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The Space Between Us Audiobook

The Space Between Us

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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Thrity Umrigar won the Nieman Fellowship and earned a finalist spot for the PEN/Beyond Margins award with The Space Between Us. Set in modern-day India, this evocative novel follows upper-middle-class Parsi housewife Sera Dubash and 65-year-old illiterate household worker Bhima as they make their way through life. Though separated by their stations in life, the two women share bonds of womanhood that prove far stronger than the divisions of class or culture.

©2005 Thrity Umrigar (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    gardener97 Atlanta 04-25-15
    gardener97 Atlanta 04-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Story that stays with you"

    The story of Bhima and her granddaughter Maya is s searing one. Having been forced to go from tiny but respectable apartment to the slums, Bhima continually tries to keep moving forward. It is hard to review The Space Between Us without giving the story away. I'll just say I recommend this to readers who can take a trip through a difficult and twisting story. I am still chewing on the ending and will go back and listen to that part again. Excellent narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 09-07-15
    Sandra 09-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Extraordinary"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The depiction of characters that at first glance ... vastly different. Yet, this author so exquisitely wove this tale that ultimately revealed how alike we are no matter our geography, social class or race.


    What does Purva Bedi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Beautiful voice, sensitive and nuanced performance ... brilliantly done


    Any additional comments?

    This is such a beautiful story ... the characters truly come to life. In my top 3 of audible books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda B. San Francisco, Ca 09-27-14
    Linda B. San Francisco, Ca 09-27-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Predictable, Melodramatic"

    I really expected to enjoy this book but was disappointed by the predictable storyline which became obvious very early on. I normally love hearing Indian accents but I found the narrator to be overly dramatic . The idea of juxtaposing the lives of a wealthy woman with a poor servant was interesting but all of the characters seemed to be flat and one dimensional. I found the ending to be unbelievable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laurine Dabbs 08-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Sad tale"

    This story is so sad and depressing I almost stopped reading it several times but held to the hope of some lighter ending. Not inspiring to me but very informative on class society in modern day India.

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    Patricia Bentz 07-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent narration."

    I was reading and listening at different times, and the narration enhanced the book for me.

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    abi 07-17-16
    abi 07-17-16
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    "Great story, performance could have been better"

    The story is interesting and portrayed in detail. Did not like the narrators voice and performance. The voice is not at all pleasing also she is over performing on most of the dialogues, does not sound as a mature narrator.

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    Maitri Bhatt 02-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    ordinary.
    narration is irritating at times with child like mimicking voice. story is melodramatic. not real content. very ordinary.

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    Mary B. Johnson New Mexico 11-07-15
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    "Learn about the caste system in India"
    If you could sum up The Space Between Us in three words, what would they be?

    Great cultural experience


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Learning about the way the poor treat the poor; the rich and the servants


    What about Purva Bedi’s performance did you like?

    Great expression and portrayal of emotion;


    Any additional comments?

    the story sometimes gets bogged down in too much description, more that needed;

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    dearpru vermont 10-28-14
    dearpru vermont 10-28-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Ms. Bedi has a lisp"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend a real book or even an ebook version of The Space Between Us, but Purva Bedi who reads the audiobook has a horrible lisp....it ruins the experience.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Purva Bedi?

    Anyone without a lisp.


    Did The Space Between Us inspire you to do anything?

    I re-viewed a wonderful PBS movie called Lakshmi & Me, which is a documentary about this same subject.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sonia Farmington hills, MI, United States 08-03-13
    Sonia Farmington hills, MI, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Elegant writing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an elegantly written book. The story, the characters, the background all had depth and texture. A beautiful example of powerful Spanish writing.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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