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A Passage to India Audiobook

A Passage to India

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Publisher's Summary

Dr Aziz is a young Muslim physician in the British Indian town of Chandrapore. One evening he comes across an English woman, Mrs Moore, in the courtyard of a local mosque; she and her younger travelling companion Adela are disappointed by claustrophobic British colonial culture and wish to see something of the 'real' India. But when Aziz kindly offers to take them on a tour of the Marabar caves with his close friend Cyril Fielding, the trip results in a shocking accusation that throws Chandrapore into a fever of racial tension.

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    Honest John Berkeley, CA USA 07-05-16
    Honest John Berkeley, CA USA 07-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointed"

    Loved the narration, with all the accents and easily identifiable characters. Unfortunately, the story was slow and did not pull me in.

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    Amazon Customer CYPRESS, CA, US 07-05-16
    Amazon Customer CYPRESS, CA, US 07-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "lovely"

    loved the story and narration. felt like reading not a play. his performance did the classic justice

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    Dann 06-27-16
    Dann 06-27-16
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    "One of the best novels of all time? um...no."
    What did you like best about A Passage to India? What did you like least?

    This is a very good book but it's not Atlas Shrugged, The Great Gatsby, Sons and Lovers, To Kill a Mockingbird...etc.


    Was A Passage to India worth the listening time?

    It was on my bucket listening list. Check, Done


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    Annieonymous 05-12-16
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    "Interesting Culture Study"

    I really enjoyed the portrayal of different cultures-- English vs. Indian-- and the character development throughout the story. A great novel about cultures, friendships and relationships.

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    Timothy E Martin 03-21-16
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    "An Echo From Beyond"

    Forster, in A Passage to India, has that rare grasp of language that catches one's breath. It is beauty and pathos and longing. His precise choice of metaphor, of adjective leaves one with the sense that yes, that was just the right word. It captures the thing exactly. His style is an echo from beyond. Pity that he never personally found its Source. Exquisitely read by Dastor.

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    Miranda 02-18-16
    Miranda 02-18-16
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    "Slow, but full of nuance"

    Although this book is considered a classic, I find there are too many characters and details, and it is drawn out longer than necessary. The story was not as engaging as I had hoped. Those who appreciate slow and nuanced character development may appreciate it more than I did.

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    John Wagar Basel, Switzerland 01-06-16
    John Wagar Basel, Switzerland 01-06-16 Member Since 2015

    Boston to Basel

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    "A Pleasure"
    Would you listen to A Passage to India again? Why?

    Yes. The lyrical quality of Forster's prose combined with the skills of Mr Dastor make this book a real treat.


    What does Sam Dastor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I read and enjoyed this book many years ago, but Mr Dastor's narration made the book new for me. He perfectly captured the various characters and the clash of cultures. Mr Dostal's ability to give pitch perfect voices to male and female English and Indian characters was impressive.


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    Johanna CHICAGO, IL, United States 06-15-15
    Johanna CHICAGO, IL, United States 06-15-15 Member Since 2016

    "I must keep to my own style and go on in my own way." - Jane Austen

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    "Great story! Great narration!"

    I love E.M. Forster's writing style--clear, distinct, and powerful. He has an amazing way of writing about an extremely complex situation in an understandable way.

    I found the narrator's character voices to be clear and easy to understand. This is a good recording.

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    Lynn A. Davidson 05-03-15

    I love books. Love to read them, listen to them, and build my stash of them.

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    "Narration added much to this story"

    Sam Dastor's skill in narration & accents really made this story interesting. The story itself got better as it progressed. Very well done, so much so that I was anxious to know what was going to happen to the characters brought alive by Sam Dastor, so stayed with it until the end.

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    Caroline D. Hayes Columbia, SC USA 04-10-15
    Caroline D. Hayes Columbia, SC USA 04-10-15 Member Since 2013

    School Teacher

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    "No words can describe how good this piece is..."

    Read and judge for yourself. A classic. A must read. So culturally relevant even today. It has filled my heart with joy. Must look into more books by Forster.

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  • Nifty
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    "A wonderfully crafted story, wrought in beautiful prose"

    The last peaceful days of the British Raj is the pretext, but the language and imagery is what makes this book unforgettable.

    The last 12 chapter endings all could easily have ended the book. Poignant, and emotive.

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  • Andy
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    "Absolute classic still relevant"

    I love books with a great sense of place and time. So this fulfilled that requirement completely.
    It is a complex neuanced narrative with a strong political and social agenda.
    I rather liked the David Lean film and had those characterizations in mind
    On reflection the narrators remarkable performance was in closer keeping with the book.
    Completely satisfying if uncomfortable read highly recommended.

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  • Helen C.
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    5/31/16
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    "Good story, some poor quality recording"

    Good story and performance, let down by some fuzzy recording quality here and there. Very noticeable through headphones. If you're listening on speakers it's less noticeable.

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  • Paul
    3/26/16
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    "Overall a very good read."

    For a long while it seemed the story line was going no where and nearly gave up, however, the remainder I found compulsive listening listening wrapped up in the tension between India and the British at that time,

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