The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: A Novel

Written by:
Deborah Moggach
Narrated by:
Juliet Mills

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2012
11 hours 16 minutes
Now a major motion picture starring Jude Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Tom Wilkinson, and Maggie Smith.
When Ravi Kapoor, an overworked London doctor, reaches the breaking point with his difficult father-in-law, he asks his wife: “Can’t we just send him away somewhere? Somewhere far, far away.” His prayer is seemingly answered when Ravi’s entrepreneurial cousin sets up a retirement home in India, hoping to re-create in Bangalore an elegant lost corner of England. Several retirees are enticed by the promise of indulgent living at a bargain price, but upon arriving, they are dismayed to find that restoration of the once sophisiticated hotel has stalled, and that such amenities as water and electricity are . . . infrequent. But what their new life lacks in luxury, they come to find, it’s plentiful in adventure, stunning beauty, and unexpected love.
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Tiffany J.

I had really high hopes for this book. When the movie came out and I saw that it was based off a book, I wanted to read the book first. So while working, I have been listening to the book. The movie promos had me thinking that this was going to be a comedy. While it has some funny parts, a lot of it is more romantic and then dealing with your own mortality. The narrator was fantastic. She nailed all the pronunciations which was another reason I got the audio book. I guess if I'd known what it was, I would have enjoyed it more, it just wasn't what I was in the mood for at the time.

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This is a book that has some humor, but is basically a sad reflection on old age and long-term relationships. It is a bitter-sweet story with love and disappointments, many disappointments. That’s life. The narrator was excellent - great variety of accents and voices to match the characters.

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