I "found" this book years ago and have re-read and handed off copies to friends, something about it calls to me. Totally enjoyed being able to listen after having read it several times in the past. The narration was excellent. I love the characters and the whole story of the british going into Afghanistan, begs the old adage "those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it".
Highly recommend, absolutely love this story!
I read The Far Pavilions many years ago. To listen to it now was ....... Can't put it into words. Fantastic. I was taken to India whenever I was listening. The reader was excellent. He did voices of the characters very convincingly , they were outstanding. Loved it.
"fabric artist and quilter"
This is a HUGE book - at 80 hrs long its a commitment but for your money its excellent value as there are not just one story but many stories all of them well written and reasonably well told by Vikas Adam (although his british accent was woeful). There were slightly dull passages, there were incredibly exciting passages and there were boring bits that connected the stories.
M M Kaye published this as just the one massive book but in reality it could easily have been 4 big books. I think it would have been a better tale if it had been 4 books as the dull passages would have had to be more interesting to keep the reader reading.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and the final story of the Second Afghan war and the mission to Kabul was wonderfully written and terribly exciting - as a piece of descriptive writing it was amongst the best I heard. Sadly the end was predictable, soppy and very abrupt and it left me feeling disappointed that the ends weren't more appropriately tied off.
I'd recommend this book to those interested in life in the British Raj of 1870s, romantics who are looking for more than a bodice ripper and those who enjoy a long tale with lots of characters.
This was a wonderful book. I spent the month of October enjoying the adventures of Ashton Pelham-Martyn as he grew up in 19th century Northern India as a member of the English Army stationed in India. I learned a great deal while listening to this amazing book. I won't retell the story but I listened to every word. I researched the people and events that were truthfully stated by the author. It was time well spent and I recommend it highly. I listened every day for one to three hours. It was a commitment, but a worthwhile one. I'm so glad I chose this book from Audible.
Ashton Pelham-Martyn - the main character.
No, I haven't listened to Vikas Adam previously. He was fantastic. His pronunciations and accents for the many ancillary characters were superb.
Don't make a film. It already was one. I do NOT plan to see it. I am leaving the book in my head - not on film.
Thank you, Audible.
Yay and nay, therefore 3 stars in my rating , despite raving reviews this book has received.
The interesting pieces are captivating and intriquing, giving a background of Indian history during the time of the British Raj, and of traditional Hindu customs with particular emphasis on the caste system, and the custom of suttee - the wife following the husband to his funeral pyre.
I love long books, provided my attention is held for the duration. But my attention wanders over what seem like endless stretches of descriptive narrative. When the guy sits in the grass all night listening for the sound of an enemy's footsteps, describing each painful hour. Or the landscape is endlessly described. Then I realise I stopped listening way back, rewind, only to find that I missed nothing of any relevance. Frankly, I run out of patience.
I also love books with an Indian flavour. But this is too much. Too much India, too much cavalry, too much dying of people I've lost track of and don't really care about.
By comparison, another book with an Indian background is "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese, narrated BySartaj Garewal, which deserved 5+ stars, in my opinion.
Vikas Adam has done an admirable job in narrating The Far Pavilions, with only a few minor glitches in accent and emphasis.
This book was awesome and interesting from front to back. So well written. The characters were interesting and not always predictable.
I honestly couldn't finish this book. Like another reviewer stated, I got confused by the characters; some of them moving in and out of the story at randm. I enjoyed the writing style of the author, as well as the narrator (who is in the calliber of Humphy Bower with his accents), but this book simply couldn't hold my interest.
His accents are incredible! his depiction of male and female characters was very very good.
I wanted so badly to like this book, due to the fact that the reviews were so positive, and the fact that I enjoy long books and get to know the characters. This book did not allow me to get to know the characters during the first part that I read; I learned more about the landscape and the culture of the time. While interesting, it left big holes in some areas and over-described in others.
There is no denying that this author has a gift, and this narrator has a gift... this book, in and of itself, was just not for me.
Bought this because of all the great reviews and what a disappointment! I may not be an expert, but in my opinion, the writing leaves a lot to be desired and the reader doesn't help at all. I stuck with it through the 3rd book but cannot go any farther.