The Far Pavilions

  • by M. M. Kaye
  • Narrated by Vikas Adam
  • 48 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When The Far Pavilions was first published 19 years ago, it moved the critic Edmund Fuller to write this: "Were Miss Kaye to produce no other book, The Far Pavilions might stand as a lasting accomplishment in a single work comparable to Margaret Mitchell's achievement in Gond With the Wind." From its beginning in the foothills of the towering Himalayas, M. M. Kaye's masterwork is a vast, rich, and vibrant tapestry of love and war that ranks with the greatest panoramic sagas of modern fiction.
The Far Pavilions is itself a Himalayan achievement, a book we hate to see come to an end. it is a passionate, triumphant story that excites us, fills us with joy, move us to tears, satisfies us deeply, and helps us remember just what it is we want most from a novel.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Lovely story. Shame about the narration!!!

What did you like best about The Far Pavilions? What did you like least?

I have known and loved this story for more than twenty years. Despite misgivings about the sound of the story when I listened to the excerpt, I went ahead and bought this title because I just wanted it to be all right.

What didn’t you like about Vikas Adam’s performance?

Oh, dear. Why, oh why use someone of Indian origin (fine and appropriate) but with an American accent(!) to read a story of an English boy raised as an Indian in the aftermath of the Great Mutiny, then sent to England to be educated as his father's son, returning to India as an English army officer? The narrator just sounds so wrong whenever he speaks as an English person.....there are so many American-style mispronunciations to an English ear (Torquay = Torkway / Torkay; roan = rowan; subaltern = subALLtern; route = rout, etc., etc., etc...) and he has no idea at all of how well-spoken English people of the mid-19th century would have sounded. For example, poor Wally, who we are told lapsed into "occasional use of brogue", comes over as comic 'Oirish' every time he opens his mouth. Admittedly, I now know that 'Zarin' shoul be pronounced as 'Zareen', but that is not enough to make up for all the cringing I am doing as I listen.Such a shame!

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- MaDr8y

Excellent book pity about the pronunciation

Would you listen to The Far Pavilions again? Why?

Yes, because the story transports you back in time to the Raj.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ashok. Just watching him mature.

What aspect of Vikas Adam’s performance might you have changed?

His pronunciation. For goodness sake the word Quayside was pronounced Kwayside instead of Keyside. Same with Torquey. Other words too many to mention. His voice did not reflect the depth of character of Ashok and others.

Any additional comments?

Would have enjoyed the book more with a different narrator.

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- Mrs. Linda Hall

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-12-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios