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Publisher's Summary

When The Far Pavilions was first published 19 years ago, it moved the critic Edmund Fuller to write this: "Were Miss Kaye to produce no other book, The Far Pavilions might stand as a lasting accomplishment in a single work comparable to Margaret Mitchell's achievement in Gond With the Wind." From its beginning in the foothills of the towering Himalayas, M. M. Kaye's masterwork is a vast, rich, and vibrant tapestry of love and war that ranks with the greatest panoramic sagas of modern fiction.
The Far Pavilions is itself a Himalayan achievement, a book we hate to see come to an end. it is a passionate, triumphant story that excites us, fills us with joy, move us to tears, satisfies us deeply, and helps us remember just what it is we want most from a novel.
©1978 M.M. Kaye (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Velan on 02-19-13

Heroism, adventure, sadistic cruelty, and love.

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This book is altogether, a gripping adventure, and a story about conflicting personal identity. I first read this book over twenty years ago and remembered it as one of my all time favorites. I was shocked to discover no reviews had been written for this wonderful novel. If you decide to listen to this book you will not disappointed. The descriptions of India are breath-taking and rival the tales of that country written by Bryce Courtenay. Surprisingly, listening to the audio version was better than reading it. The Indian accents used in the narration made it utterly enjoyable. It is the story of an English boy born to a father who studies the people and dialects found in the foothills of the Himalayas. He becomes orphaned during a cholera outbreak around age 4 and has only an Indian nurse to aid him in his survival. It is a huge book but worth every page and not difficult to get through. The Far Pavilions is simply one of the best epic novels ever written. There is a ghastly description of the practice of Suttee; the burning alive of high born Hindu women on their husband's funeral pyre. But it is not too descriptive and gives a fascinating glimpse into the practice of Suttee. If you like tales of heroism, adventure, cruelty, survival, and love, you will not be disappointed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Erica on 07-01-13

Enjoyed every second of this 49 hour listen

I read this once, long ago, and remembered loving it. I keep an eye out for M. M. Kaye on audible and was really excited to see this become available. I was worried that I had built the novel up in my head and wouldn't enjoy it as much the second time around, but my fears were completely unfounded. Gripping, well-written main story, interesting time period as a backdrop and great narration. You won't be sorry.

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3 out of 5 stars
By MaDr8y on 06-19-13

Lovely story. Shame about the narration!!!

What did you like best about The Far Pavilions? What did you like least?

I have known and loved this story for more than twenty years. Despite misgivings about the sound of the story when I listened to the excerpt, I went ahead and bought this title because I just wanted it to be all right.

What didn’t you like about Vikas Adam’s performance?

Oh, dear. Why, oh why use someone of Indian origin (fine and appropriate) but with an American accent(!) to read a story of an English boy raised as an Indian in the aftermath of the Great Mutiny, then sent to England to be educated as his father's son, returning to India as an English army officer? The narrator just sounds so wrong whenever he speaks as an English person.....there are so many American-style mispronunciations to an English ear (Torquay = Torkway / Torkay; roan = rowan; subaltern = subALLtern; route = rout, etc., etc., etc...) and he has no idea at all of how well-spoken English people of the mid-19th century would have sounded. For example, poor Wally, who we are told lapsed into "occasional use of brogue", comes over as comic 'Oirish' every time he opens his mouth. Admittedly, I now know that 'Zarin' shoul be pronounced as 'Zareen', but that is not enough to make up for all the cringing I am doing as I listen.Such a shame!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. Linda Hall on 04-13-14

Excellent book pity about the pronunciation

Would you listen to The Far Pavilions again? Why?

Yes, because the story transports you back in time to the Raj.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ashok. Just watching him mature.

What aspect of Vikas Adam’s performance might you have changed?

His pronunciation. For goodness sake the word Quayside was pronounced Kwayside instead of Keyside. Same with Torquey. Other words too many to mention. His voice did not reflect the depth of character of Ashok and others.

Any additional comments?

Would have enjoyed the book more with a different narrator.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 12-23-16

pretty good

Overall this book did its job. I was after a long book to listen to when driving. and, for the most part, the storyline and writing style kept me interested. There was a definite dip with about 13 hours to go when I was tempted to give up but it picked up again after that so I'm glad I finished it.

I wouldn't specifically pick another book with this narrator. Some of the voices he used for characters were spot on but some others were difficult to put up with and his yearning tone was a real distraction at times.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Janice YAPI on 04-20-16

Did not want it to stop.

Brilliant story, brave and courageous characters definitely worth the time.
As being mixed races myself I could relate to the gut feeling of not belonging to either one side or the other, but learning and accepting to be me.

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