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The White Tiger Audiobook

The White Tiger: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2009.

Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2008.

No saris. No scents. No spices. No music. No lyricism. No illusions.

This is India now.

Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Over the course of seven nights, by the scattered light of a preposterous chandelier, Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life - having nothing but his own wits to help him along. Born in a village in the dark heart of India, Balram gets a break when he is hired as a driver for a wealthy man, two Pomeranians (Puddles and Cuddles), and the rich man's (very unlucky) son.

Through Balram's eyes, we see India as we've never seen it before: the cockroaches and the call centers, the prostitutes and the worshippers, the water buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost) impossible, the white tiger.

With a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected, Balram teaches us that religion doesn't create morality and money doesn't solve every problem - but decency can still be found in a corrupt world, and you can get what you want out of life if you eavesdrop on the right conversations.

©2008 Aravind Adiga; (P)2008 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Balram's evolution from likable village boy to cold-blooded killer is fascinating and believable." (Library Journal)
"A brutal view of India's class struggles is cunningly presented in Adiga's debut....It's the perfect antidote to lyrical India." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Heather Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada 02-04-14
    Heather Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada 02-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "White Tiger casts a knowing light on the darkness"
    Where does The White Tiger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top three.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Word usage - for example, many characters given names they weren't born with, "beak" as a euphemism, the car never being the car but the Honda City.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene in which the White Tiger bluffs his way along, professing to know what he does not. Also, his exasperation with the wanted poster that might have people thinking he is a terrorist instead of a murderer.


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

    It made me laugh but not cry. I was taken aback by the murder, even though it was expected, as if I thought the act would turn out to be something other than murder.


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    Judy 02-03-14
    Judy 02-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved the story, but..."
    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the story was fascinating. Love it when a window into a completely different world is opened.


    Did John Lee do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I was nervous when Is saw John Lee was the narrator. Sometimes he is too fast. But then I thought? Why is there an Englishman faking an Indian accent for this reading? Is there a dearth of Indian narrators? The kind of rubbed me the wrong way.


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    Atalie LOS ANGELES, CA, US 10-08-13
    Atalie LOS ANGELES, CA, US 10-08-13
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    "A+ narration, C- story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I don't understand the hype surrounding this book. It failed to live up to my expectations, namely it's not interesting. Mostly, I didn't think Adiga's use of telling the reader the story from the protagonist's POV - conversation between him and the Prime Minister- was successful. Instead it just caused the story to drag on.


    What was most disappointing about Aravind Adiga’s story?

    I found it dull. Which is odd considering that it is set in India and he goes into great length to describe the colorful landscape and people. I


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

    I haven't listened to John Lee's other performances; however, his narration was excellent and the only thing that kept me from deleting the audio book.


    Do you think The White Tiger needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Absolutely not.


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    Wayne Temecula, CA, United States 09-19-13
    Wayne Temecula, CA, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Entrepreneurial Murder turns me off"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't buy into the author's attempt to have his main character justify murder as an "entrepreneurial" advancement mechanism. It totally turned me off and I had a hard time listening to the character's attempts at justifying it.


    What could Aravind Adiga have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have had the brother of the boy who was killed by the main character's taxi service put a bullet in his head. That would have been nice karma.


    Did John Lee do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    John Lee is always decent, but just ok in this doing the Indian accent.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The White Tiger?

    I would not have published this book. If I was an editor I would have told the author to look elsewhere.


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    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 07-23-13
    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 07-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "India. 21st Century Wild West"
    Any additional comments?

    This book has it all. A surprise ending that would make M.Night Shyamalan envious and much more gritty than Slum Dog Millionaire. Captivating!

    It's a Wild West, every man for himself, desperate, modern day gold rush in India.
    Our main character explains in detail, his every choice and action, and leaves nothing to the imagination.

    The narrator John Lee should be nominated for an award for his performance with this book.
    With over 300 audiobooks under my belt this was the most memorable. He was perfect.

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    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 07-18-13
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Entertaining well narrated dark tale"

    You certainly can't go wrong with John Lee as a narrator, the book was enjoyable to listen to but not something you could not put down. The main character did slowly full into darkness and at the same time grew more rich and powerful. I have found this novel had very strong Anti Christian themes, I would not discourage Christian readers from downloading though, the novel did not have an agenda, the author was straightforward with his beliefs which was refreshing.

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    Amy Rexford, NY, United States 05-16-13
    Amy Rexford, NY, United States 05-16-13 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Interesting"

    It took me a bit to become interested, but eventually I liked it. It seems to be brutally honest about how things are in India.

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    Pranav Milpitas, CA 03-01-13
    Pranav Milpitas, CA 03-01-13 Member Since 2017

    Work for software, read when going to work!

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    "Nice read, nothing to wild on unexpected in the st"
    Where does The White Tiger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a good read and shows the world from an Indian driver's perspective, very well perceived!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    An unexpected twist at the end.


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The Indian accent


    Who was the most memorable character of The White Tiger and why?

    The driver...


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    Gail N. 02-22-13
    Gail N. 02-22-13 Member Since 2016

    Honest Reader

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    "Wonderful insight into Indian culture. Eye opening"

    Of course, John Lee is one of the very best readers. I search for his books. The story is simply brilliant - keeps you riveted the entire time. And I discovered an India I had never imagined.

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    Dawn McDowell Salem, OR USA 12-28-12
    Dawn McDowell Salem, OR USA 12-28-12
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    "An emotional rollercoaster through modern India"

    A fascinating story of rampant corruption and the caste system, alive and well in modern India, and a man who has to break all of the rules (and at least a few laws) to get out of it. Adiga can make you laugh and also feel despair for the future of humanity, sometimes on the same page. The emotional experience was similar to what I went through reading Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, another of my favorite books. John Lee does a fantastic job with the narration and adds a lot to this entertaining and sometimes sobering story. This book kept my attention from beginning to end.

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