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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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    E. Canevari Northern Calif. 12-16-13
    E. Canevari Northern Calif. 12-16-13
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    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 Member Since 2006

    Tell us about yourself!

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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 Member Since 2013

    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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    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 Member Since 2010

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

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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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    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 Member Since 2015

    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 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    Amanda 05-06-13
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    What made the experience of listening to Slumdog Millionaire the most enjoyable?

    Wasnt sure about this book... heard lots about it but remember not really being interested in the movie. The book was wonderful!!~ even the narrator did a fab job. Highly recommended.


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