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The Mountain Shadow

By: Gregory David Roberts
Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
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Summary

A profound, epic thriller set in Bombay—a standalone novel and a sequel to the international bestseller Shantaram.

The first glimpse of the sea on Marine Drive filled my heart, if not my head. I turned away from the red shadow. I stopped thinking of that pyramid of killers, and Sanjay's improvidence. I stopped thinking about my own part in the madness. And I rode, with my friends, into the end of everything.

Shantaram introduced millions of people to a cast of unforgettable characters through Lin, an Australian fugitive, working as a passport forger for a branch of the Bombay mafia. In The Mountain Shadow, the long-awaited sequel, Lin must find his way in a Bombay run by a different generation of mafia dons, playing by a different set of rules.

It has been two years since the events in Shantaram, and since Lin lost two people he had come to love: his father figure, Khaderbhai, and his soul mate, Karla, married to a handsome Indian media tycoon. Lin returns from a smuggling trip to a city that seems to have changed too much, too soon. Many of his old friends are long gone, the new mafia leadership has become entangled in increasingly violent and dangerous intrigues, and a fabled holy man challenges everything that Lin thought he'd learned about love and life. But Lin can't leave the Island City: Karla, and a fatal promise, won't let him go.

Fans of Vikram Seth, John Irving and David Mitchell will love Shantaram and The Mountain Shadow.

©2015 Gregory David Roberts (P)2023 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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Challenging , mixed feelings

I personally didn’t find the second book as irresistible and as enjoyable as the first one. I couldn’t stop listening to it!
In this book there were very long, frequent and often boring dialogues between characters and the story jumped from one scene to another. The story did not flow smoothly. I felt there wasn’t a main story line that held it all together, rather short stories held together by the main character being part of these stories in various ways. I decided to stick with it till the end and the second half of the last chapter explained and brought the entire book together.
I loved and very much enjoyed the first book, and the rich, engaging description of India and the characters within it.
The second book did not give that. It very much reminded me of a radio play.

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Lengthy but not one chapter too long

Love all the characters. A very interesting story and well narrated. Must listen to part 1 first.

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Not as good as Shantaram but still a great listen

It started off slow but was glad it still had all the same characters. What I found about the book was once listening I was totally in there with every word. I usually listen on the way to work and found I was late twice. Well done Gregory loved it.

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Excellent narration

I’ve listened to Shantaram and mountain shadow. I thought this was a good sequel but was unnecessarily long. Felt some of it was too long and could have been curtailed with no loss to the story.
Still a wonderful gripping story that fully captures the magic of Shanteram. Brilliantly narrated.

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The amount of joints that were smoked

We all know that the book can be often as good as the narrator! If there was an academy award ‘For the best Audible narration’ award it would go to Gregory David Roberts. Like Shantaram the narration was first class. It was an Incredible listen.

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Fantastic book

Wow what a wonderful epic book ! I loved this book as much as the first and am amazed by the insight GDR has in to the meaning of life and love.i almost envy anyone who hasn’t yet read the book because they have a treat waiting for them xx

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Ignore the other reviews and make your own mind up…

Loved this as much as I loved The Shantaram. Usually I’m put off by people using 100 words when they could make the point in 10, but this prose is poetry for the soul, heart and mind. Enjoyed this from minute one to hour thirty-odd.
“Truth is freedom of the soul” 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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Absolutely brilliant.

I have listen to both of the Shantaram Audios. Netflix has part one series I hope they change minds and do another.
Addictive listen.

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A brilliant story & exemplary performance

So many layers, so many hidden life lessons brought to life brilliantly by the performance

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The Mountain Shadow

I absolutely LOVED The Mountain Shadow. Being immersed back in Lins world with familiar characters so many years after first reading Shantaram was simply wondrous. There were moments I found highly irritating, like Karla and Lins aphorism contest and the lengthy philosophical chapters, but this didn't stop me from giving full marks. Manifesting another book!

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