We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
A Fine Balance Audiobook
A Fine Balance
Written by: 
Rohinton Mistry
Narrated by: 
Madhur Jaffrey
 >   > 
A Fine Balance Audiobook

A Fine Balance

Regular Price:$19.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall masters from Balzac to Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers - a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village - will be thrust together, forced to share a cramped apartment and an uncertain future.

As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.

©1995 Rohinton Mistry; (P)2001 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Giller Prize Winner, 1995

"Mistry...needs no infusion of magic realism to vivify the real. The real world, through his eyes, is magical." (The New York Times)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (89 )
5 star
 (41)
4 star
 (31)
3 star
 (11)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (4)
Overall
3.9 (27 )
5 star
 (9)
4 star
 (10)
3 star
 (5)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.2 (26 )
5 star
 (10)
4 star
 (11)
3 star
 (5)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    JWeiler 01-07-03
    JWeiler 01-07-03 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    60
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    318
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "A Fine Balance"

    Excellent listen.... Unique and poignant. Don't expect a "feel good" Hollywood happy ending. Unfortunate that it was abridged.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Yeshe 12-12-03
    Yeshe 12-12-03
    HELPFUL VOTES
    17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    126
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "DON'T RENT THIS UNABRIDGED VERSION"

    This unabridged version of the book loses the nuance and beauty that make Mistry's writing great. The reader may be a wonderful cookbook writer, but she's a bored, flat, and grating as a narrator.

    Please join me in protesting the lack of an UNABRIDGED VERSION.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Avid Reader and Listener 05-02-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    154
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    38
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    11
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not a great abridgement, but good narrator"

    The narrator was very good, and while it is difficult to abridge such a long book down to 6 hours, it could have been done better - with bridging sentences in between sections where large cuts were made. Transitions were disjoined and clearly left out info that listener needed to know.

    I found the story horribly depressing, with tiny bits of hope in these characters' lives that were soon squashed. Wish I could be more positive...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Donna Pensacola, FL, United States 03-30-13
    Donna Pensacola, FL, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    79
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    8
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Well Done!!"

    "Life is a Fine Balance between hope and despair", and I found this book an excellent listen. It was well done, well read, and sits with me still now that I'm done. I highly recommend you take the chance and read it. You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.