The Splendor of Silence

  • by Indu Sundaresan
  • Narrated by Sneha Mathan
  • 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From internationally best-selling author Indu Sundaresan comes a heartrending tale of tragic love and clashing cultures in World War II India.In 1942 Sam Hawthorne, a young U.S. Army captain, arrives in a tiny, princely state in western India. He carries combat wounds and several secrets, one of which is the real reason behind his visit: to find his brother Mike, an idealistic American soldier who disappeared after joining the local struggle for independence from the British. But Sam's mission is soon threatened when he falls in love with Mila, daughter of the local political agent. Betrothed to the local prince, Mila draws Sam into a doomed affair that places them both in the path of dynastic intrigue, racial prejudice, and the explosive circumstances of a country torn between imperialism and nationalism.


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A Nice Enough Romance ( and I HATE Romances)

This does not start like your standard romance and it doesn't end like it either. Which is to its favor. There is also a subplot ( although I'd have liked to see it developed more) that has nothing romantic about it.
However, I was terribly weary of how very much these people were attracted to each other. Endlessly.
All of this need to take into account that I normally never read romance, and I generally loath it as being sadly delusional.
The accent was charming and appropriate. And the writing was written to be read aloud which I did appreciate.
It was a very interesting look into India in the Raj days, and that was what got me through. If you like romances, I suspect you'll like it very much.
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- Ellen "I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times."

The book could use more silence

In a great book, the author knows what to leave unsaid. This book would be improved by cutting half the overly detailed and sometimes overwrought description. You could practically hear the violins playing in the background when hero and heroine meet. We already know from previous heavy hints that they are to be star-crossed. Description sets scene and mood, but each detail should also serve a purpose in moving the story forward. There may be an engrossing story buried here, but I lost interest.
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- sherry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-16-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.