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4.00003887269193 out of 54.00003887269193 out of 54.00003887269193 out of 54.00003887269193 out of 54.00003887269193 out of 5 4.00 (51,450 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rohinton Mistry Narrator: Madhur Jaffrey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers—a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village—will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future. 

As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Astonishing…A rich and varied spectacle, full of wisdom and laughter and the touches of the unexpectedly familiar through which literature illuminates life.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • Astonishing. . . . A rich and varied spectacle, full of wisdom and laughter and the touches of the unexpectedly familiar through which literature illuminates life. Wall Street Journal
  • "Monumental. . . . Few have caught the real sorrow and inexplicable strength of India, the unaccountable crookedness and sweetness, as well as Mistry. Pico Iyer, Time
  • "Those who continue to harp on the decline of the novel . . . ought to consider Rohinton Mistry. He needs no infusion of magic realism to vivify the real. The real world, through his eyes, is magical. The New York Times
  • “A serious and important work…The product of high intelligence and passionate conviction.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “Monumental…Few have caught the real sorrow and inexplicable strength of India, the unaccountable crookedness and sweetness, as well as Mistry.”

    Time

  • “Those who continue to harp on the decline of the novel…ought to consider Rohinton Mistry. He needs no infusion of magic realism to vivify the real. The real world, through his eyes, is magical.”

    New York Times

  • Winner of the 1996 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction
  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection in 2001
  • Winner of the 1996 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book
  • A 1997 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Finalist
  • Winner of the 1995 Scotiabank Giller Prize
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Fiction
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Man Booker Prize Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Danae | 11/12/2016

    " A Fine Balance is just that. Better read through audio book than with the eyes. The narration was fantastic. Expressive and adding character and depth. A story set in India crossing generations. Humorous and devastating. You will laugh, cry and love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rose | 2/19/2014

    " I listened to this book in the car. I liked it, but found it overly long & detailed in some places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sally | 2/13/2014

    " Amazing. Best book I have read in a long time. Couldn't put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Paul | 2/12/2014

    " Regardless of being a terribly hard read for the emotion it evokes, this is one of the best books I have read in some time. From the descriptions of life in India to the character development and the emotion the turns of their lives gives the reader, this is some of the finest writing and story telling. "

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