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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Arundhati Roy

Narrated By: Arundhati Roy

Publisher: Penguin Books LTD

Date: June 2017

Duration: 16 hours 38 minutes


Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, written and read by Arundhati Roy.

Long listed for the 2017 Man Booker Prize.

In a graveyard outside the walls of Old Delhi, a resident unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet. On a concrete sidewalk, a baby suddenly appears, just after midnight. In a snowy valley, a bereaved father writes a letter to his five-year-old daughter about the peoplewho came to her funeral. In a second-floor apartment, a lone woman chain-smokes as she reads through her old notebooks. At the Jannat Guest House, two people who have known each other all their lives sleep with their arms wrapped around each other, as though they have just met.

A braided narrative of astonishing force and originality, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once a love story and a provocation-a novel as inventive as it is emotionally engaging. It is told with a whisper, in a shout, through joyous tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Its heroes, both present and departed, have been broken by the world we live in-and then mended by love. For this reason, they will never surrender.

How to tell a shattered story?
By slowly becoming everybody.
By slowly becoming everything.

Humane and sensuous, beautifully narrated by the author herself, this extraordinary audiobook demonstrates the miracle of Arundhati Roy's storytelling gifts.


  • Cathy B

    A strange Book that meanders through a number of seemingly unrelated tales, but beautifully written. Engaging and horrifying but also amusing and clever on occasions, I often became 'lost' in this book but somehow just moved on as it paints such a vivid picture of reality in the setting of India and Kashmir- often violent, but totally believable. This book is not for everyone but it was enriching and thought provoking in many ways.

  • Sakuntala K

    great collection tales of tragic lives. so profoundly narrated invoking great deal of empathy for each character. beautiful. complex. thought provoking.