Narrator Homer Todiwala's voice is filled with weary, biting humor that captures the timing and tone of Raina's audiobook. In India, students look for any edge to perform well on national exams--top scores can lead to fame and a comfortable life. Rahul rises from poverty to coach students, eventually just taking the exams in place of the student to guarantee success. This scheme is profitable until Rahul does a little too well, earning the top score for Rudi, a privileged dullard. They maintain the fraud through a mutual arrangement until kidnapping and blackmail spoil the secret. Raina describes a world of rigid social systems in which only the most advantaged keep winning. Todiwala's performance successfully maintains the difficult balance of dry humor, occasional violence, and heart. S.P.C. © AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2022]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2022
DD ISBN 9780063028807 $26.99
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