Shantaram Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
Shantaram is a novel based on the life of the author, Gregory David Roberts. In 1978 Roberts was sentenced to 19 years imprisonment as punishment for a series of robberies of building-society branches, credit unions, and shops he had committed while addicted to heroin. In July 1980 he escaped from Victoria's maximum-security prison in broad daylight, thereby becoming one of Australia's most wanted men for what turned out to be the next 10 years. For most of this period he lived in Bombay. He set up a free health clinic in the slums, acted in Bollywood movies, worked for the Bombay mafia as a forger, counterfeiter, and smuggler and, as a gun-runner, resupplied a unit of mujaheddin guerrilla fighters in Afghanistan. This is the setting of Shantaram.
Apart from having this highly unusual personal background, Greg Roberts is a very gifted writer. His book is a blend of vivid dialogue, unforgettable characters, amazing adventures and superb evocations of Indian life. It can be listened to as a vast, extended thriller as well as a superbly written meditation on the nature of good and evil. It is a compelling tale of a hunted man who had lost everything - his home, his family and his soul - and came to find his humanity while living at the wildest edge of experience.
Gregory David Roberts retired from public life in 2014 to devote time to his family and new writing projects.
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|Listening Length||42 hours and 59 minutes|
|Author||Gregory David Roberts|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||08 September 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 2,898 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
40 in Action Thriller & Suspense Fiction
138 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
317 in Thriller & Suspense Action Fiction
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This is a long read, 932 pages, of varying pace. The author presents himself as a lovable character, liked by almost everyone. His crimes are presented as regrettable but somehow noble...which can be difficult to swallow as the reader.
An entertaining story, though one that could perhaps have been edited down. Full of emotion, tragedy and adventure. It perhaps tries to be more philosophical than deserves at times. The most tantalising aspect is the unrecorded trip to the war in Sri Lanka, making it despite its length feel like it is missing closure - an irony as much of the book is about the protagonists achieving this themselves!