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Slumdog Millionaire (a.k.a. Q&A) | [Vikas Swarup]

Slumdog Millionaire (a.k.a. Q&A)

A small prison cell in India holds an 18-year-old penniless waiter from a Mumbai slum. But Ram Mohammad Thomas isn't a criminal. He is under arrest for correctly answering 12 tricky trivia questions on the show Who Will Win a Billion? Reluctant to part with the jackpot of one billion rupees, the show directors bribe the police to arrest Ram, accusing him of cheating.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: It's rare that you hope for traffic on a road trip, but when I drove from New York to Boston with Kerry Shale's narration of Q&A for company, I had my fingers crossed for a back-up at the bridge. How could I tear myself away from Shale's distinct characterizations? The orphan from Mumbai, the faded Bollywood star, and the ruthless game show host - Who Wants to Win One Billion Rupeeeeees? - all made for a truly extraordinary listen. —Diana Dapito

Publisher's Summary

A small prison cell in India holds an 18-year-old penniless waiter from a Mumbai slum. But Ram Mohammad Thomas isn't a criminal. He is under arrest for correctly answering 12 tricky trivia questions on the show Who Will Win a Billion? Reluctant to part with the jackpot of one billion rupees, the show directors bribe the police to arrest Ram, accusing him of cheating. For how else could a poor, uneducated orphan know so much: the name of the smallest planet, global capitals, and diplomatic policy? Ram is rescued by a lawyer who draws from him the always compelling, touching, and sometimes comic story of his life, explaining the source of his knowledge. An inspired performance by reader Kerry Shale captures the spirit of this off-beat novel, a blend of high comedy and touching melancholy.

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.

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Winner, Fiction (Abridged)

"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)

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    Nanci San Jose, CA, United States 06-30-06
    Nanci San Jose, CA, United States 06-30-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Great story, very entertaining!"

    This book is well written and expertly narrated. Lots of fun to listen to. I listen while commuting to work, so could hardly wait to get back in the car each day to find out what was going to happen next. Highly recommended.

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    Peter Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada 06-19-06
    Peter Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada 06-19-06
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    I really enjoyed this book, the twists and turns of Ram Mohammad
    Thomas's life, although fictional gave me an insight to the nonfictional lives of poor children in India. Recommended

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    Lore Grantz Pass, OR, USA 06-02-06
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    "phenomenal"

    I am a long-time listener, and this is the first audio book I felt compelled to review. The story is good or even great. Clever and captivating...But (as noted by others) the best was the narrator--indeed, the best icing I have ever had on an audible cake! Phenomenal.

    As soon as I finished the book (and got over my devestation that it was over), I wanted to listen again.

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    M. S. Cohen New York, NY USA 05-24-06
    M. S. Cohen New York, NY USA 05-24-06 Member Since 2003
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    "One of the best audio books I have listened to"

    A great story. With loads of twists and turns. Funny and poignant.

    And yes, Kenny Shale's performance is fantastic.

    Download this book immediately!

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    Amy A Lemley Thomson, GA USA 11-05-08
    Amy A Lemley Thomson, GA USA 11-05-08 Member Since 2007
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    I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't quit listening!

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    Jane Columbia, MO, USA 08-25-07
    Jane Columbia, MO, USA 08-25-07
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    "not as represented"

    I looked forward to listening to this book but gave up after the first few chapters. While the story was tragic, every bit of tragedy related to terrible sexually dysfunctional relationships: incest, male rape, and on and on. Not what I was expecting from an "off-beat novel, a blend of high comedy and touching melancholy." The content of the book should have been more clearly described in the review. A waste of a purchase.

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