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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,001 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Narrator: Alan Cumming Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Brotherhood of the Conch Release Date: September 2003 ISBN: 9780807219614
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You are about to embark on a remarkable journey. It begins on the teeming streets of Kolkata, India, and will transport you across arid plains and turbulent rivers to a secret valley high in the Himalayas. Along the way you will encounter powerful spirits, both good and unspeakably evil; fantastical creatures; and a trio of intrepid travelers who will linger in your memory long after the end of this audiobook.

In a dingy shack in the less than desirable neighborhood that he calls home, 12-year-old Anand is entrusted with a conch shell that possesses mystical powers. His task is to return the shell to its rightful home many hundreds of miles away. Accompanying him are Nisha, the headstrong but resourceful child of the streets, and a mysterious man of indeterminate age and surprising resources named Abadhyatta.

This is a fantasy of the first order; an exotic and compelling adventure story that is almost impossible to stop listening to. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Divakaruni keeps her tale fresh and riveting with details of India’s sights, smells, and tastes, with characters that possess both good and evil, and with her exploration of the fine line between faith and magic. Young readers can only hope for more from this master storyteller.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This book is a real page-turner…You’ll stay up late to finish it.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “The action is exciting, and the Indian setting makes this story new and different.”

    Washington Post

  • “Divakaruni [is] a gifted storyteller…Though [she] beguiles us with the sights and sounds of an exotic place, what she really does is make us feel at home.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “With so many fantasies being published, what’s special about this one? It’s the unique setting, along with the elegance Divakaruni’s writing. The slums of ‘Kalcutta’ are so richly created that readers can almost smell them…This speaks directly to children in a very enticing voice.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This quest adventure has an exotic flavor…Readers can sympathize with [Anand’s] struggle and long for his success. This traditional story in fresh new clothing should appeal to middle-grade readers.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The rich details in the story…offer readers a colorful snapshot of [India’s] land and its culture.”

    Houston Chronicle

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teacool97 | 2/19/2014

    " Not a bad book, quite a lot of magic though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alcina | 2/13/2014

    " A page turner, with marvelous bits of wisdom, but so predictable, as I'm finding so many youth adventure books to be. My main annoyance right now is woman writers who write male hero's. However, it is a good read. I think it's a little too scary for my 10 year old, but probably not most 10 American 10 year olds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Indah Threez Lestari | 2/10/2014

    " 776th - 2011 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 2/8/2014

    " My 9 year old son recommended I read this book and I'm glad I did. In fact he said "Mommy, you MUST read this book" to be more specific. Set in India, it was wonderfully written. A great story about a young girl and boy finding themselves in an adventure to return a magical conch shell. This is a book to seek out, as it's nothing like today's adventure stories and most kids won't willingly pick it up. Well worth the read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 2/1/2014

    " first book mt grade 3 teacher read to us best ever "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ine | 1/31/2014

    " ini seru banget, gw belinya pas diskon..heheheeh, judul terjemahannya keong ajaib,mungkin klo ngikutin judulnya jadi rada lucu ya..conch bearer, "si pembawa keong"..ceritanya lumayan seru, myth india banget..tapi yang bagus, kita diajarin untuk mengikuti keinginan kita, komitmen sama pilihan dan untuk mendapatkan sesuatu yang besar, kita harus melakukan pengorbanan yang besar pula...kayak anand, oia disini juga ada cerita persahabatan....good for teen, biar ga baca teenlit mlulu... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nurul | 1/21/2014

    " tentang hidup dan keajaiban... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spiderwickgirl Rummell | 1/11/2014

    " This is a fantastic book! The author writes it so you never find out anything about the charecters personaility, but in a very good way. It has an interesting story line and is very unique. A great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie Mansur | 1/10/2014

    " THIS IS SUCH A GREAT BOOK AND I LOVED SOO MUCH! I HEARD IT ON DISK AND THE VOICES WITH THE STORYLINE WAS INCREDIBLE. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 En Hikmah | 1/2/2014

    " Ada hal-hal yang kelihatan tidak masuk akal, tapi benar benar ada. Dan pekerjan yang sangat sulit bisa menyampaikan ide kepada manusia di seluruh dunia tentang hal-hal yang sulit dipahami logika. Tapi Chitra Banerjee sukses menunjukkan apapun yg ingin disampaikannya dan membuatnya mudah dimengerti. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Khanh | 12/21/2013

    " Good book! Good lessons about Honesty, Loyalty, and Compassion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cjvswimming | 12/6/2013

    " I liked the middle, not the beginning and not the end, to sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thia | 12/3/2013

    " arabian knights "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 11/15/2013

    " A simplistic tale with polarized characters and thinly veiled moralistic take-home points. Would be nice if Indian audio books could be read by persons able to pronounce the names correctly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 11/9/2013

    " It was amazing! I mean it was so good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabby | 7/25/2013

    " I liked this story, and it was well-written and a good adventure. The end was so disappointing though. He shouldn't have chosen the shell over his family. I know they forgot about him, but it is still sad that they'll never remember the son and brother they had. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 6/12/2013

    " Interesting epic Indian fantasy. Not brilliant, but interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vanessa | 3/12/2013

    " OK. Lord of the Rings meets Momo. Maybe fantasy just isn't my genre. Kind of slow. Didn't like the boy's decision in the end. Still, refreshing to read a book set in India. Might be worth putting into my classroom library just for that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliette Williams | 2/28/2013

    " I'm not finished yet, but had to say that Alan Cummings is wonderful reading this story! I'm listening to this on my commutes (one hour each way), and am really looking forward to hearing more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Verdi | 2/17/2013

    " This is the best book I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 2/2/2013

    " Twelve year old Anand bears a heavy load of helping support his poverty-stricken mother and emotionally scarred sister in India. But a chance meeting with a mysterious man who tells him of a conch with magical powers changes his life forever. A great multicultural read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Audra | 1/8/2013

    " Not amazing, but it kept my interest. Good read for Jr. High age that likes fanatsy, magic, mystery... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ori | 12/26/2012

    " menurut ri,tema ceritanya sih mirip" lotr, tp seru,dan mengharukan.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Saritha | 9/7/2012

    " I always enjoyed Children's books, but this was one which actually doesnt fall in that category. Its not upto my expectations compared to "palace of illusions" which was my first book authored by Chitra Banerjee. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Smita | 8/2/2012

    " This book is so suspenseful you will not want to put it down. If you are fighting with your best friend read this book. It's not to the point about friendship but it hides it so cleverly that you would luv it!!!!!!!!!! "

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About the Author
Author Chitra Banerjee DivakaruniChitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the author of the bestselling novels The Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, and The Vine of Desire; the prize-winning story collections Arranged Marriage and The Unknown Errors of Our Lives; and four acclaimed volumes of poetry. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Ms., Zoetrope, Good Housekeeping, O: The Oprah Magazine, The Best American Short Stories, The O’Henry Prize Stories and The New York Times. She teaches creative writing at the University of Houston and divides her time between Houston and the San Francisco area. Her Web site is www.chitradivakaruni.com.
About the Narrator

Alan Cumming is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, producer, and director. He recently starred in an acclaimed one-man staging of Macbeth on Broadway and appears on the Emmy Award–winning television show The Good Wife. Cumming won a Tony Award for his portrayal of the Emcee in the Broadway musical Cabaret. He is the winner of the 2015 Audie Award for Best Autobiography/Memoir narration and Best Narration by the Author Award as well as an Audiofile Earphones Award. He hosts PBS Masterpiece Mystery and has appeared in numerous films, including Spy Kids, Titus, X2: X-Men United, The Anniversary Party, Any Day Now, and Eyes Wide Shut.