By: Gregory David Roberts. Narrated by: Humphrey Bower. Length: 43 hrs
900 pages of seemingly unbelievable misadventures of an escaped Australian bank robber surviving in the criminal underworld of Bombay. Get the Shantaram audiobook free below.
Why listen to Shantaram?
Whilst influenced by real events Shantaram is a novel, not an autobiography. But regardless it is a fascinating detailed story of slums, prisons, gangs and the black markets of 19080s India. Lindsay, the protagonist (and Roberts fake name that he escapes Australia under) lives in these slums, works for the Mumbai mafia, extras in Bollywood, lands back in jail and smuggles weapons in Afghanistan. The book weaves the tumultuous rich life of Mumbai in a level of detail that had me rapidly turning pages. I first read this whilst travelling in 2012 and wish I’d chosen the audiobook for the long journeys between countries. So I recommend it for anyone about to go backpacking, especially (obviously) to India.
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A novel of high adventure and great storytelling based on an extraordinary 8 years in the Bombay underworld.
In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail. Then, in case anyone thought he was slacking, he acted in Bollywood and fought with the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan…