needed to break it into 3-4 hr. sections.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal" is not a true statement from the charters in this book. I was shocked by some of the brutality but I also felt joy when some of the people had a victory. Like all great books this one took me on an emotional ride, meaning I got to touch base will all my emotions. The end did feel a little contrived, but still a great book.
The narrator brought these characters and locations vividly to life. Fantastic performance.
Great story, great acting. Swept me away to another world. Loved it.
I would never had been able to stick through the print version of this novel, but as an audiobook, I was blown away. The narrator does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life and infusing them with personality. The story itself is intense but enjoyable, nonetheless.
I would suggest this book to anyone ready to step out of their comfort zone. Truly an amazing listen.
I found this book hard to put down. It is a dark story and seems like there is no happiness or very little in this book. It is raw and dangerous-not for everybody. Beggars, people who are dirt poor, and evil people in authority; that is who you will meet in this book. BUT there are people who try to rise above their circumstances and are beaten down. I liked reading it but it was disturbing.
I listened to a Fine Balance over a six week period during my daily 70 minutes run on the treadmill. Strangely, the struggles and pains of Om and Ashraf and their determination to keep on going no matter what, kept me going on that treadmill every morning when I felt that I had no energy to complete the course.
Although, apparently, fiction, I don't believe this story is too far detached from reality and I for one, can image that hundreds, if not thousands who have shared similar experiences.
It has forever changed my perception of Indian rural and urban society life in general.
Africans would most definitely identify with several aspects of this book; and realize that, the realities of their African societies are not as alien, unique and/or far- fetched as they and the rest of the world imagine them to be.
I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys understanding cultures beyond their own.