• Miss New India

  • By: Bharati Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Farah Bala
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 17-05-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.0 (1 rating)

Summary

Anjali Bose is Miss New India. Born into a traditional lower-middle-class family and living in a backwater town with an arranged marriage on the horizon, Anjalis prospects dont look great. But her ambition and fluency in language do not go unnoticed by her expat teacher, Peter Champion. And champion her he does, both to other powerful people who can help her along the way and to Anjali herself, stirring in her a desire to take charge of her own destiny. So she sets off to Bangalore, Indias fastest-growing major metropolis, and quickly falls in with an audacious and ambitious crowd of young people, who have learned how to sound American by watching shows like Seinfeld in order to get jobs as call-center service agents, where they are quickly able to out-earn their parents. And it is in this high-tech city where Anjalisuddenly free from the traditional confines of class, caste, gender, and moreis able to confront her past and reinvent herself. Of course, the seductive pull of modernity does not come without a dark side.
©2011 Bharati Mukherjee (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ember Rayne on 27-06-11

Worth the credit, and your ears!

So I'm finishing up listening to Miss New India and it's just great! ♥ Believable, compelling characters! Farah Bala's narration is endearing and sweet. The comments about her "high, whiny voice" have to do with her Indian accent, which is to be expected. She confuses "condescension for "condensation" at one point, and far from being annoying, you can still tell what she means but it highlights the problem of Indian-American communication that the story tackles. I bought this one on a whim and am not disappointed. You find the characters behaving in refreshingly honest ways, from filching shampoo to losing their tempers in just the normal way. This one is worth your credit, as long as accents don't trouble you. If they DO trouble you... well... this one may not be for you.

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4 out of 5 stars
By connie on 01-06-11

Mukherjee lite

This was not what I expected from a Bharati Mukerherjee novel -- it was an easier listen, but still had some serious themes. I disliked the narrator for the first half, but then once accustomed to her, I began to think the choice of a "hestitant" audio voice may have been intentional to match the hesitant literary voice.

While Audible's current sale has this under Chick Lit, don't expect a "Shopaholic in Delhi" kind of listen. It's got more depth than that!

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