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  • The Glass Palace

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (132)

    Set in Burma during the British invasion of 1885, this masterly novel by Amitav Ghosh tells the story of Rajkumar, a poor boy lifted on the tides of political and social chaos, who goes on to create an empire in the Burmese teak forest. When soldiers force the royal family out of the Glass Palace and into exile, Rajkumar befriends Dolly, a young woman in the court of the Burmese Queen, whose love will shape his life. He cannot forget her, and years later, as a rich man, he goes in search of her.

    Janis says: "Wonderful Family Saga Set in Burma and Malaysia"
    "Great historical/cross-cultural story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Where does The Glass Palace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Upper quadrant.


    What was most disappointing about Amitav Ghosh’s story?

    Really a family history intertwined with Burmese history rather than a novel of real personal growth or significant challenges.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every scene was told with the same reporter style so it was somewhat difficult to get emotionally caught-up. Overall the story (history) was compelling.


    If you could take any character from The Glass Palace out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Simon Vance


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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