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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I listened to the book in less than a 24 hour period because it was that riveting. It has very graphic scenes, especially at the beginning but if you watched the movie you know that this only impresses upon the reader how different out lives are from that of the main character.
I highly recommend giving it a listen and in case you were wondering this is the book that the movie was based off of but they renamed it to match the title of the movie, likely so that more people could find jt.
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Well worth a second listen. The narrator is superb and knowing that it is based on real events is astounding.
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.
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!
Elizabeth E King
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.
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.
Great audiobook. Interesting story, great performance. As usual, better than the movie (which was great). I highly recommend Slumdog Millionaire.
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