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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

Kritikerstimmen

"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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Sprecher

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  • Gesamt
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    4 out of 5 stars

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.

3 von 3 Hörern fanden diese Rezension hilfreich

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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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Bester Sprecher

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

1 von 1 Hörern fanden diese Rezension hilfreich

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  • Meli
  • Ost-Schweiz, Schweiz
  • 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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  • Gesamt
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

Amazing novel! 😍

A must read for everyone. Very well narrated as well! Highly recommend to give this book a shot

  • Gesamt
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A wonderful story

Long but the most colourful story I have listened to! Inspiring, mesmerising and more knowledge of India that you could ever absorb

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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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excellent

one of my favorite books! i was so sad when it was over. the way he describes his life in India and the culture he's confronted with is just fantastic. great choice of words!

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you will laugh and you will cry

top ten of all the books I ever read; perhaps even the best
just amazing
brilliant narrator, he does the Indian accent so perfect it is hilarious. even when he is narrating the ladies it does not sound like a transgender...

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one of my all time favourites

imcredible story, very well written and a fantastic narrator. i absolutely recommend it. just hear it

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