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Author: Vikram Chandra Narrator: Anil Margsahayam Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 4836
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The lives of the privileged, the wretched, and the bloodthirsty interweave with cataclysmic consequences in this soaring crime epic set in modern-day Mumbai.

Inspector Sartaj Singh, one of the very few Sikhs on the Mumbai police force, is now past forty, his marriage is over, and his career prospects are on the slide. When Sartaj gets an anonymous tip-off as to the secret hideout of Ganesh Gaitonde, the most legendary gangster in India, he’s determined to be the one to collect the prize. But the cornered Ganesh may still be in control of a game that Sartaj has only begun to understand.

Alternating Sartaj’s narrative with Ganesh’s story of his rise through the ranks of the criminal underworld, Chandra’s novel draws the reader deep into an intricate web where politics, religion, the film industry, and organized crime are powerfully interwoven.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Riveting…Chandra has created a compulsively involving literary thriller by drawing on the Mahabharata and aiming for the amplitude of Victorian novels. He spins webs within webs, portrays a multitude of diverse characters, nets the complexity of a huge metropolis, and takes full measure of how the world really works. Corruption, murder, arms dealing, Bollywood, plastic surgery, and a superstar guru on an apocalyptic mission—all fuel this novel of crime and punishment, survival and annihilation. A splendidly big, finely made book destined to dazzle a big audience.” 

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  • “A novel as big, ambitious, multi-layered, contradictory, funny, sad, scary, violent, tender, complex, and irresistible as India itself…Vikram Chandra has written a fabulous tale of treachery, a thriller, and a tour of the mean streets of India, complete with street slang.”

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  • Sacred Games is not just a novel. It’s an intricate tapestry of personalities and a contemporary account of subcontinent history, politics, social issues, and the Indian film industry, Bollywood. Anil Margsahayam rises to the challenge of reading as the third-person narrator as well as in the voice of self-absorbed gangster Ganesh Gaitonde—boss, killer, star-maker, and guru-follower. Margsahayam also paints a sympathetic picture of the novel’s anchor, Sartaj Singh, the Bombay policeman who is investigating Gaitonde’s inexplicable demise. While it would be impossible to differentiate each of the hundreds of characters who pass through the story, Margsahayam is particularly empathetic to the story’s many females—from government agents to mob tipsters. This is a long listen, but India deserves nothing less.”

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  • A 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2007 Salon Magazine Best Book Award
  • A Book Sense Pick in January 2007
  • A 2006 Guardian Best Book of the Year for Fiction
  • A 2006 Financial Times Best Book of the Year for Fiction

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mehr | 9/30/2018

    " Do not listen to the audio book if you understand Hindi - mispronunciation of Hindi words , the narrator cannot speak Hindi and so the Hindi parts are comic and very distracting a example a maid called Pari (bird) is pronounced as Perry - Chod-do (leave me ) is literally Chod-do (fuck me) I’ll give the book 5 stars but this audiobook is just ridiculous "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hameeda | 5/3/2011

    " This is a master piece by Vikram Chandra and a great read for people who would like to understand the situation between Pakistan and India. It might be little biased as it is written by an Indian author but I loved reading everyone of the 900 pages of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rahul | 3/8/2011

    " Astounding. A book for the ages. One of my absolute favorites "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rishi | 2/17/2011

    " Thrilling has got a new definition!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/10/2011

    " Didn't want it to end - simply one of the best books I have read in recent years! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Girish | 1/30/2011

    " 1000 page novel for a story that could have been told in less than 400 pages. Waste of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 1/26/2011

    " A great romp of a story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 12/27/2010

    " I loved this book! Although I hope you have a couple of months to read it.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 12/14/2010

    " best Indian gangster book written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenn | 11/8/2010

    " What a wonderful, full, deep read. Right to the top of my top 10 list.

    It is wonderfully written saga that takes you into Bombay life on the streets. "

About the Author

Vikram Chandra is the award-winning author of the novel Red Earth and Pouring Rain and the short-story collection Love and Longing in Bombay. Born in New Delhi, he divides his time between Mumbai and Berkeley, where he teaches at the University of California.

About the Narrator

Anil Margsahayam is originally from the San Francisco Bay area. An actor (currently at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival), he has worked at many regional theaters and was in the national touring company of Bombay Dreams.