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The Space Between Us

Narrated by: Purva Bedi
Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
4 out of 5 stars (304 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Thrity Umrigar won the Nieman Fellowship and earned a finalist spot for the PEN/Beyond Margins award with The Space Between Us. Set in modern-day India, this evocative novel follows upper-middle-class Parsi housewife Sera Dubash and 65-year-old illiterate household worker Bhima as they make their way through life. Though separated by their stations in life, the two women share bonds of womanhood that prove far stronger than the divisions of class or culture.

©2005 Thrity Umrigar (P)2013 Recorded Books

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A Story that stays with you

The story of Bhima and her granddaughter Maya is s searing one. Having been forced to go from tiny but respectable apartment to the slums, Bhima continually tries to keep moving forward. It is hard to review The Space Between Us without giving the story away. I'll just say I recommend this to readers who can take a trip through a difficult and twisting story. I am still chewing on the ending and will go back and listen to that part again. Excellent narrator.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Learn about the caste system in India

If you could sum up The Space Between Us in three words, what would they be?

Great cultural experience

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Learning about the way the poor treat the poor; the rich and the servants

What about Purva Bedi’s performance did you like?

Great expression and portrayal of emotion;

Any additional comments?

the story sometimes gets bogged down in too much description, more that needed;

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Extraordinary

What did you like best about this story?

The depiction of characters that at first glance ... vastly different. Yet, this author so exquisitely wove this tale that ultimately revealed how alike we are no matter our geography, social class or race.

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

Beautiful voice, sensitive and nuanced performance ... brilliantly done

Any additional comments?

This is such a beautiful story ... the characters truly come to life. In my top 3 of audible books.

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ordinary

ordinary.
narration is irritating at times with child like mimicking voice. story is melodramatic. not real content. very ordinary.

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Predictable, Melodramatic

I really expected to enjoy this book but was disappointed by the predictable storyline which became obvious very early on. I normally love hearing Indian accents but I found the narrator to be overly dramatic . The idea of juxtaposing the lives of a wealthy woman with a poor servant was interesting but all of the characters seemed to be flat and one dimensional. I found the ending to be unbelievable.

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Did not enjoy

Difficult to follow all the characters since the names are foreign and sound so much alike

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a glimpse into another culture

I enjoyed the story. It was a bookclub pick. Everyone enjoyed the glimpse. It reminded us to be Thankful for the fight for equal rights for women.

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Very good and interesting!

Our book club loved it! Lots of good discussion after reading this book about class, race and gender.

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Depressing story of Modern Day India

The performance ruined this for me. The daughter, a college student, exceptionally bright, sounded like she was a little girl of 5. The story was depressing and the ending more so. I read the sequel first, but went back to the first book to find out what I missed. Should have left well enough alone. The Secrets Among Us was so much better.

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Amazing

Such an amazing story. This book kept me interested the whole time I listened and looked for any excuse to hop in my car and get lost in the story