Despite an earnest and effective narration by Neil Shah, this audiobook is a slog. It is long, often turgid, and almost overwhelmed by Hindi quotes that make the work nearly inaccessible. The subtitle--"The Many Pasts of an Indian River"--hints at the audiobook's diversity: It is at once a collection of myths, an exegesis of texts, and a cultural history. Author Sudipta Sen rightly states that the contemporary Ganges has at least two conflicting paths: sacred and profane. Millions of pilgrims visit for spiritual nourishment or after death, end there in funeral fires. Sadly, industrial and human waste has made it toxic, and pollution causes political, social, and public health issues. This highly informed work is probably better read than listened to. A.D.M. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2019]
Trade Ed. Tantor Media 2019
CD ISBN 9781630158767 $44.99 Twelve CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781515940449 $29.99 Two MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9781977335098 $24.99
Library Ed. Tantor Media 2019
DD ISBN 9781977317124 $54.95
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