The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-18-17

Author narration does not work for me

What did you like best about The Ministry of Utmost Happiness? What did you like least?

The cadence of the writing.

How could the performance have been better?

Arundhati Roy is a great writer, and I loved The God of Small Things, but I am going to switch to my Kindle to read this book. Her voice is soothing and it is great to hear a book by its creator, but her voice never changes tone and it is monotonous to listen to for long periods (and this is a long book!). I find myself drifting and missing key points of the story. Plus, it is difficult to keep the long Indian names straight in my head when they are spoken vs. written. I feel that a professional narrator might have helped with this issue.

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27 of 29 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Yennta on 09-11-17

Wonderful writer, wonderful reader

People who have trouble understanding accents (like my partially deaf boyfriend) would have an awful time with this book. Roy's accent sounds lovely to me, like music. But best to listen to the sample to make up your mind. This is such marvelous writing, touching, witty, so beautiful and crazy, and the bonus is, I finally have a sense of what's been going on politically in India for all these years. I love the main character. A few of the others seem made to carry too much historical baggage to be real people. But oh, the writing the writing. I LOVED THIS BOOK.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By F. AHMAD on 08-08-17

A somewhat familiar story

At least half of the book, which concerns a transgender person of a muslim background, seems to be inspired by a storyline from the 2011 Pakistani movie, Bol. The characters and the backstory of this part, however, are better fleshed out than the movie. The rest of the book concerning the day to day plight of the people of Kashmir, is refreshing and something that generally doesn't see the light of day in the international media, given the concerted policies of the Indian government and the nationalistic fervour it has drummed up in its population. It will be interesting to see the response to this book in the coming months from the Indian press, especially for Roy's portrayal of Modi as "Gujrat's Lalla".

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Satyajit Joseph on 07-16-17

Amazing writer, not as engaging an orator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I love Arundati Roy and I have been waiting for this book since she first announced its release. I have hard copies of all her books and this was my first audio book purchase of her work. My disappointment is possibly tied to the fact that I expected her reading and her voice to transport me to that ethereal place that her books do. It did not. Her voice was monotonous and I had to fight to stay connected. I just ordered the book at my local library and cant wait to read it.

What did you like best about this story?

I love how she creates characters that stick.

How could the performance have been better?

I really wish we had picked a stronger, more passionate and lively reader for the book. I enjoyed listening to Trevor Noah and Anderson Cooper, because they are professionals and understand the right tone, deflections and emotions. Arundati's voice didn't connect

If this book were a movie would you go see it?


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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By M. Giuffrida on 07-06-17

Trouble with Narration

What disappointed you about The Ministry of Utmost Happiness?

The author's voice and I had difficulty understand her accent

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness?

Did not complete book.

What didn’t you like about Arundhati Roy’s performance?

I LOVE this author and was so looking forward to listening to this book, especially since it is read by her. I kept losing focus and to my ear, her voice and accent just didn't draw me into the story.

Any additional comments?

I will read the print copy of this book, since I just could not complete listening.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Gaurav on 07-05-17

Beautiful story delivered with panache

Myriad contemporary issues.
A mirror for those who may care to see it.
Another masterpiece.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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