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3.00017268174754 out of 53.00017268174754 out of 53.00017268174754 out of 53.00017268174754 out of 53.00017268174754 out of 5 3.00 (11,582 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vikas Swarup Narrator: Christopher Simpson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Former tiffin boy Ram Mohammad Thomas has correctly answered twelve questions on a television quiz show to win a cool one billion rupees. But he is brutally slung in prison on suspicion of cheating—for how else could a poor, uneducated orphan know so much: the name of the smallest planet, global capitals, and diplomatic policy? In the order of the questions on the show, Ram tells us which amazing adventures in his street-kid life gave him the answers.

From orphanages to brothels, gangsters to beggar-masters, and into the homes of Bollywood’s rich and famous, Ram’s story is brimming with the chaotic comedy, heart-stopping tragedy, and tear-inducing joyousness of modern India.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Swarup is an accomplished storyteller, and Q & A has all the immediacy and impact of an oral account.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “A rollicking read as well as being a polished, varnished, finished work of impressive craftsmanship.”

    Hindustan Times (New Dehli)

  • “An inspired idea…A broad and sympathetic humanity underpins the whole book.”

    Sunday Telegraph (London)

  • “A rare, seemingly effortless brew of humor, drama, romance, and social realism…[Swarup] has achieved a triumph with this thrilling, endearing work which gets into the heart and soul of modern India.”

    New Zealand Herald (Auckland)

  • “A very clever story told very cleverly and at a relentless pace.”

    Sydney Morning Herald

  • “Vikas Swarup weaves a delightful yarn…Q & A is sweet, sorrowful, and funny…Enchanting.”

    Sunday Tribune (Chandigarh, India)

  • “Ram’s funny and poignant odyssey explores the causes of good and evil and illustrates how, with a little luck, the best man sometimes wins.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Muneel Zaidi | 2/19/2014

    " Fantastic book, basis for the movie "Slum dog Millionaire". Highly recommended, even if you have seen the movie. The book is very different; similar situations, but completely different plot. Must read. Basic plot: A poor kid is arrested, on suspicion of cheating, after unprecedentedly answering all questions on a game show correctly; making an uneducated slumdog the recipient of the largest prize ever won. A eclectic story unfolds about how every question he was asked was answered in a life he has lived. A quick read because you won't want to put it down once you start." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Roger | 1/31/2014

    " This is the Book Slumdog Millionaire was based on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jo | 1/22/2014

    " So this was a random pick up at the library - and come to find out, it's the book that the movie Slumdog Millionaire was based on... I haven't seen the movie, so I can't compare, but the the book was well written, and interesting. Hard life about poverty in India - which is not my usual read... Parts were just so stark, bordering on disturbing - as well as being depressing, but the main character has an amazing view of his situation in life. I finished it, and have found myself thinking a lot about it... Interesting... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Catherine | 1/20/2014

    " I liked the movie better... the book had a lot more dark events, for example child abuse was profiled quite prominently in the first several stories; this made me want to stop reading the book, whereas the movie managed to touch on darker themes but keep it light enough that you want to keep watching. The writing was pretty good but I felt like the whole thing didn't ever quite get off the ground. "

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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

Christopher Simpson had his first major acting role in the BBC miniseries White Teeth, based on the novel by Zadie Smith. His other appearances include roles in the films Brick Lane, Shameless, All about George, and State of Play.