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

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

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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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    Rob Prindle Erie, PA United States 05-09-08
    Rob Prindle Erie, PA United States 05-09-08 Member Since 2002

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    "Thoroughly enjoyable."

    This book starts a little slow, but quickly becomes engrossing. The plot is fresh and involving, the writing is crisp and witty, and the reading is outstanding.

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    aerlys Bellevue, WA USA 05-06-08
    aerlys Bellevue, WA USA 05-06-08 Member Since 2016

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    "Wonderful story, beautifully read!"

    This is a book with a main character you really can cheer for. It is very entertaining, despite the very tragic things that happen to our hero. Kerry Shale, who narrates, is wonderful. And the ending is great. I highly recommend this book!

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    Amber Rose 02-07-08
    Amber Rose 02-07-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Great!"

    Was a bit uncertain in the beginning it was pretty ugly and graphic, but hang in there, what a wonderful suprise!

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    Diana Clarke 05-15-07
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    "Charming"

    This story drew me in even though I expected not to like it. If you dislike narrators with accents, you will not appreciate this narrators voice. Each simple plot twist leading to an amazing quiz show answer had a story. I felt myself learning some Indian culture.

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    Steve San Francisco, CA, United States 01-17-07
    Steve San Francisco, CA, United States 01-17-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazingly Entertaining"

    Wow! This narrator is an absolute master with voices. He really has an amazing talent. The narrator's different voices along with this completely mesmerizing and entertaining story made this one very difficult to put down. It had everything: suspense, intrigue, drama, danger, comedy, romance. I highly recommend it. I didn't want it to end.

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    S. Dayal Old Bridge, NJ USA 01-05-07
    S. Dayal Old Bridge, NJ USA 01-05-07 Member Since 2016
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    "Vivid Story, Excellent Narration"

    If you overlook the fact that everything falls convincingly in place for Ram Mohammed Thomas to win the Billion Rupees, everything else is really superb... extremely apt description of both the locales and the characters, and the multi-religious lead man's roller coaster life story. However, the book would not be half as enjoyable without Kerry Shale's amazing narration.

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    William Calgary, Alberta, Canada 12-21-06
    William Calgary, Alberta, Canada 12-21-06
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    "Amazing!"

    This is quick becoming my most favorite book! The narration is beyond top notch, it's perfect! Add to that a wonderfully unique and diverse story and I can see why it too so many awards!

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    Akita Atlanta, GA, USA 08-19-06
    Akita Atlanta, GA, USA 08-19-06
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    "Brilliant!"

    There are some books you read, and some books you listen to. This is one of those that you definitely must listen to. Surely, it's an enjoyable read, but the narrator brings the characters to life with such vividity, that you cannot help but become fully engrossed within the first minute!

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    Susan Hewitt, TX, USA 08-17-06
    Susan Hewitt, TX, USA 08-17-06 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic book and reader"

    This was a really good book--made even more enjoyable by the wonderful job of reading by the narrator. I was very pleasantly surprised by this choice, since I hadn't heard anything about it before. Highly recommended.

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    Rafael Atlanta, GA, USA 07-01-06
    Rafael Atlanta, GA, USA 07-01-06
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    "Great Narration, fun story"

    The story is simple, creative and entertaining. The narration is excellent with great voices and emotion. It's an excellent road trip audiobook.

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