The Hungry Tide

  • by Amitav Ghosh
  • Narrated by Firdous Bamji
  • 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Internationally best-selling author Amitav Ghosh, winner of the Pushcart Prize and numerous other prestigious accolades, pens a sweeping novel full of romantic adventure. Favorably compared to the masterworks of Joseph Conrad and V.S. Naipaul, The Hungry Tide is an atmospheric tale set in a world of wondrous sights...and terrible danger.Off the eastern coast of India lies an extraordinary cluster of islands known as the Sundarbans. It is a raw but beautiful area, a place of man-eating tigers, river dolphins, huge crocodiles, and devastating tides that sweep across the terrain without remorse. In this exotic land, marine biologist Piya, fisherman Fokir, and translator Kanai meet. As they travel deep into the remote archipelago, they experience a territory at risk not only from natural disaster, but also from human foolishness and volatile politics.
Hailed as "a novelist of dazzling ingenuity" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Ghosh delivers a rich and evocative story of profound truths staged against an unforgettable backdrop.

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What the Critics Say

"Another triumph of gorgeous writing, intelligent romance, and keen philosophical inquiries." (Booklist)
"One doesn't so much read Ghosh's masterful fifth novel as inhabit his characters and the alluring if treacherous Sundarban archipelago." (Publishers Weekly)

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One of the Best Audio Books I've Read

With its "heart of darkness" tone and subject matter, this book is an intriguing mix of adventure tale, geopolitical treatise, and love story. The author writes beautifully, bringing the eerily dreamlike Sundarbans and their inhabitants fully to life. Some of the characters--and particularly the young female environmental scientist at the heart of the story--remain a bit underdeveloped. But the book's setting, tone, and language are so lush and the story so authentic that this is easily overlooked. "The Hungry Tide" is a highly satisfying audiobook that I hated to finish.
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- Elizabeth

well worth the listen

Beautifully read, this book draws you into a world so far from the reality most of us know. The storytelling is somewhat reminiscent of Anansi Boys, with elaborate interaction of gods, man, and nature, though the main story line is firmly set in "contemporary" India (the rural Bangladesh border area). The main female character is a field biologist, and the book offers insight into the lifestyle she has chosen. While the ending is not unexpected, the book is entertaining and enjoyable, and is suitable for sophisticated young adults as well.
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- Cynthia K

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2005
  • Publisher: Recorded Books