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Editorial Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: It's rare that you hope for traffic on a road trip, but when I drove from New York to Boston with Kerry Shale's narration of Q&A for company, I had my fingers crossed for a back-up at the bridge. How could I tear myself away from Shale's distinct characterizations? The orphan from Mumbai, the faded Bollywood star, and the ruthless game show host - Who Wants to Win One Billion Rupeeeeees? - all made for a truly extraordinary listen. —Diana Dapito

Publisher's Summary

A small prison cell in India holds an 18-year-old penniless waiter from a Mumbai slum. But Ram Mohammad Thomas isn't a criminal. He is under arrest for correctly answering 12 tricky trivia questions on the show Who Will Win a Billion? Reluctant to part with the jackpot of one billion rupees, the show directors bribe the police to arrest Ram, accusing him of cheating. For how else could a poor, uneducated orphan know so much: the name of the smallest planet, global capitals, and diplomatic policy? Ram is rescued by a lawyer who draws from him the always compelling, touching, and sometimes comic story of his life, explaining the source of his knowledge. An inspired performance by reader Kerry Shale captures the spirit of this off-beat novel, a blend of high comedy and touching melancholy.

This novel was originally published with the title Q&A and is the basis for the movie Slumdog Millionaire.

©2005 Vikas Swarup; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Critic Reviews

  • 2005 Audie Award Winner, Fiction (Abridged)

"Shale's performance is brilliant." (USA Today)
"Reader Kerry Shale captures every nuance and distinction of the many personalities involved." (Boston Globe)
"This production gains much from Shale's excellent and lively performance....Shale makes it sincere, hilarious, heartbreaking, and delightful....His gifted reading, full of emphasis, inflection, and excitement, is a joy to listen to." (Publishers Weekly)

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A classic

I had this book since 2006, before Slum Dog Millionaire. My family listened to it over and over again.

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A great listen

A captivating story that was excellently performed! Well worth listening to. I will definitely recommend it!

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  • Tony
  • Miami, Fl, United States
  • 03-04-15

Original and delightful

The narrator is outstanding. I loved this book. Almost listened without a break. Highly recommended Now I am going to go watch the movie

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Best narration of any book

My wife and I somehow managed to make it to 2015 without having seen the movie Slumdog Millionaire. I chose this because of the buy one get one books that are now movies deal. The story was great but the narration was absolutely unreal, phenomenal! Hard to believe one man does all those voices and does them so well. It's worth a listen just to experience the narration!

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Great story.

Moving , funny, sad, uplifting, good karma, moral message. All of these things are present in this morality tale. I could listen to this again and again.

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Great story!

I had no idea what to expect since I hadn't seen the movie or known the story. I was pleasantly surprised!

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Great story.

Love the way the narrator is able to change the voices. Great story great plot wish I could see this at the movies

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A mature themed, yet tender hearted view of Life

A wonderful book, that while mature themed is centered around a tender hearted view of the orphan Ramm Mohammad Thomas. His story, his journey and the friendships and love he builds across the slums of India.

Well crafted, brilliantly read, spend the credit - you'll be glad you did.

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  • Majed
  • Springfield Gardens, NY, United States
  • 02-19-15

it is an easy opener

When I started listening to the story I got a little bit confusing because of the jumping between scenes but the story pick up speed and I enjoy it a lot I love the book

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Wish I hadn't seen the movie first...

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes. The length of the book was excellent. It was a really good story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Slumdog Millionaire (a.k.a. Q&A)?

That sounds like a SPOILER to me and I don't do spoilers.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

This book is a movie and the movie was excellent. I think that I would have liked the book A LOT more but I had seen the movie and already knew what was going to happen. This took some of the suspense out that would have made it so much better.