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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,184 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Scott Narrator: Richard Brown Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9780307751508
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Tusker and Lily Smalley stayed on in India. Given the chance to return 'home' when Tusker, once a Colonel in the British Army, retired, they chose instead to remain in the small hill town of Pangkot, with its eccentric inhabitants and archaic rituals left over from the days of the Empire. Only the tyranny of their landlady, the imposing Mrs Bhoolabhoy, threatens to upset the quiet rhythm of their days.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 1977 Man Booker Prize

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 N. Lafave | 2/18/2014

    " A follow up book to the Raj books and if you read the 4 Raj books you will like to read this. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Selene | 2/16/2014

    " Just wasn't interested in the story I'm afraid. I couldn't see the funny side and it just stank of the 1970s, we are rulers of the world mentality - so gave up! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hanaan | 2/12/2014

    " This was really quite good. There are long monologues in the dialogue, which are a little unrealistic, but the story moves in and out of the lives of all the characters in a really skillful, natural way. It is very entertaining. You won't regret picking it up - I avoided it for a long time because the back cover made it look like a sad story, but it isn't at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 2/12/2014

    " I can't believe this book won the Booker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neil | 2/7/2014

    " To settle the confusion that seems to beset some other reviewers: There are four books in Scott's Raj Quartet. This is the coda, if you see what I mean. Number five. A slimmer volume, but so very touching. An excellent film adaptation was made, starring Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson (in a way reprising their classic Brief Encounter). It really doesn't matter in which order you do it...read or watch first...but do try and get both. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/30/2014

    " really enjoyed it but left me hanging. by the author of the raj quartet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noreen | 1/19/2014

    " Good but not as great as the Raj Quartet "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 1/13/2014

    " I found the four books of the Raj Quartet uneven, to say the least. For me, they followed the inverse rule of the Star Trek movies - the odd-numbered volumes were brilliant, but the even-numbered ones were slow and ponderous. The final book, volume 4, was particularly a drag, and I ended the series with a heavy feeling of disappointment. Thus, what a delight to find this engaging and humane coda to the series. Taking place 25 years after the end of the Raj, Scott wisely focuses on a just a few characters over a short period of time. We meet the Smalleys, who "stayed on" after the British departed, and their landlords, the Bhoolaboys. Scott tells the same, slight story from a variety of points of view, and his approach to his characters is warm, touching, and humane. The portrait that emerges of the Smalleys' marriage - two people who have been married for 40 years but scarcely know each other - is haunting, wise, and ultimately true. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Maguire | 1/11/2014

    " Quiet, sad contemplation of growing old and attempting to embrace the contingency of existence. Low-aiming comic tone played like poor Vonnegut. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alesa | 1/7/2014

    " Interesting, but nowhere near as captivating as the Raj Trilogy. The characters are pretty pathetic. But really, that's his point, describing post-colonial India. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 1/1/2014

    " Well written and covers interesting ground but just failed to grip ann in the end became a little boring "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristina | 12/29/2013

    " Loved the insight of the characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Selene | 12/25/2013

    " Just wasn't interested in the story I'm afraid. I couldn't see the funny side and it just stank of the 1970s, we are rulers of the world mentality - so gave up! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alesa | 12/12/2013

    " Interesting, but nowhere near as captivating as the Raj Trilogy. The characters are pretty pathetic. But really, that's his point, describing post-colonial India. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Maguire | 12/4/2013

    " Quiet, sad contemplation of growing old and attempting to embrace the contingency of existence. Low-aiming comic tone played like poor Vonnegut. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 11/28/2013

    " Well written and covers interesting ground but just failed to grip ann in the end became a little boring "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 11/25/2013

    " This book, even with its comic elements, was sad and tender and moving. It described the "end of an era" which was also the aging and ending of a marriage and a life. Although it was much different from The Raj Quartet I believe he said more in less pages about relationships and love in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 11/17/2013

    " I can't believe this book won the Booker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 11/5/2013

    " A wonderful little off-center coda to the Raj Quartet. Takes up the lives of a minor couple, the Smalleys, who stayed on after independence. Brings in the other stories obliquely through correspondence with Sarah. Am still very much a fan of Scott. These are books I definitely recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ulla | 8/19/2013

    " The best thing was to learn at least a bit more about Sarah and Guy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noreen | 6/27/2013

    " Read all four of this quartet in the late 70's. My first introduction to the Booker Prize. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl Kenny | 2/2/2013

    " One of the Booker's that I have missed, well written, wonderfully three dimensional characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Name Julia | 1/4/2013

    " This was published about the time that Paul Scott died. I had to read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glorious.Clio | 7/4/2012

    " At the same time mysoginist and emmasculating. But an interesting read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 5/15/2012

    " Re-read again last year and was a bit disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ulla | 1/15/2012

    " The best thing was to learn at least a bit more about Sarah and Guy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jem Wilton | 8/20/2011

    " Loved this book...just got an Indian brother in law and it was great to have a description of the old post war deference. Characters were great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noreen | 6/9/2011

    " Good but not as great as the Raj Quartet "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jem Wilton | 12/18/2010

    " Loved this book...just got an Indian brother in law and it was great to have a description of the old post war deference. Characters were great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Name Julia | 12/10/2010

    " This was published about the time that Paul Scott died. I had to read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 N. Lafave | 11/22/2010

    " A follow up book to the Raj books and if you read the 4 Raj books you will like to read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 6/19/2010

    " This book, even with its comic elements, was sad and tender and moving. It described the "end of an era" which was also the aging and ending of a marriage and a life. Although it was much different from The Raj Quartet I believe he said more in less pages about relationships and love in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glorious.Clio | 12/13/2009

    " At the same time mysoginist and emmasculating. But an interesting read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noreen | 3/22/2009

    " Good but not as great as the Raj Quartet "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Duckie | 2/29/2008

    " 1977 Booker

    A lovely tale about a couple, Colonel and Mrs Smalley, who "stay on" in India after the British handover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 12/23/2007

    " really enjoyed it but left me hanging. by the author of the raj quartet. "

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About the Narrator

Richard Brown (1937–2005) (a.k.a. Joseph Porter), was a former ballet dancer, actor, and popular audiobook narrator. Born in England, Richard came to the United States early in his career and performed with numerous regional ballet companies. After retiring from the ballet, he pursued a career in acting and recorded dozens of audiobooks for numerous publishers.