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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (16,827 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vikram Seth Narrator: Full Cast Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN:
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A Suitable Boy is Vikram Seth's epic love story set in India. Funny and tragic, with engaging, brilliantly observed characters, it is as close as you can get to Dickens for the 20th century. The story unfolds through four middle class families: the Mehras, Kappoors, Khans, and Chatterjis. Lata Mehra, a university student, is under pressure from her mother to get married - but not to just anyone she happens to fall in love with. There are standards to be met, and finding a husband for Lata becomes a family affair in which all the members are to play a part. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Koenig | 2/18/2014

    " I'm torn about this one. I really enjoyed the characters, but due to my own (possible) ignorance, got a bit lost in the history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 2/13/2014

    " ...took me on a grand tour of a magnificant India...giving an intimate look at the diversity of geography, religions, castes, traditions, foods, and politics, while on the look-out for a "suitable boy" for an arranged marriage. Very long, lots of characters, lots of drama, some star-crossed lover romances, but worth the read, even when the politics bored me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Murray | 2/6/2014

    " The description of making a shoe, that occurs about half way through this novel, is typical of the meticulous detail provided by Seth in his recreation of life in India not that long ago. I stumbled on this book - gave up for a while - and then returned when someone reading it on a train assured me it was worth the effort. They were right and I am so glad I read it through. There is much to delight and the story and characters do come to really matter to you. finishing this book was like losing track of a family you know really well. "

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

    " I haven't read a lot of books on India but I think this book does justice as far as culture and idiosyncrasy is concerned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brook | 1/27/2014

    " One of my favorite books ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roopa | 1/19/2014

    " If I could give this book five more stars, I would. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Howe | 1/13/2014

    " Like stepping right into their world. It is vast, and textured and completely worth exploring. Seth asks the reader to be willing to take the time to meet and get to know the characters, a a patient reader is rewarded! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mircats | 1/11/2014

    " i found this book heavy going, really didn't enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maura | 11/11/2013

    " It doesn't feel like it's as long as it is. Stays compelling throughout and gives a wonderfully rich look into India and the lives of various people within it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zenia | 3/26/2013

    " A super long read but a good story ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 2/14/2013

    " Fabulous story about 4 families that is set during the India/Pakistan split. Best Indian book I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mona Bomgaars | 12/30/2012

    " One of my favorite books. I so enjoyed this book that I intentionally would put it aside so that I didn't finish it too soon, using its reading as a personal reward. It allowed me to return in thought to the villages of India, a real life experience I will always treasure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Nagle | 10/25/2012

    " Became like a good friend to come home to every night. Was devastated when it finished and I had to say goodbye to all the characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicola | 9/30/2012

    " Bleak House meets War and Peace in India. Could have made twice as good a book in half the pages, A 'Suitable' way to learn about religion and political views of another culture. Glad I've read it but I wouldn't read it twice!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Randolph | 8/17/2012

    " One of the best novels I have ever read. It brings India to life in incredible detail and color. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bouran | 5/12/2012

    " Long and intense (not recommended for commitment-phobes), but colorful and interesting; got a good introductory lesson on India post-independence "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tatiana | 3/9/2012

    " Read this tome in a week, it's a GREAT page turner, perfect for vacations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madhu | 12/21/2011

    " I read this book in 2001, one of the best, complex, engaging books I have ever read. This read is long but really allows you to dive in all four families circumstance. It is a book that I would love to read again some day. A must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roleeta | 12/13/2011

    " Enjoyed all 900+ pages. An accurate picture of romance in an arranged marriage world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gandhali | 12/6/2011

    " A very looong novel; but enjoyed reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Clarke | 5/28/2011

    " Enjoyed it to start with, lost the thread a bit about three quarters through especially with the politics an Nehru and Congress. Too much detail and too many story strands. Firoz and Maan story was worth reading, disappointed that Lata didn't marry Kabir "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dhali | 5/17/2011

    " I was really moved by this novel, the detail in which was written. It has it all, tradition, politics, religion, romance, mistery, humor. It is set during the time India had its first Prime Minister and all the turmoil that the country was going through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 5/16/2011

    " One of the best epic novels of the 20th Century. Love, family quarels religious differences, political upheaval. He does for India what Joyce did for Ireland and Tolstoy for Russia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/9/2011

    " I started reading this because it was our summer read for book club. I found the story line very interesting but the writer's style of minute details very tedious. I had to put the book aside for awhile. I plan to pick it up again, if for no other reason than to say I read the whole thing! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pragati | 5/5/2011

    " I'd give it 1/2 a star if I could! It was sooooooo boring!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Effie | 4/29/2011

    " One of my favorite books. The experience of reading it was so real I felt like I had lived a whole alternate life in India. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Geetanjali Tara | 4/27/2011

    " pretty fat book! He's done much better work than this one... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saskia Marijke | 4/5/2011

    " Simply Brilliant with so much detail, worth of praise and so similar in many ways to the Leo Tolstoy stories which are full of imagery and detail about a family's life and history and the tensions of the different generations and their expectations. LOVED IT(1349 pgs) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ice | 3/25/2011

    " Surprisingly I really liked this book, it is not something I would ordinarily read. A glimpse into the sights and smells of another country's culture. Worth enduring the long read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Swati | 3/14/2011

    " o wonderful wonderful . the book is a feast to the eye and the reading mind !! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kati | 3/13/2011

    " This is a very long book...I have been reading it for about two years because i hate to take it trveling with me. Someday I will finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 3/7/2011

    " Chicken soup soul book that I re-read in times of stress. What Tolstoy could have written were he a) not Russian and b) not so depressing. Maybe b) is just a subset of a) "

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