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The Raj Quartet
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(4.3 based on 114 ratings)
  • 1

    The Jewel in the Crown: The Raj Quartet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Paul Scott
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    The first volume in Paul Scott's historical tour-de-force opens in 1942 as the British fear both Japanese invasion and Indian demands for self-rule. In the Mayapore gardens, Daphne Manners, daughter of the provincial governor, leaves her Indian lover, who will soon be arrested for her alleged rape.

    ken says: "Superb writing, subverted by spiritless narration"
    Superb writing, subverted by spiritless narration

    If you don't already know this wonderful quartet of novels, you have a treat in store. Splendid richness of historical setting and character. Paul Sco..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 13 2010 by ken (belconnen, Australia)
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    The Jewel in the Crown: Raj Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Paul Scott
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    In the India of 1942, two rapes take place simultaneously - that of an English girl in Mayapore, and that of India by the British. In each, physical violence, racial animosity, the coercion of the weak by the strong all play their part, but playing a part too are love, affection, loyalty, and recognition that the last division of all to be overcome is the colour of the skin.

    Thomas says: "Great Audio Book!"
    Great Audio Book!

    This is an engrossing story and the narrator gives a fantasic performance, with a different voice for each character. I wish he did the rest of the s..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 07 2011 by Thomas (Grand Rapids, MI, United States)
  • 2

    The Day of the Scorpion: The Raj Quartet, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Paul Scott
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (16)

    The second novel in The Raj Quartet: the arrest by British police of Mohammed Ali Kasim, who is known to sympathise with the Quit India movement, signifies a further deterioration in Anglo-India relations. For families such as the Laytons, who have lived and served in India for generations, the immediate social and political realities are both disturbing and tragic. With growing confusion and bewilderment, the British are forced to confront the violent and often brutal years that lie ahead.

    Timothy says: "Timeless classic, disastrous narrator choice"
    Timeless classic, disastrous narrator choice

    Paul Scott's Raj Quartet series is a timeless classic about the British rule in India and its ignominious end. I enjoyed listening to the first volume..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 10 2012 by Timothy (Austin, TX, United States)
  • 3

    The Towers of Silence: The Raj Quartet, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Paul Scott
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    This volume follows the fates of the Laytons and a retired missionary teacher, all of whom can foresee the end of the Raj - and both welcome and lament its passing.

    Virginia says: "Comment on narration"
    Comment on narration
    Reviewed on September 04 2013 by Virginia (United States)
  • 4

    A Division of the Spoils: The Raj Quartet, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Paul Scott
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    After exploiting India's divisions for years, the British depart in such haste that no one is prepared for the Hindu-Muslim riots of 1947.

    Against the backdrop of the violent partition of India and Pakistan, this volume sketches one last bittersweet romance, revealing the divided loyalties of the British as they flee, retreat from, or cling to India.

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