Nine Lives

  • by William Dalrymple
  • Narrated by Daniel Philpott
  • 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize 2010. Winner of the 2010 Asia House Award for Asian Literature.
A Buddhist monk takes up arms to resist the Chinese invasion of Tibet - then spends the rest of his life trying to atone for the violence by hand printing the best prayer flags in India. A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment as she watches her best friend ritually starve herself to death. Nine people, nine lives; each one taking a different religious path, each one an unforgettable story. William Dalrymple delves deep into the heart of a nation torn between the relentless onslaught of modernity and the ancient traditions that endure to this day.


What the Critics Say

"An absolutely beautiful book, clean and honest and edifying and moving. I love so much about it: a delight." (Elizabeth Gilbert)
"Dalrymple's study of people and beliefs in India ranks with the very finest travel writing... A series of biographies which unpick the rich religious heritage of the subcontinent, it makes its political points more powerfully than any newspaper article and displays deep knowledge of the culture." (Observer)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Interesting stories, distracting naration

Where does Nine Lives rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Ranks in the middle

Would you be willing to try another book from William Dalrymple? Why or why not?

Yes, interesting writing style and great insights into India, though can get a little bogged down.

What didn’t you like about Daniel Philpott’s performance?

Several recording errors were left in the recording, which was pretty annoying.
I found the narrators Indian accents a little distracting at times, especially as at times they were a little over the top. Some of the quoted dialogue came across as a little unnatural, which I would attribute to the narrator 'over performing' the lines.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, not a 'page turner' as such.

Any additional comments?

A book to be in the right mood for, but some really interesting material. Unfortunately, the narration probably detracted more than it added.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios