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3.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 5 3.68 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amitav Ghosh Narrator: Sanjiv Jhaveri Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN:
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The Ibis, loaded to its gunwales with a cargo of indentured servants, is in the grip of a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal; among the dozens flailing for survival are Neel, the pampered raja who has been convicted of embezzlement; Paulette, the French orphan masquerading as a deck-hand; and Deeti, the widowed poppy grower fleeing her homeland with her lover, Kalua.

The storm also threatens the clipper ship Anahita, groaning with the largest consignment of opium ever to leave India for Canton. And the Redruth, a nursery ship, carries Frederick Fitcher Penrose, a horticulturist determined to track down the priceless treasures of China that are hidden in plain sight: its plants that have the power to heal, or beautify, or intoxicate. All will converge in Canton's Fanqui-town, or Foreign Enclave: a tumultuous world unto itself where civilizations clash and sometimes fuse. It is a powder keg awaiting a spark to ignite the Opium Wars.

Spectacular coincidences, startling reversals of fortune, and tender love stories abound. But this is much more than an irresistible page-turner. The blind quest for money, the primacy of the drug trade, the concealment of base impulses behind the rhetoric of freedom: in River of Smoke the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries converge, and the result is a consuming historical novel with powerful contemporary resonance. Critics praised Sea of Poppies for its vibrant storytelling, antic humor, and rich narrative scope; now Amitav Ghosh continues the epic that has charmed and compelled readers all over the globe.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aditya Lotia | 2/12/2014

    " Although I would rate the first part (Sea of Poppies) slightly higher than this one, but this is equally captivating, if not more. Story telling at its best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Klefstad | 2/12/2014

    " A worthy successor to the dazzling, humanly rich, hilarious, tragic "Sea of Poppies." I am waiting for the third volume of this trilogy with anticipation and foreboding . . . history has little kindness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachell | 2/7/2014

    " Like many reviewers, I read Sea of Poppies, loved it, and waited with bated breath for the sequel. Alas, River of Smoke proved to be less satisfying. It has many of the same elements that I loved in Sea of Poppies -- the historical detail, the linguistic playfulness, the quirky yet believable characters (many of them new). However, it was missing the narrative drive and emotion that made SoP addictive. In SoP, the characters are on a metaphorical as well as physical journey, and grow and develop in surprising ways. In RoS, the only character with significant change is Bahram Moddie, and his story arc was a bit too predictable for me to become fully invested. Also disappointing was that Paulette, who was captivating in SoP, was relegated to a narrative device in RoS. Still, I plan to read the third installment, and would recommend both books to anyone who thinks globalization is a modern phenomenon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eli | 2/1/2014

    " I didn't get what the first chapter or two had to do with anything else, but after that it was really good, with a whole bunch of different good characters all interlocked in interesting ways. I couldn't tell how much of the story was factual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abhishek | 1/29/2014

    " nice sequel to the sea of poppies,this book is so well written with clear illustrations of places that you can conjure the whole plot while sitting at your desk. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anil Swarup | 1/20/2014

    " A disappointing sequel to the masterpiece "Sea of Poppies" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 1/2/2014

    " Read for a class- can't wait for the final book of the trilogy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 12/20/2013

    " River of Smoke was great, but I was glad that I had read Sea of Poppies first. I look forward to Ghosh's the next book; I can't wait to learn more about the characters we met in Sea of Poppies that were mentioned so briefly in River of Smoke. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 7/12/2013

    " I preferred the first book in the series. It was interesting to learn more about China and foreign traders, but this one was more business and history focused than character focused. I'm also more drawn to boats than business. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gigi Bradshaw | 2/17/2013

    " Excellent follow up although it pretty much stands on it's own. There is minimal on the characters of the first book. Learned a lot about history of that time and place. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Priyanka | 2/12/2013

    " its really long n boring, couldn't read beyond a point "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sahiba | 8/7/2012

    " This one was very interesting as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gaia Picciolini | 6/6/2012

    " I loved the first book of the trilogy, so intense and full of action, but here nothing happens for the first 400 pages... It gets better in the end, but I would say that reading it was mostly an effort! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Golden | 1/23/2012

    " mmmm.. it wasn't bad but it wasn't a page turner either. Often felt parts or attitudes were anachronistic. I will probably read the third because I hate to be left hanging but I was not hugely impressed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandipan | 12/3/2011

    " Loved the variety of language, yet again "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 11/3/2011

    " Wow. River of Suck. Not good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gigi | 10/23/2011

    " Excellent follow up although it pretty much stands on it's own. There is minimal on the characters of the first book. Learned a lot about history of that time and place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Surbhee | 9/14/2011

    " Loved the book. It definitely lived up to its expectations. The brilliant detailing i could visualize all the places mentioned. Can't wait for the next installment :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 8/17/2011

    " Very good, but not quite up to the level of Sea of Poppies. I hope he brings some of the characters from the first book back for the third. "

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About the Author
Author Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956 and raised and educated in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Iran, Egypt, India, and the United Kingdom, where he received his PhD in social anthropology from Oxford. Acclaimed for fiction, travel writing, and journalism, his books include The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In an Antique Land, and Dancing in Cambodia. His previous novel, The Glass Palace, was an international bestseller that sold more than a half-million copies in Britain. Recently published there, The Hungry Tide has been sold for translation in twelve foreign countries and is also a bestseller abroad. Ghosh has won France’s Prix Medici Etranger, India’s prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the Pushcart Prize. He now divides his time between Harvard University, where he is a visiting professor, and his homes in India and Brooklyn, New York.

About the Narrator

Sanjiv Jhaveri is a New York actor with credits in television, theater, and film. His audiobook resume includes Confessions of a Thug by Philip M. Taylor, The Moral Lives of Animals by Dale Peterson, and the prologue and epilogue of Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck.