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The great Indian epic - the Ramayana - has been told and retold over thousands of years by poets, performers, and writers. It is a tale of courage and fear, love and hate, devotion and betrayal. The epic spans the three worlds of gods, humans, and demons. Here, the forces of good and evil collide, locked in a battle for the ultimate supremacy. Rama, the crown prince of Kosala, descendent of the timeless Surya dynasty, must face unimaginable danger, but what lies in his destiny?

©2016 Puranas Ltd (P)2016 Puranas Ltd

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"A remarkable listening experience "

It was very refreshing to find such a well written and fine rendition of this classic.
By using well-crafted dialect , authentic sounding accents, Shreyas and Ayur believably dramatizes the wide range of characters in Ramayana.The narration captured the emotional heart of this audiobook.
The different character voices were quite distinct and it was easy to stay with the storyline.
I highly recommend this book on Audible.

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Proud of the idea and perfect narration!

Years of hard work, perseverance and shraddha has resulted in a lively, interesting retelling of the ancient epic. Kudos to the boys and their parents in bringing out a classic in a new format. The flute interlude is simple and just apt. Look forward to more such presentations. Anuradha , Gautama, Atreya

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The story is focused on main plot points

Ramayana: An Ancient Indian Epic is a shortened retelling of the ancient Hindu religious epic, The Ramayana by two brothers, Ayur and Shreyas Pulle. Their intent was to retell this epic in hopes of making a written adaptation that was more approachable for a younger audience. The Ramayana tells the story of Rama, a king of the Surya dynasty, who is an avatar of Vishnu, a form of God in the Hindu religion. The overarching story is that prior to his rule, Rama is exiled to the forest for 14 years. His wife Sita and brother Lakshmana choose to accompany him. During this exile, Sita is abducted by an evil demon, Ravana. Rama and Lakshmana, embark on a quest to find and save Rama’s wife, Sita, and to fight off the evil demon Ravana. During this quest, they meet many allies that help them in their fated fight of good against evil.

Ayur and Shreyas Pulle have done an admirable job condensing a lengthy and complex epic into a short story suited for children. The story is focused on main plot points of the epic, creating a comprehensive story from beginning to end that includes many details. Any violence that would be seen in a dramatization of the epic is glossed over making the story better for children. In addition to the main characters, a number of memorable characters appear in the story either to help Rama or to fight against him. While the retelling could have been improved by emphasizing the moral plot points even if it caused an increase in length, it is well organized for a children’s story.

The narration is done by the two authors of the adaptation, Ayur and Shreyas Pulle. They do a good job with the voices and speaking in unison when appropriate. The production quality is good and the musical interludes work well. I would recommend this story to children as an approachable introduction to the epic, Ramayana or to an older listener who wants to be reminded of the major plot points of this epic.

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  • Geetha
  • 08-28-16

Well executed!

Would you listen to Ramayana again? Why?

Would most definitely listen to Ramayana. The book captures important events briefly enough to retain the attention of listeners without missing out on crucial details. Caters to variety of audience.

Any additional comments?

Both the authors has a great sense and clarity of the character they played which was visible in the way voice modulations were carried out. Kudos to the team.You should definitely make more such books.

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  • aditi
  • 01-29-17

Brilliantly written and Narrated.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Ramayan is a story my grandfather would narrate to me when I was a child, and living in India was something I grew up with and just knew . However, being an epic it is also a long and the language in the previous versions I have read was difficult to follow and not as engaging at times. I would certainly recommend this audiobook to anyone who would like to know this story but simply does not have the time or drive to read the original version.

What did you like best about this story?

Although the book is fairly brief considering the length of the original epic, it covers the salient parts of the epic in an easy engaging style. The language is easy to follow and eloquently descriptive.

What about Ayur Pulle and Shreyas Pulle ’s performance did you like?

Ayur and Shreyas were articulate and expressive. The narration was clear and crisp.

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

Absolutely.. I listened to this book in one sitting.

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  • stanley
  • 12-08-16

Ramayana brought to life

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Shreyas and Ayur Pulle’s honest re-telling of the Ramayana ancient Indian epic poem is an accessible and engaging listen, bringing to life the struggles of the divine prince Rama to rescue his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana. In its original form, the Ramayana is one of the largest ancient epics in world literature consisting of nearly 24,000 verses. However, the Pulle brothers ensure that the listener can easily follow the plot of this undeniably complex story with its many characters, kingdoms and divine beings. The use of music to create atmosphere and aid the listener’s transportation into the world of the story worked well but could have been developed further as a tool to engage the listener and allow the plot some space to breathe. Overall, an interesting and informative listen for anyone interested in the origins of Diwali.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-30-16

A very fine narration

As a non-Hindu, I found learning about Lord Rama interesting and enjoyable. The work was well contructed and seems suitable for youngsters and teenagers. The voices were distinctive, expressive and well articulated. The music was appropriate and non intrusive and an excellent choice to accompany the story.

A very fine narration!

Pat Goldstone

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  • Sisira
  • 11-09-16

Clear and Expressive

Where does Ramayana rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Ramayana is an Indian Epic and is one of my favourites.

What other book might you compare Ramayana to, and why?

Mahabharata, like Ramayana, is an Indian Epic. Both these stories revolve around the battle of good against evil, clashes of egos, fight to ascend the throne and love between brothers.

What does Ayur Pulle and Shreyas Pulle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narration is clear and crisp. It is fun to listen to them because their involvement in the story compels they readers to stay connected.

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

Yes. I listened to the book in one go because the narration was amazing and the style was very engaging.

Any additional comments?

I wish Shreyas and Ayur all the very best in their future endeavours. I hope they continue to maintain their connection with the Indian Mythology.

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  • NP
  • 10-24-16

An engaging narration of the Ramayana

Would you consider the audio edition of Ramayana to be better than the print version?

The audio edition is enhanced with music, hence gets the listener to engage in the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ramayana?

Bharatha and Lakshmana's faith in Rama.

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A beautiful narration of the Ramayana, very captivating. Can be heard as a bed time story too!

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  • Sana and Kriti
  • 10-02-16

Totally fascinated by the story of Ramayana!

Flawless narration of an ancient epic. A complex story which has so many different interpretations but has been narrated for the first time in a crisp manner with all facts and characters preserved. Easy to listen to in one go on the train with headphones or play in parts. Great expressions by Ayur and Shreyas Pulle.

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  • Dipika
  • 09-04-16

Clear, well presented and concise

What did you like most about Ramayana?

Easy for children to understand. Gets one interested in Hindu mythology.

What about Ayur Pulle and Shreyas Pulle ’s performance did you like?

Lots of expression and easy to understand. Very clear.

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

The part where Sita got taken away by Ravana.

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The children loved the battle as it was action-packed.

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  • Chander Gupta
  • 09-04-16

Excellent narration !

It's an exciting and tremendous effort by the Pulle's. Easy to understand and told in very tantalising tones.

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  • Ashish
  • 09-03-16

Ramayana never sounded so beautiful

Ramayana recited by young generation in their sweet voice is very pleasing, uplifting and motivating.