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Shantaram [English Edition]

Lu par : Humphrey Bower
Série : Shantaram, Volume 1
Durée : 43 h
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Description

A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld.

In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail. Then, in case anyone thought he was slacking, he acted in Bollywood and fought with the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan...

Amazingly, Roberts wrote Shantaram three times after prison guards trashed the first two versions. It's a profound tribute to his willpower...

©2003 Gregory David Roberts (P)2006 Black Stone Audio Inc

Critiques

"Extraordinary vivid...a gigantic, jaw-dropping, grittily authentic saga." ( Daily Mail)
"Powerful and original...a remarkable achievement." ( Sunday Telegraph)
"Vivid and compassionate...impressive." ( Guardian)
"A publishing phenomenon." ( Sunday Times)

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I recomend

This is a very long audiobook (40 hours) and i really loved the first half, less the second half. The narrator Is brilliant

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Une formidable leçon de vie !

Écriture enlevée, richesse des personnages, belle voix.
Un portrait de Bombay, ses bidonvilles, sa mafia, ses expatriés, ses dangers et ses miracles !
Et quelle rédemption !
Je l'ai lu en français et l'ai écouté en anglais avec autant de plaisir :-))

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  • jc
  • 16/11/2017

Performance magistrale

La lecture de cette autobiographie est rythmée, colorée, variée et exubérante comme l’Inde de mes souvenirs !

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Great novel remarkably read

i loved this novel and I have to give special credit to the narrator who delivers an exceptional performance. he can imitate so many different accents from Hindi to British, French and Urdu. Wow. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Sean Julyan
  • 16/09/2016

Best book I've ever read

The metaphors are briliant. the narator is perfect for the role and this book came alive in not just my mind but also my heart.

Recommended for all.

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  • trixxtar
  • 30/06/2016

A true masterpiece

What did you love best about Shantaram?

This book surely has one of the best performances by it's narrator of any audio book, the characters were brought to life beautifully and visually, quite stunning.
The story is magnificent but like any true work of brilliance it would not be possible to do it justice with a mere description.

What other book might you compare Shantaram to and why?

I honestly can't think of one, I consider myself quite well read and this book is right up there with the best of them

Which scene was your favorite?

There are several moments which show true insight, the entire book is a pleasure to read

Who was the most memorable character of Shantaram and why?

So many fantastic characters, Prabaka must be one of the most memorable ~ I can see his smile ;)

Any additional comments?

Don't hesitate, this is one of the truly great audio books and I've read many of them. The performance alone is worth a listen.

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  • Catharina Rees
  • 14/06/2016

Excellent overall

Loved every aspect of this book. The narrator was very consistent in his voices. The story was good, long but not boring or tedious. Just generally a good listen.

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  • Andrew Hemus
  • 09/02/2016

The sights and smells of India

A truly stunning book about India, especially Mumbai or as most locals still call the city, Bombay! It paint a great picture of day to day life, albeit the darker side. Having spent a decent amount of time in Bombay and India, I can say hand on heart that it's a brilliant read and always take me back to the glorious sights and smells of India. Well worth the listen.

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  • Asbjorn
  • 24/10/2015

Great story from beginning to end

I have read the book and listened twice. This is my favorite!
Great narrator! I want more of the same

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  • Morten
  • 20/08/2015

What a book, what a performance!

What a great book! I've never read a book so interesting. The story is extremely exciting and you really learn to love the characters. I love it!

If you pass this book by, you'll really miss out.

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  • Gurmeet
  • 03/08/2015

Amazing Book ! Amazing Listening Experience !

Where does Shantaram rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is my first book and what a great way to start my listening experience. Humphrey Bower makes the listening experience awesome, I just loved his voice and narration.

Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

Lin Baba in particular but all of them.

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  • Ami
  • 19/04/2015

The read thing

Many years ago i too lived in india. Shantaram took me back there. His description of the people is as true as it gets. This is speaking as a goora ( white man).

One on the best books I have read and Been recommending it to every one i know.

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  • t w gurr
  • 10/04/2015

Excellent, a masterpiece

A fantastic story, narrated beautifully. The various accents created such authenticity. I loved every minute and enjoyed many a chuckle.

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  • Aidan
  • 16/03/2015

Top 10

Loved this book, it was a constant excitement ! The narrator was great and meshed perfectly to the book.
Top notch

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  • BikerJoe
  • 27/11/2014

An Odyssey of Crime, Misery, Love and Compassion

What a ride, this is one of the most remarkable books I read lately.

First of all, Humphrey Bower does an incredible job in narrating this story. I do not know, how he does it, but the story gets so much more alive with his perfect replication of the different dialects in India, it is an outstanding achievement. He is not overdoing it, he just gives it the slight touch to make it recognizable.

The story is an incredible odyssey of modern times. Lin, the narrator, escapes from a prison in Australia and finds refuge in a slum in Mumbai. He learns to adapt to the new and unusual environment and earns the respect and friendship of the other slum dwellers. After a while his unusual situation gets the attention of the local Mafia and very soon he works his way into the inner core of the crime syndicate in Mumbai.

This sounds like the setup for an exciting thriller, but it is not that. It is a story about love and friendship, suffering and compassion and finally the meaning of life.

The story offers a lot of insight into everyday life in India, the blend of different cultures, the conflicts, the clash of extreme poverty with the carefree life of the wealthy and rich. Sometimes the story creates the impression of beautifying the squalor in the slums a little bit too much, but overall it sounds accurate and true.

Gregory David Roberts created a wonderful saga and shared a lot of insight and wisdom with his readers. The deep love for humans, he reveals in every little detail of the story resonates very strongly with me. Although sometimes he overdid it a little bit with having all the answers and while most of what he said, sounds true and valuable, it turned the story into the reflections of a Guru now and then. Other readers might see this differently, but this is the reason, why I could not give him the full 5 stars.

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  • Jenatbuy
  • 03/09/2014

Fantastic piece of Art XD

Was hat Ihnen am allerbesten an Shantaram gefallen?

The philosophy in between

Welcher Moment von Shantaram ist Ihnen besonders im Gedächtnis geblieben?

Prison time, celebration in the slum !

Hat Ihnen Humphrey Bower an der Geschichte etwas vermittelt, was Sie vielleicht beim Selberlesen gar nicht bemerkt hätten?

Love ...

Wenn Sie dieses Hörbuch verfilmen könnten wie würde der Slogan dazu lauten?

A western Stone in the heart of India

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

You will be thinking, laughing and then sudden to crying ...
It's a very nice piece of Art!
It shows the worth of little pieces in this cruel wold we all live in ...

Thanks for this nice escape... Once in a while XD

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  • Jan
  • 26/03/2018

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW !!!

Was hat Ihnen das Hörerlebnis von Shantaram besonders unterhaltsam gemacht?

Dieser Specher ist unvergleichbar ! Er schafft es jeder Person in diesem Hörbuch einen bestimmeten unverwechselbaren Charakter zu geben. Der mit Abstand beste Hörbuchsprecher den ich je gehört habe. Zum Buch: Unvergleichbar, Spannend, Tragisch Lustig. Einfach Phenomenal.

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  • Laura S.
  • 15/06/2016

Bester Sprecher

Das Buch wurde vom besten Sprecher, den ich jemals bei einem Hörbuch gehört habe, vorgelesen!

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  • Meli
  • 27/10/2014

Genial!

Es gibt einfach Bücher die man gelesen haben muss, Shantaram ist eines davon!
Wer mehr über den Inhalt wissen will, es ist ein Buch über Abenteuer, über Indien, über Mafia, aber allem voran über die Liebe in allen Formen.
Ich kann es wirklich jedem empfehlen, für mich waren die 45 Stunden nie langweilig, ganz im Gegenteil, es hätte mehr sein können! ;o)

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  • Katrin S.
  • 20/02/2020

One of the best audio books I ever listened to

The beautiful and honest writing made me commit to the story and feel with the characters as they evolved. There was no boring part and I could go on listening for hours.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 19/02/2020

Utterly boring and way too long

The entire story could easily be told in a few sentences. I did the mistake to finish this audio book, which was only bearable by fast forwarding through the chapters. Now I regret having wasted so many hours of my time, hoping the story will become somewhat interesting eventually. It won't. Absolutely not worth listening in my view

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  • Viktorija
  • 03/02/2020

Amazing book

I enjoyed every minute of this book and hope to see India one day 🙂

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  • Conny
  • 22/07/2019

Eines der besten Bücher die ich gehört habe

Die Story ist faszinierend, niemals langweilig und wundervoll erzählt. Ich werde es bestiimmt mal wieder anhören.

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  • Ute Kaiser
  • 15/03/2019

Fesselnde Erschließung einer unbekannten Welt

Fesselnde Erschließung einer unbekannten Welt mit philosophisch geprägten Einblicken in kulturell geprägten Denk- und Handlungstrukturen.