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I had read Shantaram in 2009 whilst travelling through India and loved the story so much that I recomended this book to all my friends and family. I wanted to read the book again but decided to listen to the audio version instead. I was concerned that i might not enjoy the experience as much and probably end up dissapointed as when you see a bad film version of a book you have loved and enjoyed so much. To my delight i was hooked right from the start. What an incredible performance by the narrator Humphrey Bower! It has been an amazing experience. Thank you for putting your heart and soul in this beautifully written book.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
Words fail to describe how good this book is!! It is 43 hours long and I loved every minute. I can honestly say that there was not a moment that I was not gripped with this epic drama.
The story is set in India and is about an Australian fugitive and the friendships he makes with people in the slums, the local mafia and other foreign nationals. This book is based on
the life of the author who did all those things. It is unclear how much is fact and how much is fiction. However, I am sure that the author's experience contributes to the life-like characters and the feeling that you are in the heart of India as the story unfolds.
The book is a literary work of genius. Wonderfully written. There were so many thought-provoking moments.
The narration is brilliant and the narrator slips easily into the Hindi and Marathi. It is true that he does not express the voices of women as well, but this did not disrupt my enjoyment of this book. I believe this book took 13 years to write and you will be able to see why.
I loved it! Loved it ! Loved it!
This is a wonderful book, a masterpiece that is made up the stories of so many different characters that are all closely woven together, in a beautiful, colourful, warm, blanket. I can see why this book is an international bestseller.
This book is highly recommended! Do not be put off by the size of it, you will not be disappointed.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
The metaphors are briliant. the narator is perfect for the role and this book came alive in not just my mind but also my heart.
Recommended for all.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about Shantaram?
This book surely has one of the best performances by it's narrator of any audio book, the characters were brought to life beautifully and visually, quite stunning.
The story is magnificent but like any true work of brilliance it would not be possible to do it justice with a mere description.
What other book might you compare Shantaram to and why?
I honestly can't think of one, I consider myself quite well read and this book is right up there with the best of them
Which scene was your favorite?
There are several moments which show true insight, the entire book is a pleasure to read
Who was the most memorable character of Shantaram and why?
So many fantastic characters, Prabaka must be one of the most memorable ~ I can see his smile ;)
Any additional comments?
Don't hesitate, this is one of the truly great audio books and I've read many of them. The performance alone is worth a listen.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful