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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 (192 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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  • 29-06-20

kirtivasan

Chatrapati shivaji ,what an enigma, what leadership truly amazing, loved it great reading wow

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Amazing but need concentration

This book is like love the more time you spent better it become. however it requires your concentration to grasp geography in the starting but without understanding you cannot understand why we call him Chatrapati shivaji.

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I only wish it was longer

There are not enough English audiobooks on Indian history. This one has only whet my appetite for more.

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The great maratha saga

The book covers almost every significant aspect of Chatrapati shivaji Maharaj's life but little light has been shed on his tactics and personal life. Although medha has relatively collected a lot of information in this book which helps understand the swarajya cause.

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Very nice simple language<br />

it's really nicely puted , simple & clear language
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Well composed

Story telling was nice... the book is well researched... details are nice... I used 1.2X speed...

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Outstanding experience

Excellent book: Journey of the legend well explained. Voice over artist has truly done justice to the experience

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  • 02-08-18

Nice Book

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