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  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3238)
    Performance
    (1579)
    Story
    (1578)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

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    "Shantaram" is a story full of potential and possibilities up to which it never lives. The story is enticing, the narrative well written, the dialog banal, and the phrases endlessly repetitious ("with all my heart"). The protagonist has few redeeming qualities, and his lover even fewer.

    Still, "Shantaram" might be worth the listening in the abridged version.

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