I had high hopes for this book. I love India and have travelled there a lot, I also love to read about it. My brother recommended this book so I was keen to try it. After the first 2 chapters I wasn't sure but thought I would stick with it, However, I was ultimately a bit disappointed. The reader didn't really help to enthuse me. Didn't like the main character too much and the pace was slow. The story had potential but didn't really do it for me. It was just ok.
Maybe because rave recommendations meant it would never live up to expectations, or maybe just not the book for me but I was unable to get into this story despite several attempts to really sit down and persevere. I failed to find anything engaging about the story or the main character and have to admit this is one of the few books I have downloaded on Audible that I have just not been able to see through to the end.
Almost all the recommendations came from "older " people so not sure if I will grow into it and it may be a book for the older generations perhaps????
To be honest, the book sparked nothing in me at all- it wasn't that I was disappointed: I just could not get into the story regardless of trying several times but I have to say I have friends and family who still go on about how much they enjoyed it so to each his/her own but sorry, not for me.
A great book about modern India and social mobility which highlights the duplicity of government and society in the story of one man's mission to beat the system
The book probably deserves three for the story line. But the narration was so awful, I wouldn't recommend the audiobook. I think it was reasonable to have a female voice narrating for a boy. But the accent was overdone, often similar across characters and, conversation was often mixed up with prose.
The main character isn't plausible. The only way to make the story work is to make the assumption that much of what is going on in his head to explain his behaviour is untold. Moreover very little in the story told allows any inferences to be made. It's an account of events which seems to promise more, but doesn't deliver.
A magnificent tale, beginning in 'the darkness', deep interior India which provides the servants to the middle classes of Guragaon. The journey of the White Tiger is wonderfully vivid, from the coal fields of Bihar to the fairy-tale towers of Gurgaon, and on to twenty-first century Bangalore, each location drawn with brilliant and cruel accuracy, and each character with its real-life parallels. I'm not sure I'd give this to my friends whose lives are reflected here, the depictions of place and person are so close to the bone! Aravind Adiga does justice to the wonderful complexity of India.
A gripping story offering insights into the underbelly of Indian culture. However, the effect is dimished by the reader who sounds very much like she is reading the story for the first time, complete with incorrect pauses and mispronunciations.
This book is just wonderful. I was transported to a modern and fascinating, if often brutal and ruthless India. I loved the main character in all his guises, and I was rooting for him throughout the book, even though at times I did cringe, I did understand where he was coming from. The narrator delivers the story with perfect pitch and tone and a voice totally suited to the character. I could not stop listening till I had heard the whole story. I lost a weekend in blissful tense, often harrowing drama which brought an all too realistic view of India which I had previously romanticised from lovely holiday experinces. I love the place, but I have a whole new understanding now. A fantastic book. Buy it!!!!
In common with the other reviewers I was hooked by the picture painted of India by Aravind Adiga who, by virtue of his Indian nationality but international career, seems particularly well qualified to paint it. The choice of Bindya Solanki to read it is an interesting one - why a woman, when the main character is an adult male for much of the book? That said, Bindya Solanki produces a good range of voices and accents which in themselves are a source of pleasure to listen to; but she also makes a number of misinterpretations of the meaning, in fact small mistakes which one would have expected to be edited and corrected in a recording of this price. Well worth getting as a Member's Credit purchase, not worth paying full price.
Very enjoyable read, nice story line and very educational about India and it's history. First book of A Adiga I had listened but, would happy to listen anymore he writes
The story is entertaining enough, by turn, shocking, funny and enlightening.
However the reader is just plain poor. Her Indian ancent often tails off to deepest Essex. Also I thought it odd that a female was chosen to voice the narative, which is that off a young India man. That is not a misogynist view, I would find it equally odd having a man read a female narative.