This novel was originally published with the title Q&A and is the basis for the movie Slumdog Millionaire.
©2005 Vikas Swarup; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
"Shale's performance is brilliant." (USA Today)
"Reader Kerry Shale captures every nuance and distinction of the many personalities involved." (Boston Globe)
"This production gains much from Shale's excellent and lively performance....Shale makes it sincere, hilarious, heartbreaking, and delightful....His gifted reading, full of emphasis, inflection, and excitement, is a joy to listen to." (Publishers Weekly)
Delightful storytelling. It's about a simple Indian man who explains by a series of amazing true life stories how he won the jackpot prize on a TV quiz show. The narration in this audiobook was superb with the reader's wide range of different voices and accents that added immensely to the enjoyment of this novel. I listened to this a long time before I knew it was coming out as a movie and after hearing this version the pictures in my mind are so vivid that I don't think I need to go see the film version. If you enjoy a good audiobook no less than a movie then I advise you to try this first - you won't be disappointed!
I haven't seen the movie, but this audiobook is a great listen! It's very funny, sometimes in a dark way, sometimes in a slapstick way...I found it reminded me of John Irving, especially Son of the Circus for the setting, the wonderfully strange characters, and the religious allusions. And that is high praise indeed...
Protaganist was simultaneously pitiful and hopeful. The human spirit is displayed in a painful, yet oddly humorous fashion. The narrator captures the attitude and personalities of the charactors perfectly.
Narrative makes the world go round.
If Dickens found himself in modern day Mumbai, he might have spun this clever tale of characters and circumstance to comment on social conditions and relations. If you like writers like Vikram Seth, Arundhi Roy and Rohinton Mistry who weave tales that are local but universal, tragic but funny, you'll like Q+A. Although Q+A is a bit lighter fare than the others' novels, great narration carries it to a 5 star listen.
I downloaded this book with some trepidation; it just didn't sound like the type of story I would typically like. But I'm so glad I listened to the other reviewers and took the chance, this book is an absolute treat! So many emotions are invoked while reading this book that I have found myself thinking about it many times during the weeks since I finished it. Unlike most of the books I download, this one will stay in my ipod so I can listen to it again and again.
One of the most engaging voices to render an audiobook I've ever heard. The premise for the story's plotline is exceptionally clever and engaging. The author combines wonderful dialog conveyed via a first person narrative form to cover a wide range of very adult themes and related exposition police brutality, child abuse, prostitution in India, abuse of women, and corporate and bureaucratic corruption, class discrimination)with the optimism, humanity and sense of humor of the protaganist to present a wonderful tale. But as other reviewers note - the diversity of personalities presented with perfect mix of energy, pace and tone make this audio presentation stand out.
I've never been to India, but the atmosphere generated by the author's words, enhanced by Mr. Shale's top-notch effort, are transportive. The author's well-crafted denouement is simply a first rate treat!
I am new to audiobooks and after a handful of non-fiction, this was my first foray in trying fiction on an ipod. I am pleased to say that with good story, well told, worked well during my twice daily 30 minute commute to and from work. I have come to take full advantage of audible.com's generous samples to get a feel for the narrator before getting the download - Kerry Shale's brilliant performance of the many characters, richly portrayed through accents, intonation and manners really made this far more than simply listening to a story.
I am starting to look for particular narrators as often as a type of book.
Most convenient of audible to let the user click on the narrator's name to see other books read by the same performer. Reviewing a book is straightforward, but with audiobooks there's more. There's a narrator and also possibly an abridgement. I suppose an audiobook could be rated sperately on all three.
The reading performance given by Kerry Shale on Q&A is unquestionably one of the best I've heard since becoming an Audible subscriber six years ago. The storyline is OK. It's entertaining and from the start it is not hard to follow. But the real entertainment here is supplied by narrator. So, if there were seperate ratings, I'd give the story a B and give the narration an A+. As for the abridgement, well that's moot. Unless they put out an unabridged version narrated by Shale, who cares? Simple printed words, abridged or not, could not compare.
I enjoyed the movie so I thought the book would be interesting. I wish I had known in advance it was a jumble of perverted sex. It might be ok after the first several chapters but I don't intend to find out. I wish audible had a return policy.
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