It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never read a newspaper or gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales, Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question. In his warm-hearted tale lies all the comedy, tragedy, joy and pathos of modern India.
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©2005 Vikas Swarup; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks America
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I wasn't sure I was going to like this; I tend not to go for much in the way of popular culture, and the movie tie-in made me leery. Thank heavens I got over it! This is a wonderful book with great writing and characters, alternately deeply moving and very funny. There is a lot of depth here; the humanity and compassion of the book's narrator and those who help him through life far outweigh the cruelty of his enemies and the grinding poverty he strives so hard to overcome. It's simply a terrific book. Christopher Simpson does a superb job with the narration. The characters are so vivid and real, and he never hits a wrong note. Please give us more books narrated by this guy!
I can't recommend this highly enough. Go listen to it!
The screen play was very different from the book. The overall premise (the main character on a trivia game show, then arrested and accused of cheating) was the same, but even the character’s names are different in the book. I really enjoyed this story. I plan to check out more from Vikas Swarup.
The narrator is FANTASTIC. I would actually buy a book by an author I knew nothing about, simply because it was narrated by Christopher Simpson, so the vocal performance would be excellent.
Life's good when I am listening to a great book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. The story creates just enough curiosity at the start to keep the reader engaged and wanting more. I love the adventures in India and the quirky situations which have allowed the protagonist to know the answers to the quiz show questions. This book mixes tragedy with humor, adventure, and heart. The clever set up in the book (using the quiz show for the backdrop) allowed the author to set the stage for the telling of this young man's life. I did see the movie and enjoyed it very much but the stories were quite different in the book. This is a colorful book in every sense. I found the narration to be easy to understand despite the Indian accent.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
I have the print edition of the original Q&A but I listened to the audiobook before getting a chance to read it. I cannot imagine a better example of the audio edition improving on a novel than Slumdog Millionaire, because the narrator reads in an authentic Indian voice. I hope that doesn't come off as a stereotype, but it sure made the first person narration sound so authentic (sorry to repeat that word, but there is no better one).
The same thing that made the movie so good -- the framing device of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire as the jumping off point for the backstory. The vignettes in the book are mostly different than the ones in the movie, but they are as effective -- the author knew of the changes in advance and approved them, finding them better suited to cinema, and was primarily happy that the screenplay retained his Millionaire framework.
His accent, as already discussed. But to take it one step further, he captures the wonder and enthusiasm of the narrator as he guides us through his various experiences and how they shaped his answers to the Millionaire questions (Billionaire in the book, in rupees).
Given a first person narrator who is central to most of his stories, and given how vividly he is brought to life by the reader, Ram is naturally the most memorable character. But what makes this book so interesting, just like the movie, is the great variety of characters he encounters in his personal journey (even if many are different than those in the film).
I hope it's not too much of a spoiler to note that many of the vignettes in the book are not the same as in the movie. On the contrary, look at it as a whole new set of stories to add to those that are in the movie, because they are just as good.
A very interesting read telling the story of how a boy who's roller coaster life equips him with the right trivia to win a fortune and help the people who he holds dear. It is also a Karma full story where those who do evil get what's coming to them. I have never seen the movie but after reading the book I am certain I will find the opportunity to do so.
compelling story, sympathetic character,
The scene in the apartment house when he sleeps with his arm through a hole in the wall to comfort his "sister" friend. His escape from the orphanage home after his horrific understanding of what was to become of him and his friend...
Main character, but his relationships were so strong, that they were outstanding.
I have been raving about this audible book, and plan to buy it as gifts.
I love learning, teaching and exploring!
I enjoyed listening to this novel. The novel is about a character who answers questions on a game show to win a sum of money. Each chapter reveals details about the main character's life and ultimately provides clues on how he was able to answer each question on the game show. It is quite a bit different from the movie, but still quite good.
The narration was well done. There were many accents and voices portrayed by the narrator.
I have been telling everyone to read (or especially listen to), this book. It will be in my 'to read again later' pile. Vikas Swarup did a brilliant job in taking a story and twisting and turning in clever and yet understandable ways. Christopher Simpson was terrific wilth all the voices,. I will be looking for him again. I saw the movie after listening to the book and enjoyed it, and saw some of the story in it, but I can't give it the same raves I give this audio book. Do yourself a favor and spend a wonderful 10+ hours with it!
The book was so much better than the movie. What a wonderful story. I will listen to this one again.
Slumdog Millionaire is a quick read (the Audible recording is just over ten hours) and if I’d been actually reading it, I think it’s one that I would have been frustrated having to put down. As it was, I listened to it in its entirety in a single day at work. I usually listen at double speed, but I start at normal speed just to make sure I can follow everything well. The fact that the story is set in India, a place I’ve never been, with a culture I’m only minutely familiar with, I didn’t feel lost. I was swept away. No, I don’t think I could go there and make sense of anything, but for the time I spent there with Ram, I belonged in that world. What culture shock I had was surprisingly unimportant. I suppose you could argue that the story could happen anywhere, but I honestly think the setting was perfect for the tale Swarup was telling. I honestly cannot imagine this story set in America.
There is so much tying Ram’s past to his present life during and after the taping of the show, that I have to give great commendation to the author. Swarup left no loose ends, even wrapping up one that I hadn’t really thought of as being a loose end. He brings characters you think are somewhat inconsequential, or ones that walk into and out of Ram’s life, back into his adult life from his childhood in ways that are both surprising and satisfying. The questions for the quiz are great, and seeing the behind the scenes filming of the quiz show was enough to make me giddy while still making me hate the show’s producers for how they look down on Ram. Swarup has created an amazing character with a huge heart, one that you cannot help but sympathize with, even when he makes wrong or poor decisions. It’s easy to understand Ram without having to be dragged through his every thought process. On the whole, this is just an amazing, well thought-out novel that is pulled off well in the writing.
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