Confessions of a Thug

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2 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 05-10-11

Grotesque at best

This interesting and LONG work is at best grotesque. The repetitive murder after murder, I mean I get it already! However Sanjiv Jhaveri narration drags you in. But good grief, how many repetitive scenario of enticement, travel, murder and burial do we have to listen to get to the actual tale of this poor demented souls life.
If you have a long drive, and a lot of time and patience, you will probably enjoy Sanjiv's soothing voice. But there are more than enough repetition to bore even the most stalwart listener.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By HD Dad on 04-21-11

A timeless thriller - Most exciting book

I read this book when I was only 12 years old in URDU. Listening audio is always fascinating. The book written over 175 years ago still tastes like cognitive feast. Not in Victorian English it is easy to understand and all the terms are still very commonly used. Fantastic tale of crime, wickedness, royal courts of the era, bravery, suspense, romance distinguish and equitable details. It will take you in India 1830's. I love to see this in a Hollywood movie but movie (although The Deceiver was made) would not do justice with the book.
The only regret I have is the ill pronunciation of Hindustani language by Sanjive. Although, Sanjive speaks English in fascinating accent but he has murdered Hindustani words, slangs and Muhammadan words such as Inshallah, Ameen. I had to remove one Star. I wish he would have gotten help with pronunciation. Overall a book every Indian, Pakistani, British, American and anyone interested in ancient India should read. Must listen....

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By john on 11-29-11

uninteresting narrative

This tale i found was something that did not capture my attention. So much so that after listening to about a third of it i went on to something else and have not gone back to finish it. I was aware of the Thuggee cult and was initially looking forward to an interesting tale but was dissapointed.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 05-24-11

A bit wordy and dated

The book speaks of a time and place so long ago. A charming manner of story telling in the first hours, becomes a bore the longer it continues. A very interesting tale, but dated by the passage of 200 years since first authored.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Sebastian on 10-08-12


Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The audio here is astounding... there's two narrators, one English and one Indian. It means the dialog between the two comes alive and sparkles, you can almost feel like you're there in the various scenes of swashbuckling and treachery... it feels so visceral, 1800's India truly comes alive. Hell of an adventure story too.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Rahul on 04-26-11

Fabulous title

Do listen to this title, the writing is so fresh and when you listen it on audio too you find it exciting.

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