The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

  • by Deborah Moggach
  • Narrated by Juliet Mills
  • 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Now a major motion picture starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Billy Nighy, and Dev Patel
When Ravi Kapoor, an overworked London doctor, reaches the breaking point with his difficult father-in-law, he asks his wife: “Can’t we just send him away somewhere? Somewhere far, far away.” His prayer is seemingly answered when Ravi’s entrepreneurial cousin sets up a retirement home in India, hoping to re-create in Bangalore an elegant lost corner of England. Several retirees are enticed by the promise of indulgent living at a bargain price, but upon arriving, they are dismayed to find that restoration of the once sophisiticated hotel has stalled, and that such amenities as water and electricity are... infrequent. But what their new life lacks in luxury, they come to find, it’s plentiful in adventure, stunning beauty, and unexpected love.

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What the Critics Say

“[Deborah] Moggach has served us a treat with this novel. Moving, sincere, funny.” (Independent on Sunday)
“Underneath the ironies, [The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel] is a book about remembering - too late, or not too late - how to be alive.” (The Times Literary Supplement)
"Classic Moggach: funny, touching, and... full of colours and visual details.” (The Daily Telegraph)

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Screenwriters Changed it for the Better

I saw the movie recently and looked forward to reading/hearing the book, because I almost always like the book better! Well, in this case, the screenwriters did a great job of streamlining the plot and condensing the cast of characters.
This book is a little strange. It's target audience, I think, may be a bit put off by the predominance of rather coarse sexuality. Younger people may not enjoy the yuck factor of senior soft porn. There are so many characters that you find yourself unable to relate to all of them.
Juliet Mills does a fine job, but see the movie instead!
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- C. Telfair "Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!"

could have been much better

The writer started off with a great idea but it never really came together. The stories interconnected in a rather absurd way and there was not very good character development. I think that although it was a cute story and not a terrible way to spend credits and time, it missed the boat! It seemed like it was a first novel to me, very amateurish.
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- Taryn "Addicted to Audible!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-13-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audio