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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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    Dubi New York, NY, United States 12-17-13
    Dubi New York, NY, United States 12-17-13

    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.

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    "Same Framework as the Movie, Different Vignettes"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Slumdog Millionaire to be better than the print version?

    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).


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Christopher Simpson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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).


    Who was the most memorable character of Slumdog Millionaire and why?

    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).


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    E. Canevari Northern Calif. 12-16-13
    E. Canevari Northern Calif. 12-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Better than I anticipated"
    What did you love best about Slumdog Millionaire?

    I was not expecting to enjoy this story as much as I did. It had a lot of heart, humanity and real-ness. A great read.


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    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 11-30-13
    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 11-30-13

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    "An eventful life told through a game show"

    This story is basically Ram Mohammad Thomas' life told through game show questions. From deserted baby to Billion rupee winner ending up in jail accused of cheating. Ram explains what his life has been and how he knew the answers to questions he wouldn't normally be able to answer.

    Christopher Simpson did a very good job with all the different characters and accents. A couple times it was difficult to understand but only in a couple places, otherwise very well done.

    I have not seen the movie so I cant compare it to that but I did enjoy listening to this selection and found it well worth the credit

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    Diane Garson, ON, Canada 11-27-13
    Diane Garson, ON, Canada 11-27-13

    I've loved reading and writing for as far back as I can remember. I live in Ontario, Canada with my dear dog Joram (Maltese).

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    "Great!"

    The story is absolutely great! Never saw the movie, but I will now definitely have to do that. I got this book as a daily deal and I am very happy that I did. The book was so well written, everything completely made sense yet it wasn't one of those 'predictable' books.
    I will be listening to this again. The narrator did an awesome job. The different accents/voices showcased by Christopher Simpson made the book jump and dance so much more! I can't think of a better way to try to tell you that you need to listen to this book, it's been a while since I've come across such a masterful melding of talent.

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    Alison Austin, TX, United States 09-04-13
    Alison Austin, TX, United States 09-04-13

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    "An Epic Driveway Moment"

    This story is riveting from beginning to end. I was late for everything the entire time I was listening because I just couldn't hit the pause button. The story captures your imagination and the narration is sublime. Do yourself a favor: get it. You won't regret the credit spent.

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    Bruce United States 06-14-13
    Bruce United States 06-14-13
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    "better than movie"

    I enjoyed the story . I found it more compelling than the movie. I recommend the book .

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    jenn Midvale, UT, United States 06-07-13
    jenn Midvale, UT, United States 06-07-13
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    "better and more heartbreaking than the movie"

    truly enjoyable heartbreak. the narration was captivating, making it a short "read." i will freely admit that i sometimes listened a little longer than i had intended to, just to prevent the characters from being stuck in whatever bad situation they were in. it was easy to fall for the characters, and honestly want well for them.

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    Sarah ROSENBERG, TEXAS, United States 05-21-13
    Sarah ROSENBERG, TEXAS, United States 05-21-13
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    What made the experience of listening to Slumdog Millionaire the most enjoyable?

    Slumdog Millionaire was easy to follow and the story was entertaining. The dialect of the narrator was spot on and easy to understand.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt complete joy when I completed the book. The story really grabs the audience and makes them think and appreciate every situation in life, good and bad. Slumdog Millionaire really shows you that every decision can change your life.


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    Michael Easley, SC, United States 05-17-13
    Michael Easley, SC, United States 05-17-13

    Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.

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    "You eventually reap what you sow"

    I thought this was an intriguing book, however sometimes hard to follow the timeline of events. I actually had to go back and relisten to the first half of the book. The narrator was great but has a thick indian accent. I found it hard to keep track of the many indian names. Great ending. Jennifer

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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 05-08-13
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 05-08-13

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "Trying to listen to this novel is painful."

    I have attempted to listen to this novel so many times that I have lost count. It will be placed in my memory of lost novels. There is an abridged version but if I purchase it I should have my privileges taken away for a month or even two of listening to or reading books. Do Not waste a credit or money on this novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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