Would benefit from an abridged version.
I really wanted to like this, and did, tremendously, for the first chapter especially. And the next couple were equally great, but it started to go downhill in the middle and never really recovered. An interesting idea to get a number of authors to "run with the story" to wherever their imagination takes them, but it just got really long and seemed to lose the thread - a little like this review maybe - and I think a bit of abridging may have been in order, though I'm not sure how this could be acheived without stepping on the toes of specific authors.
This is a really good book, and is well dramatized, even though it is an Englishman reading rather than an Indian - I know there are Indian actors who could dramatize this equally well.
The story plods along happily, and gives a great impression of the frustrations, stifling heat and passion of being in a loving family, and these complex relationships reflect the many wounds and triumphs within India's great history. And the story twists and frustrates the listener/reader - to like the characters, but be surprised/incensed/uplifted by their actions. At times it seems to drift a little - some may welcome an abridged version - but I think the slowness of the process of getting from start to finish highlights the frustrations of living in a relatively low-tech democracy, and is much of the books charm
You will not regret getting this audio book - a great, bitter, funny novel, very well dramatized
Do not hesitate to buy this - a beautiful book and the dramatization compliments it very well
It was a terrible mistake to get the author to read her own book, though I must admit that I bought it on the strength that Hilary Clinton was reading it. I wanted to like it and find it interesting but it was a little slight in content, and a wee bit dull, which was not helped by a rather condescending delivery. Perhaps buy and read the book, but my recommendation is to pass on this audio book
This will not disappoint - great book, and a great job by Campbell Scott in dramatizing it. I liked the way they flagged the ending, so the listener could "feel" the last page between their fingertips, which I find very rewarding. I can only imagine this, but I think the experience of listening perhaps would even equal the experience of actually reading it
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