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.
In his warm-hearted tale lies all the comedy, tragedy, joy and pathos of modern India.
©2005 Vikas Swarup; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
As with the first reviewer this book downloaded in 2 parts, however part 1 & part 2 were identical.
Frustrating & deeply annoying as I got most of the way through reading before I realised I was reading only the 2nd half of the book.
Double check when you download that you get 2 different parts. Mine were labelled "part one" & "part two", but were both the same.
The movie was spectacular & was the reason for my choice of this book.
I found this book hard to put down and finished the whole 10 hours (?) in less than a week. I love how it tells the story of his life out of order so you have to keep thinking back to figure out the order of events.
Be aware that it's pretty gritty (for me, anyway). Also note that the plot line is completely different than the movie. I hadn't seen the movie so that didn't bother me. I did read a synopsis of the movie plot after I finished this book and I don't think the movie sound nearly as good.
Loved the listen, but I think I've missed something. The book downloaded in two parts but both are identical and five hours long. The book is supposed to the almost eleven hours and I've missed some bits that I've read about in reviews. I'm confused. Maybe I should download the version titled "Slumdog Millionaire."
This is the best narrated audio book that I have listened to. The story essentially a group of short stories was always engaging bringing into harsh focus the corruption in almost every aspect of life in India. This is ofset by tales of friendship and love. All in all an excellent audio book which I will return to soon.
I have been listening to Q&A over many car journeys and I can say that I have not been so emotionally involved with a book for many years. The hardship, violence (well portrayed and never graphic) fun and sheer energy is amazing. It reduced my Partner to tears on more than one occasion. After the book we tried the film - what a dissapointment! I urge you to give this a try but, beware it sucks you in and leaves a vivid impression of one persons success against all the odds. A great story well written and read with passion and style.
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