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
Christopher Simpson does a super job of narrating the simultaneously sad and happy plight of an illiterate Indian.
Beautifully read, a fascinating story. I didn't have any problems with the first and second part like the first reviewer. Highly recommended.
The movie was clearly adapted to foreign audiences while the book is clearly Indian. The concept remains the same, but the story and questions are different, so it makes for a very nice variation from what most of the us saw on screen.
The performance is very good, so is the story.
A great fan of stories and audiobooks. Good ones.
Sorry, cannot comment.
This question doesn't really have relevance for this book, because it is only about one main character.
Great. I loved it for the unpretentiousness of the voice. Realistic to the person he was depicting. And good range of accents between characters, so we could identify who was speaking in a dialogue.
Laugh yes, many times. Many great quotes and one liners. Like
This was the best of the audiobooks I have listened to. The author has a wonderful sense of storytelling and found a great format for telling 12 really fantastic stories, then did beautiful work weaving them together. Thank you, sir, for the enjoyment I had listening to these stories of Indian life (even if a few might be a little fabricated).
I've never seen the movie, so the sory was new to me. And it's an engaging story. There is so much going on that you actually want to keep listening in your car after you have arrived on your destination. Masterfully narrated too.
A great story with great narration, enjoyed it alot, I especially loved the ending, I got the book because I heard my friends talk about the movie, I didn't watch the movie myself but I'd bet the book is way better...
Hadn't seen the movie so had no idea what to expect. It was exceptionally well read - with various authentic accents. The teasing nature of the storyline keeps you wanting to know more about his journey. It's books like this that keep me addicted to audible.com.
The tone of the book was perfectly pitched. The circumstances were relayed so matter of factly and served well to emphasise the significance of the events themselves. The mix of tragedy, comedy and horror were well balanced and gave more credibility to the events mentioned. This will be a classic!
Motorcycling and listening to books. A perfect day.
I never really understood the story behind the movie. It never appealed to me until I came across this tremendous sale. Now it is one of my top listens. Christopher Simpson made the book come to life. I could listen to him read any book. His accent was exactly what I thought it should sound like. The story is an amazing story of a life in India as a young orphan grows up.
"Absolutely 100% magnificent"
I can't believe how much I liked this book. I haven't had much success with modern bestsellers, although I loved 'Life of Pi' and 'The God of Small Things' which are mainly set in India. Aside from those, I tend to stick to classic authors and whodunnit mysteries, but I took a chance and bought this one. It's wonderful. Brilliant. Colourful, real characters, brought distinctly to life by the amazing narrative voice, perfect pacing, it did everything perfectly.
Ram Mohammed Thomas is an orphan who has won the top prize of a billion rupees in the Indian version of the "Who wants to be a millionaire" TV quiz. He has been arrested by the police on suspicion of cheating, and the book relates his life story, not necessarily in linear order, so we understand how he came to know the answers to the questions.
The story isn't the same as in the film, and even the motive behind his appearance on the show is different. It doesn't matter. Even if you didn't like the film, you should read the book - it was really one of the best books I've ever read in any format.
"Better than the film ......if possible"
I saw a bad pirate copy of the film and was only half convinced about the book.....until I started listening.
What a good listen, well read, superb story, and for the price... Excellent value.
I challenge anyone to say they did not enjoy it. I have already loaned the book to two others!
For me..better than the film!
What a great story told by an even better narrator.
I listen to this book over a year ago and it is the most engaging story I have listened to. I listened to the story before I saw the film, which was quite different. Very disturbing at times,and some parts were very difficult to listen to. The narration captured the drama and beauty of the story and I was lost in imagination. The story was exiting and I was gripped.
"Forget the film - listen to this..."
...it is quite simply THE best audio rendition of a book that I have ever listen to!
"narrator amazing, story brilliant"
One of the best narrators I've heard - able to switch between accents smoothly and do them all so well. The story itself is magical. Now look forward to the film version.
"An indian fairy tale"
Funny, shocking and inspiring
I've never read or heard anything quite like this.
This was different to the film but had the same spirit and amazing cast of characters.
If you've seen the film and loved it you should try to listen to the story it is similar but there are many parts that are different and very entertaining. Do listen to this. It isnt what you expect -highly recommended
"Forget the film - the book's ten times better!"
Like a lot of cinema-goers I loved the film 'Slumdog Millionaire', but I had heard a bit of the narration of the story 'Q & A' on radio 4 and had the idea that the book would probably yield more rewards.How right I was!The narration was skilled and fitted the story perfectly. I cannot recommend this book enough, a real feel-good story .The plot was far more involved and interesting, and left me with a huge smile on my face.
The backdrop reflects the abject poverty facing an orphan child in India. It does not flich from showing us a number of possible unbearable scenarios. The chasm between rich and poor is made depressingly clear. While the plot twist of poor boy makes good could have emerged as a deus ex machina, leaving the reader with a sugary, sickly taste in the mouth, this book avoids any such feeling by simply promoting the message 'do as you would be done by.' In real life, perhaps, karma never quite works as quickly as it does in fiction, but we all need the hope this book inspires.
"Excellent book, stupid movie"
I read the book first, then watched the movie. I couldn't believe how they could massacre the book that way in the movie! The book is infinitely superior to the movie, it made me laugh (a little) and cry (more) and want to know more about India and help somehow. It's very well written indeed, I listened late into the night to finish it, I couldn't put it down. Forget about the movie! Read the book instead!
Without doubt, this is the book I have most enjoyed LISTENING to since signing up with audible. It is superbly read. The book is pretty good too ;-)
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