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I read this book many years ago - it actually still sits on my bedside table. The story of Sudha and Anju is one of love, secrets, heartbreak and ultimately family. The story and characters of the girls will stay with you, even after you have finished reading it. I have always enjoyed Divakaruni's style of writing. The words are beautiful, the scenes she sets are beautiful even many of the characters she writes are beautiful, even when they are ugly. There is a follow up book to this one called The Vine of Desire. If you enjoyed this book, you might want to pick up that book - Anju and Sudha are adults now, but there's still never a dull moment - especially when one's husband is attracted to the other.
Now for why I couldn't give this audio book full stars:
Lisette Lecat has spoiled me for listening to stories about characters from other countries. Her delivery of the accents are flawless and honest. Julia Whelan reads well, but she sounds just like me, and this accent is NOT for this book. I wish someone would have considered it. I mean, Im sure they considered it - what would people who buy this book want to hear - what would they spend their money on? This may be the voice that many people would appreciate, but this is not the voice I wanted to hear - not for this book.
Why not Sarita Choudhury? Why not Frieda Pinto? Why not Sarita and Frieda together?
The performance really made this book difficult for me to listen to. Nothing genuine - not even pretend.
Disappointing about to me. I loved reading this book, I just really hated hearing it.
I understand, that these feelings are mine alone. I still recommend this book - the story is good, and Divakaruni is a brilliant writer.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
The nararator insulted the author, embarrassed hetself, disrespected the reader. I ground my teeth with the horrible, continual mispronunciations of EVERY Indian language name, word, and phrase. I was constantly tense so that the great writing was difficult to attend to as in other books by this author. Disappointment! Get a native reader NOWand re-record tgis classic.