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The White Tiger

Written by: Aravind Adiga
Narrated by: Bindya Solanki
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
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Publisher's Summary

British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2009.

Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2008.

Balram Halwai is the White Tiger - the smartest boy in his village. Too poor to finish school, he has to work in a teashop until the day a rich man hires him as a chauffeur, and takes him to live in Delhi. The city is a revelation. Balram becomes aware of immense wealth all around him, and realizes the only way he can become part of it is by murdering his master.

The White Tiger presents a raw and unromanticized India, both thrilling and shocking.

©2008 Aravind Adiga (P)2008 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

What the critics say

"Dazzling...an Indian novel that explodes the cliches...It's a thrilling ride through a global power...Brimming with idiosyncrasy, sarcastic, cunning and often hilarious." ( The Independent)

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Like the book hate the audio narrator.

Why does the narrator do that fake Indian accent thing throughout the book. Really wish I chose another narrator.

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Excellent style of narration!!

This book goes in the shelf of wonderful books which describes the rags to riches story of a person with a rich background information on the Indian cultural and socio-political traits found in an ordinary person who is yearning to come out of his caste and class shell. The idea of narrating it to a Chinese Premier and the comparisons drawn out between a growing India and China makes it stand out from the other stories that fall under this category.

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  • EM
  • 2009-11-13

Brilliant

Brilliant, witty, bleak, but incisive perspective of contemporary India's caste system. The narrator is a unique character. Highly recommended. The narrator is fabulous - I became totally involved in the story.

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  • Geoff
  • 2009-04-17

Well over rated

This is a Booker Prize winner. It must have been a very slow year! Books out of India seem to be all the rage amongst the English intelligensia that choose competition winners. This book doesn't make the cut. For something really good in this genre try " A Fine Balance " by Rohinton Mistry. It didn't win the Booker, but should have!!!

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  • Rajiv Lutchmiah
  • 2009-03-25

Story Telling and Narrative style keeps the tempo

The story is captivating, while the Narrator's tyle and personifaction of character kept me a nice tempo in the audiobook.

Refreshing and sarcastic look over Indian success story, with pinch of salt.

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  • Richard
  • 2018-04-29

a fantastic book about the 'darkness' in India

loved the gut wrenching style of the author. the plot was good except for the final chapter which seemed a bit vague. the Indian accent narration makes no sense though. rural Indians don't speak in English among themselves. so narrating with an Indian accent doesn't make this 'realistic' in any manner. it would, if say this was about an Indian American character in the USA.

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  • shannagen
  • 2017-06-15

awesome story telling

so interesting, kept me going. Felt so real, wonxer if yhis is the reality in the "darkness". The narrator did a good job. The author is brilliant.

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  • glenn
  • 2013-09-01

Absolutely Love It !!

I read the book and listened the audio . Both Great. And i really loved the narration by Bindya Solanki
I cannot compare it to any other book - its a unique , creative and insightful commentary on Indian society and culture.

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  • Charmaine
  • 2012-12-19

A Rags to Riches entertaining read

I enjoyed this. Always good to read about the poor, the grubby, the disadvantaged, the unfortunate who rise above their sad stations, their desperate circumstances and finally enjoy the good life. It was particularly good that our hero escaped sleeping with the cockroaches - and the fact that he enriched himself by taking out his benefactor seemed perfectly all right. One had to wonder whether he was a better person as the disadvantaged groveler or the opportunistic advantaged.....

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  • Stephanie
  • 2012-08-27

Great!! Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Would you listen to The White Tiger again? Why?

Probably not, too many other things to listen to!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Badram, the main character was my favourite. He had such a great tone and way of narrating.

What about Bindya Solanki’s performance did you like?

Excellent expression.

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  • Ian C Robertson
  • 2012-05-19

Missed Out

There have been so many stellar reviews, a Booker and nearly everyone I know who's read this book highly recommend it. I guess I just missed out. It didn't grab me at all. I kept thinking that it was pretending to be Rushdie and missing the mark. The last Chapter was the high point (as it should be), but it just wasn't very high. I found the plot pedestrian and, appreciating that it's about the seedy side of the lines, there was no magic in the words.

It's always hard to write in the first person. One runs the risk of not developing the other characters. I think the risk was realised this time. I can't now recall any character that appealled to me.

As for the performance, I regret to say it just doesn't work. First, there is the problem that the narrator sounds like a young female, whereas the content is meant to be from a middling aged man. Secondly, the English accent is just disconcerting. Even allowing that Ms Solanki has the cultural background and does an ok job with the Indian accents, the majority of the book is first person narrative, and she just couldn't bridge the credibility gap. I spent a lot of time wandering off (because the text wasn't holding me) thinking about how Lyndam Gregory might have brought this to life, as he did Midnight's Children. A better narrator for THIS book may have made a world of difference. Thirdly, I found the narration annoying because it paused in unusual spots. This must have been the reader's interpretation, because the text (which was available to me) didn't read to me the way it was read to me.

Maybe I just expected too much, but this just didn't deliver on all levels.

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  • DIANE
  • 2012-04-21

Wow! What a spectacular journey.

What made the experience of listening to The White Tiger the most enjoyable?

The narrator was outstanding. I loved the first person narrative. The story was engaging and eventually, uplifting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bahram (Muna) was my favourite character. He saw beyond the squalor of his life and was able to see what was possible for him.

What does Bindya Solanki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice was so well suited to this narrative. I loved her accent and I thought she did all the various characters very well.

Any additional comments?

This is a must read. I am glad it was recommended to me by a friend.