The Jewel in the Crown : The Raj Quartet

  • by Paul Scott
  • Narrated by Sam Dastor
  • Series: The Raj Quartet
  • 21 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the India of 1942, two rapes take place simultaneously - that of an English girl in Mayapore, and that of India by the British. In each, physical violence, racial animosity, the coercion of the weak by the strong all play their part, but playing a part too are love, affection, loyalty, and recognition that the last division of all to be overcome is the colour of the skin. The whole spectrum of Anglo-Indian relations is vividly evoked in a brilliant assessment of emotions, personal clashes and historical reasons that eventually prised India - the jewel in the Imperial Crown - from its setting.


What the Critics Say

"It takes a masterful reader to captivate listeners for 21 hours. Sam Dastor, winner of numerous Earphones awards, does it again. His elegant interpretation makes Scott's prose seem even more eloquent than it is. Even more impressive is his brilliant dramatization of individual characters... Sam Dastor should get a jewel for his crown!" (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good start - where's the rest of the Raj Quartet?

What did you like most about The Jewel in the Crown?

It sets the scene well, beautifully written.

What other book might you compare The Jewel in the Crown to, and why?

Parade's End in another era, another place.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

What happened next?

Any additional comments?

I do hope you will obtain the rest of the quartet. It used to be available in cassettes.

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- K Bookworm


I enjoyed this so much. It is beautifully and sensitively read and had me transfixed for the full 21 or so hours. It is a wonderful story, which I knew well from the TV series, and it was fascinating to listen to the book where the details of the story are fleshed out. I am so disappointed that the other three books in the quartet are not available on audio. I do hope they will be soon and that they will be read by the same superb narrator - Sam Dastor.
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- Pamela Brooks George

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-04-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios