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Liked most of it. A bit preachy and misses the point on alcoholism and other social evils by pretending they don't exist in the culture. A little heavy on the security (I never was robbed in India but a number of times in Europe)
If you could sum up India - Culture Smart! in three words, what would they be?
Worth a listen
What did you like best about this story?
As a non-fiction guidebook there is no story per se. Nevertheless, if you're like me and hate reading or prefer to multitask while absorbing information then the audio book format works really well and the information is relevant for anyone interested in travel to India.
What aspect of Peter Noble’s performance would you have changed?
Peter Noble was always clear and easy to understand though for the first chapter of this book I felt as though it was being read to me by Siri. I don't know if I just got used to it but by chapter 2 I no longer felt this way. One aspect of the narration that continued to amuse me through the final chapter was Peter's perfect diction, the emphasis on a word's final "t" in particular. It reminded me a little of Roger Waters' vocal style. The bottom line is that Peter was competent but his voice and style did nothing to add to the listening experience. Considering the subject matter that is probably all one can expect.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
As a non-fiction guidebook, there is no story to keep you engaged but most of the subject matter is interesting and relevant—particularly if you are planning a trip. Even the final chapter on business in India proved valuable in understanding the culture. Don't skip it just because you might not be going to India on business.
Any additional comments?
I re-started chapter 1 over and over. In fact, I thought I had made a mistake by selecting this book. The parade of facts, figures, dates and geographical references is much more suited to the written page. I will be listening to it a 4th (?) time while sitting in front of a map. That said, I'm glad I stuck with it. Once the subject matter transitioned from facts, dates and statistics to more conceptual topics the listening became easier and enjoyable.
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An excellent overview. Buy it if you want to visit India or are interested in finding out about what will soon be the world’s most populated country.
Loved it. Travelling to India is going to be an eye-opening and overwhelming set of experiences. This has set my expectations and hopefully I will avoid the common faux pas of the uninitiated traveller.