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A Fine Balance

Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 25 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers - a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village - will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future. 

As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.

©1995 Rohinton Mistry (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Uplifting and heartbreaking. This beautiful book is a must read before traveling to India!

I listened to this book before traveling to India and it opened my eyes to the lives of everyday people and the impact of the caste system.

The novel tells the story of many seemingly different characters who are all victims of the society they live in.

A beautiful book that will leave you speechless for days to come!

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This shows a society at its worst.

This is a awfully long story that is really rather sad and makes you wonder how a society can do things to its own. I was always surprised how the author could find ways to sink us lower.

Although the main protagonists try to be genuinely positive, some actions don't surprise you at all in the end.

It left me dumbfounded.

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Brilliant

I loved it. It's so sad and terrible that it's a true story. A brilliant reading very enjoyable.

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  • jaspal singh
  • 14-01-2019

wow

loved it...will miss all the character after finish. awesome story ...a nice book to listen

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  • Jane Showering
  • 16-10-2018

My favourite book ever

Sadly this book was such a compulsive read/listen that it lasted just a few days!
I loved the plot, the narration, the characters, alongside giving such a detailed insight into life in India in those days.
I cried and I laughed, laughing alot more than crying tho the story is tragic, there were so very many light and kind touches throughout.
I am bereft to have finished it and more so that no more substantial reads by this master storyteller are available on audio

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-01-2019

Gripping and Tragic - Must read!

A beautiful piece full of heartwarming and heartbreaking moments. Wonderful narration, listened to the whole thing in three days!

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  • laineya
  • 20-10-2018

Perfect!

What can I say? I’ve been waiting for the audio version of this book for what seems like years. This version was well worth the wait.

This is such a wonderful tale, full of characters who you come to love with their stories woven together like Dina Dalal’s patchwork quilt. If you enjoyed the book you’ll love the audio version and if you haven’t read the book then don’t wait!!

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  • bookaddict
  • 18-09-2018

this is ok...

Interesting, but not gripping I'd say. it is a bit sprawling in places.
The performance is superb though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-08-2018

Wonderful mix of history and story!

I loved this book but found it hard to deal with the cruelty and the fact there was little redemption or any happy endings. Couldn't stop listening.
Loved the history of India in this period and the wonderful noble and tragic characters.

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  • Lotika Singha
  • 29-07-2018

A must listen

A nuanced account of how ‘democracy’ fails the the common people, the heart of any society