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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,524 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amitav Ghosh Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN:
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At the heart of this vibrant saga is an immense ship, the Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, its purpose to fight China's vicious 19th-century Opium Wars. As for the crew, they are a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts.

In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a diverse cast of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt Raja to a widowed tribeswoman, from a mulatto American freedman to a free-spirited French orphan. As their old family ties are washed away, they, like their historical counterparts, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais, or ship brothers. An unlikely dynasty is born, which will span continents, races, and generations.

The vast sweep of this historical adventure embraces the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling high seas, and the crowded backstreets of Canton. But it is the panorama of characters, whose diaspora encapsulates the vexed colonial history of the East itself, that makes Sea of Poppies so breathtakingly alive - a masterpiece from one of the world's finest novelists. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tania Ahuja | 1/30/2014

    " Would like to read the sequel & then give a review to it..........otherwise can also say that now whenever I look at the Sea I remember the Ibis.......... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mehvish | 1/25/2014

    " Brilliant read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica S. | 1/24/2014

    " A beautiful, engrossing and captive book. The language and charaters are entertaining, the story keeps you guessing, cant wait to read the part 2 - River of Smoke "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/18/2014

    " I tried to get past the first half of the book to finally get to sea, where I heard the best part of the book is, but got infinitely landlubbered by deeper-than-the-ocean details about every single character. Do I really want to know the details about some secondary character's third cousin removed or about the pinkie toenail length of one of the far too many main characters? Not really. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/14/2014

    " A great novel from Amitav Ghosh - I couldn't understand half the words - even if English, but that was half the fun. A fun read of how British, Chinese, Malay, Indian cultures came together on this boat set for Mauritius. Part romance, part pirate lawlessness... highly recommended! Just beware, it's the first of a 3 part series, which means we've got a while to wait for part 2, since the first one took him over 5 years to research and write. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ari Katz | 1/7/2014

    " It's a long book and the story doesn't get very far, but the characters are engrossing and it's a compelling read. It makes an unusual place and time come alive. Will definitely keep going in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priya Ray Chaudhuri | 1/6/2014

    " The haunting description of the black waters of the sea opening up in front of the ship with all the main characters in it was goose-bump inducing. Not so much the plot, but the sheer intricate details of the descriptions and the voluminous research on varied aspects of life as it was in that era astound me. Looking forward to reading the second book in the trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariana | 1/5/2014

    " This is a good fun read with many insights about racial prejudice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elspeth | 12/21/2013

    " Loved this book. Good character development and just beautifully written. Can't wait for the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saurav Chakraborty | 12/16/2013

    " Very nice storytelling but also very tough use of words. Overall a nice read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alicia | 12/7/2013

    " I couldn't finish this book. It was very dense, and a lot of it was written in 19th century Indian English dialect, which was hard to read, and I just couldn't connect to the characters. Rather than slogging through it (and it is a trilogy) I gave up and moved on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Lemson | 12/1/2013

    " Fascinating, well-written book set in the time before the outbreak of the Opium Wars, India in the 1830's. A historical epic showing the effects on a culture of British Imperialism. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilariapdx | 11/20/2013

    " smart. lovely. quirky. a new favorite author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Ratkowski | 10/30/2013

    " Had a hard time reading this at first - didn't realize that there was a glossary in the back (which would have helped tremendously!) Ended up enjoying it but it ended rather abruptly...... I'm hoping that there will be another book to follow. I'd like to find out what happens to everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anadelle Ramirez | 10/11/2013

    " It was an interesting historical moment, and an OK story. Linguistically fascinating! I can't stop the lascar talk in my head. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelia C | 7/31/2013

    " I am still thinking about these characters but the second in the trilogy is even better. I loved this kind of E.M. Forster old fashioned read of clashing cultures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Frandeen | 6/14/2013

    " I really enjoyed the recreation of the period and the accuracy of the history. The story line, hmmmmm.. but I understand there are two more books to come. I will withhold judgment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sazuru | 5/29/2013

    " Amitav Ghosh is into Indian history, as am I. Interesting to see what he does with it. My first reaction: I want to read the original archival materials. Enjoying the Indo-English slang-- dumbcow (dhamkao) etc.--that 19th century sailors et. al. used on and around the subcontinent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wiebke (1book1review) | 10/31/2012

    " This book is epic and the writing is amazing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M. Angel | 10/22/2012

    " Interesting story and beautifully written. I found the vernacular used hard to follow and it made the reading experience less enjoyable that I hoped for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Kelly | 5/27/2012

    " Took a long time for me to read but thoroughly enjoyed it - though was slightly disappointed by the last 50 pages though I think this is because they were building up to the next book which I can't wait for. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesley Potts | 5/7/2012

    " I have to wait until 2011 to find out what happens next??? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 4/4/2012

    " Not as good as The Glass Palace, but OK. Maybe I should have concentrated on the mixed languages a bit more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 5/25/2009

    " Didn't know it was the 1st book of a trilogy--the other 2 haven't been written yet. I hate that... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martinxo | 11/11/2008

    " Jolly good. Looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. "

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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

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.