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A Passage to India Audiobook

A Passage to India

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Dr. Aziz is a young Muslim physician in the British Indian town of Chandrapore. One evening he comes across an English woman, Mrs. Moore, in the courtyard of a local mosque; she and her younger travelling companion Adela are disappointed by claustrophobic British colonial culture and wish to see something of the 'real' India. But when Aziz kindly offers to take them on a tour of the Marabar caves with his close friend Cyril Fielding, the trip results in a shocking accusation that throws Chandrapore into a fever of racial tension.

Set against the backdrop of the British Raj and the Indian independence movement in the 1920s it deals with the common racial tensions and prejudices between Indians and the British who ruled India.

Many of Forster's novels observed class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society including A Passage to India, the novel which brought him his greatest success. A secular humanist, Forster showed concern for social, political, and spiritual divisions in the world.

Time magazine included A Passage to India in its All-Time 100 Novels list and it was selected as one of the 100 great works of 20th century English literature by the Modern Library.

Directed by David Lean, a film adaptation was released in 1984 that won numerous awards including two Oscars.

Narrator Biography

A Cambridge graduate who trained at RADA under the direction of Sir Laurence Olivier, Sam Dastor has long featured on screen and stage. He is best known for The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) and for twice portraying Gandhi in both Lord Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy (1986), and Jinnah (1998).

Sam Dastor has starred in many West End productions with roles such as Ariel in The Tempest, and Orlando in As You Like It. His most recent work has included starring on stage at the Wolsey Theatre in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2016). He has narrated a large catalogue of audiobooks including V.S. Naipaul’s A House for Mr Biswas.

Public Domain (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer 11-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "interesting, but I struggled with the structure"

    I found the story to be interesting. But I was lost while reading it myself. This reading helped alot with the dialogue between 2 or more people, as the writer gives no cues to who is speaking. I also struggled with the structure of the chapters, as they bounce between the unknown narrator,l and the other characters with little indication. I did immensely enjoy the reader. His voice was clear and the voices he gave to the characters were excellent

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    Michelle 10-17-17
    Michelle 10-17-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A true classic"

    This novel (1920's ) resonates in today's world. Make this novel a part of your history and experience. Wonderous in every way.

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    Eli 04-25-17
    Eli 04-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing book."

    This was truly and amazing book filled with rich themes and symbols and a plot that left you always wanting to read on.

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    David Hopkins 02-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A classic must read!"

    Wonderful story of two cultures who fail to understand one another and friends who do!

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    Pierre 12-22-16
    Pierre 12-22-16
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    "Enjoyable and Interesting"

    Certainly a well written book! And the audio book works only to complement the work. I enjoyed listening, and additionally, listening to the golden voiced Englishman voice elderly English women, in addition to older Indian men always brought a grin to my face. Describing the audiobook in one word, the word engaging comes to mind. This has piqued my interest in audiobooks, and I can not emphasize how well this example did to forge that interest.

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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 11-30-16
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 11-30-16 Member Since 2008
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    "A great story about friendship"

    The reputation of this book misled me into thinking it centered around Miss Quested's court case. Seen from that viewpoint and the detestable Miss Quested, the book is annoying in that peculiarly Forster-ish way. But seen as the friendship between Aziz and Fielding, the book becomes something else: one of those rare books that trace the building of a friendship between two people. I have a few issues with Mr. Forster. His depictions of romantic relationships don't even attempt to be convincing. His depictions of social prejudice and injustice are laid on as thickly as the coarsest caricatures. His attempts to treat characters fairly who have a different viewpoint from his own come across as...well, as attempts to express a viewpoint he really fails to grasp. And his female protagonists, especially Miss Quested, lack all pretense at being sympathetic. That said, Forster has enough good points to keep me interested. He periodically will punctuate his narrative with a profound aside expressing something unutterably beautiful about the world and the human condition. His patience in allowing the Aziz/Fielding friendship to simmer in the background while all the foreground actions dominated the majority of the book is simply masterful.

    I also have to give Forster credit for some very prescient remarks about the future of India and England. And while I may cavil about the prejudices of some of his characters, Forster is dead on at how people tend to form ranks and polarize themselves into opposing camps at the cost of truth, justice, peaceful coexistence, etc.

    Sam Dastor does a terrific job distinguishing all the different characters with their differing social and class backgrounds. And while I'm sure he did not intend it, he made it exceedingly easy to hate Miss Quested.

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    Everard (Desert Islander) 08-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "An all time classic"

    I've returned to this book many times over the years, but to listen to Adam Dastor reading it has added another dimension of pleasure.

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    Jeff Lacy Virginia 07-15-16
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    "Slow reading but masterful"

    This is a masterfully crafted novel by a magnificent writer, as I have said in my last two reviews. The writing is perfect. For myself, and it is just me, the story just began slow; I couldn't get into it until the last half when Aziz is charged with sexual assault by Miss Quested. That's when the suspense churned and I found traction. But looking back this is a really a fine novel. Not a spy novel suspense level novel or a mystery or a crime novel but a well written classic novel. One will come away improved by it.

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    Honest John Berkeley, CA USA 07-05-16
    Honest John Berkeley, CA USA 07-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointed"

    Loved the narration, with all the accents and easily identifiable characters. Unfortunately, the story was slow and did not pull me in.

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    loved the story and narration. felt like reading not a play. his performance did the classic justice

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  • Sophie C Butcher
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    "Beautifully observed"

    While the story is isn't page turning or something that kept me up in the small hours, the whole book feels beautifully observed. The detail is exquisite. I feel that I have been in India and felt a little how different a culture it is to the English culture and can see how easily misunderstandings arise when two cultures clash, no matter how honest the protagonists are.

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  • Mr. Acapella
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    "Brilliant reading"

    Sam Dastor does an amazingly good job of reading this book. The skill of these actors! And its a masterpiece of a book too, bringing out the mysterious and maddening complexities of India at many levels.

    As a good novel should, it gives you an understanding of the times and the people that you could never get from reading a travel guide or history book. But its not all plain sailing. Not much humour, the story is slow to get started and the plot could be outlined in a few short sentences. Yet somehow none of that matters.

    In its treatment of the colonial British, the book is reminiscent of Orwell's first novel, Burmese Days, another excellent book which was written about the same time I believe.

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  • Nifty
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    "A wonderfully crafted story, wrought in beautiful prose"

    The last peaceful days of the British Raj is the pretext, but the language and imagery is what makes this book unforgettable.

    The last 12 chapter endings all could easily have ended the book. Poignant, and emotive.

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  • Andy
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    "Absolute classic still relevant"

    I love books with a great sense of place and time. So this fulfilled that requirement completely.
    It is a complex neuanced narrative with a strong political and social agenda.
    I rather liked the David Lean film and had those characterizations in mind
    On reflection the narrators remarkable performance was in closer keeping with the book.
    Completely satisfying if uncomfortable read highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
    ilford, United Kingdom
    11/2/17
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    "Powerful"

    This book is a powerful treatise on the conquest of empire, the wisdom of the conquered and the tender vagaries of friendship. I was moved by this book. E.M. Forster writes with soul and the narrator lends his voice with creative aplomb. Powerful!

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  • MR
    Halesworth, United Kingdom
    2/24/17
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    "Beautifully written and narrated"
    What made the experience of listening to A Passage to India the most enjoyable?

    This is a charming story which I read when I was 15 and now I am revisiting it later on in life and it seems much more vibrant and detailed then it was when I first approached it. The production is amusing, witty and engaging. Recommended.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No one character stood out; it is a dreamy novel; one can almost feel the heat. It is languid and studied.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh out loud in several places. It is a very upbeat novel.


    Any additional comments?

    Cheers you up. Delightful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Johanna Hockmann
    8/16/16
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    "Amazing novel, good performance"

    Loved it, an elegantly written account of human misunderstandings and intercultural exchange. Forster is again fantastic and this performance just lets it speak for itself

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  • Paul
    3/26/16
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    "Overall a very good read."

    For a long while it seemed the story line was going no where and nearly gave up, however, the remainder I found compulsive listening listening wrapped up in the tension between India and the British at that time,

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  • P A WRIGHT
    11/25/14
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    "Slow burning book showing colonial prejudices"
    Would you try another book written by E. M. Forster or narrated by Sam Dastor?

    Yes, Sam was a great narrator


    Would you recommend A Passage to India to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, as the plot was very thin; very little happened, and the nuances are lost in this post colonial century. I'm sure it was relevant in its day, but feels incredibly dated.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Room with a View and Howard's End, but found that I rarely empathized with the characters in Passage to India, and a lot of them did seem fairly thin and one dimensional. It was difficult to finish, and a disappointment.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. M. G. Helliwell
    surrey, england
    8/29/17
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    "Bit of a slog but worth it"

    I can see why this book is considered a classic and I'm glad I got through it but it was definitely a bit of a chore in parts.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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