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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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    Scott Fairfax, CA, United States 09-30-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book, great narrator"

    A really good listen. The narrator did an outstanding job. I am also going to buy the paper copy to read again.

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    MLeigh32 Camp Verde,AZ 04-17-12
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those who expect movies to be better than the book. I always enjoy the books much more than the movies but in this situation it was exactly opposite.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Roots


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

    Different accents of characters


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    menary kitchen 02-14-10 Member Since 2014
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    "wow, excellent read"

    one will never bore of this

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    "Even better than the movie"

    I saw the movie when it came out and loved it. Having been to India a few times I could really relate to it. Finally I decided to listen to the book. What a surprise it was, the story is totally different, I absolutely loved it.

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    Jody Nelson 05-30-13
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    I would probably enjoy the book if I read the hard copy. You have to understand the accent to listen.


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    I don't know.


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    I don't know.


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    "Loved the movie, gave up on the book"

    The book had way too much vulgarity in language for me and I gave it up early.

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