I purchased the audible version of this book because it was inexpensive. I have been thoroughly entertained and enlightened by this version of the Mahabharata. Is is the full Mahabharata? No, but Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik has selected certain stories from the whole that highlight the family relationships and the historical decisions that led to the war. The book reading was a bit fast for my western ears so I turned it to 1/2 speed and it was very enjoyable.
I was also impressed by the many references to individual folk stories and plays from the different regions where the Mahabharata has traveled.
If you are new to the Mahabharata, I would recommend this version to get started to learn the overall main theme of the epic.
The cover says the greatest epic of our time. The story really is just a hodgepodge of Ringworld, Rainbow Mars, greek mythology, and Xena. The book was OK since I only paid $4.95 for it. I am glad that I didn't use a full credit. I also grew tired of the lesbianism and anti-male sentiments written into the story.
I was a little concerned that an actor was going to read this book. Sometimes the talent doesn't translate to audiobooks, but Wil Wheaton does a pretty good job. I wish that he could have varied his voices more for the human characters, but he is good enough that I would listen to other books narrated by him. The story also is interesting and engaging with a surprise at the end.
Alright, John Carter of Mars was written in the infancy of Science Fiction. I always enjoyed its simplicity and straight forwardness. The characters in it a two dimensional because of that infancy. This book is less than that. For one, I hate swearing in Science fiction. It is a genre that doesn't need it. 2. I TRIED to get into this book with the same excitement that I have for A Princess of Mars but I just couldn't finish it. The author tried too hard to be like ERB and failed in the attempt.
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