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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
    (604)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (527)

    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"
    "Amazing authenticity!"
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    Where does Behind the Beautiful Forevers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Devastating detail.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of Sunil ingratiating himself to the (catering?) security guards to gain preferred access to their trash.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Survival with globalization.


    Any additional comments?

    I emigrated from India to the US over 30 years ago. I'm planning to return there for good soon. I had to authenticate the author's references and listen to her interviews on NPR and PBS to verify her claims. I intend to use this work to frame my home country since I've never known it in this manner!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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