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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,682 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amitav Ghosh Narrator: Firdous Bamji Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781436102322
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On a tiny island in the Bay of Bengal, three strangers meet in a contemporary story of adventure and unlikely love, identity and history. Although they have their own agendas, the hungry tide has its own ravaging power. A prophetic novel of remarkable ins Download and start listening now!

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  • “A work of power, beauty, and acute historical insight, set in an arresting locale, at once mythic and contemporary.”

    Chitra Divakaruni, American Book Award–winning author

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 1/30/2014

    " Great story teller, elegant prose, another fabulous anglo-Indian writer, plus learning about remote places - not the usual India - the Sundabar islands in this case. I've loved all his books. "

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

    " "Words are like the wind that blows above the river...." (or something along those lines....) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 1/18/2014

    " The characters run headlong into their destiny. Fateful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arnab Das | 1/7/2014

    " This is incidentally my first Amitav Ghosh read. There are few books which have the power to change you from the inside, make you a better individual. The Hungry Tide is definitely one of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A Taran | 1/5/2014

    " I read this book right after visiting Sunderbans and I could bring to life some of the characters portrayed in this novel. A good book if you want to explore the mystery of Sunderbans "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eunice | 12/31/2013

    " A very good read even if the heroine was just a little bit improbable in her willingness to go off hunting dolphins with a set of doubtful characters who she had only just met. However the description of the \Sundarbans was fantastic - definitely on my visiting list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabah | 12/30/2013

    " Absolutely terrific! A slow but meticulous read into the pitiful lives of the poor Bengali people living in the devastating Sunderbans swampland and their deep knowledge of its marine life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 12/19/2013

    " Ghosh is simply a fantastic writer and storyteller. As a reader, it feels like I'm floating on a catching melody from page to page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 12/17/2013

    " One of my favorite reads in the past few years. Made me feel like I was there in this flooded land, such a talented writer and a really great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie Zhuikov | 12/17/2013

    " Loved the description of the tidal islands and how the author relates the environment to politics and the human condition. "

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

    " This is making me add Sundarbans to list of places I'd like to visit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 12/1/2013

    " The quality of writing is mixed, but the story and atmosphere drew me in. On balance four stars "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susmita Das bhattacharya | 11/30/2013

    " One of my favourite books "

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

    " Fantastic, exciting and romantic story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra Shapiro | 10/22/2013

    " Fascinating story, great writing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anu | 10/17/2013

    " A book to remember. The setting is so beautiful and evocative(the sundabans) it really adds to the feel of the book. You feel like you are there drifting with the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanvir Muntasim | 7/16/2013

    " The geat novel about Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world and I am sad that it wasnt written in Bangla. However, irrespective of the language, it is an excellent read and anyone would enjoy the mythical environment of the Sundarbans through this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malou | 4/24/2013

    " This is a truly marvelous book: enchanting in so many ways. India and the character lift themselves off the pages. Ghosh is truly a master storyteller. I warmly recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rolly S | 1/21/2013

    " A struggle compared to the glass palace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chitra | 1/20/2013

    " Brilliant writing and believable characters. Dredged up memories of childhood now as distant as a previous life, spent in sampling the forests, mountains and rivers of Odisha (Orissa). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Srinanda | 10/22/2012

    " I found the subject fascinating , even if sometimes it rambles...but a good read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angi | 10/9/2012

    " Dolphins, mangroves, tigers.....I found I loved it most for the main charcter's dedication to her solitary life in science and research "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecka | 5/15/2012

    " This is a touching story with believable characters and wonderful descriptions of the Sundarbans, where it takes place. It's the kind of book that you can only read once, since the ending has a twist to it. It's a hopeful book but not easy to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susie | 11/1/2011

    " this book dragged a bit for me.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 charlie | 10/5/2011

    " Great book. It makes you question your values in terms of conservation versus the value of human life. Thought provoking and vivid, another beautiful book by Ghosh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 8/16/2011

    " An awesome adventurous travel book that keeps you right at the edge of your seat. Knashing tigers, Indian villages, a single female marine biologist with a passion for dolphins and learning of love. I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rakesh M S | 7/30/2011

    " An amazing, riveting and enlightening read from the beginning to end. One of Amitav Ghosh's finest works! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sana | 6/20/2011

    " The narrative is the best part of the novel. It grabbed my attention right away and made me more intrigued with the rural world of India. There should be more stories like this. I can not wait to read more from this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 6/8/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book. better than the Glass Palace. builds brilliantly to a stunning climax "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 5/19/2011

    " Good story, but didn't appeal to me much. I didn't connect to any of it, therefore the emotions that make a good book good...just weren't there for me. AND the ending was pretty predictable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rajitha | 5/12/2011

    " a very slow book, tedious at places "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin and Jim | 5/11/2011

    " Such an intriguing book that takes place in one of the most fascinating places on earth! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christian | 4/21/2011

    " Alejo and I bought this book from the visitor center in the Sundarbans, the mangrove-land on the Bay of Bengal where this novel is set. I'm sure I liked it more having visited this unusual and ephemeral setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristianne | 4/17/2011

    " Engaging story full of interesting history about the southeast portion of India, bordering on Bangladesh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 4/13/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, the author obviously has a lot of knowledge of (and love for) the area and this comes across continuously in the narrative. I was also surprised by the unconventional love story. All around a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 3/16/2011

    " I loved "Sea of Poppies" but this novel didn't sustain my interest like it did. "

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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

Firdous Bamji has appeared in numerous plays in New York and across the country and played the title role in William Shakespeare’s Othello. He has played leading parts in world and American premiere productions of plays by noted playwrights, including Tom Stoppard, Tony Kushner, Eric Bogosian, and Rebecca Gilman. He has also had guest starring parts on Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU, and he was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award as Best Supporting Actor for his work in the film The War Within.