The Conch Bearer
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Date: September 2003
Duration: 6 hours 33 minutes
You are about to embark on a remarkable journey. It begins on the teeming streets of Kolkata, India, and will transport you across arid plains and turbulent rivers to a secret valley high in the Himalayas. Along the way you will encounter powerful spirits, both good and unspeakably evil; fantastical creatures; and a trio of intrepid travelers who will linger in your memory long after the end of this audiobook.
In a dingy shack in the less than desirable neighborhood that he calls home, 12-year-old Anand is entrusted with a conch shell that possesses mystical powers. His task is to return the shell to its rightful home many hundreds of miles away. Accompanying him are Nisha, the headstrong but resourceful child of the streets, and a mysterious man of indeterminate age and surprising resources named Abadhyatta.
This is a fantasy of the first order; an exotic and compelling adventure story that is almost impossible to stop listening to.