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Sheri

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  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Deborah Moggach
    • Narrated By Juliet Mills
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (120)

    When Ravi Kapoor, an overworked London doctor, reaches the breaking point with his difficult father-in-law, he asks his wife: “Can’t we just send him away somewhere? Somewhere far, far away.” His prayer is seemingly answered when Ravi’s entrepreneurial cousin sets up a retirement home in India, hoping to re-create in Bangalore an elegant lost corner of England. Several retirees are enticed by the promise of indulgent living at a bargain price, but upon arriving, they are dismayed to find that restoration of the once sophisiticated hotel has stalled....

    C. Telfair says: "Screenwriters Changed it for the Better"
    "First for everything"
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    Performance
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The person who has not seen the movie and therefore has no expectations.


    Has The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I will still listen to or read other books with similar themes.


    Which character – as performed by Juliet Mills – was your favorite?

    Evelyn.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel?

    See additional comments.


    Any additional comments?

    This is indeed a first for me. When asked if I liked the book or the movie better the obvious answer has always been, "the book!" This is the exception. I saw the movie first and the characters and their lives are composites of the characters written in the book. I would have been okay with that since the movie is written based on the book. But the cover of the audio book is the same as the movie complete with pictures of the actors. There could have been maybe 30% similarity. And honestly the book could have been a lot better with a combination of the characters in the book and those in the movie. The characters in the book were not strong enough to bring the characters off the page for me and the plot was most certainly weak in my opinion.

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