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What made the experience of listening to Flood of Fire the most enjoyable?
First, I just love Amitav Ghosh' storytelling. The first two books in the series sort of slowly built the characters, and it is no easy job combining everything into one single insanely awesome finale.
Any additional comments?
A must read from Amitav Ghosh. Though the ending was predictable, the way the characters were brought together was so intricately developed.
Would you try another book from Amitav Ghosh and/or Raj Ghatak?
I would definitely read books from Amitav Ghosh, but not those read by Raj Ghatak
What could Amitav Ghosh have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Amitav Ghosh was brilliant. I just hated the way the book was read out. So I went ahead and bought the print copy, and read it.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
As a Bengali, I would have expected Raj Ghatak (himself a Bengali) to read out Indian names and terms in a book written by a Bengali author without having to pronounce them with an American accent. For me, this completely ruined the feel of the book. I would not recommend this narration to anyone.
What character would you cut from Flood of Fire?
None. Everything was brilliant in the book.
Any additional comments?
Indian names have a lyrical quality to their sound - which is important in conveying their meaning. Pronouncing Kesri as Khessri (which Raj Ghatak did), completely changed the way the word is meant to be pronounced, and the meaning the word is meant to convey.
I very much enjoyed the previous 2 parts of this trilogy, although I found it strange that they were so different in style. They shared strong story telling and good writing.
The final instalment is disappointing. I got the impression that it was written under duress or the scope of the work was too much in the end. The huge cast of characters are reintroduced, crammed by increasingly incredible coincidence into the crucible of conflict and then dispatched. It is completely lacking in character development and interest, which was so strong in the second book.
The affair between Cathy and Zachary made me cringe, being a particular low point.
The narrator manages to keep the characters distinct, although some of the voices were grating probably because the book was so poor.
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I enjoyed immensely the trilogy. The story lines come together in a wonderful finale. The reader was the best I've heard. The characters came alive in his words. I would have liked to know what happened with two of the characters but may be this will come on a 4th book.
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