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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.

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What listeners say about Ponniyin Selvan - Part 6 [The Son of Ponni, Part 6]

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Truly engaging narrative for a deserving classic piece of literature

Best novel among classics. The performers made it come alive. The team should take up performance of good western classic literature for giving the tamil audience a great treat through Audible

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first audio book in my mother tongue

completed this whole novel within 10 days. I love the narration of this Book. I heard about they are making movie on this book. I am waiting for it.

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Great narration by team!

This is my first book review.

First of all, I wanted to thank and congratulate the BOMBAY KANNAN team for this wonderful voice act. The voice actors did their best and they have carefully picked voices based on the character potrayal. For me, the story seemed neat rather than calling it a marvel. The flow of events cascade smoothly which makes it an absolute read for all age groups. I loved the ending and especially the character complexity of the protagonist Vandhiyadevan. My favorite character potrayal was Adithakarikalan. His brilliance and his madness was humane. Few parts were a bit draggy for me but it was necessary for the story too. I would rate the book 3.5/5.

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Masterpiece

it was a great experience traveling through all the 6 Audible parts of the book. The oration, the BG score and the story in itself took me to live through those times of Ponniyen Selvan. it is indeed a masterpiece. eagerly waiting for the movie.

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Well presented

Best narration. No voice movie. Kalki's words took us inside the story.
The narrator has justified his work, best narration for the best work. I retained my audible membership just for buying all parts of ponniyin selvan best decision by amazon to stream ponniyin selvan as an audiobook👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼

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love to cholas and arulmozhi varmar

ponniyin selvan love towards cholas ,it's a great novel and story was amazing to follow by kalki

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Inner peace

Exceptional periodic story which expresses our very own inner thoughts. loved it. Excellent Narration. my heartwarming thanks to the crew for this beautiful experience.

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  • Parameshwaran Pasupathy
  • 18-03-21

review of the audiobook production.

In the face of such magnificat writing, all you to have to do is merely narrate. Everything else is a mere distraction that takes away from the beauty of ponniyin selvan.

The producers of this audiobook seem to be highly confused as to what the final outcome should be. It looks like they couldn't decide if the end product should be an audiobook, a theatre play or an audiomovie. As a result, the sum total is worse than the sum of its parts.

The audiobook features multiple narrators narrating different characters. For the most part, the main narrator does an extremely good job and had it just been him without the background accessories, this would have been a decent effort. The quality of narration wavers from quite good to really bad. The exaggerated laughter performed by the narrators are often totally uncalled for and can even get annoying at times.


But the biggest bane of this book is its music. The book contains several songs which has been sung with music in the audiobook. The singing barring those of Senthan Amudhan is quite mediocre. The composer perhaps is more at fault than the singers for this I suppose. Kalki wrote a beautiful song for Manimeghalai in this book. The author felt it was so important that she sang the song again at the very end of book at a defining moment. The composer has completely butchered that song. especially the second time at the climax. Manimeghalai is supposed to sing the song with melancholy. The composer instead made it out to be what is called in tamil as "oppari". If that wasn't enough, the background score for the books feature original soundtracks lifted from movies like the lord of the rings trilogy, avatar, titanic, bravheart, the mummy and several more. Why take the trouble to add background music to narration and then lift music elsewhere when you can simply narrate the book. what is more is that for some reason the producers felt they could let the music play on at the ends of each chapter for some dramatic effect and the extended pause of narration seems to get longer and longer with each book. This was extremely annoying when the pause goes on and on at critical moments which are abound in ponniyin selvan.

when I first saw that tamil audiobooks are finally being made, I was overjoyed. after listening to this production, I am rather disappointed. Please, just stick to narrating. I will look for other much simpler productions of the rest of kalki's books. I will certainly not be considering bombay kannan's production of audiobooks from this point on.