cover image Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

Vikas Swarup, Author, Christopher Simpson, Narrated by , read by Christopher Simpson. BBC Audio $29.95 (0p) ISBN 978-1-60283-466-8

After enduring a childhood of poverty, violence and exploitation, Ram Muhammad Thomas wins a game show prize of one billion rupees. But the producers believe he has cheated and send him to the police to coerce a confession. Now, Thomas must defend his achievement and explain how a nobody without formal education won against impossible odds. Christopher Simpson's performance is both compelling and questionable; he conveys emotion powerfully but his mimicry of an Indian accent might make some listeners uncomfortable and sap the authority of the first-person narrative. Fans of the Academy Award–winning film adaptation of the novel (originally published as Q&A ) will find that this version offers nuanced pleasures of its own. A Scribner hardcover. (Mar.)