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  • Ponniyin Selvan - Part 1 [The Son of Ponni, Part 1]

  • Written by: Kalki
  • Narrated by: Bombay Kannan
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (760 ratings)

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Ponniyin Selvan - Part 1 [The Son of Ponni, Part 1]

Written by: Kalki
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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excellent beginning

loved it.
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voice are clear and good audio book
fantastic story

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Extraordinary, exemplary and Everlasting

What a masterpiece. you simply cannot stop listening. "Maniyin padam pichai edukannum pol irrikirathu"- If you want to narrate like Bombay Kannan. the BGM far better than that of ARR, the play style dialogues simply clear and crystal unlike the superstars who simply fail thamizh ucharipu in the movie. After listening to this classic the movie fails and misses several plots. kudos to the audio book creators.

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Outstanding

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fantastic Novel

This had been on my to read list for a while. I just happened to come across this audio version and it turned out to be a fantastic buy.. It's a great book...

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  • 23-12-22

An immersive experience.

A 10 out 5 star rating, in my opinion would be underrated for this book. Amazing experience. To imagine to finish such an epic in a week is possible only through this narrative. Amazing work by the team. The power of narration is such that I could see the story while being narrated.

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Excellent narration

Took us back to the chola era.enjoyed listening to the novel.characters chosen are awesome

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Top class

Love the narration, the music and character modulations. Best Ponniyin Selvan audio book. Do listen

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Exceptional narration

Best narrative i have seen so far, good luck to the team. Music and voices are apt

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  • Liv
  • 12-11-22

Great

Excellent story. Great effort from the narrator & voice actors to keep the audience hooked. I’d suggest reducing the volume for bgm / amplifying dialogues. It tends to get too loud & interruptive.

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  • Ramya
  • 06-11-22

Fantastic presentation

A page turner. Even for an audio book. Must listen. Beautiful narration, strong voices, perfect pronunciation and emotion and sound effects.

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  • Karthick
  • 04-11-22

Amazing

Amazing story. Makes you fall in love with the language, people and culture. Makes you feel like you want to go back in time and live a life with the Cholas.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-10-22

Nice narration with multiple actors and modulation

Just one feedback.. the background music should be subtle and should not compete for attention. Initially, the music made listening bit hard. Though I got used to it as it progressed, if the music is kept mild, it’ll increase the experience. Thank you

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  • Aravind
  • 23-09-22

Brilliant!

Loved every minute of it . a great classic brought to life by some equally good performances

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-08-22

Beautiful!!

10 on 10 for Narration and background score!Absolutely loved the audible.Already buying the next part.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-08-22

Extraordinary!

Extraordinary performance. The voices are a real plus. BGM is very apt through out the book!

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  • Hari Krishnan
  • 20-07-22

Masterpiece!

It felt like I traveled back in time 1000 years ago. Such an amazing storytelling by Kalki.

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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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  • Priya
  • 11-12-22

Exceptional audiobook

Very good story telling for people who don’t read Tamil is good as this narrates the entire story like a drama

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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.