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The Hungry Tide Audiobook

The Hungry Tide

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Publisher's Summary

Internationally best-selling author Amitav Ghosh, winner of the Pushcart Prize and numerous other prestigious accolades, pens a sweeping novel full of romantic adventure. Favorably compared to the masterworks of Joseph Conrad and V.S. Naipaul, The Hungry Tide is an atmospheric tale set in a world of wondrous sights...and terrible danger.

Off the eastern coast of India lies an extraordinary cluster of islands known as the Sundarbans. It is a raw but beautiful area, a place of man-eating tigers, river dolphins, huge crocodiles, and devastating tides that sweep across the terrain without remorse. In this exotic land, marine biologist Piya, fisherman Fokir, and translator Kanai meet. As they travel deep into the remote archipelago, they experience a territory at risk not only from natural disaster, but also from human foolishness and volatile politics.

Hailed as "a novelist of dazzling ingenuity" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Ghosh delivers a rich and evocative story of profound truths staged against an unforgettable backdrop.

©2005 Amitav Ghosh; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Another triumph of gorgeous writing, intelligent romance, and keen philosophical inquiries." (Booklist)
"One doesn't so much read Ghosh's masterful fifth novel as inhabit his characters and the alluring if treacherous Sundarban archipelago." (Publishers Weekly)

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    nancy campione 09-14-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting story, wooden characters"

    I almost gave this 4 stars. Interesting well paced story that creates a vivid picture of a very exotic and little known area and its inhabitants in India. My problem with this book was the characters; they just really never come to life. If the backdrop is enough for you, then you'll enjoy this book. If you want engaging characters, this comes up short.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Neeta ridgefield, CT, USA 08-12-08
    Neeta ridgefield, CT, USA 08-12-08
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    "A good story"

    I listened to this book after once attempting to read the hard cover version. As with the actual book, I was very bored early on and it wasn't easy to get into the story. But give it time. The author tells a great tale, and I learned a lot about the Sunderbans too. As an Indian American, I can relate a lot to the main character, Pia. A nice read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle waycross, GA, USA 02-21-08
    Michelle waycross, GA, USA 02-21-08 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it"

    I enjoyed the text of the geography and the spirit of the characters. I would read it again.

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    Pritika Madison, WI, USA 10-31-09
    Pritika Madison, WI, USA 10-31-09
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    "Just beautiful"

    Amitava Ghosh's writing is sublime and nuanced, and Firdous Bamji gets Ghosh. What more can I say? It is a beautiful book, and a beautiful audio rendition.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deirdre 09-03-16
    Deirdre 09-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Engaging story, beautifully read."

    I recommend this book to all who love complex story lines set in times and places remote and not well known.

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    Gregory R Haverty 08-09-16 Member Since 2005
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    "Mangroves in India, watercraft, mud swamps, dolph "

    dolphin research and characters not found at the mall, makes fascinated reading, I read it 3 times.

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    Amazon Customer Walnut Creek 03-15-16
    Amazon Customer Walnut Creek 03-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great story"

    I was surprised at how much I liked this it was beautiful and poetic. I had to read it for class and usually the books are somewhat dull. this one kept me engaged and it reminded me of Jack London.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie 08-08-15
    Marjorie 08-08-15
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    "I couldn't stop Listening"
    Would you listen to The Hungry Tide again? Why?

    I probably missed a lot along the way. The story was very engaging. I love it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't read the book so I don't know spelling. Folkire.


    If you could take any character from The Hungry Tide out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Pia. She deserves a good meal.


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    Jessica Washington, DC USA 07-26-15
    Jessica Washington, DC USA 07-26-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great novel told brilliantly"

    I love Ghosh and this novel didnt disappoint. The performance was terrific with a variety of accents and correct pronunciation of words in Bengali and Hindi. Definitely enhanced the novel

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    F. Hawkins 03-21-13
    F. Hawkins 03-21-13 Member Since 2008

    silentsun

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    "can't finish it"

    I made it 3/4 through, and I'm giving up, can't stay interested. Not a bad reader, but the story doesn't make progress.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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