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3.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 5 3.75 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vikas Swarup Narrator: Kerry Shale Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN:
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A small prison cell in India holds an 18-year-old penniless waiter from a Mumbai slum. But Ram Mohammad Thomas isn't a criminal. He is under arrest for correctly answering 12 tricky trivia questions on the show Who Will Win a Billion? Reluctant to part with the jackpot of one billion rupees, the show directors bribe the police to arrest Ram, accusing him of cheating. For how else could a poor, uneducated orphan know so much: the name of the smallest planet, global capitals, and diplomatic policy? Ram is rescued by a lawyer who draws from him the always compelling, touching, and sometimes comic story of his life, explaining the source of his knowledge. An inspired performance by reader Kerry Shale captures the spirit of this off-beat novel, a blend of high comedy and touching melancholy.

This novel was originally published with the title Q&A and is the basis for the movie Slumdog Millionaire. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudine | 2/18/2014

    " I waited for the hype to die down before reading this, I still have not seen the movie and probably won't. Whlie in essence the story is creatively woven together, it didn't wow me like it seems to have wowed the rest of the world. Yes, it's endearing, yes it's well written...but nothing spectacular. I won't be rushing out to buy his next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan O'rourke | 2/15/2014

    " I didn't realize that Slumdog Millionaire really just used the game show concept; the stories themselves are almost entirely different. Worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 2/9/2014

    " Different than the movie, but I really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 1/27/2014

    " This is the book Slumdog Millionaire was loosely based off. I thought the book was way better than the movie but they were so different it is hard to compare. The book was a sad glimpse into a different world, it is thought provoking but hopeful. A good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hande | 1/11/2014

    " Really enjoyed listening to this book and wanted to be back on my commuter train with my knitting to listen a bit more. Very good story-telling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K Yuan | 1/10/2014

    " A lovely mix of comedy, humanity, romance, boyhood, and much more in a riveting page-turner. A guaranteed good read! :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Xaka | 12/27/2013

    " I can't figure out why this book was made into a movie. But, there are Twilight movies, too, so maybe I'm just a book snob. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 shui | 12/13/2013

    " An entertaining and well planned story. Very different from the movie though (Slumdog Millionaire). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith Walker | 12/12/2013

    " very easy to read given that it is almost like a collection of short stories. Surprised at how different it was to Slumdog Millionaire but enjoyed the additional twists. I would recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanna | 11/27/2013

    " I saw the movie so long ago I'm not sure which I liked more. But the book was quite good. Much more detail than the movie, of course. Either way it was an interesting story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaye | 7/31/2013

    " Very enjoyable read. Different (better) from the movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicky | 11/26/2012

    " I watched the movie first and the book is so different...I prefer the story in the movie more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 11/16/2012

    " As usual, the book is even better than the movie. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leslie | 12/11/2011

    " All I can say is: Thank God it's over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 4/23/2011

    " better then the film, but this is always true "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 3/19/2010

    " Q&A is one of the books that keeps your interest throughout.The storyline is amazing..it is definitely much better than the movie..I would recommend this book to all and would like to read other books by the same author.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neehal | 9/25/2009

    " Couldn't put it down! Now, I must see the DVD! (original copy, please) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xhex | 7/24/2009

    " Was bored and it really is a pretty good book. (Y) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 liz | 11/24/2008

    " Better than the movie. As always. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret Havas | 4/20/2008

    " From beginning to end, I was caught up in the story and it never slowed down. There are few characters that I rooted for as hard as I did for Ram Mohammed Thomas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynh | 2/21/2008

    " perfect beach read - good pace, easy, interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cjbiesanz | 2/6/2008

    " This was a great book, however the movie was very different, and i have to say i liked the movie better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine | 12/2/2007

    " I enjoyed this book a lot, especially that it was broken into a chapter for each question that was asked on the game show. Not as harrowing as the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Hazlett | 5/10/2006

    " This was a very good read. It was of course more in-depth than the movie which got so much hype. "

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About the Author
Author Vikas Swarup

Vikas Swarup’s first novel was made into the Oscar Award–winning film Slumdog Millionaire and has been translated into over forty languages. His second novel and first mystery, Six Suspects, was translated into thirty languages and is being adapted into film. Swarup has written for Time, Newsweek, the Guardian, the Telegraph, and the Financial Times. An Indian diplomat, he has been posted to Turkey, the United States, Ethiopia, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Japan. He lives in India.

About the Narrator

Kerry Shale is a Sony Radio Academy Award winner, a narrator of dozens of audio books, and an actor in films as diverse as Yentl and Welcome to Sarajevo. He won an Audie Award for his narration of Q&A.