The Calcutta Chromosome

  • by Amitav Ghosh
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From Victorian India to near-future New York, The Calcutta Chromosome takes listeners on a wondrous journey through time as a computer programmer trapped in a mind-numbing job hits upon a curious item that will forever change his life.
When Antar discovers the battered I.D. card of a long-lost acquaintance, he is suddenly drawn into a spellbinding adventure across centuries and around the globe, into the strange life of L. Murugan, a man obsessed with the medical history of malaria, and into a magnificently complex world where conspiracy hangs in the air like mosquitoes on a summer night.


What the Critics Say

"The Calcutta Chromosome is one of those books that's marketed as a mainstream thriller even though it is an excellent science fiction novel (It won the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award)." ( review)


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Customer Reviews

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Maybe it's because I fell asleep many times while listening to this book on my morning bus commute but I have no idea what happened here other than a vague outline. Yes, I got the characters and the premise of the book was pretty interesting but it skips from past to present to waaay past back to present to lots of other times in between, without a lot of clues. You really have to follow the characters to know where you are. If you are prone to falling asleep on your morning commute while listening to audio books, I would say this one is not for you.
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- Tiffany

What fun!

This is a mix of biology, medicine, history, Sci Fi and a whopping good time. The humor is great as is the suspense. At first I had no idea where the story was going and then once I understood the different time frames it all made sense.
I'm going to listen to more from this author.
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- Laura

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-15-2010
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio