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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,486 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Irving Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9781423336013
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Born a Parsi in Bombay, sent to university and medical school in Vienna, Dr. Farrokh Daruwalla is a 59-year-old orthopedic surgeon and a Canadian citizen who lives in Toronto. Periodically, the doctor returns to Bombay, where most of his patients are crippled children. Once, 20 years ago, Dr. Daruwalla was the examining physician of two murder victims in Goa. Now, 20 years later, he will be reacquainted with the murderer. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelley | 2/18/2014

    " I thought of myself as a really big John Irving fan before reading this book. I am a little amazed that I finished it. I found it to be really transphobic. I felt really let down by John. Probably because of this, I never got into it. The only part that I really liked was when the starlet mother fainted after being licked and sneezed on by a cow. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nikkishell | 2/8/2014

    " So far i'm not really enjoying listening to this. The narrators voice is like listening to a movie trailer crossed with the drone of a bee. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zac | 2/3/2014

    " pretty good. interesting setting. and as usual, plenty of dwarfs... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 1/21/2014

    " John Irving will never write another "The World According to Garp," but this is a worthy effort worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/19/2014

    " Slow moving, but very intriguing. Not at all what I expected, but it kept me turning pages until the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 1/12/2014

    " he is such a nutcase!! how does he come up with this stuff? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevmass | 1/7/2014

    " Another great book by Irving. This one had alot of new aspects being in India. Weird as usual with Irving books, but a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 12/27/2013

    " Excellent novel. A long read, but well worth it. Contains insights into the Indian culture that I was ignorant of. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nigel | 12/19/2013

    " I just could not get into this book at all. It left me wondering why it had been recommended to me with such fervour - it left me cold, and I wouldn't recommend it. What's more, it put me off picking up any other John Irving books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shrita | 11/11/2013

    " I was surprised by how much I disliked this book...I couldn't even make it half-way through...but I love other Irving books... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max | 11/10/2013

    " a bit rambling but excellent "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosalie | 11/9/2013

    " I really did not expect this one to be good but it was. Not only is the main character another ethnicity than the author but he feels displaced in his own culture. It is well written and the story is more complex than it first seems. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Dobson | 11/5/2013

    " The usual cast of crazy Irving characters makes this an enjoyable and complicated read. #2 on my favourites by John Irving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 9/24/2013

    " not his best, but entertaining "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 12/10/2012

    " I saw him read an excerpt in Santa Monica in 1995... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daryl | 7/22/2012

    " Patience; it took me at least three tries to 'get into' this wonderful capturing--as I suppose it to be-- of India and its culture--by a Westerner of course. Will have to re-read it soon, as I am beginning to forget the subtleties. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 5/23/2012

    " Pefect! Irving wackiness set in India!! Loved it!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy Smith | 5/20/2012

    " this just went on and on and on and on..... I liked the story, but could have used some serious editing because it felt like I was being beaten over the head. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tali | 4/29/2012

    " I read this book by accident and discovered how rich a a story can be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Polly | 2/21/2012

    " Love John Irving. He's a weirdo keeper. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roanne | 2/15/2012

    " Giving up. I am 300 pages in and I JUST DON'T CARE. So before I waste time shlepping through almost 400 more pages, I am moving on. This is the only Irving I have ever set aside, and it seems weird. But I have given it enough of a chance. I want to be engaged, and this doesn't do it for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 12/25/2011

    " as in all of his other books....he can take you on such a journey.....and this book is no exception.......i read parts of this book and was laughing so hard that i had to put the book down.......but then can take you to the depths of sorrow and grief......a true master of story telling "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Georgia Haywood | 8/29/2011

    " I could not get through this book. Not Irving's best, in my opinion "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasia The Bookworm | 8/5/2011

    " My favorite of all Irving's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 6/20/2011

    " Another Irving masterpiece. This one's quite a tome though. Took a little bit longer to become invested in each one of the characters, there are a lot of moving parts, but once I was in, it was impossible to put down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tami Conrad | 5/15/2011

    " As a devoted John Irving fan, I loved this book. He creates the most memorable characters and unlikely situations. Whenever I don't know what type of book I want to read next, I fall back on Irving. So far, he hasn't disappointed me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 4/20/2011

    " I have meant to read this and never got to it. Not his best but still great characters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 4/17/2011

    " The usual cast of crazy Irving characters makes this an enjoyable and complicated read. #2 on my favourites by John Irving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 4/16/2011

    " Had to read this book for a class, turned out to be one of my all-time favorites. If you like to read books set elsewhere (India, in this case) then read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 4/13/2011

    " Given this book to read as I was born & bred in India. I just loved it and was sure the author must have lived their himself as so many of the descriptions were spot on. The story had me laughing and crying. My favourite book by John Irving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jelle | 4/12/2011

    " tja, duurt eeuwig voor het op gang komt, 3 keer gedacht "ik leg het weg". De laatste 200 blz. wel erg goed. Al die hoofdfiguren zijn ver uitgewerkt met werkelijk grappige ticks. Maar het verhaal houdt voor mij een net niet gemakkelijk en leuk midden tusse "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aj | 3/4/2011

    " One of the best of all the Irving books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skrebsrnlnc | 2/19/2011

    " Great book. So well written. I love his character development and humor. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 2/17/2011

    " I really like John Irving, but I just could not get into this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dietmar | 2/15/2011

    " I quit reading after the second chapter - the book and story didn't capture me at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tania | 2/3/2011

    " My favorite John Irving novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 1/12/2011

    " a very fun read.a great story. "

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About the Author
Author John Irving

John Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times—winning once, in 1980, for the novel The World According to Garp, which became an international bestseller. In 1992, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2000, he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules. In 2001, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His novels have been translated into thirty-five languages.

About the Narrator

David Colacci is an actor and director who has directed and performed in prominent theaters nationwide. His credits include roles from Shakespeare to Albee, as well as extensive work on new plays. As a narrator, he has recorded more than one hundred audiobooks, earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His narration of The Suspect was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2007.