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Publisher's Summary

The great Indian epic - the Ramayana - has been told and retold over thousands of years by poets, performers, and writers. It is a tale of courage and fear, love and hate, devotion and betrayal. The epic spans the three worlds of gods, humans, and demons. Here, the forces of good and evil collide, locked in a battle for the ultimate supremacy. Rama, the crown prince of Kosala, descendent of the timeless Surya dynasty, must face unimaginable danger, but what lies in his destiny?

©2016 Puranas Ltd (P)2016 Puranas Ltd

Critic Reviews

The Times, UK

"'Like Lion cubs, the little princes played...Ravana’s 10 heads swung towards his generals...Kumbhakarna stomped on to the battlefield, flinging a dead elephant as if it was a toy.' Laconic, colourful phrasings and crystal-clear enunciation make Ayur and Shreyas Pulle’s retelling of the epic story of how Lord Rama rescues his wife, Sita, from the demon king Ravana ring on in the mind. Good for adults and children." (Christina Hardyment, The Times, 24/11/2017)

Royal National Institute for Blind (RNIB)

“A great version of the Diwali story for young people.” 

"The young authors have kindly given RNIB a copy of this wonderful version of the Diwali story to turn into Braille, Giant Print, and Daisy Audio so that the blind and the partially-sighted can enjoy it too. This is a great version of an epic story. It is aimed at children and perhaps because it was written by young people for young people it has a clarity of story without being patronizing. The writers do a lovely job of voicing the characters and I really think that young people will enjoy the story being told to them by their peers instead of an by an adult. I would recommend it to any young person studying Diwali for school or who loves reading great mythic stories." (Lynne Livingstone, RNIB library on 16/11/2016)

AudioFile Magazine (US)   

"Inspired by a discussion with their family about reading the traditional Indian epic during the school term, brothers Shreyas and Ayur Pulle were inspired to write a simplified version and record it for young listeners. The audio result is a pleasant gloss of the complex classic, with the excision of its more violent scenes and salacious passages, and the addition of brief musical interludes to separate scenes. The brothers do an excellent job of performing their version together, smoothly adopting character roles from time to time and trading narrative passages. Their youth is apparent in the timbre of their voices, along with the abbreviated form they provide for the epic, makes this a treat for both children and families." (F.M.R.G. ©AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine {Published January 2018})

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i really liked the audio book and it was very enjoyable to finish it today

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EXCELLENT

A very good effort and excellent narration by Sreyans and Ayur Pulle. A memorable epic.

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  • Trevor J. Corwin
  • 22-07-18

A Very Compressed Classic!

This book is a simplified, truncated version of one of the greatest stories ever told. A perfect introduction to this epic work for children. For a complete version, I highly recommend BOTH the Linda Egenes/Kumuda Reddy version (eloquently narrated by Deepti Gupta) as well as the Krishna Dharma version. Jai Shri Rama!

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  • KP
  • 20-10-16

"A remarkable listening experience "

It was very refreshing to find such a well written and fine rendition of this classic.
By using well-crafted dialect , authentic sounding accents, Shreyas and Ayur believably dramatizes the wide range of characters in Ramayana.The narration captured the emotional heart of this audiobook.
The different character voices were quite distinct and it was easy to stay with the storyline.
I highly recommend this book on Audible.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-10-16

Proud of the idea and perfect narration!

Years of hard work, perseverance and shraddha has resulted in a lively, interesting retelling of the ancient epic. Kudos to the boys and their parents in bringing out a classic in a new format. The flute interlude is simple and just apt. Look forward to more such presentations. Anuradha , Gautama, Atreya

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  • Midwestbonsai
  • 08-11-16

The story is focused on main plot points

Ramayana: An Ancient Indian Epic is a shortened retelling of the ancient Hindu religious epic, The Ramayana by two brothers, Ayur and Shreyas Pulle. Their intent was to retell this epic in hopes of making a written adaptation that was more approachable for a younger audience. The Ramayana tells the story of Rama, a king of the Surya dynasty, who is an avatar of Vishnu, a form of God in the Hindu religion. The overarching story is that prior to his rule, Rama is exiled to the forest for 14 years. His wife Sita and brother Lakshmana choose to accompany him. During this exile, Sita is abducted by an evil demon, Ravana. Rama and Lakshmana, embark on a quest to find and save Rama’s wife, Sita, and to fight off the evil demon Ravana. During this quest, they meet many allies that help them in their fated fight of good against evil.

Ayur and Shreyas Pulle have done an admirable job condensing a lengthy and complex epic into a short story suited for children. The story is focused on main plot points of the epic, creating a comprehensive story from beginning to end that includes many details. Any violence that would be seen in a dramatization of the epic is glossed over making the story better for children. In addition to the main characters, a number of memorable characters appear in the story either to help Rama or to fight against him. While the retelling could have been improved by emphasizing the moral plot points even if it caused an increase in length, it is well organized for a children’s story.

The narration is done by the two authors of the adaptation, Ayur and Shreyas Pulle. They do a good job with the voices and speaking in unison when appropriate. The production quality is good and the musical interludes work well. I would recommend this story to children as an approachable introduction to the epic, Ramayana or to an older listener who wants to be reminded of the major plot points of this epic.

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  • Geetha
  • 28-08-16

Well executed!

Would you listen to Ramayana again? Why?

Would most definitely listen to Ramayana. The book captures important events briefly enough to retain the attention of listeners without missing out on crucial details. Caters to variety of audience.

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Both the authors has a great sense and clarity of the character they played which was visible in the way voice modulations were carried out. Kudos to the team.You should definitely make more such books.

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  • A Don
  • 17-09-19

Great clear storytelling

This audiobook presents the classic epic of the Ramayana in a clear, simple and easy to understand way. It’s put together really well with a nice accompanying sound track which creates a lovely sense of atmosphere.

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  • Efterpi K.
  • 21-03-19

Very pleasant listen and totally worth to buy

Loved the calm voices of the narrators, plus the story is really interesting and fun. I enjoyed all the characters and the emotional up and downs are just like Greek mythology. Also the way the story progresses compales you to finish the whole audiobook in on sitting. I totally recommend!

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  • Natalia
  • 20-03-19

Amazing rendition of a classic!

Really enjoyed listening to Ramayana, it was so effortlessly easy to understand with very charming narration by the Pulle brothers. Found every chapter so captivating and very culturally informative. Such an amazing audio book that I will be reccomending to many friends and family!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-03-19

Beautifully narrated

A wonderful story, beautifully narrated by the Pulle brothers, which made me feel like I went back in time for a moment, back when I listened to the other kids telling amazing stories during sleepovers. Warm and under a pile of covers, I listened to the brothers narrating the adventures and the bravery of Rama, it made me feel closer to the Indian culture which I find very fascinating! My favourite chapter was the one about the Golden Deer, in my mind I could picture very clearly the way the creature gracefully walked in the forest, shining between the green leaves and capturing the attention of princess Sita. There are so many interesting characters it's hard to choose a favourite one! I have also heard of a puppet spectacle of Ramayana and I feel very inspired to see it after finishing reading this story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-10-18

Ramayana review

Lovely adaptation of a well know classic. Very well written and nicely narrated. Clear characterisation really helped bring the story to life. A brilliant introduction to those unfamiliar with the story but also great for those who already know the story well. Highly recommended.

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  • Miss
  • 06-10-18

Informative and engaging.

As Diwali approaches it was great to listen to such a clear and engaging version of the Ramayana story. This audiobook is a great introduction for curious non Hindus and would be a brilliant starting point for students and teachers alike. It is very helpful to hear the names spoken rather than to only read them. Focusing on the 'human' stories rather than the fighting this narration makes the characters and their motivation seem very accessible. Bring on the Mahabharata, maybe next time you could try using sound effects too.

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  • val O Donoghue
  • 02-08-18

Excellent story

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of storyline and the excellent narration. I would highly recommend this book to anyone but especially to people who would like to know more about the rich culture of India and of course the meaning of the important festival of Diwali. Well done to everybody involved.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-05-18

Great

It was great to listen to. As a British person with no faith it's great to learn more about an Indian Epic. I enjoyed the pace of the story telling and the character development by each of the narrator's. Well done!

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  • Jacob
  • 09-05-18

Very enjoyable with beautiful music.

A very accessible and engaging retelling of the ancient Indian classic. Shreya and Ayur Pulle have done a wonderful job interpreting an incredibly complex story, bringing the cherished characters to life colourfully and with the help of beautiful accompanying music.

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