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Publisher's Summary

A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld.
In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail. Then, in case anyone thought he was slacking, he acted in Bollywood and fought with the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan...
Amazingly, Roberts wrote Shantaram three times after prison guards trashed the first two versions. It's a profound tribute to his willpower...
©2003 Gregory David Roberts (P)2006 Black Stone Audio Inc
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Critic Reviews

"Extraordinary vivid...a gigantic, jaw-dropping, grittily authentic saga." (Daily Mail)
"Powerful and original...a remarkable achievement." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Vivid and compassionate...impressive." (Guardian)
"A publishing phenomenon." (Sunday Times)
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By Sean Julyan on 09-16-16

Best book I've ever read

The metaphors are briliant. the narator is perfect for the role and this book came alive in not just my mind but also my heart.

Recommended for all.

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By trixxtar on 06-30-16

A true masterpiece

What did you love best about Shantaram?

This book surely has one of the best performances by it's narrator of any audio book, the characters were brought to life beautifully and visually, quite stunning. <br/>The story is magnificent but like any true work of brilliance it would not be possible to do it justice with a mere description.

What other book might you compare Shantaram to and why?

I honestly can't think of one, I consider myself quite well read and this book is right up there with the best of them

Which scene was your favorite?

There are several moments which show true insight, the entire book is a pleasure to read

Who was the most memorable character of Shantaram and why?

So many fantastic characters, Prabaka must be one of the most memorable ~ I can see his smile ;)

Any additional comments?

Don't hesitate, this is one of the truly great audio books and I've read many of them. The performance alone is worth a listen.

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By Bernice on 11-24-16

AN ABSOLUTELY, MAGNIFICENT , MASTERPIECE!!

Words fail to describe how good this book is!! It is 43 hours long and I loved every minute. I can honestly say that there was not a moment that I was not gripped with this epic drama.

The story is set in India and is about an Australian fugitive and the friendships he makes with people in the slums, the local mafia and other foreign nationals. This book is based on
the life of the author who did all those things. It is unclear how much is fact and how much is fiction. However, I am sure that the author's experience contributes to the life-like characters and the feeling that you are in the heart of India as the story unfolds.

The book is a literary work of genius. Wonderfully written. There were so many thought-provoking moments.

The narration is brilliant and the narrator slips easily into the Hindi and Marathi. It is true that he does not express the voices of women as well, but this did not disrupt my enjoyment of this book. I believe this book took 13 years to write and you will be able to see why.

I loved it! Loved it ! Loved it!

This is a wonderful book, a masterpiece that is made up the stories of so many different characters that are all closely woven together, in a beautiful, colourful, warm, blanket. I can see why this book is an international bestseller.

This book is highly recommended! Do not be put off by the size of it, you will not be disappointed.

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By PBM on 06-04-16

An incredible piece of art (written & narrated)

I had read Shantaram in 2009 whilst travelling through India and loved the story so much that I recomended this book to all my friends and family. I wanted to read the book again but decided to listen to the audio version instead. I was concerned that i might not enjoy the experience as much and probably end up dissapointed as when you see a bad film version of a book you have loved and enjoyed so much. To my delight i was hooked right from the start. What an incredible performance by the narrator Humphrey Bower! It has been an amazing experience. Thank you for putting your heart and soul in this beautifully written book.

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By Julia on 08-02-14

Great Book

I think this was one of the best books I have ever read and the narrater was excellient and the book made me laugh and it made me cry and I was sorry when it was finished

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By christine on 12-31-14

What a tale of courage and adventure!

India is one of my favourite countries and I loved this book from the very first chapter where he described the sights, sounds and smells of Bombay - I felt I was there. I am not quite at the end of the book - hate getting to the end of a fascinating story, so am slowly savouring the last few chapters. Wonderful book

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