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Publisher's Summary

Vikas Swarup's spectacular debut novel, the inspiration for the award-winning film, opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all 12 questions on India's biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion?

It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never read a newspaper or gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales, Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question. In his warm-hearted tale lies all the comedy, tragedy, joy and pathos of modern India.

Hear the whole story behind the Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire!

©2005 Vikas Swarup (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks America

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  • Alison
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 09-04-13

An Epic Driveway Moment

This story is riveting from beginning to end. I was late for everything the entire time I was listening because I just couldn't hit the pause button. The story captures your imagination and the narration is sublime. Do yourself a favor: get it. You won't regret the credit spent.

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  • Carol
  • Calgary, AB, Canada
  • 12-02-11

Fantastic

I can sure see why a movie was produced based loosely on this book. Everything about it was brilliant. I was pleasantly surprised at how different the novel was from the movie. I love how the stories within the novel all link so well. The main character, Ram's, honesty, kindness, naivety and obvious intelligence made for an unusual and interesting character and the narrator portrayed all the traits very well. I found myself following Ram around the Indian country side on Google Map and looking up many different things that were referred to in the book. It's one of those books that I'll likely listen to again someday.

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  • Roy
  • Beaumont, TX, United States
  • 08-19-09

Delightful

I generally avoid fiction. This time I just wanted to know what all the hype was about. I haven't seen nor do I plan to see the movie, but the audio version of the novel was quite a surprise. The writing is amusing and the reading is excellent.

Essentially, this is the story of one Ram Mohammad Thomas (yes that is an interfaith name) who wins a billion rupees in a quiz show. He is accused of throwing the quiz and the novel explains how he "obtained" the answers.

The story-line is a little contrived, but it doesn't matter. The reader is repaid many times over. The humor is wonderful and the stories will keep the listener's attention. If you tolerated Forest Gump. there is much more here for the interested.

Slumdog isn't high brow, but is an entertaining listen. Take a chance, relax, and enjoy the trip.

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I did not think this was my kind of book!!

I didn't see the movie and the book didn't have a real draw for me. I loved it from start to finish!! On top of a great story, wonderful writing and characters who were so real to me, the narrator is excellent. Fun book.

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Gripping story of India, & human nature everywhere

it was hard to put down. From anyone familiar with the famous movie, you will know that the plot is compelling. In addition, this is a grand tour of India, from the most heartless cruelties of street life to the wealthy homes of a spy, a contract killer, and a movie star.

There are many intriguing unexpected twists and turns. this is a masterpiece of well-researched contemporary literature.

Definitely worth reading!

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AMAZING

amazing definitely one of my favorites so many emotions in one book I loved it!

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Much better than the movie!

I saw the movie when it came out and it was okay but not great. Recently, my sister recommended it to me, but I was reluctant to try it after having seen the movie. She insisted that it was exceptional, so I downloaded it and she was right! It's one of the best selections Ive made from Audible! The story is captivating and exciting at every turn. The narrator is fantastic although it takes a while to get used to the dialect. The most difficult aspect of the book was differentiating the characters' names in the Indian language. I would definitely recommend this book to any adult looking for an entertaining, uplifting and gratifying read.

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wow!

This story kept me riveted the whole time! sad but amazing at the same time!

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A surprisingly great story.

I thought this book was one of the best I've listened to so far. The story is very interesting and at times riveting. The narrator does a great job but is a little hard to understand at times. It kept my interest until the very end.

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amazing story!!

I saw the movie years ago and enjoyed it, but the book was much more satisfying!
It was hard at times, as an American listener, to understand every word that was said in the Indian accent. That being said, I would certainly not have wanted it any other way! The narrator gave it the authenticity it needed.
Some of the character voices were a bit much, but I can't really say that I have ever listened to a audiobooks that didn't have some weird voices thrown in. You just get used to them! That is the only reason for not giving the narration a 5. Otherwise It was very well read! So much depth to the voice. You felt that he felt!
Amazing book!