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At the heart of this epic saga, set just before the Opium Wars, is an old slaving-ship, The Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, its crew a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts.
In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a truly diverse cast of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt Raja to a widowed villager, from an evangelical English opium trader to a mulatto American freedman. As their old family ties are washed away they, like their historical counterparts, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais or ship-brothers. An unlikely dynasty is born, which will span continents, races and generations.
The vast sweep of this historical adventure spans the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling high seas, and the exotic backstreets of China. But it is the panorama of characters, whose diaspora encapsulates the vexed colonial history of the East itself, which makes Sea of Poppies so breathtakingly alive - a masterpiece from one of the world's finest novelists.
©2008 Amitav Ghosh (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd
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By Susan Myers on 11-30-17

Overly melodramatic

I never really got into this book and was just impatient for it to finish. Not sure I’ll bother with the next two - if it was not so long winded, I feel this would be just another sickly sweet romance novel. The narration was interesting - excellent voices but the delivery of the narration was flat and dull. There were no pauses between many of the different sections, making it confusing to follow at times.

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By Shyam on 02-06-17

Excellent story, gripping narration

Amitav Ghosh recreates the colonial world with its conflicting ethos and turbulent commerce in a clash of destinies which converge on a schooner. Narrated with excellent voice modulations at a tight pace.

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By alli on 08-26-15

wonderful!

I'm really enjoying this book. In the beginning I wasn't sure about Kish Sharma's narration, but as I kept listening, I started to appreciate him more and more. His renditions of the characters voices are perfect, and sometimes hysterically funny. The only (constructive) criticism I would have is that sometimes he goes too fast. The story itself is rich, evocative and fascinating. I highly recommend this.

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By Doriana B. on 03-30-15

Excellent!

I really enjoyed this book! The reader is amazing! Pity the quality of the sound of the recording was muffled at times!

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By Philip on 04-12-16

Brilliant Story - Amazing Narration

Kish Sharma brings Amitav Ghosh's intriguing and engaging story to life with a range of voices, characterisations and accents that gathers you in to follow this truly masterful work of modern day literature. With the art and craft of a latter day Dickens, Ghosh has brought to life the Bengal of the early mid 19th century and, like few narrators known to this avid audiobook listener, Sharma does all justice. It's immediately onto River of Smoke. Just surely as an opium addict, I'm chasing the dragon.

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