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
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!
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.
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.
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.
I love it when I have two views of a great story: cinema and book! I enjoyed both, but I especially enjoyed the pictorial sense of India down-deep, and I enjoyed listening to the main character in his own voice. The story is exceedingly far fetched, but very-very enjoyable.
I had never seen the movie before reading this book. I have since watched the movie, and although they are similar, the book far outshines the movie.
The book has a bit of a fairy tale/whimsical quality to it. Don't get me wrong, there are still some awful things happening in the world of Slumdog Millionaire, but it just doesn't seem quite as dark as the movie.
This has been one of my favorite audio books of the last few years.
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