The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni audiobook

The Conch Bearer

By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Read by Alan Cumming

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The Brotherhood of the Conch: Book 1

6.50 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9780807219614

You are about to embark on a remarkable journey. It begins on the teeming streets of Kolkata, India, and will transport you across arid plains and turbulent rivers to a secret valley high in the Himalayas. Along the way you will encounter powerful spirits, both good and unspeakably evil; fantastical creatures; and a trio of intrepid travelers who will linger in your memory long after the end of this audiobook. In a dingy shack in the less than desirable neighborhood that he calls home, 12-year-old Anand is entrusted with a conch shell that possesses mystical powers. His task is to return the shell to its rightful home many hundreds of miles away. Accompanying him are Nisha, the headstrong but resourceful child of the streets, and a mysterious man of indeterminate age and surprising resources named Abadhyatta. This is a fantasy of the first order; an exotic and compelling adventure story that is almost impossible to stop listening to.

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Summary

Summary

You are about to embark on a remarkable journey. It begins on the teeming streets of Kolkata, India, and will transport you across arid plains and turbulent rivers to a secret valley high in the Himalayas. Along the way you will encounter powerful spirits, both good and unspeakably evil; fantastical creatures; and a trio of intrepid travelers who will linger in your memory long after the end of this audiobook. In a dingy shack in the less than desirable neighborhood that he calls home, 12-year-old Anand is entrusted with a conch shell that possesses mystical powers. His task is to return the shell to its rightful home many hundreds of miles away. Accompanying him are Nisha, the headstrong but resourceful child of the streets, and a mysterious man of indeterminate age and surprising resources named Abadhyatta. This is a fantasy of the first order; an exotic and compelling adventure story that is almost impossible to stop listening to.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Divakaruni keeps her tale fresh and riveting with details of India’s sights, smells, and tastes, with characters that possess both good and evil, and with her exploration of the fine line between faith and magic. Young readers can only hope for more from this master storyteller.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“This book is a real page-turner…You’ll stay up late to finish it.” Chicago Tribune
“The action is exciting, and the Indian setting makes this story new and different.” Washington Post
“Divakaruni [is] a gifted storyteller…Though [she] beguiles us with the sights and sounds of an exotic place, what she really does is make us feel at home.” Los Angeles Times
“With so many fantasies being published, what’s special about this one? It’s the unique setting, along with the elegance Divakaruni’s writing. The slums of ‘Kalcutta’ are so richly created that readers can almost smell them…This speaks directly to children in a very enticing voice.” Booklist (starred review)
“This quest adventure has an exotic flavor…Readers can sympathize with [Anand’s] struggle and long for his success. This traditional story in fresh new clothing should appeal to middle-grade readers.” School Library Journal
“The rich details in the story…offer readers a colorful snapshot of [India’s] land and its culture.” Houston Chronicle

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Author Bio: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Author Bio: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the author of the bestselling novels Queen of Dreams, Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, and The Vine of Desire, and of the prizewinning story collections Arranged Marriage and The Unknown Errors of Our Lives. She lives in Houston, Texas, and is the Betty and Gene McDavid Professor of Writing at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 6.50
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English