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Slumdog Millionaire Audiobook

Slumdog Millionaire

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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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    Martha C. Riley UPLAND, IN, US 04-15-17
    Martha C. Riley UPLAND, IN, US 04-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    I loved this book! It is a colorful description of life in India from the perspective of a poor orphan boy trying to make his way in the world. I thoroughly enjoyed all the adventures of Ram Mohammad Thomas, our young hero with the big heart. I was sometimes confused about the timeline, as the story jumps around in time to different phases of his life. This is because Ram is telling his life story, not in chronological order, but in the order the events of his life correspond to the quiz questions of the game show he has just won. Christopher Simpson gave an amazing performance! Everything about his narration, accents, pronunciation, expression, and timing was outstanding. I will listen to this book again sometime, enjoying it a different way now that I know some of the surprises that are revealed at the end.

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    Rachel Freeland, WA, United States 01-16-17
    Rachel Freeland, WA, United States 01-16-17 Member Since 2011
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    I was totally swept up in this story from beginning to end! Great writing, amazing performance and a story that informs, tears at the heart and proves that good can overcome evil!

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    Jessica Myrick 11-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    This story is heartbreaking, inspiring, heart-warming - all in one. I haven't yet seen the movie, but I can't imagine it comes close to portraying all of the love and pain and raw emotion that is described in the book. Beautifully narrated - a must read/listen.

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    JL 09-28-16
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    Great way to learn a whole bunch of random things about India, while being entertained by a funky tale

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    Tim 03-12-16
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    "Gripping story narrated perfectly!"

    Incredilbly narrated, Swarup's novel fuses tragedy, romance, and thrill. Q&A will make you cry, laugh, and cheer as Ram Muhammed Thomas recounts his life experiences that will leave you questioning your role in society. This story focuses on the influence of greed, wealth, and power and sheds new light on issues of poverty and injustice that exist in our world today.

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    Regina 03-04-16
    Regina 03-04-16

    Hi I'm Regina and I'm a Bibliophile.

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    "Great story & narration, but very mature content"

    I listened to the book in less than a 24 hour period because it was that riveting. It has very graphic scenes, especially at the beginning but if you watched the movie you know that this only impresses upon the reader how different out lives are from that of the main character.

    I highly recommend giving it a listen and in case you were wondering this is the book that the movie was based off of but they renamed it to match the title of the movie, likely so that more people could find jt.

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    Brittany 02-15-16
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    I love this story and the overflow of culture, and the narrator really makes it come to life.

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    Abby 06-28-15
    Abby 06-28-15 Member Since 2014

    A-book-a-day Audio listener, mother, grandmother, citizen of the world, dog lover, kayaker, windsurfer, eccentric, eclectic semi- recluse...

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    Well worth a second listen. The narrator is superb and knowing that it is based on real events is astounding.

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    purpleprose 06-10-15
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    I haven't seen the movie yet, so I came to the audiobook without any preconceptions. Wow! What a fantastic "read". I listen only while commuting and it got to the point that I resented getting to the end of my ride, I was so eager to hear what was going to happen next. The actor is terrific: the novel has a speaking cast of thousands, it seems, and the reader differentiates among all the characters well, making the Scheherazade-like tale easy to follow. Pure delight.

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    Julie 06-09-15
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    "4.5 stars! Great story, great narration!"

    I enjoyed every minute of this book. While the themes of poverty, hardship, and struggle are familiar, the telling of the story was wholly unique. I never saw the movie, so I can't compare it, but this book stands strong on its own. The characters and plot -- or, more accurately, plots -- are compelling. The author also infuses the story with some dry humor, which comes across especially well in the narration. Highly recommend!

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