Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line Audiobook, by Deepa Anappara Play Audiobook Sample

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line Audiobook

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line Audiobook, by Deepa Anappara Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Antonio Aakeel, Himesh Patel, Deepa Anappara, Indira Verma Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780143498056

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33:25 minutes

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57 seconds

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15:40 minutes

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Discover the “extraordinary” (The Washington Post) debut novel that “announces the arrival of a literary supernova” (The New York Times Book Review),“a drama of childhood that is as wild as it is intimate” (Chigozie Obioma).   WINNER OF THE EDGAR® AWARD • LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review Time The Washington Post • NPR • The Guardian • Library Journal   In a sprawling Indian city, a boy ventures into its most dangerous corners to find his missing classmate. . . . Through market lanes crammed with too many people, dogs, and rickshaws, past stalls that smell of cardamom and sizzling oil, below a smoggy sky that doesn’t let through a single blade of sunlight, and all the way at the end of the Purple metro line lies a jumble of tin-roofed homes where nine-year-old Jai lives with his family. From his doorway, he can spot the glittering lights of the city’s fancy high-rises, and though his mother works as a maid in one, to him they seem a thousand miles away. Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line plunges readers deep into this neighborhood to trace the unfolding of a tragedy through the eyes of a child as he has his first perilous collisions with an unjust and complicated wider world. Jai drools outside sweet shops, watches too many reality police shows, and considers himself to be smarter than his friends Pari (though she gets the best grades) and Faiz (though Faiz has an actual job). When a classmate goes missing, Jai decides to use the crime-solving skills he has picked up from TV to find him. He asks Pari and Faiz to be his assistants, and together they draw up lists of people to interview and places to visit. But what begins as a game turns sinister as other children start disappearing from their neighborhood. Jai, Pari, and Faiz have to confront terrified parents, an indifferent police force, and rumors of soul-snatching djinns. As the disappearances edge ever closer to home, the lives of Jai and his friends will never be the same again. Drawing on real incidents and a spate of disappearances in metropolitan India, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line is extraordinarily moving, flawlessly imagined, and a triumph of suspense. It captures the fierce warmth, resilience, and bravery that can emerge in times of trouble and carries the reader headlong into a community that, once encountered, is impossible to forget.

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“There’s an almost Harry Potter-ish vibe to the relationship among the three intrepid kids, and Jai’s voice is irresistible: funny, vivid, smart, and yet always believably a child’s point of view. Anappara paints all of her characters, even the lost ones, with deep empathy, and her prose is winningly exuberant.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 


  • “In Jai, Anappara has created a boy vivid in his humanity, one whose voice somersaults on the page.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “Bright, propulsive prose…accentuates the seriousness of her subject: the disappearance of children from villages in India, a real-life issue give intimate treatment here.”

    — Library Journal
  • “Storytelling at its best.”

    — Anne Enright, Man Booker Prize–winning author of The Gathering


  • Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction
  • Time Magazine Best Book of the Year 
  • A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2020
  • London Guardian Best Book of the Year
  • NPR Best Book of the Year
  • Library Journal Best Book of 2020 
  • Winner of the 2021 Edgar Award for Best Novel
  • Nominated for Edgar Award Nominee
  • Among longlisted titles for Women's Prize for Fiction

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About Deepa Anappara

Deepa Anappara is the author of the acclaimed debut novel Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line. She is the winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, the Bridport Prize, and the second annual Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award. She has an MA degree in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, Norwich. She was born in southern India and worked as a journalist in India for eleven years, reporting on human rights and education.