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Frank

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  • Slumdog Millionaire (a.k.a. Q&A)

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Kerry Shale
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (127)

    A small prison cell in India holds an 18-year-old penniless waiter from a Mumbai slum. But Ram Mohammad Thomas isn't a criminal. He is under arrest for correctly answering 12 tricky trivia questions on the show Who Will Win a Billion? Reluctant to part with the jackpot of one billion rupees, the show directors bribe the police to arrest Ram, accusing him of cheating.

    Ella says: "Highly Recommended"
    "a must listen"
    Overall

    This is a new favorite among the many audiobooks to which I have listened - an entertaining and frequently moving series of short tales which together comprise the main story, replete with interesting and believable characters and situations - largely without contrivance - and a truly likeable protagonist. Ram Mohammed Thomas is an everyman and underdog - his name itself a metaphor for India's unique religious and cultural heterogeneity. Underestimated by all, yet no one's fool, Ram is humble, loyal, passionate and compassionate, but possessed of a titanium core - tough as nails and a man of action when his ethical and moral principles are challenged. This is an unambiguously good guy.

    Having traveled extensively throughout India, I was comfortable and familiar with many of the settings and colloquialisms, which added to my enjoyment. But the book is still accessible - even educational - to any reader lacking this frame of reference.

    What truly sets this audiobook apart from its peers, however, is the narration by Kerry Shales, an astounding perfomance which takes one's experience of this book to an entirely different level. He is deserving of whatever awards apply to the category.

    In short, combine a really well-written story with superior narration and you have a recipe for a uniquely pleasurable entertainment experience.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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