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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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the movie was good; the book is BRILLIANT

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The movie ran with the general premise of the book, and it was a nice watch particularly for the scenery of India (the good, bad and ugly), but there it ends. The characters in the movie are not taken from the book at all - and the stories told in the book are captivating, and complex, and the characters authentic, yet layered and unique. I listened for six hours the first day, and finished it the next. The narrator is excellent - one of the best I have ever listened to. To those who are annoyed because he does not portray Indians with a Texan accent, because it would be easier for you to understand... whatever. I have no words for you.

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Captivating Read

Would you listen to Slumdog Millionaire again? Why?

I would listen to it again because the novel weaves so many stories together. I felt like the book teaches readers bits about Indian History and the current social climate without feeling like a lecture.

What did you like best about this story?

I have not watched the movie- so I did not really know the outcome until the very end. The suspense pushed me on to get to the end of the story.

Which character – as performed by Christopher Simpson – was your favorite?

Ram- the main character was by far my favorite. Christopher Simpson did an excellent job making me feel Ram's emotions and honesty throughout the book.

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

Parts of the book are extremely sad and show a harsh reality that Westerners may not be aware of. I did shed a tear or two while listening to this book and definitely had a few laugh out loud moments.

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  • James T
  • Lindon, UT, United States
  • 01-28-14

Craftily woven story

I haven't seen the movie but may rent it after having read the book. This was a fun premise and I imagine if it happened in real life, people would still assume the poverty stricken, uneducated person cheated.

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Thoroughly Entertaining!

If you could sum up Slumdog Millionaire in three words, what would they be?

Wonderful story telling

What was one of the most memorable moments of Slumdog Millionaire?

Of course the scene where Tomas layes the body of his dead freind on the dining table of the rich mother is stuning. We always want the good guys to win, especially when they are poor and powerless.

What about Christopher Simpson’s performance did you like?

I loved how Mr. Simpson transitioned from one character to another.

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I didn't see the movie and didn't know what to expect with this book. It did not disappoint. It is a cross of Forest Gump and Life of Pi. Love it.

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  • Brett
  • Charlotte, NC, United States
  • 01-04-14

Never saw the movie - Loved the book

This is a wonderful novel about a servent class waiter that remarkably wins a quiz show like "who wants to be a millionaire". Nobody can understand how this uneducated guy could answer all the questions necessary to win the grand prize!

At the beginning of the story the hero has been arrested and is being accused of cheating - the question is how. The story evolves into the hero's explanation of how he knew each answer one by one.

What results is a collection of short stories that entertain, amaze and sometimes evoke tremendous feeling and sentiment. The stories seem to share the theme of tenderness and innocence colliding with harshness and ugliness. Nevertheless, the story is philosophically upbeat and hopefull. The short stories wove together and complemented each other leading to a good ending.

I never saw the movie but I am so glad that I stumbled upon this book. It was inspiring. I will read more by this author.

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Better than I anticipated

What did you love best about Slumdog Millionaire?

I was not expecting to enjoy this story as much as I did. It had a lot of heart, humanity and real-ness. A great read.

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An eventful life told through a game show

This story is basically Ram Mohammad Thomas' life told through game show questions. From deserted baby to Billion rupee winner ending up in jail accused of cheating. Ram explains what his life has been and how he knew the answers to questions he wouldn't normally be able to answer.

Christopher Simpson did a very good job with all the different characters and accents. A couple times it was difficult to understand but only in a couple places, otherwise very well done.

I have not seen the movie so I cant compare it to that but I did enjoy listening to this selection and found it well worth the credit

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  • Diane
  • Garson, ON, Canada
  • 11-27-13

Great!

The story is absolutely great! Never saw the movie, but I will now definitely have to do that. I got this book as a daily deal and I am very happy that I did. The book was so well written, everything completely made sense yet it wasn't one of those 'predictable' books.
I will be listening to this again. The narrator did an awesome job. The different accents/voices showcased by Christopher Simpson made the book jump and dance so much more! I can't think of a better way to try to tell you that you need to listen to this book, it's been a while since I've come across such a masterful melding of talent.

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  • Bruce
  • United States
  • 06-14-13

better than movie

I enjoyed the story . I found it more compelling than the movie. I recommend the book .

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better and more heartbreaking than the movie

truly enjoyable heartbreak. the narration was captivating, making it a short "read." i will freely admit that i sometimes listened a little longer than i had intended to, just to prevent the characters from being stuck in whatever bad situation they were in. it was easy to fall for the characters, and honestly want well for them.