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  • Q & A (filmed as Slumdog Millionaire)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Christopher Simpson
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (106)

    Adapted For The Film Slumdog Millionaire. Eighteen-year-old Ram Mohammad Thomas has been arrested after answering twelve questions correctly on a TV quiz show to win one billion rupees. The producers have accused him of cheating his way to victory. Twelve extraordinary events in street-kid Ram's life - how he was adopted as a foundling orphan by a priest; came to have three names; fooled a professional hit man; even fell in love - give him the crucial answers.

    Amazon Customer says: "Cry and laugh"
    "Cry and laugh"
    Overall

    Christopher Simpson does a super job of narrating the simultaneously sad and happy plight of an illiterate Indian.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Les Miserables

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (557)

    Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

    Kathryn says: "one happy insomniac"
    "Poverty and its cousin misery are here to stay"
    Overall

    Victor Hugo's classic that has drawn crowds to its musical rendition for decades provides stark realization that poverty has been with us for hundreds if not thousands of years, and is likely to go with us into the future. In places Hugo's lengthy descriptions and wanderings off the story nevertheless provide insight into French life in the early 19th century. But don't lose concentration at these times - you may lose context and detail necessary later. Generally well narrated, the accents of woman and children a little weird coming from a mature and deep male voice box, but not distractingly so after one gets used to it. In places the pauses for breath a little inappropriate. 60 hours of good listening - I wouldn't want the abridged version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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