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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,899 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Narrator: Purva Bedi, Neil Shah, Soneela Nankani Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781440791475
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Late afternoon sun sneaks through the windows of a passport and visa office in an unnamed American city. Most customers and even most office workers have come and gone, but nine people remain. A punky teenager with an unexpected gift. An upper-class Caucasian couple whose relationship is disintegrating. A young Muslim-American man struggling with the fallout of 9/11. A graduate student haunted by a question about love. An African American ex-soldier searching for redemption. A Chinese grandmother with a secret past. And two visa office workers on the verge of an adulterous affair.

When an earthquake rips through the afternoon lull, trapping these nine characters together, their focus first jolts to their collective struggle to survive. There’s little food. The office begins to flood. Then, at a moment when the psychological and emotional stress seems nearly too much for them to bear, the young graduate student suggests that each tell a personal tale, “one amazing thing” from their lives, which they have never told anyone before. And as their surprising stories of romance, marriage, family, political upheaval, and self-discovery unfold against the urgency of their life-or-death circumstances, the novel proves the transcendent power of stories and the meaningfulness of human expression itself. 

From Chitra Divakaruni, author of such finely wrought, bestselling novels as Sister of My Heart, The Palace of Illusions, and The Mistress of Spices, comes her most compelling and transporting story to date. One Amazing Thing is a passionate creation about survival—and about the reasons to survive.

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Quotes & Awards

  • One Amazing Thing is one powerful and beautifully written book.

    Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An incredible and highly original premise in the hands of a gifted storyteller has resulted in this jewel of a story. It is, to paraphrase the book’s title an amazing thing.

    Abraham Verghese, New York Times bestselling author of Cutting for Stone

  • “One can’t help but keep listening to find out what happens next.” 

    AudioFile

  • “A storyteller of exquisite lyricism and compassion, Divakaruni weaves a suspenseful, astute, and unforgettable survivors’ tale.” 

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  • Selected for the March 2010 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 2/8/2014

    " 4.5-I really liked this book .It is the second that I have read by this author and I enjoy her writing style .She is gifted story teller.It is tale of nine people stranded after an earthquake In order to keep their fear at bay,they each tell a story or one amazing thing from their lives.I found it captivating.I highly recommend it. "

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

    " quite a disappoinment from the great author whom I usually adore "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise Mathewson | 1/31/2014

    " Great story! An earthquake out of nowhere - when the stress of being trapped threatens to overwhelm them, a student suggest that each tell a tale! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yemima Yulia | 1/18/2014

    " Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is one of my favorite writer. I had watched Indian movies since I was a child but it was through Chitra's books, I have the chance to taste Indian culture in a closer sense. I admire its culture for the beauty and complicated rules of them. One Amazing Thing presented India through different point of view. 9 people with 9 different stories join in a deadly fate sharing their life and secret to each other. Every story told by every person give every one chance to look at their own story of life. Unspoken words, dreams and desire that they had left to gain another kind of life, the need to fix mistakes in the past to give them a peaceful life, and how stereotype behavior can caused so much destructive things. The most important thing is how they communicate and tide a special bond between them and find their true self in that process. A brilliant novel indeed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nan | 1/15/2014

    " Not my cuppa. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 1/14/2014

    " I really liked this book right up until the ending where it left me hanging. I feel like this book has only a beginning and a middle, and then the author gave up. I keep thinking "oh, I still need to finish my book..." and it kind of ruined it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cheri | 1/8/2014

    " Not so amazing.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Waldman | 12/28/2013

    " I usually love Divakaruni's writing, but this one was predictable and hokey in a way... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 10/4/2013

    " Although this book is easy to read, and entertaining, it fails to deliver on the premise of its title. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aruna Devi | 10/2/2013

    " I do enjoyed the earthquake stories but i dont knw enjoyed the individual life stories as its was boring. Not bad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 9/28/2013

    " I liked the storyline, however I hated the ending. I would have loved some closure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maren | 6/26/2013

    " A quick & very good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 5/14/2013

    " I understand why the author wrote the book and developed the characters why she did. It just didn't work for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aurelie | 9/30/2012

    " think the author copied a lot Bel Canto...just leaving me one question though, what is my One Amazing Thing? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kphi99 | 9/19/2012

    " I heard the author speak at "RichardsonReads One Book" and loved her. The book is very thought provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 8/18/2012

    " People trapped by an earthquake share their life stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara O'Neal | 7/20/2012

    " A page turner with heart. A group of strangers are trapped together when an earthquake strikes, and to keep their minds off their troubles, they each tell a story from their lives. A lovely nod to Chaucer, well done and evocative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey | 3/24/2012

    " This was a great book! The ending left me wanting more though! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherwestonstec | 10/26/2011

    " a book about a lot of unhappy, disatisfied people, will make for a good discussion. Not my favourite book, but a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 9/22/2011

    " Enjoyed reading the stories of the characters, though I did feel that some of the stories seemed unresolved, and the ending was very unsatisfying and abrupt for my taste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey Ettinger | 7/25/2011

    " The author took a premise that could have been trite and used it to explore the deepest thoughts of a disparate group of people. I thought the ending was subtle and elegant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sita | 6/17/2011

    " I was very disappointed in the ending. Loved everything else. The author did a great job bringing all the charecters together and drawing us in on their backgrounds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mccarroll | 6/13/2011

    " Couldn't put it down. The characters and the tension are well developed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 6/9/2011

    " Your typical "caught in a possible death situation, everyone tells a story about their life" book, but very readable. Could use a better ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 5/27/2011

    " A nice book. Would have liked a less ambiguous ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chrissy | 4/30/2011

    " loved the stories in the story... the end of this book pisses me off...
    i wanted it to develop more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candice | 4/18/2011

    " It's just a good book to pass the time. I rated it 3 stars because at the time I did have some mild sociological revelation, but I can't remember what it was anymore. Quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose | 4/6/2011

    " I had a problem with reading about 9 characters' stories within a 200 page book, perhaps, it is that there are so many left out details. I did not "feel" the characters' voices as much as I would have liked.

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About the Author
Author Chitra Banerjee DivakaruniChitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the author of the bestselling novels The Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, and The Vine of Desire; the prize-winning story collections Arranged Marriage and The Unknown Errors of Our Lives; and four acclaimed volumes of poetry. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Ms., Zoetrope, Good Housekeeping, O: The Oprah Magazine, The Best American Short Stories, The O’Henry Prize Stories and The New York Times. She teaches creative writing at the University of Houston and divides her time between Houston and the San Francisco area. Her Web site is www.chitradivakaruni.com.
About the Narrators

Purva Bedi is an Indian-American actress. Her acting credits include the films American Desi and Cosmopolitan, as well as appearances on the television shows House and Gossip Girl.

Neil Shah is an Audie Award–nominated narrator and voice-over artist who has recorded numerous audiobooks and won an AudioFile Earphones Award. His reading include I Am an Executioner by Rajesh Parameswaran, The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais, and Stringer: A Reporter’s Journey in the Congo by Anjan Sundaram. He is a classically trained actor with an MFA from the Old Globe / University of San Diego program and has appeared on off-Broadway and regional stages, as well as in film and television.

Soneela Nankani is a New York–based actress, voice-over artist, and singer. She has worked with the Sojourn Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.