After Mr. Ali retires, he launches a matchmaking service that helps an array of clients arrange marriages. But he's unaware of his able assistant's dire need for his marriage bureau.
©2008 Farahad Zama; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
Taina Rodrigues (the reader) was spot on for the voices and personalities in the story.
Emma, by Jane Austin. Okay, not the obvious comparison, but Mr. and Mrs. Ali are playing matchmaker with various levels of success in their business and personal lives. There are funny, quirky and heartbreaking scenes, so that we found ourselves rooting for the group of protagonists, even when they made silly choices.
While her tempo was slow, she made the characters distinct but not over-the-top. her phrasing for the dialogue was also very good and brought out the individual personalities.
We listened to it while in the car on a road trip, so we pretty much heard it all at once.
This is not the choice for readers who love a plot-driven book! Zama's story is more like a truck bumping along a dirt road: jolts are small and you get a good view of the surroundings as you pass through. It's a slice-of-life kind of story. I really loved the book and was sorry when it was over. Zama gave me an understanding of a culture I wasn't familiar with, likable characters, and a sweet story. Tania Rodrigues did a terrific job with the Indian accents.
The book was educational from a cultural standpoint and simply entertaining. Tania Rodrigues was wonderful, imparting intonation and expression in all the right places to bring the listener along.
The story was interesting and varied but the details about the customs and philosophy of the people added an extra element of interest
I haven't heard this reader before - the voice was perfect.
The characters were very balanced so there were many lines of interest in their stories.
This is a quiet book with some deep underlying philosophy and cultural information. Curl up in front of the fire and forget the stress of your day! Marriage Bureau... belongs among the best "comfort food" stories I have listened to this year.
The story takes time to find it's depth. As a listener, just about the time I started to wonder if I would ever feel like more than a detached observer I felt a subtle shift in my relationship to the characters. They have stayed with me, pleasant company, weeks after I finished the story.
The feeling of being in a story book land
The theft of a flower
I have not
When Rama came to get the girls
This was a sweet yet smart romance. Very enjoyable.
This is a pleasant story about very pleasant people. What I liked best was the way the different customs were explained so that you knew what was going on along with the descriptions of what was happening. I really enjoyed it and went right away to see if there were more books by this author. If you like darkness overcome, violence and strife, evil villains, you will not find them here. If you like enjoyable good times and different customs, you will enjoy this book.
I cannot decide if I liked the Moslem of the Hindu wedding best.
IN THE SECOND PART ENJOYED THE INNOCENT LOVE STORY THAT ENDED SO WELL, AND OF COURSE THE DOWN TO EARTH ADVICE ON JUST LIVING...
LOVED MR. AND MRS ALI AND THEIR GOOD COMMON SENSE...THEIR KINDNESSES FELL IN LOVE WITH WHOLE BOOK!!!
DITTO ON COMMENTS ON FIRST PART!!!
Maybe not. While the narrator does the voices very well, she is so boring & almost monosyllabic when reading the narration, that I almost stopped listening at one point (I'm glad I didn't). I'm sure I'd have flown through this had I read it, because its a cute story & very interesting from the cultural aspect, but the voices wouldn't have been so good, when only in my head.
Mrs. Ali, because she's not only wise to the world, but knows how to approach each situation with great thoughtfulness. Although I loved most of them.
Hmmmm...probably any of them, as long as we went to a good Indian restaurant!
A fun "read", if you can wade through/put up with the narrator for the first half (which has more narration, I think, & therefore more of the narrator's boring interpretation) & wait until the "good stuff" starts. Very cute story & culturally fascinating; I can't wait to read more of the author's books!
I knew very little about the wedding and marriage customs in India, other than the weddings are elaborate. But this book with a great story line and great naration, capitvated me. I couldn't stop listening.
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