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Ponniyin Selvan is a historical novel by Kalki Krishnamurthy, written in Tamil. In five volumes, it tells the story of early days of Arulmozhivarman, who later became the great Chola emperor Rajaraja Chola I. The book took more than three years to write; Kalki visited Sri Lanka three times to gather information for it.

Ponniyin Selvan is widely considered by many to be the greatest novel ever written in Tamil literature. It was first published as a series in the Kalki, a Tamil language magazine, during the 1950s and was later integrated into a novel. The craze for the series, which was published weekly, was such that it elevated the magazine circulation to reach a staggering figure of 71,366 copies - no mean achievement in a newly independent India.

Even today, the novel has a cult following and fan base among people of all generations. The book continues to be admired and garner critical acclaim for its tightly woven plot and vivid narration, the wit of the dialogue, and the way in which the power struggle and intrigues of the Chola empire were depicted.

Please note: This audiobook is in Tamil.

©1951 Nationalised (P)2019 Pustaka Digital Media Pvt. Ltd.

What listeners say about Ponniyin Selvan - Part 1 [The Son of Ponni, Part 1]

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BEAUTIFUL (என் இதயம் உருகிவிட்டது)

loved everything about it, hats off to all the performers and the story was mesmerizing
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excellent

the story is amazing and narration is really well, some times few characters voice could be chosen better. other than that its worth the money

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everything was tuned to perfection

voice acting soo good they will be taking you 1000 years back into the chola dynasty.

must buy

worth every penny

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Awesum book

loved it narrator voice was excellent, but vanthiya devan voice could be better, because i expected it in a different strong voice

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Amazing

This is my first audio book.
Narration: Different artists gave voices to different characters and all of them are unique. very apt for characters.
Poems were delivered as songs.
Background music is very suitable. Brings the story before your eyes.

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Very well narrated with good background music.

lots of characters and beautiful tamil names. loved the music for pazhuvur rani Nandini. Time travelled back to Chola era.

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Legendary Novel!

This is a classic. It's so gripping that even after your car ride is complete, you park the car aside and wait for the chapter to finish before heading home.
It is as if the writer traveled back in time to the Chola period to narrate so perfectly.

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excellent

Beautifully written. terrific narration.. effort is clearly seen and has paid off. One can easily get lost in the story.

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Best Audio book ever

The Audio book has been made in such a way that it is like a stage drama. Amazingly made.

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Fantastic Narration

Except Vallavarayan voice all other voices suited the story. voice of Nandhini and evil music was top notch. Later Vallavarayan voice became familiar. This was great to listen.

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  • Ilam
  • 21-04-21

Good story line and narration

Immersive story line with details and excellent narration and characters. More like a hearing a movie than traditional audio book.

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  • AJ
  • 06-04-21

Loved the story and narration!!!

Ponniyin Selvan has awesome story line with wonderful narration, I listened to part 1 every night before sleep. Definetly going to buy the rest of the parts through audible. Recommended to anyone who likes history and Tamil culture.

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  • Pallavi
  • 25-05-21

Background music very distracting

The background music is as loud as the narrator and is quite distracting. Is there an option to turn it off.