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Challenging Destiny

A Biography of Chhatrapati Shivaji
Narrated by: Avinash Kumar Singh
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (92 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When destiny stood between him and his destination. 

Darkness engulfs the Indian subcontinent. The 17th century is destined to be an era of brutal wars, incessant oppression and physical and spiritual carnage in the name of religion. Shivaji, a warrior and thinker far ahead of his times, rises and renders a rousing dream - respect and dignity for human life, economic equity and empowerment. Destiny does not favour him; he faces terribile odds - a fallen and defeated populace, the might of the Mughal Empire, and naval supremacy of the Western powers. Thus begins a battle of conflicting ideologies, contrasting belief systems, and sharply different visions of India - a stake is the future of most ancient civilization. Witness the beginnings of the momentous events that will send thunderbolts across centuries, the echoes of which still haunt the subcontinent. 

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Critic Reviews

"A concise yet comprehensive account of the enigma we call Shivaji. Imperative reading for history buffs." (Ashwin Sanghi, best-selling author of Chanakya's Chant, The Krishna Key, and The Sialkot Saga)
"[The book has] captured Shivaji’s glorious tryst with destiny for the layman." (Vinita Deshmukh, Former Senior Editor, The Indian Express)

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Amazing and captivating

I finished the book within 5 days. could not stop listening. Author has made it very interesting. you will not read this in our history books. a must listen for every Indian on one of the greatest Indian kings who fought Mughals and one of the reasons for the beginning of the downfall of Mughal empire. Mughal empires atrocities against Hindus is also explained in great detail with references

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Nothing great except the name and person.

The content is too overladen with citations and cross references. It thereby goes into loops of parallel stories and loses focus. No language coordinator used in the production - hence pronunciations of names or places is incorrect at most places. Poor voice modulation. Narrative and narration, both are weak.

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once you start no way. to stop it..

brilliant and gripping story telling. with facts and references and dates.. every indian should read this book.

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Inspiring and Informative

This story of rise of shivaji is a must read anyone interested in historical figures.

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Goosebumps

Really liked it. This book is a combination of the best excerpts of all Shivaji Maharaj books.

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Fantastic book to know about the great kings life.

Loved it. Couldn't stop listening to it at every opportunity. Want to know more and more about Shivaji and his life.

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A great biography on Shivaji Maharaj!

The content is very well put, and thoroughly researched. The narrator's frequent imperfect pronunciation of Marathi words is a huge buzzkill though.

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Excellent Listening, gripping story told nicely

Since I was born in Mumbai, I got a chance to learn about Maratha history, through the books. But unfortunately, Indian History Textbooks somehow tend to give equal importance to Great people like Shivaji and crooks like Clive. I have always been fond of Shivaji, the person and the king.

This book is a must listen/read for everybody in India. The Mighty Mughal empire might not have fallen if there would not have been Shivaji to challenge it.

I strongly recommend the youth of India to read this. The Narrator has done a great job, too.

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Must for every Indian

Story of an exceptional leader, presented in an easy to understand form.
Would like to see more of Indian history books presented in Audible.

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Brilliant Biography to Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

The story is brilliantly portrayed, narration is good but some pronunciations could have been better

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Nice Book

Good resource to know maratha history. Need to improve pronunciation of names of great maratha worriors.