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David

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  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Katherine Boo
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (608)

    Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption.

    Dr. says: "An Antidote for Shantaram"
    "Quite an eye opening experience"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Behind the Beautiful Forevers the most enjoyable?

    Involving myself in each of the family's worlds and exploring it from their point of view.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The incredible struggles and surprises each character is involved in.


    Which character – as performed by Sunil Malhotra – was your favorite?

    Asha was a unique character that was foreign in her actions to me, so her choices surprised me every time.


    If you could give Behind the Beautiful Forevers a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Hope in desperation


    Any additional comments?

    It would be an incredible fictional story, and the fact that it's non-fiction blows my mind.

    I also loved how Katherine Boo discussed the book afterwards.

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