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The God of Small Things Audiobook

The God of Small Things

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 1997 Booker Prize. The richly exotic story of the childhood the twins Esthappen and Rahel craft for themselves amongst India's vats of banana jam and mountains of peppercorns.

Here, perhaps, is the greatest Indian novel by a woman. Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things is an astonishingly rich, fertile novel, teeming with life, colour, heart-stopping language, wry comedy and a hint of magical realism.

Set against a background of political turbulence in Kerala, Southern India, The God of Small Things tells the story of twins Esthappen and Rahel. Amongst the vats of banana jam and heaps of peppercorns in their grandmother's factory, they try to craft a childhood for themselves amidst what constitutes their family - their lonely, lovely mother; their beloved uncle Chacko (pickle baron, radical Marxist and bottom pincher); and their avowed enemy, Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grand-aunt).

©1997 Arundhati Roy (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"Richly deserving the rapturous praise it has received on both sides of the Atlantic.... The God of Small Things achieves a genuine tragic resonance. It is, indeed, a masterpiece." (Observer)

"The God of Small Things genuinely is a masterpiece, utterly exceptional in every way, and there can be little doubt that posterity will place it very near the top of any shortlist of Indian novels published this century." (William Dalyrmple, Harpers and Queen)

"The quality of Ms. Roy's narration is so extraordinary - at once so morally strenuous and so imaginatively supple - that the reader remains enthralled all the way through to its agonizing finish...it evokes in the reader a feeling of gratitude and wonderment." (The New York Times)

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    Rochelle 28/01/2017
    Rochelle 28/01/2017
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    "Captivating, magical"

    It has been a long wait. Twenty years after the print publication of “The God of Small Things”, and with 6 months until the planned release of Arundhati Roy’s second novel, “The Ministry of Happiness” it is a great joy to finally have an unabridged audio edition of “The God of Small Things” available.

    Roy’s novel grows slowly, a piece at a time. The further into the story we get the more we begin to understand what has gone before - how earlier information fits into the new pieces. From a small shoot the novel grows into something very large, where events will irreversibly affect many lives.

    The novel won the 1997 Man Booker Prize and I expect that it was both the captivating story and the beautiful prose that made it stand out. To me both were absolutely magical.

    Aysha Kala’s narration is, for the most part, wonderful. There are minor distractions, one word I think she may have misread, a brief slip of an accent and there are a couple of glitches in the recording toward the end of the book.

    Overall I think a book of this stature deserved better treatment. I am so grateful it is available unabridged in audio that I am happy to overlook minor flaws in the production.

    If you’ve wondered about the book & are considering spending a credit on it, do. It’s one of a kind - at least until the release of “The Ministry of Happiness”.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Seren29 23/03/2017
    Seren29 23/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Exquisitely, horrifyingly, grotesquely and tragically beautiful."

    Read this when it first came out and it instantly became my favourite book. I have come back to it all these years later on audible and it is every bit as captivating, pulling you into the lives of the characters and making you feel everything.
    The book covers many, many upsetting topics (partner abuse, child sexual abuse, death, murder) it talks about the caste system and rules of men and women. It does all this in such a vivid, almost palpable way that you can't help but finding yourself deeply involved with the characters in such a way that you come away feeling angry, elated, frustrated, hopeful, sick, distraught and much more.
    Highly recommend!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine 09/07/2017
    Katherine 09/07/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "beautiful"

    My absolute favourite audio book so far. The narrator is engaging and enjoyable to listen to. The plot is clever and set across different times. Starting at the ending and ending in the middle, it keeps the reader interested throughout the narrative. Desperate to know not what happened but why and how. The final chapter is bittersweet and all of the imagery is beautiful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michaela Mekler 06/06/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Sensitive and clever..."

    Having read the book several times I am delighted this has been released as audiobook finally.

    The story comes across easily and I would recommend this to the countless people that have sadly given up on the book because they found it hard to follow.

    Narration is perfect too! Beautifully produced!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Helen 14/07/2017
    Helen 14/07/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Well read, but boring."

    Well read. Lovely prose. Slow/limited story, therefore dragged. Felt very repetitive. Very few characters who I sympathised with.

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    E. Royle 11/07/2017
    E. Royle 11/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "description overload"

    pileup of self consciously clever description. But characters utterly believable and very affecting story.

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    Sue 14/08/2017
    Sue 14/08/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful!"

    A beautiful story, brilliantly written and brilliantly performed. Shocking and uplifting in equal measure. I simply could not stop listening to this book , though did not want it to end!

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    Joanna 12/08/2017
    Joanna 12/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "So beautiful"

    Exquisite prose & brilliant narration. I was engrossed from start to end. One of the finest pieces of writing of the modern age.

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    Michele Cranleigh, United Kingdom 28/07/2017
    Michele Cranleigh, United Kingdom 28/07/2017 Member Since 2009
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    "A surprisingly worthwhile listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I listened to this on behalf of our Granddaughter who has to study it for the International Baccalauréat. I had read the book shortly after it came out, many years ago. But listening to it now was a real treat. the language is so rich in alliteration and simili. As a teenager I don't think I would have been able to understand it as well as I can now, and I suspect that our poor Grand daughter will really struggle to see the beauty in the writing and with the way the book is constructed, also struggle to get the whole story. It is a simply masterful work and full of colour. I loved it.


    What about Aysha Kala’s performance did you like?

    She has a great way of conveying the different characters, Indian and English, young and Old.


    Any additional comments?

    Really worth the time. Just don't try to rush it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stella Harpley London, UK 02/01/2017
    Stella Harpley London, UK 02/01/2017 Member Since 2015

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    "Sleep inducing"

    Why does everyone but me think this book is a great literary work? I had tried several times to read this book and decided perhaps it would be easier as an audio version. It wasn't. To me it was just as dull. The delivery with multiple mispronounciations was tedious and a waste of my monthly credit. I'm sure few will agree with me but this is my personal opinion. Take it or leave it.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    "Beautiful listening experience"

    More than a story, this impressionistic word painting captures the unfolding of events and conveys history as lived by the two children and their mother, protagonists. Amazing delivery of imagery and especially of the way that children are affected by grown-ups. Great narration.

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  • Frantic Gonzalez
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    "fantastic narration. loved it."

    the story made me aware of the racial discrimination we still face within our own countrymen no matter where you live. it is an insight of the small things we do but never admit.

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