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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Customer Reviews

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Loved every minute of this book!

Beautifully written and narrated. The story transported me. I wanted it to go on forever.
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- susan

Better than the movie!

Would you listen to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel again? Why?

Yes, complex story-line and excellent narration.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel?

I watched the movie, which I loved, and was inspired to 'read' the book expecting the same story. I was pleasantly surprised when the book went much deeper into all the characters stories and introduced new characters.


What does Juliet Mills bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ms. Mills brought the characters and location to life - one could almost smell the heat in India.


If you could rename The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, what would you call it?

Live Before Dying


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- Susan E. Peace

Book Details

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