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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:
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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.” 


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


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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About the Narrator

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.