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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.

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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.

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    Nancy J. Brown Bloomfield, Michigan United States 09-04-10
    Nancy J. Brown Bloomfield, Michigan United States 09-04-10 Member Since 2007
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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.

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    "Gripping"

    Well worth a second listen. The narrator is superb and knowing that it is based on real events is astounding.

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    purpleprose 06-10-15
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    "Award quality writing AND performance"

    I haven't seen the movie yet, so I came to the audiobook without any preconceptions. Wow! What a fantastic "read". I listen only while commuting and it got to the point that I resented getting to the end of my ride, I was so eager to hear what was going to happen next. The actor is terrific: the novel has a speaking cast of thousands, it seems, and the reader differentiates among all the characters well, making the Scheherazade-like tale easy to follow. Pure delight.

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    Julie 06-09-15
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    "4.5 stars! Great story, great narration!"

    I enjoyed every minute of this book. While the themes of poverty, hardship, and struggle are familiar, the telling of the story was wholly unique. I never saw the movie, so I can't compare it, but this book stands strong on its own. The characters and plot -- or, more accurately, plots -- are compelling. The author also infuses the story with some dry humor, which comes across especially well in the narration. Highly recommend!

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    lucia permowicz SAINT LOUIS, MO, US 04-28-15
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    It was a good listen. Excellently read. Highs and lows throughout. I would recommend it.

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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
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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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    "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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