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    • A House for Mr. Biswas

    • By: V.S. Naipaul
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 86

    A House for Mr. Biswas, by Nobel and Booker Prize-winning author V. S. Naipaul, is a powerful novel about one man's struggle for identity and belonging. Born into poverty, then trapped in the shackles of charity and gratitude, Mr. Biswas longs for a house he can call his own. He loathes his wife and her wealthy family, upon whom he is dependent. Finding himself a mere accessory on their estate, his constant rebellion is motivated by the one thing that can symbolize his independence.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Charming prose. Lovely book.

    • By Saman on 12-11-17

    Regular price: $38.49

    • A Bend in the River

    • By: V.S. Naipaul
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 409
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 238
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 246

    In this incandescent novel, V.S. Naipaul takes us deeply into the life of one man, an Indian who, uprooted by the bloody tides of Third World history, has come to live in an isolated town at the bend of a great river in a newly independent African nation. Naipaul gives us the most convincing and disturbing vision yet of what happens in a place caught between the dangerously alluring modern world and its own tenacious past and traditions.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful, insightful, troubling

    • By Lawrence on 01-15-05

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Miguel Street

    • By: V. S. Naipaul
    • Narrated by: Ron Butler
    • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    "A stranger could drive through Miguel Street and just say 'Slum!' because he could see no more." But to its residents, this derelict corner of Trinidad's capital is a complete world, where everybody is quite different from everybody else. In this tender, funny early novel, V. S. Naipaul renders their lives (and the legends their neighbors construct around them) with Dickensian verve and Chekhovian compassion. 

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Needs a Trini narrator

    • By Simone D. on 10-06-18

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Enigma of Arrival

    • By: V. S. Naipaul
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    The story of a writer's singular journey - from one place to another, from the British colony of Trinidad to the ancient countryside of England, and from one state of mind to another - is perhaps Naipaul's most autobiographical work. Yet it is also woven through with remarkable invention to make it a rich and complex novel. 

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Half a Life

    • A Novel
    • By: V. S. Naipaul
    • Narrated by: Neil Shah
    • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      1 out of 5 stars 1

    The son of a Brahmin ascetic and his lower-caste wife, Willie Chandran grows up sensing the hollowness at the core of his father's self-denial and vowing to live more authentically. That search takes him to the immigrant and literary bohemias of 1950s London, to a facile and unsatisfying career as a writer, and at last to a decaying Portuguese colony in East Africa, where he finds a happiness he will then be compelled to betray. 

    Regular price: $24.47

    • In a Free State

    • By: V. S. Naipaul
    • Narrated by: Vikas Adam, Neil Shah, Simon Vance
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    On a road trip through Africa, two English people - Bobby, a civil servant with a guilty appetite for African boys; and Linda, a supercilious "compound wife" - are driving back to their enclave after a stay in the capital. But in between lies the landscape of an unnamed country whose squalor and ethnic bloodletting suggest Idi Amin's Uganda. And the farther Naipaul's protagonists travel into it, the more they find themselves crossing the line that separates privileged outsiders from horrified victims. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Magical Prose …

    • By Saman on 07-19-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Mimic Men

    • By: V. S. Naipaul
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Former government minister Ralph Singh is the perpetual outsider: displaced, disillusioned, and now living in exile, Ralph reflects on his earlier life and the searing effects of colonialism. Ralph's constant estrangement sees him ever attempting to fit into various communities, only to find home in more transient spaces. Born on the tropical island of Isabella, he is one of West India's many "Mimic Men".

    Regular price: $41.99

    • Guerrillas

    • By: V. S. Naipaul
    • Narrated by: Ron Butler
    • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    On an unnamed Caribbean Island, political tensions provoked by race and poverty are high. Jimmy Ahmed, a young mixed-race man, has been hailed as a revolutionary leader of the people. Roche, imprisoned for activities against South Africa's apartheid regime, and Jane, a feckless English rich girl wanting to feel a part of something bigger, get sucked into the turmoil and world of Ahmed. But does anyone achieve anything by causing unrest? Do any of them really want freedom in a new society or just the old society with themselves at the helm of power? 

    Regular price: $24.47

    • A Way in the World

    • A Novel
    • By: V. S. Naipaul
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 1
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      2 out of 5 stars 1
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      1 out of 5 stars 1

    Spanning continents and centuries and defying literary categories, A Way in the World tells intersecting stories whose protagonists include the disgraced and half-demented Sir Walter Raleigh, who seeks El Dorado in the New World; the 19th-century insurgent Francisco Miranda, who becomes entangled in his own fantasies and borrowed ideas; and the doomed Blair, a present-day Caribbean revolutionary stranded in East Africa.  

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • ugh!

    • By Norman Johnson on 09-16-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Magic Seeds

    • By: V.S. Naipaul
    • Narrated by: Aasif Mandvi
    • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Nobel Prize-winner V. S. Naipaul, one of the world's most acclaimed authors, effortlessly tackles provocative ideas that lesser novelists shy away from and always leaves his audience with something to think about.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Read Half a Life first

    • By Alison on 02-22-05

    Regular price: $20.99

    • A Writer's People

    • Ways of Looking and Feeling
    • By: V. S. Naipaul
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    In a probing narrative that is part meditation and part remembrance, Nobel Laureate V. S. Naipaul shares how his process of creative and intellectual assimilation across various cultures has shaped both his writing and his life. Naipaul discusses the writers to whom he was exposed early on and his first encounters with literary culture.

    Regular price: $17.47