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  • The Strangler Vine

  • By: M. J. Carter
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of M. J. Carter's The Strangler Vine, read by the actor Sam Dastor. India, 1837: William Avery, a fresh young officer in the East India Company, arrives in Calcutta expecting to be seduced by its ancient traditions. Nine months later he hasn't learnt a word of Hindoostani, is in terrible debt, and longs to return home before the cholera epidemic finishes him off.

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Reviewed: 02-12-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Strangler Vine to be better than the print version?

I would prefer the audio edition. Sam Dastor painted a far richer canvas with his voices than I would have been able to in my head. There is an exciting plot which gives opportunity to portray the rich landscape and times of the East India Company.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Avery, like me he is naive about the mysterious Indian sub-continent and it felt as if we were exploring it together.

Have you listened to any of Sam Dastor’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but I wouldn't hesitate to listen to him again. His voices and accents were excellent

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