I've listened to a lot of audiobooks, but this transcends classifications. Not just a sci-fi story, but a deeply moving look into a man's soul. The characters are multilayered individuals and the problems they incur meeting an alien race are very realistic and much more believeable than in any sci fi novels I've ever read. It makes sense that the auther is a sociologist.And the narrator is absolutely perfect in every way, move over Scott Brick, there's a new King of audiobooks!
This is a fascinating story about the poor, the dispossessed and the emigrates who lived in Bombay, and the escaped Australian prisoner who made his life there. It reminded me a bit of Casablanca, but there's an amazing richness to the characters and their widely divergent lives that kept me enthralled.
There are so many to choose from! Being surrounded by wild dogs outside the slum. Meeting his friend Prabata's family and neighbors in the village. The treatment of the man who was found beating his wife. I don't want to give away anything, there is so much that is suprising to our western ears.
Now I love listening to John Lee and Scott Brick and many others, but Humphrey Bower is now at the very top of my favorite narrator list. You listen to this story and can't believe it's not at least three or four different readers narrating it. One minute he's Aussie, then Indian, then German, then a totally different Indian voice, and he never gets them mixed up. I've never heard anyone like it, he's totally amazing!
Yes, it gets emotional at times, and there's a lot of poetic moments and philosophical lines that you want to stop and write down and think about later. This is the kind of book you can listen to several times, I'm sure.
Buy it! I don't normally listen to anything except mysteries and sci-fi and yet this book blew me away. It's a true modern classic, extremely entertaining, filled with love, adventure, thrills, exotic places, perfect narration, everything you'd want in a book.
Probably in the top third, based upon enjoyability.
At first I was skeptical, there's an awful lot of this is broke and I'm fixing it like this, but as the story develops, you learn more about the characters and Mr Fixit becomes a likeable, interesting character. It was fun and really different than most stories.
He seemed a little crass at first, but then after a while, you realize he's spot on. And his Indian accented characters were amazing, I kept thinking there had to be two different narrators.
I listen in my car, and was always coming in the house to tell my husband, "you'll never guess what happened now!"
It's a light comedy for the most part, about a very ingenious man, and well worth a credit.
This is simply the best audiobook I've ever listened to, out of the hundred or so I've heard. Scott Brick is at his peak, the story is sublime, it reminds me of Casablanca, with a wonderful story and fully realized characterizations. Totally perfect. So much in SciFi seems to be written for teenage boys, it's a real thrill to discover an author who writes for adults and isn't afraid to plumb the depths of the human psyche for realistic emotional situations and moral dilemmas. Grab this one, it's truly 10 out of 10.
Phil Rickman's Merrily Watkins series are wonderful
stories, and this one is no exception. Slow to start,
but has lots of character development and just enough
mystery, ethical dilemmas and supernatural undertones to be interesting yet completely believable. Emma Powell does a brilliant job at voice characterizations, far better than the other
narrator of the series available here on Audible. I was so impressed after hearing this and Midwinter of the Spirit, I bought the whole series. I hope Audible will have more of this series available, especially if read by Emma Powell.
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