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The Marriage Bureau for Rich People | [Farahad Zama]

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

Farahad Zama's debut novel transports listeners to faraway India for a story brimming with endearing characters, homespun wisdom, and blossoming love. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Farahad Zama's debut novel transports listeners to faraway India for a story brimming with endearing characters, homespun wisdom, and blossoming love.

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

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    What made the experience of listening to The Marriage Bureau for Rich People the most enjoyable?

    Taina Rodrigues (the reader) was spot on for the voices and personalities in the story.


    What other book might you compare The Marriage Bureau for Rich People to and why?

    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.


    What about Tania Rodrigues’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    We listened to it while in the car on a road trip, so we pretty much heard it all at once.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mama C 03-18-13
    Mama C 03-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Left Me Smiling"

    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.

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    Susan Bow, NH 03-06-13
    Susan Bow, NH 03-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Delightful Listen"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    01-08-13 Member Since 2008
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    ""Comfort Food""
    What made the experience of listening to The Marriage Bureau for Rich People the most enjoyable?

    The story was interesting and varied but the details about the customs and philosophy of the people added an extra element of interest


    Have you listened to any of Tania Rodrigues’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard this reader before - the voice was perfect.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Marriage Bureau for Rich People and why?

    The characters were very balanced so there were many lines of interest in their stories.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 01-02-13
    Barbara 01-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Be patient"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Kreed The Rockies 12-12-12
    S. Kreed The Rockies 12-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Made me smile"
    What did you love best about The Marriage Bureau for Rich People?

    The feeling of being in a story book land


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Marriage Bureau for Rich People?

    The theft of a flower


    Have you listened to any of Tania Rodrigues’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Rama came to get the girls


    Any additional comments?

    This was a sweet yet smart romance. Very enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    diane Belleville, Illinois, United States 12-12-12
    diane Belleville, Illinois, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    "I liked it very much!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Marriage Bureau for Rich People the most 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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Marriage Bureau for Rich People?

    I cannot decide if I liked the Moslem of the Hindu wedding best.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ELaine 12-05-12
    ELaine 12-05-12
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    "ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL"
    What did you love best about The Marriage Bureau for Rich People?

    IN THE SECOND PART ENJOYED THE INNOCENT LOVE STORY THAT ENDED SO WELL, AND OF COURSE THE DOWN TO EARTH ADVICE ON JUST LIVING...


    What did you like best about this story?

    LOVED MR. AND MRS ALI AND THEIR GOOD COMMON SENSE...THEIR KINDNESSES FELL IN LOVE WITH WHOLE BOOK!!!


    Have you listened to any of Tania Rodrigues’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NO


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    DITTO ON COMMENTS ON FIRST PART!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Minta Amelia Island, FL United States 11-28-12
    Minta Amelia Island, FL United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Cute story, narration boring at times"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Marriage Bureau for Rich People to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tania Rodrigues?

    Probably not.


    If you could take any character from The Marriage Bureau for Rich People out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hmmmm...probably any of them, as long as we went to a good Indian restaurant!


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Travelin Gal Las Cruces, NM United States 12-25-12
    Travelin Gal Las Cruces, NM United States 12-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful intro to Indian Customs with great story"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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