The Siege of Krishnapur

  • by J. G. Farrell
  • Narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith
  • 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

India, 1857 - the year of the Great Mutiny, when Muslim soldiers turned in bloody rebellion on their British overlords. This time of convulsion is the subject of The Siege of Krishnapur, widely considered to the one of the finest British novels of the last 50 years. A witty and individual take on the many traditions and follies of Empire, it is also a gripping account of survival under siege, illuminating how extreme conditions can influence and affect people's behaviour and the human spirit.


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What would have made The Siege of Krishnapur better?

this is an abridged version of the book
please correct this

the book however is fantastic

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- Amir El Alem

Unabridged is abridged

Would you try another book written by J. G. Farrell or narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith?

Yes and no. I have read "Troubles" and "The Singapore Grip" and would very much like to listen to them as well. Unfortunately, only one of them is available at Audible - and then abridged.

Was The Siege of Krishnapur worth the listening time?

Yes, the book is very well narrated by Tim Piggott-Smith. The novel depicts British rule in India with irony, humour and seriousness. The storyline is both entertaining, interesting and informative.

Any additional comments?

I strongly object to the book being sold as "unabridged" when it is not - which I might have realized from the recorded time. The "siege" should have been allowed to take its time. For example, you assist at the Sepoys' initial attack on Krishnapur and without transition you find yourself in a crowded room with half-clad women on their mattresses with stinking chamber-pots in a corner.

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- gunnel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-08-2013
  • Publisher: Canongate Books