We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
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.
Regular Price:$19.57
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (657 )
5 star
 (378)
4 star
 (190)
3 star
 (68)
2 star
 (13)
1 star
 (8)
Overall
4.4 (179 )
5 star
 (110)
4 star
 (43)
3 star
 (21)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.5 (174 )
5 star
 (111)
4 star
 (48)
3 star
 (13)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Amber Rose Santa Cruz, CA 02-07-08
    Amber Rose Santa Cruz, CA 02-07-08 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    222
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Great!"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Diana Clarke 05-15-07
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    289
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Steve San Francisco, CA, United States 01-17-07
    Steve San Francisco, CA, United States 01-17-07 Member Since 2011
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    54
    3
    Overall
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    S. Dayal Old Bridge, NJ USA 01-05-07
    S. Dayal Old Bridge, NJ USA 01-05-07 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    3
    Overall
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    William Calgary, Alberta, Canada 12-21-06
    William Calgary, Alberta, Canada 12-21-06
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    134
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Akita Atlanta, GA, USA 08-19-06
    Akita Atlanta, GA, USA 08-19-06
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Susan Hewitt, TX, USA 08-17-06
    Susan Hewitt, TX, USA 08-17-06 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rafael Atlanta, GA, USA 07-01-06
    Rafael Atlanta, GA, USA 07-01-06
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nanci San Jose, CA, United States 06-30-06
    Nanci San Jose, CA, United States 06-30-06 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    52
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    210
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Peter Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada 06-19-06
    Peter Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada 06-19-06
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    53
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Very Entertaining"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 41-50 of 54 results PREVIOUS1456NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.