Aru Shah and the End of Time

A Pandava Novel, Book 1
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Series: Pandava Series, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
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Best-selling author Rick Riordan introduces this adventure by Roshani Chokshi about 12-year-old Aru Shah, who has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school.

While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she'll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?

One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru's doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don't believe her claim that the museum's Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it's up to Aru to save them.

The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?

Includes a bonus PDF of the book's glossary.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Roshani Chokshi (P)2018 Listening Library
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A wonderful book for strong girls

My girls loved Aru and all her adventures. They loved her personality (sassy) and her bravery. I would recommend this to anyone with daughters looking for vulnerable yet strong girl characters.

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A fascinating tale of magic and heroism!

Oh the adventure, the humor and the suspense! Our entire family really enjoyed this book! The characters are written and narrated so well that they became alive for us. We are anxiously waiting for the next book!

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JUST PLAIN GENIUS!

She is just plain genius!
Old stories told in different light with a 21st century flair and a modern feministic twist. There's humor when you don't expect it. It's fantasy at its best. And just super fun to read.

I'm buying this book for myself and my nieces as well. I think it's just so powerful to read about every day girls becoming heroes! And if you are Indian, you also get to teach about the religion/culture without the misogynistic parts :D
Thank you so much!

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Inappropriate pro-vaccine propaganda

Why would an author of a children's book present a character that refuses to "high-five" another child because "If not vaccinated, you'll die"? And no character counter-argument. This inappropriate brainwashing has no place in an impressionable children's book. I asked my daughter if she enjoyed the book. She brought this part to my attention. Totally inappropriate. Keep your pro-vaccine ideals to yourself.

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4 stars from the kid, 3 from me. Whiny narration.

My 9 year old son loved it, but it was just ok for me... I think part of my issue was the performance. The reader (very) frequently used a plaintive, pleading, whining tone that just went right through me like a bullet and made me very impatient with the book at times and probably colored my opinion of Aru for the worse. Apart from all the cool cultural stuff and mythology, the story was pretty standard kid hero’s journey material.

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Loved it

This was an awesome book! I loved it so much! I feel like I was laughing the whole time. The narrator did a great job.

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I love Rick Riordan books

loved it it was a experience I think every age group should listen to thank you Rick ❤️

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Best story!🐵

I listen to it all the time. IT THE BEST!!!! The book is fantastically written

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Wonderful!

Absolutely wonderful. I am definitely looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

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amazing but not

This book is really good but there can be some little adjustments. If you like demons and demigods get this book