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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 20 minutes

Summary:

"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 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Christopher Woody

    I've been using the app for about a week to tear through Shantaram. The book is great and the app works very well once you get used to the navigation. Enjoying it very much.

  • Joshua Parker

    Narrator changes voices so it is easy to follow the dialogue. Fascinating story with very clever descriptions and so thought provoking. One of my favorite books I have ever read

  • Brooks Singer

    The best story I've heard in a long time. Do yourself a favor and listen

  • Maria Acevedo

    Excellent book and narrator. You get transported to India in an instant