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Publisher Description

No saris. No scents. No spices. No music. No lyricism. No illusions.

This is India now.

Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Over the course of seven nights, by the scattered light of a preposterous chandelier, Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life-having nothing but his own wits to help him along. Born in a village in the dark heart of India, Balram gets a break when he is hired as a driver for a wealthy man, two Pomeranians (Puddles and Cuddles), and the rich man's (very unlucky) son.

Through Balram's eyes, we see India as we've never seen it before: the cockroaches and the call centers, the prostitutes and the worshippers, the water buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost) impossible, the white tiger. And with a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected, he teaches us that religion doesn't create morality and money doesn't solve every problem-but decency can still be found in a corrupt world, and you can get what you want out of life if you eavesdrop on the right conversations.

John Lee
hr min
May 6
Tantor Audio

Customer Reviews

Prashanth.V ,


This is Adiga's debut effort and won him the Booker just yesterday. I dont see it in the spotlight on iTunes...too sad that iTunes just doesnt keep pace with the rest of the world!

AnthroZen ,

Horrible audiobook

What a horrible audiobook!!!!! The accent is so distracting that I could not bear to go beyond the first few sentences. Why the accent? If you need for the rendition to be believable, try using an authentic accent -- any accent. To me, this was irritating as hell. And OMG offensive. Indians DO NOT speak like that. This horrible accent is a construct made popular by the likes of Peter Sellers.

toj55 ,

narration is derogatory, read the book instead.

I read the book and its fantastics, but this narration is the worst. The tone is clearly mocking the Indian accent. Don't buy this audiobook, just read the book.

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