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Asura Tale of The Vanquished Audiobook

Asura Tale of The Vanquished: The Story of Ravana And His People

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In this best-seller, Neelakantan tries to break the age old tradition where history is always narrated by the victors.

Asura: Tale of the Vanquished dares to narrate the tale of the Asura people. Blending mythology, religion, and history, the audiobook narrates the tale from Ravana and Bhadra's perspective.

The book talks about how the Asura community is more liberal than the orthodox Deva clan, which was highly biased. It also attacks the evil practices of the Brahmin caste.

From the tale of Mahabali, Vamana, and Sita's Agni-Pareeksha, to Jatayu's meeting with Ravana, the author reveals the many human emotions behind these stories and logically presents a new perspective for the listeners.

How wrong was Ravana to challenge the mighty gods for his daughter's sake? Was he evil for deciding to lead life in his own terms? Was he wrong for freeing the people from the caste-cased Deva reign? The author takes the listeners on an enthralling journey and poses many such complex questions. Bhadra is a creative character who gives voice to the common man, who is lost amidst the villains and heroes.

The author has been appreciated for his eye for detail, which gives life to his work. The right blend of good language and interesting twists keeps the audiobook engaging.

©2012 Anand Neelakantan (P)2015 READO

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    Hugh Ekeberg 30/06/2016
    Hugh Ekeberg 30/06/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great commentary on human nature."

    I love that the story is from the point of view of Ravana and a simple though street wise peasant.

    I think if Rama had been truly wise, he would've demanded from the Brahmins that they prove their purity first, before subjecting Sita to the trial by fire.

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  • Vikas Chandak
    28/03/16
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    "The author made sure you knew the characters!"
    Where does Asura Tale of The Vanquished rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's the best I have heard so far.


    What other book might you compare Asura Tale of The Vanquished to and why?

    I think in the series you might be interested in Similar books from Amish Tripathy and Neelakanthan himself


    Have you listened to any of Sanket Mhatre’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not yet, but this was stellar


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I believe every book (esp. a narrative) has success in absorbing the reader / listener it its story line and making you relate to the characters. Anand seems to know his characters very well and has been able to bring out every aspect of the lead ones ... if you thought characterization was important, this book will make you feel it is indispensable. The way Ravana, Bhadra or even Prahasta, Rama, Kuber, Varuna's characters have been established and analyzed is an ode to great writing. Am looking forward to more Anand Neelakanthan books on audible...

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  • Jodi
    24/03/15
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    "A Must Read!"

    I loved this book! So artfully crafted in the viewpoint of the defeated. I loved every second of this book... capable of keeping me on the edge of my seat the entire listen :) I highly recommend for any open minded listener looking for an epic with deeper meaning laced in every chapter.

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