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Publisher's Summary

Adapted For The Film Slumdog Millionaire. Eighteen-year-old Ram Mohammad Thomas has been arrested after answering twelve questions correctly on a TV quiz show to win one billion rupees. The producers have accused him of cheating his way to victory. Twelve extraordinary events in street-kid Ram's life - how he was adopted as a foundling orphan by a priest; came to have three names; fooled a professional hit man; even fell in love - give him the crucial answers. In his warm-hearted tale lies all the comedy, tragedy, joy and pathos of modern India.
©2005 Vikas Swarup; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By Bryan on 05-10-11

Cry and laugh

Christopher Simpson does a super job of narrating the simultaneously sad and happy plight of an illiterate Indian.

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By Cherie on 04-25-11

Great

Beautifully read, a fascinating story. I didn't have any problems with the first and second part like the first reviewer. Highly recommended.

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By Ruth on 08-16-09

Absolutely 100% magnificent

I can't believe how much I liked this book. I haven't had much success with modern bestsellers, although I loved 'Life of Pi' and 'The God of Small Things' which are mainly set in India. Aside from those, I tend to stick to classic authors and whodunnit mysteries, but I took a chance and bought this one. It's wonderful. Brilliant. Colourful, real characters, brought distinctly to life by the amazing narrative voice, perfect pacing, it did everything perfectly.

Ram Mohammed Thomas is an orphan who has won the top prize of a billion rupees in the Indian version of the "Who wants to be a millionaire" TV quiz. He has been arrested by the police on suspicion of cheating, and the book relates his life story, not necessarily in linear order, so we understand how he came to know the answers to the questions.

The story isn't the same as in the film, and even the motive behind his appearance on the show is different. It doesn't matter. Even if you didn't like the film, you should read the book - it was really one of the best books I've ever read in any format.

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By Mme Josephine Lejard on 07-02-09

Better than the film ......if possible

I saw a bad pirate copy of the film and was only half convinced about the book.....until I started listening.
What a good listen, well read, superb story, and for the price... Excellent value.
I challenge anyone to say they did not enjoy it. I have already loaned the book to two others!

For me..better than the film!

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