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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,208 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rohinton Mistry Narrator: Martin Jarvis Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2002 ISBN:
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From the author of the highly acclaimed A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry's eagerly anticipated novel is set in Bombay in the mid-1990s. Nariman, an ailing, elderly Parsi widower, lives with his middle-aged stepchildren and dreams of the past. When he breaks an ankle and can no longer partake of his one pleasure, a daily walk through the neighborhood, his bitter stepdaughter schemes to move him to her sister's home and relieve herself of the burden of caring for him.

The move is accomplished, but living in a new household with Roxana, her husband and two young boys sets into motion a series of events that lead to the unraveling of the family's secrets and surprising revelations from the past. Family Matters is a brilliantly evocative novel that confirms Mistry's reputation as one of the finest writers of our time. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruanne | 2/16/2014

    " The only reason I didn't give this 4 stars, was because I loved A Fine Balance a tiny bit more, but in comparison to, well, all other contemporary novels, it is a 5 star book. Wonderful, wonderful novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 2/15/2014

    " Having read Such a Long Journey I just had to read more Rohinton Mistry. This story about a Parsee family torn between duty, love and egotism reflects many of the same themes. The portrait of the dying father with his memories of his lost love and the day to day deterioration of his body is heart rending. Each character comes alive with the gift Mistry has for describing the minutiae of everyday people's lives. This sounds depressing but it certainly isn't. I keep on telling myself I won't read any more Indian books but then I find another one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 2/15/2014

    " a little depressing at times but still a great book... if you only read one book by R.Mistry, read A Fine Balance instead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooks | 2/11/2014

    " A good read - not the greatest novel I've read contrary to some of the comments from critics. A good story which captures the lives of one family living in the sprawl of Bombay. Slightly unlikely ending but would still recommend reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 2/2/2014

    " Good in all kinds of ways - as one of those sweeping semi-unhappy family sagas covering decades and as a look into the rather tiny Parsi community of Mumbai. More broadly one of its themes - some members of a family gravitating towards a fundamentalist religious practice as they get older and the conflict that generates - is always of interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanne | 1/21/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book, felt it was in the same vain as a suitable boy which is one of my favourites. Really well written with characters who were multi-dimensional. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jaye | 1/11/2014

    " Maybe I shouldn't have marked this one as "read" because I gave up on it about half way through. I found it quite slow...maybe I should give it another try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evelyn | 1/10/2014

    " This book started off very well, and I found the writing evocative and gripping (if somewhat unsettling at times), but around 300 some-odd pages in I find myself flagging, I want to finish the book, and find out how the story plays out since I do care about the characters, but there are still 200 or so pages left and I just have gotten bored. I'm going to move this off the currently reading shelf, put it aside, and perhaps skim through to the end to find out the resolution...anytime this happens to me with a book (finding midway that my interest has really waned) it's not a compliment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Medina | 12/16/2013

    " I didn't like this as much as "A Fine Balance" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cp4853 | 12/13/2013

    " Also a wonderful book by Rohinton Mistry. One of the characters had Parksinson's Disease. Touched me at the time because my father was going throught the same thing... I loved the way the grandson thought about his grandfather. Very touching and memorable book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katharine Trelawney | 11/27/2013

    " A truly excellent book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 4/17/2013

    " and am reading for my bookclub. I really enjoyed this story when I read it a few years back and look forward to re-reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashwin | 2/13/2013

    " A brilliant book by Rohinton Mistry. All his books provide excellent reading with this parsi bawa twist. This one especially was moving with the old man. Waiting for his new one...he aint written any for nearly a decade. Wonder if he is still around ? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ana | 7/11/2012

    " It was great. I expected nothing less from him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gigi | 2/18/2012

    " One of my favorite writers. On some level, the characters in this novel were familiar to me. I saw much of my own family in this story that takes place on the other side of the world. Universal themes of family, devotion, honor, piety, and rivalry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 12/7/2011

    " I was disappointed in this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tejal | 11/21/2011

    " I love Rohinton Mistry! Another wonderful, interesting book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Agnes | 11/7/2011

    " Simular to a Fine Balance - very good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 10/16/2011

    " Not nearly as good as A Fine Balance, unfortunately. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karla | 7/16/2011

    " This book goes on my top 10. One of the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 7/10/2011

    " Another great book from him on life in India. This one shows the chaos of Bombay, religious life and caring for the sick. Not as intense as A Fine Balance, but pretty interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 5/11/2011

    " A Fine Balance is one of my all-time favourite books, but Family Matters just didn't live up to my expectations for Rohinton Mistry's next book. Oh well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vijay | 5/10/2011

    " A great Novel with keen insight into Human nature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannan | 4/27/2011

    " Loved the book and author. This was just as good as "A Fine Balance". One more to go "such a Long Journey" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 4/26/2011

    " Again another great book by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/10/2011

    " I have fallen in love with Rohinton Mistry. I believe he is now one of my very favorite writers. Beautifully crafted, deeply meaningful, at once optimistic and tragic. I can hardly wait to start the next work by him that I just picked up at the library, Such a Long Journey. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ginna | 3/14/2011

    " I'm only half-way done with this book. It is beautifully written but very, very sad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 3/4/2011

    " Gave up on this one half way through, it was so slow going, after 3 weeks I was still only half finished, a friend filled me in on how it continued and to be honest, it sounds too depressing to bother with! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eldra | 2/22/2011

    " I loved this book because it tells a story that I have lived. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mansee | 2/8/2011

    " I liked the writing style...Parsi culture and Mumbai life is well captured ...human emotions have also been captured well...overall - a good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 12/20/2010

    " Not as good as A Fine Balance but a must read !!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 12/12/2010

    " I really enjoyed this peek into middle class Indian society. The intersection of love, duty, tradition and modernity and how they all swirl through life. Reminds me a bit of my grandparents when they were still alive. "

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About the Author
Author Rohinton MistryRohinton Mistry was born in Bombay and now lives near Toronto. His first novel, Such a Long Journey, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and received, among other awards, the Governor General's Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book of the Year. A Fine Balance is his second novel, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Fiction, the Giller Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize as well as a Booker Prize finalist. Mistry is also the author of Swimming Lessons, a collection of short stories.
About the Narrator

Martin Jarvis, OBE, has recorded more than 150 Just William stories for the BBC. These have become international audio bestsellers. He won the Theatre World Award for his starring role on Broadway in By Jeeves; his West End appearances include works by Ayckbourn, Frayn, Pinter, and Wilde. Screen successes include everything from Stargate Atlantis, Doctor Who, and Numb3rs to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar-winning Titanic.