Six Suspects

Narrated by: Lyndam Gregory
Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
3.4 out of 5 stars (70 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Seven years ago, Vivek Rai murdered Ruby Gill in a restaurant in New Delhi because she refused to serve him a drink. Now Vivek Rai is dead, killed at a party he had thrown to celebrate his acquittal. Six of the guests are discovered with guns in their possession and are taken in for questioning. Who are these six, and what were they doing that night?

In this elaborate mystery, we join Arun Advani, investigative journalist, as the lives of the six unravel: a corrupt bureaucrat, an American tourist infatuated with an Indian actress, a stone-age tribesman on a quest to discover a sacred stone, a Bollywood sex symbol with a guilty secret, a mobile-phone thief who dreams big, and an ambitious politician prepared to stoop low. Each is equally likely to have pulled the trigger.

©2009 Vikas Swarup (P)2009 BBC Audio

Critic Reviews

"The author of Q&A (2005), the novel that became the film Slumdog Millionaire, returns with an equally high-concept tale that uses a murder investigation to launch a riotous tour of contemporary India...a teeming, beguiling Indian panorama wrapped in a clever whodunit." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"A fizzy romp seems to be the main thing he has in mind. Oddly enough, that ambition turns this formulaic-sounding book into a refreshing oddity. It bears no resemblance to any of the cookie-cutter genre books of this season." ( The New York Times)

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    4 out of 5 stars

Fresh and engaging, but ya gotta be in the mood

This is a very unique approach to the "who done it," with quirky, Indian cultural sensibility and a great deal of commentary on Indian life between the lines, if you are listening. Excellent dialects with subtle variation for all but the Americans, with the worst Texas accent in the history of the spoken word. It started a bit slow for me, until I got into the rhythm of the story development, but I ultimately enjoyed the book a great deal. The length proved not to be too much, as I had originally thought. It was necessary to fully develop all the subplots.

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    3 out of 5 stars

Interesting book but horrible narration

Funny and engaging story, but I have never, ever, heard a worse southern accent. It is so bad that it makes the otherwise good book painful. Think Ted Kennedy and Forrest Gump, with British emphasis thrown in. I cannot believe that this made it through even a cursory edit - these are not small subtle errors but entire nerve-grating sections with bizarre distortions. If you are sensitive to poor narration, think very carefully about listening to this.

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Could not get past narrator

This has the making of a great listen, but could not get past narrators lack of ability to support the accents needed for storyline. Did not finish book!

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Alive with Character

What made the experience of listening to Six Suspects the most enjoyable?

This is a great story with complex characters and while you may not like all characters, they are all very real. The author has so much proficiency with the craft of writing that he can deviate from the central point in the history, tell the story of the six suspects and bring all the lines into the central plot where the murder of an unapologetically corrupt man takes place. From then on, we are taken into the conclusion of this brilliant story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The American suspect. He was just hilarious.

What about Lyndam Gregory’s performance did you like?

He was amazing! He can change his accent and voice very well and even the American accent was excellent. Kudos to him. He brought this story to life.

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

YES!!!! I borrowed this CD audiobook from the library first, but could not listen to it just as I drove. I got the audible version and now I listen to it continuously!!!

Any additional comments?

I am certainly going to look for more work from both the author and narrator. Excellent.

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Brutal narration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This has to be one of the most obnoxious and grating narrators I have come across in all of my time as an Audible member - and I have over 100 audiobooks! The worst of it is, the man's normal speaking voice is actually quite pleasant. If he just stuck to his usual voice, this would have been a great listen! Unfortunately, he is melodramatic x 10! I was annoyed long before I got to the Texan accent, but the horrific rendition of what is often already considered a difficult accent to listen to was the last straw - I had to stop listening. There was no way I was going to suffer through another 14+ hours of that! The frustrating thing is, the book seems really good! I'm going to go buy a hardcopy because I'd really like to know what happens, just not with Lyndam Gregory's clownish, insufferable narration.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lyndam Gregory?

I can't even entirely blame it on Mr. Gregory - if whoever produced and directed this had just told him to knock it off with the silly voices, he could have done a great job!

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  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

A Stunner! A great Who Done It?

Vivek Rai shot bartender (pretty, young, college student) Ruby Gill to death in a restaurant in New Delhi. This murder was witnessed by many and yet Vivek Rai was acquitted. He then throws a party to celebrate his escape from justice and is shot to death at his own party. Who done it!? There are six suspects - ALL of whom have great reasons to see him dead. This is really six stories interwoven by a master storyteller. Part funny, part tragedy, part pure creative imagination. Syntax, vocabulary, structure is beautiful. Wonderfully done! This is a real keeper! The accents (except for the Texan) are great. This is from the author of Slumdog Millionaire.

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    4 out of 5 stars

An Enjoyable Read

This book was a lot of fun. It kept me guessing throughout. I don't recommend this book for people who are fans of mysteries but not fans of Indian literature.

My biggest complaint is regarding one of the six suspects. The character is cartoonish and absurd, if likeable.

The narrator is very good with most of the voices. It's a treat to hear him prounounce the names of characters and places.

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a chore

if you can comfortably remove 90% of the book's content without it affecting the story, you have a problem. chapters went on and on and on with content for the sake of content. some characters had no use to any part of the story, yet had entire sections of the book about them. stories didnt tie up together, information given for no reason, and details left out that could have been interesting for the actual story line. overall, a real chore to read/listen to, and i wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy. Narration was good

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Disappointed

I’ll start with the good. I enjoyed the focus on the suspects back stories and how they were brought together at the ending. Now the bad. The level of stupid given to the American was a book killer. It’s hard to give one example because everything out of the characters mouth was completely ridiculous. Saying he wanted to join the “fibee” (meaning FBI) sums up how the writer sees a man from El Paso Tx. The fact that no clues are provided and there is no way to solve what people are saying is a whodunnit obviously kills this book as well. 15 hours and $15 thrown away.

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Skip this book

I couldn’t wait for this book to end. Long, wandering and confusing story with an anticlimactic ending. I wanted to like this book and got a couple of chuckles out of the Gandhi character but that’s about it. It’s notable that the writer conveys the interesting politics, humor and corruption in Indian culture. But it’s just too long. The narration the of the Texan character is the worst I’ve ever heard. It’s like Forest Gump meets Gomer Pyle.

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