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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,702 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Scott Narrator: Richard Brown Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Raj Quartet Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9780307751447
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No set of novels so richly recreates the last days of India under British rule—"two nations locked in an imperial embrace"—as Paul Scott's historical tour de force, The Raj QuartetThe Jewel in the Crown opens in 1942 as the British fear both Japanese invasion and Indian demands for independence. On the night after the Indian Congress Party votes to support Ghandi, riots break out and an ambitious police sargeant arrests a young Indian for the alleged rape of the woman they both love. 

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherie | 2/19/2014

    " Saw the mini-series, then read the book. The author's purpose would seem to be rape, but it is more the telling of India on the brink of independence and how the British will do anything to blacken the image of the Indian people and therefore cast doubt on their ability to govern themselves. The world was definitely not ready to embrace people of color in any sense other than that they might be "saved" by the efforts of imperialistic/white nations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Baldi | 2/4/2014

    " This book is so wonderful. The whole series is fantastic but this and the final book are the best. You remember them always. "

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

    " A masterpiece. I would put this book on my top 100 for the 20th century. Though initially well reviewed (the 1966 New Yorker review called it an "artful triumph") its popularity soared after the Granada Television miniseries adaptation in 1984. Now it's 2012 and I feel it needs a push since my literary friends are all like, "who?" Paul Scott, that's who! "

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

    " Set in the turbulent years during World War II Britain is struggling to hold onto to her most precious possession the colony of India. But the nation of Indian is seething with unrest and violence due to racial hatred and the class differences. A world waiting to explode. In the midst of all this a young English nurse and her Indian lover fight their own battles. A compelling story that will evoke feelings of pity and admiration for both. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita Williamson | 1/3/2014

    " I liked the Masterpiece Theater version as well. This book was my favorite of the 4. I liked how it talked about what had happened through other people's eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/3/2014

    " English saga:India 1920's-1940's-----------English/Indian relations, racial relations, part one of four "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 booklady | 12/19/2013

    " One of my all time favorite works of fiction. Have watched the BBC production of "The Jewel in the Crown" more times than I can remember. It still enthralls me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 11/18/2013

    " A gripping, well written story set in the dying years of the Raj. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Supriya | 10/26/2013

    " Must read.. Beautifully written book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deepti | 10/19/2013

    " It took a while to get through, but what an amazing and detailed portrayal of life in India in the days of the Raj! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Roberts | 9/9/2013

    " One of the absolute best books that I have read in a long, long while. Complex, thoughtful, well-written, historically accurate, deep, great story encompassing so many different emotions and moral dilemnas. Great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tovah Aho | 5/28/2013

    " The book is broken up into different narrators telling the tale... I had a hard time getting through some of the "voices" and other times the writing is superb. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eliza | 2/10/2013

    " I really love it, though at times it can become a bit to political. But the imagery is amazing!! It really makes me want to visit India. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 12/16/2012

    " This is an impossibly long book about India during the time of colonial rule, that once I was through the four books I was so sorry to see end :-( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 10/27/2012

    " Might require re-read for fair assessment "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet Leigh | 8/17/2012

    " A brilliant evocation of late colonial INDIA "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darcie | 7/13/2012

    " I thought this would be a new series I could linger over for a few months; unfortunately, I couldn't get into it. Boring. Dull. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Francine Harris | 7/13/2012

    " I can see its value and the skill behind it, but I just didn't like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd | 2/11/2012

    " Really 3.5 stars. An interesting novel about British imperialism, though I prefer J.G. Farrell's Siege of Krishnapur, which also deals with the end of the British Empire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 7/28/2011

    " I wanted to enjoy reading this and it started well! About two-thirds of the way through I gave up. I must go back and persevere! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckayd229 | 3/20/2011

    " Good insight into the Raj during the waning days of British rule. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dan | 1/15/2011

    " rough ride. i was interested, and i hung in there, but i won't be moving on to book 2 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 1/4/2011

    " Wonderful characters, compelling story, lots to think about--but I thought the writing was dense and difficult--a bit of a slog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arieltsmith | 1/3/2011

    " Set in the twilight of the British Raj during WWII, this book tells of the rape of an English woman in the town of Mayapore from seven perspectives. The book is beautifully, lyrically written and each section is equally engaging as the others. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 10/5/2010

    " Loved it. Tells of two tragic events toward the end of the British occupation of India, from the viewpoints of many individuals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip | 5/18/2010

    " Wonderful, but sufficient. I did not three more. "

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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.