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The Far Pavilions Audiobook

The Far Pavilions

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Publisher's Summary

When The Far Pavilions was first published 19 years ago, it moved the critic Edmund Fuller to write this: "Were Miss Kaye to produce no other book, The Far Pavilions might stand as a lasting accomplishment in a single work comparable to Margaret Mitchell's achievement in Gond With the Wind." From its beginning in the foothills of the towering Himalayas, M. M. Kaye's masterwork is a vast, rich, and vibrant tapestry of love and war that ranks with the greatest panoramic sagas of modern fiction.

The Far Pavilions is itself a Himalayan achievement, a book we hate to see come to an end. it is a passionate, triumphant story that excites us, fills us with joy, move us to tears, satisfies us deeply, and helps us remember just what it is we want most from a novel.

©1978 M.M. Kaye (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Denise E. Geoffrion 04-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very long but, so very very good."

    I love historical fiction, and this book was no disappointment. I learned a lot about India, and Afghanistan . the characters are engaging and fascinating . Being torn between two different worlds and not fitting in anywhere must be so difficult .

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    E Azevedo WALNUT CREEK, CA, United States 02-03-15
    E Azevedo WALNUT CREEK, CA, United States 02-03-15 Member Since 2006

    I love to read, the books need to be fairly complicated or interesting in their own way. I belong to a book club that selects great books.

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    "Long book well worth the time"

    This book was awesome and interesting from front to back. So well written. The characters were interesting and not always predictable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    T.Stick 06-30-14
    T.Stick 06-30-14

    History, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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    "EPIC portrayal of British India"
    Any additional comments?

    This book really does have it all but spends more than it's fair share of time with the tensions brought on by the British influence in India and Pakistan and not enough time in my opinion revealing the very interesting and rich cultures of the region. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of grand descriptive prose here but it leans heavily on the military aspects. By the time you finish this book you feel that you may have traversed from Bombay to the Hindu Kush and back again yourself. It is exhausting, it is huge, and it is definitely written richly and beautifully for the indulgent and appreciative reader/listener. It is a marvel.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah United States 03-02-13
    Sarah United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Swept Away again and again"
    If you could sum up The Far Pavilions in three words, what would they be?

    Ultimate love story


    What other book might you compare The Far Pavilions to and why?

    The Princess Bride, love against impossible odds.


    Which character – as performed by Vikas Adam – was your favorite?

    Ashton


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    LoL...if I could stay awake that long


    Any additional comments?

    You will fall in love with the rich description of India. You will see it through the eyes of Ashton Martin and the hills and palaces will be almost real. You will watch a character develope into a man, fall in love and fight almost impossible odds. The wars, caste system, bravery, and loyalty make it an adventurous read. Ashton and Anjulie's love make it unforgettable. It is to this day my favorite book, and I've read a lot of books.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    alice edwards 11-30-15
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    "Great Story and Great Narration"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the lengthy story set in India (largely) and the narration. I could have listened for another 48 hours.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William Turner 10-08-15 Member Since 2017
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    "48 hours and we would have liked 48 more"

    Great story and historically accurate. We learned so much about the culture and society. Should be in the top 10 of historical novels.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsay 06-09-15
    Lindsay 06-09-15
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    "An excellent read"

    An entertaining tale, with wonderful characterization, rich sense of place and history, and enduring human values.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    CT Amazonians North Haven, CT USA 11-04-14
    CT Amazonians North Haven, CT USA 11-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "48+ Hours! And Worth Every Minute!"
    What did you love best about The Far Pavilions?

    This was a wonderful book. I spent the month of October enjoying the adventures of Ashton Pelham-Martyn as he grew up in 19th century Northern India as a member of the English Army stationed in India. I learned a great deal while listening to this amazing book. I won't retell the story but I listened to every word. I researched the people and events that were truthfully stated by the author. It was time well spent and I recommend it highly. I listened every day for one to three hours. It was a commitment, but a worthwhile one. I'm so glad I chose this book from Audible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ashton Pelham-Martyn - the main character.


    Have you listened to any of Vikas Adam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't listened to Vikas Adam previously. He was fantastic. His pronunciations and accents for the many ancillary characters were superb.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't make a film. It already was one. I do NOT plan to see it. I am leaving the book in my head - not on film.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you, Audible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin 03-27-14
    Kristin 03-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "one of my all time epic favorites!"

    I "found" this book years ago and have re-read and handed off copies to friends, something about it calls to me. Totally enjoyed being able to listen after having read it several times in the past. The narration was excellent. I love the characters and the whole story of the british going into Afghanistan, begs the old adage "those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it".

    Highly recommend, absolutely love this story!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Sebastopol, Australia 11-11-13
    Karen Sebastopol, Australia 11-11-13
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    "Wonderful. Excellent."

    I read The Far Pavilions many years ago. To listen to it now was ....... Can't put it into words. Fantastic. I was taken to India whenever I was listening. The reader was excellent. He did voices of the characters very convincingly , they were outstanding. Loved it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • George
    Los Angeles
    3/25/14
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    "A ripping yarn, shame about the reader"

    This is a great story, and whilst not being classic literature, captivates the listener from beginning to end. It's immense but usually gripping and you don't notice the length of the book. I have to agree with the reviewers who comment on the choice of narrator. To be fair to Mr Adam, he does the Indian accent very well, and fortunately most of the dialogue is between native Indian speakers. But he really struggles with the English colonists and his Irish accent is truly laughable. It's a shame because it intrudes with the story. They really should have tried someone like Sam Dastor, who did such a wonderful job narrating A Passage to India and who had the same challenges. But it's worth listening to all the same, and maybe the English (and the Irish!) would be the only ones to notice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crime Fiction Groupie
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    8/28/14
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    "Hours of listening pleasure"

    I read this originally when it was published, so was happy to find it here, especially given its length and my upcoming holidays! It not only lasted over two weeks, but for another couple of weeks of commuting. The narrator did a pretty good job - although as others have commented, he did make a meal of some of the pronunciations, and his Wally accent was just cringe-worthy.
    Its a great story, although if I am honest, I did find myself wishing for some shortening in places. It did prompt me to do some online reading about the region and the history though, to find out how much was true and how much was artistic license.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • eatough1999
    Northumberland, UK
    5/16/14
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    "Outstanding work of historical fiction"

    My first venture into the works of M M Kaye and I am hooked!

    The storyline drew me in and kept me captivated for the most part (some sections could have been shortened but this is nit-picking). I found myself rooting for the main characters in the sense that I wanted them to succeed in their endeavours. There are multiple layers of thought going on through the book mainly to do with culture, differing attitudes, the right to impose systems on a foreign culture or not? Scenes of violence, isolation, wandering, death, destruction, with the thread of romance deftly woven so as not to be over infused.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the narration by Vikas Adam

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Campievanner
    North West england
    9/3/17
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    "Very Long - a story of 2 parts"
    Would you listen to The Far Pavilions again? Why?

    Maybe. I would listen to the beginning and the end and skip the really long part in Afghanistan as it seemed to me to be a different book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Far Pavilions?

    The rescue from the funeral site. That was a gripping listen.


    What aspect of Vikas Adam’s performance might you have changed?

    His pronunciation especially of Himalayas. I also don't get why Ash's accent changed at times depending on who he was talking to keeping. Poor Wally was dealt worse with a comic Irish accent that kept wandering to other regions.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No due to being about 48 hours long - I need to sleep. It took about a month on the bus to & from work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lenny
    8/31/17
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    "Wonderful book with a weak ending"

    Overall I enjoyed listening to this book. As an English person I wasn't put off by the American accent of Vikas Adam at all. He only makes a couple of mistakes in pronunciation. His Indian accent seemed authentic and transported me right into the India of present day that I so love and then back in time. Helping me to understand more about its history and culture. It is a beautifully written tale of love, intrigue and politics. I have to say though, I found the ending weak. However, it didn't ruin the book. It is well worth reading/listening to.

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  • Andy
    LOUGHBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    8/14/17
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    "Epic tale but poor narration"

    It is a massive narrative and gives an interesting perspective on British India but the narration is occasionally so poor it is distracting. Not just the worst Oirish accent ever but many many mispronounced words and miss hit emphasis.
    Shame really not like Audible whose production values are normally high.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    8/3/17
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    "The Far Pavillions"

    This is a fantastic story, stirring and really well researched.
    I found the accent of the narrator difficult, the American accent didn't suit the story, and the Irish accents were painful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carol
    7/29/17
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    "A real tome!"

    American accent for the narrator was a surprise but did not spoil this epic story. Not a page turner but I could not stop listening! Made several long car journeys less dull

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss E Taylor
    6/27/17
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    "worst orator ever - ruined the story"

    The reader is an American guy, clearly not well read. His mispronunciation was toe curling and I almost abandoned the book. I will never buy another without listening to the sample first. don't do it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sharon hunt
    5/20/17
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    "Excellent"

    Excellent, really enjoyed this book just as much as when I read it in e 70's. Great narration and if course a fantastic story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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