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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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    Jean Aubrey, TX, United States 10-12-17
    Jean Aubrey, TX, United States 10-12-17 Member Since 2014
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    "What a wonderful story"

    Loved the book. Great value. Good narration of difficult dialects. Very interesting time period and view into the Middle East

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Boston 09-20-17
    Boston 09-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Story "

    Absolutely wonderful book, historically sound. The narrator is perfect. The battles are breathtaking and the description of the landscapes gives depth to the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sima 09-17-17
    Sima 09-17-17
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    "Engaging "

    Interesting detailed epic story with fantastic description of places and customs in India and Afghanistan. The love story and romantic passages where a little over-the-top or perhaps corny. Great Indian accent but the British accent was not as good surprisingly. At times the British characters ended up with an Indian accent also. The Afghani accent was perhaps not as authentic as it also sounded more Indian. Overall a great epic tale with great insight into the minds and thinking of the British imperialists as well as the conquered during the 19th century.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    melvin 09-23-17
    melvin 09-23-17
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    "somewhat disappointed "

    what started as a love story ended up a somewhat boring history.

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    A. B. 09-05-17
    A. B. 09-05-17
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    "Long and trying my last nerve."

    This story went on and on with the characters so maddening I could hardly stand them. I didn't think it would ever end. The narrator did a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    smaller jerusalem, Israel 09-01-17
    smaller jerusalem, Israel 09-01-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Love Suspense Danger History and Life"
    Would you listen to The Far Pavilions again? Why?

    Yes I would! Though at times the suspense was so strong that I could not sleep thinking about Ash and Jully,
    I think the naration was superb, one of the best I have heard as Vikas Adam changes characters....
    The story is enthrolling and picturesque, the description of the terrain, the people, the history,
    the bloody proud English, who thought they were better... and tried to run that world!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    By far Ash! or Ashuk or Akbar, his passion, and lack of fear, and love, and impulsiveness,
    his knowledge and determination. his honesty and love
    Also Jully, I found her to be wise beyond her age, always! and clever!! and so loving of Ashuk!


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

    All of them.....GREAT NARRATOR!!!!
    Ash, Jully, Wally!!, Mahud, All of them!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Ashuk parting from Sita
    Jully and Ashuk finally talking on the boat
    Wally's honesty before he was killed


    Any additional comments?

    I think the end with all the killing was a bit dragged out...to long...and then the book abrutly ends with us only imagining that Ash and Jully find their valley, maybe this is better for the imagination...not convinced!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ci A. Hawkins 08-21-17
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    "Indiophiles will love this story.
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    War and Peace move over. this saga will cover all the reading requirements. War, Adventure, Death, Pilgrimage, Riches, Total Poverty, and most of all Love. The main couple of course, but family, friends, servants showed the depth of feelings all humans have at some very important times in their lives. Very historical, I didn't research on the wars but enjoyed the action studies.

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    J C Moore 08-12-17
    J C Moore 08-12-17
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    "Epic in breadth and Length"
    What did you love best about The Far Pavilions?

    an extremely long epic of colonial India and Afghanistan, brilliantly delivered, but dang, it is long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nycgirl 08-09-17
    nycgirl 08-09-17
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    "beautiful"

    will be considered one of my favorites for life. it is true that you will hear different volumes and tones for the same character, but since one is so deep into the story, it really doesn't matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rick SEATTLE, WA, United States 07-25-17
    Rick SEATTLE, WA, United States 07-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Romance novel more than historical fiction"

    this book is more romance novel than historical fiction. the tone and dialogue are often melodramatic and a little corny. some of the scenes are literally bodice-rippers. if you can get beyond that, it's really a fun read with a sweeping cultural view of India and Afghanistan, interesting plot and well-developed characters. the length gives you ample opportunity to get involved with the story. it seemed to end abruptly after all that, but I felt myself sorry to see it end.

    the performance was superb. the reader did great accents, pronounced all the locations properly and convey it excitement in his reading. I really enjoyed it - highly recommended

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  • MaDr8y
    Cambs., UK
    6/19/13
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    "Lovely story. Shame about the narration!!!"
    What did you like best about The Far Pavilions? What did you like least?

    I have known and loved this story for more than twenty years. Despite misgivings about the sound of the story when I listened to the excerpt, I went ahead and bought this title because I just wanted it to be all right.


    What didn’t you like about Vikas Adam’s performance?

    Oh, dear. Why, oh why use someone of Indian origin (fine and appropriate) but with an American accent(!) to read a story of an English boy raised as an Indian in the aftermath of the Great Mutiny, then sent to England to be educated as his father's son, returning to India as an English army officer? The narrator just sounds so wrong whenever he speaks as an English person.....there are so many American-style mispronunciations to an English ear (Torquay = Torkway / Torkay; roan = rowan; subaltern = subALLtern; route = rout, etc., etc., etc...) and he has no idea at all of how well-spoken English people of the mid-19th century would have sounded. For example, poor Wally, who we are told lapsed into "occasional use of brogue", comes over as comic 'Oirish' every time he opens his mouth. Admittedly, I now know that 'Zarin' shoul be pronounced as 'Zareen', but that is not enough to make up for all the cringing I am doing as I listen.Such a shame!


    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Linda Hall
    North East England
    4/13/14
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    "Excellent book pity about the pronunciation"
    Would you listen to The Far Pavilions again? Why?

    Yes, because the story transports you back in time to the Raj.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ashok. Just watching him mature.


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

    His pronunciation. For goodness sake the word Quayside was pronounced Kwayside instead of Keyside. Same with Torquey. Other words too many to mention. His voice did not reflect the depth of character of Ashok and others.


    Any additional comments?

    Would have enjoyed the book more with a different narrator.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs H J Morrow
    1/18/15
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    "Brilliant book"

    I read this book many years ago and was delighted to find it in the Audible collection. Really couldn't bare to stop listening and feel bereft now it is finished.
    My only tiny gripe is the accents the American narrator tried poorly to emulate - his Irish accent was almost funny at times. I did get used to it though and it didn't spoil this fantastic story!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dr
    Dublin, Ireland
    7/20/15
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    "An epic story"
    If you could sum up The Far Pavilions in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, evocative, gripping


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The escape from Bithor


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very long, sweeping saga that encompasses colonial India in a very nuanced way considering it's time.apart from some odd pronunciation errors the narration is excellent

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    UK
    2/20/13
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    "Wonderful book, beautifully read"

    This is a wonderful story set in India at the time of the 1857 Mutiny. It is an epic story of romance, love, war and friendship which you will find hard to put down, and even harder to forget. I have read this many times but this is the first time I have been able to listen to it as an audiobook, and I have not been disappointed. The reader - Vikas Adam - is excellent, bringing the story and characters to life.

    Highly recommended!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Miss D Srao
    3/13/17
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    "Fabulous story but TERRIBLE narration"

    This is a great story, highs and lows, tears and laughter, but what ruined it throughout was the excruciatingly bad narration. The English accent was American/Canadian, and the Welsh and Irish accents were like nails down a blackboard. They were appalling in fact and totally distracted from the story. It was a 5 star book but the narration ruined it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chris B
    9/9/16
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    "The Far Pavilions"
    What made the experience of listening to The Far Pavilions the most enjoyable?

    Great story - especially given the English / Indian contrast and Ash's position between them


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The English accent and pronunciation occasionally grated and was far too american to be believable as upper class 19th century English.


    Any additional comments?

    Far more enjoyable that the film, since the book is able to provide far more detail and context of Ash's experiences growing up in both India and England.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth M
    7/20/15
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    "Magnificent - "unputdownable""
    What made the experience of listening to The Far Pavilions the most enjoyable?

    Wonderful story - quite gripping - and what a history lesson. Politicians should take note before they ever consider sending our troops into Afghanistan again - nothing there has changed!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was there - sitting on the characters shoulders, watching it all happen.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • heather
    Rochdale, United Kingdom
    6/17/14
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    "An Epic Tale"

    A wonderful story of India during the Raj the politics the backstabbing and intrigue all rolled into a tale of innocence danger love lost, love found, and love forbidden.Well read apart from a few misprenunciations eg Himalayas pronounced Him-Are-Lee-Has,but easily forgiven as you can think of the narrator as Ash himself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    SELBY, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "Loved it!"

    I read this book when it first came out and really enjoyed it - so it was great to find it in a different format that I can now enjoy while at the gym. It's a long, long book but this simply means the opportunity to get more depth into the characters. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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