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Shantaram: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Gregory David Roberts

Narrated By: Humphrey Bower

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: December 2013

Duration: 43 hours 0 minutes


'It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured.'

So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel by Gregory David Roberts, set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear.

Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

As a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The search leads him to war, prison torture, murder, and a series of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. The keys to unlock the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two people. The first is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin in the underworld of the Golden City. The second is Karla: elusive, dangerous, and beautiful, whose passions are driven by secrets that torment her and yet give her a terrible power.

Burning slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison agonies, criminal wars and Bollywood films, spiritual gurus and mujaheddin guerrillas

this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart. Based on the life of the author, it is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature.


  • Melissa W.

    This book is very philosophical. The beginning was a little hard to get through, but eventually I fell in love with the main character and it does pick up. The narration is definitely one of the best I’ve heard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Gregory M.

    I couldn't stop listening. The book was fabulous and the narration could not have been better. With the second book was available.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Vanya B.

    Shantaram is a wonderful adventure that carries a lot of wisdom and reveals a colorful, emotional and pretty real picture of the life and heart of Bombay and India. I have enjoyed every single moment of the book. The narration is lively and engaging and reflects extremely good the content. It has been a fantastic experience!

  • James P T.

    This book touched at my sould. I spent two years in India and it is absolutely the best novel I have read.

  • Michael H.

    Love this novel have read 4 times now, and just listened to it on audio, really puts more into each of the characters. such an amazing piece of work!

  • Amanda W

    Loved this! Narration and book were great!

  • Cari A

    The most amazing book I have ever listened to....and so wish I would have actually read it so I could have followed and absorbed more, but with my travel audio is the reality. The narrator is most amazing too... indeed making me glad I listened instead.

  • Lukass L

    Definitely the most amazing story I have ever heard. And the narrator does a flawless job impersonating all the different character's voices and accents. I highly recommend this audiobook!

  • Adam B

    An incredibly captivating story read by an equally as captivating narrator. Excellent!

  • Rachel Domico

    I enjoyed this story very much on account of its rich character development and excellent narration.

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