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Slumdog Millionaire | [Vikas Swarup]

Slumdog Millionaire

Vikas Swarup's spectacular debut novel, the inspiration for the award-winning film, opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all 12 questions on India's biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never 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.
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Vikas Swarup's spectacular debut novel, the inspiration for the award-winning film, opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all 12 questions on India's biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion?

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.

Hear the whole story behind the Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire!

©2005 Vikas Swarup; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks America

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    Carol Calgary, AB, Canada 12-02-11
    Carol Calgary, AB, Canada 12-02-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Fantastic"

    I can sure see why a movie was produced based loosely on this book. Everything about it was brilliant. I was pleasantly surprised at how different the novel was from the movie. I love how the stories within the novel all link so well. The main character, Ram's, honesty, kindness, naivety and obvious intelligence made for an unusual and interesting character and the narrator portrayed all the traits very well. I found myself following Ram around the Indian country side on Google Map and looking up many different things that were referred to in the book. It's one of those books that I'll likely listen to again someday.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 08-19-09
    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 08-19-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Delightful"

    I generally avoid fiction. This time I just wanted to know what all the hype was about. I haven't seen nor do I plan to see the movie, but the audio version of the novel was quite a surprise. The writing is amusing and the reading is excellent.

    Essentially, this is the story of one Ram Mohammad Thomas (yes that is an interfaith name) who wins a billion rupees in a quiz show. He is accused of throwing the quiz and the novel explains how he "obtained" the answers.

    The story-line is a little contrived, but it doesn't matter. The reader is repaid many times over. The humor is wonderful and the stories will keep the listener's attention. If you tolerated Forest Gump. there is much more here for the interested.

    Slumdog isn't high brow, but is an entertaining listen. Take a chance, relax, and enjoy the trip.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Bloomfield, MI, United States 09-04-10
    Nancy Bloomfield, MI, United States 09-04-10 Member Since 2007

    Never got to go to a library until the age of 8 ! Since then I have become a book addict. History, biography and fiction all thrill me.

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    "I did not think this was my kind of book!!"

    I didn't see the movie and the book didn't have a real draw for me. I loved it from start to finish!! On top of a great story, wonderful writing and characters who were so real to me, the narrator is excellent. Fun book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    lucia permowicz SAINT LOUIS, MO, US 04-28-15
    lucia permowicz SAINT LOUIS, MO, US 04-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good listen"

    It was a good listen. Excellently read. Highs and lows throughout. I would recommend it.

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    Elizabeth 03-11-15
    Elizabeth 03-11-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Brilliant and heart breaking and warming"

    A wonderful tale of twelve answers. The answers to twelve game show questions paint a vivid picture of India - from aging movie stars to man made cripples, abuse, rape, murder and ultimately - redemption .
    With a pinch of luck for spice and happy endings. I'm a fan.

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    Eva 01-23-15
    Eva 01-23-15
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    "Great read"

    One of the best books I've ever read. I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates great and well thought literature.

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    Brady Amundson 12-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Forget everything you know from the movie"

    Wow. I loved the movie so I thought I'd give the book a whirl. Totally different everything. The only thing similar to the movie is that there is a character named Salim and the main protagonist is on a game show. Download and listen now.

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    "So good I have listened to it twice."
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    Great audiobook. Interesting story, great performance. As usual, better than the movie (which was great). I highly recommend Slumdog Millionaire.

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    Mr. D Idaho, United States 06-26-14
    Mr. D Idaho, United States 06-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Even if you have seen the movie, read this."
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    This book has a lot going for it. It has a unique plot, the main character is someone you really want to root for and it is an education of a way of life very remote for most of us.

    I knew the story, I had seen the movie, but even so I couldn't put the book(headphones) down. As usual, the book was much better even though the movie was good as well.

    If you enjoyed the movie and want to prolong the experience, give this a listen.

    Narration was good.

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    Adam 04-22-14
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    "Pleasantly surprised"

    I don't care for sex and foul language in my books and knowing this was made into an R rated movie I purchased it cautiously. I was pleasantly surprised. I would label the book PG-13. There is no explicit sex and while there is some swearing it was not gratuitous or excessive. The book has a great moral and a postive message. After listening to the book I looked up the summary of the movie. It doesn't sound like the movie is much like the book at all. I'm glad I listened to the book. I would rate it in the top 3 that I have listened to so far.

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