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Six Suspects | [Vikas Swarup]

Six Suspects

Vicky Rai, the son of a high-profile minister, has been shot dead by one of the guests at his own party. They are a glitzy bunch, but among them the police find six strange, displaced characters with a gun in their possession, each of them steaming with a secret motive. India's wiliest investigative journalist, Arun Advani, makes it his mission to nail the murderer. In doing so, the amazing, tender and touching lives of six eccentric characters unravel before our eyes.
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Vicky Rai, the son of a high-profile minister, has been shot dead by one of the guests at his own party. They are a glitzy bunch, but among them the police find six strange, displaced characters with a gun in their possession, each of them steaming with a secret motive.

India's wiliest investigative journalist, Arun Advani, makes it his mission to nail the murderer. In doing so, the amazing, tender and touching lives of six eccentric characters unravel before our eyes. But can we trust Advani? Or does he have another agenda in mind?

©2008 Vikas Swarup; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    11-25-10
    11-25-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Is unputdownable a word?"

    And I thought "Q&A" was brilliant....

    This story is so cleverly told, everything is woven together brilliantly. I love Vikas Swarup, he is an amazing storyteller and manages to somehow imbibe a sense of hope into the most hopeless of situations and lives. He draws the class and caste contrasts beautifully and draws the reader into the lives of his characters completely.

    I enjoyed the narration, although the American accent of our call centre hero did nothing for me. I am not American, so not an expert judge, but it didn't sound quite right to me.....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ilinca Romania 04-24-11
    Ilinca Romania 04-24-11 Member Since 2010
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    "great listen"

    It's easy to listen o, fun, totally non-pretentious, filled with big & little truths in its observations of the universals of life, somewhat schematic at times, but never boring. An author that proceeds with leisure at an easy pace, with equal interest in all his characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sævar Hvalfjarðarsveit, Iceland 10-23-11
    Sævar Hvalfjarðarsveit, Iceland 10-23-11 Member Since 2007
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    "A rare masterpiece"

    Beutifull, exiting, funny, sad, strange, mistery, and a social critique. Vikas Swarup is a master storyteller. The narrator is perfect and makes no mistakes.
    I highly recommend this wonderful book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gerrie Pretoria, South Africa 10-07-12
    Gerrie Pretoria, South Africa 10-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Tangible India - the impossible whodunnit"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I will! I already have.It provides an intelligent and insightful taste of India - one can feel the crowds, touch the garments, taste the food, dislike the politicians. Six Suspects brings this interesting and complex country and culture to life.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was initially very difficult to follow, until each of the main characters has stamped his or her own story unto the plot. It started making sense in Part II and really came together in Part III.


    What about Lyndam Gregory’s performance did you like?

    His tones, his accents for each character, his enthusiasm, his consistency with regard to each individual character. It was a really good audio performance. Even if you don't like the story, its worth listening just for the performance.


    Who was the most memorable character of Six Suspects and why?

    The tribal guy. He is the mirror in which all societies should look at themselves. The cellphone thief was also adorable.Mohan Kumar was the least believable of all the characters. The American guy was downright irritating - a very good typecast.


    Any additional comments?

    You won't guess the killer until the very last few minutes! It's worth going all the way.The story is beautifully told, albeit a little complex initially. I loved it, expecially from halfway through Part II. In a creative way, it breaks open India to each foreigner who knows very little about Indian culture, and at the same time entertains with a good 'whodunnit'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 08-10-12
    Joan saskatoon, sk, Canada 08-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "shades of forrest Gump!"

    This is an awesome book! It highlights the meaningless chance incidents that end up shaping our lives. Similar to Forrest Gump this book makes us aware of the small choices that can make or break our lives. This is often to the good and sometimes not so much. an awesome story that makes looking at the inequities in some cultures as an opportunity to make things work for the best. And if not, make us aware of the difference that can be made by seemingly small things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Wellington, New Zealand 01-26-12
    Rachel Wellington, New Zealand 01-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "found the narrator distracting"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I honestly can't say what I think of the story as the narrator's heavy handed accents for the characters kept pulling me out of the narrative. I think if accents are necessary to a story, perhaps source people with those accents to read the dialogue for those characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Morad Jerusalem 11-16-11
    Morad Jerusalem 11-16-11
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    "Yes, it is as good as Q&A..."

    Narration is awesome and the story is bound to keep you entertained for hours...

    Reading about each of the suspect's lives you sometimes get lost and forget what book your reading, but eventually when everything starts connecting you realize what a buatiful story it is...

    I downloaded an old game from my childhood called Supaplex (remade as WinPlex) and played it while listening to this book, awesome experience...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fiona Fort Frances, ON, Canada 01-30-12
    Fiona Fort Frances, ON, Canada 01-30-12 Member Since 2009

    I am a voracious reader given the opportunity and can usually find some value in any book. I think there are only 3 books I never finished.

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    "Too whiny"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different character portrayal by the narrator.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Vikas Swarup again?

    It would have to be very highly recommended


    What didn’t you like about Lyndam Gregory’s performance?

    I didn't like the way the narrator portrayed many characters. They came across as too whiny


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Didn't finish it. I was disappointed with it.


    Any additional comments?

    Some parts of the story were interesting. It has potential.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Donn Edwards
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    5/18/10
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    "Great Story"

    I enjoyed this book as much as Q&A, and I thought Lyndam Gregory did an excellent job, even if his Indian accents weren't accurate (I wouldn't know, but they sounded fine to me).

    My wife hated the Larry character, but I thought he was fun. I love the way the plot wove numerous threads together, and the end of the book came too soon. Vikas Swarup is an excellent story teller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jenney
    PurleyUnited Kingdom
    1/12/10
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    "Disappointing...."

    Please, please, please can the people of BBC Audio not follow the example of the writers of Slumdog Millionaire and trash this Vikas Swarup's work. After reading "Q&A" and hearing the likes Peter Francis James & David Thorpe make magic storytelling of "On Beauty" and "A Company of Liars" respectively, I was very excited to see what "Six Suspects" had in store for me.
    Disappointment turned to irritation when I was constantly distracted by the narrator's terrible Indian accent (of the era of Peter Sellers) and mispronounciation of Hindi words. This turned \"Six Suspects\" into an Indian novel but not for Indians, WHAT????
    When we have wonderful actors like Lillette Dubey and Naseerudin Shah who would be fantastic at making this tale come to life, we are presented with Lyndan Gregory, sorry Lyndon, but not your finest work.
    Audible listeners deserve better Indian accents! Here the voice really maketh the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kerstin
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    11/12/09
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    "Excellent"

    This book is great, I highly recommend it, if you like India and crime, then you will love this!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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