Confessions of a Thug went on to become a best seller in 19th-century Britain. The book also became one of Queen Victoria's favourite novels. The story of the Thuggee cult was popularized by Confessions of a Thug, leading to the Hindi word "thug" entering the English language.
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By Richard on 10-05-11
Grotesque at best
This interesting and LONG work is at best grotesque. The repetitive murder after murder, I mean I get it already! However Sanjiv Jhaveri narration drags you in. But good grief, how many repetitive scenario of enticement, travel, murder and burial do we have to listen to get to the actual tale of this poor demented souls life.
If you have a long drive, and a lot of time and patience, you will probably enjoy Sanjiv's soothing voice. But there are more than enough repetition to bore even the most stalwart listener.
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By HD Dad on 21-04-11
A timeless thriller - Most exciting book
I read this book when I was only 12 years old in URDU. Listening audio is always fascinating. The book written over 175 years ago still tastes like cognitive feast. Not in Victorian English it is easy to understand and all the terms are still very commonly used. Fantastic tale of crime, wickedness, royal courts of the era, bravery, suspense, romance distinguish and equitable details. It will take you in India 1830's. I love to see this in a Hollywood movie but movie (although The Deceiver was made) would not do justice with the book.
The only regret I have is the ill pronunciation of Hindustani language by Sanjive. Although, Sanjive speaks English in fascinating accent but he has murdered Hindustani words, slangs and Muhammadan words such as Inshallah, Ameen. I had to remove one Star. I wish he would have gotten help with pronunciation. Overall a book every Indian, Pakistani, British, American and anyone interested in ancient India should read. Must listen....
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