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Roll of the Dice

Duryodhana's Mahabharata
Written by: Anand Neelakantan
Narrated by: Siddhanta Pinto
Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Mahabharata endures as the great epic of India. But while Jaya is the story of the Pandavas, told from the perspective of the victors of Kurukshetra, Ajaya is the narrative of the ‘unconquerable’ Kauravas, who were decimated to the last man. 

At the heart of India’s most powerful empire, a revolution is brewing. Bhishma, the noble patriarch of Hastinapura, is struggling to maintain the unity of his empire. On the throne sits Dhritarashtra, the blind King, and his foreign-born Queen - Gandhari. In the shadow of the throne stands Kunti, the Dowager-Queen, burning with ambition to see her firstborn become the ruler, acknowledged by all. And in the wings: Parashurama, the enigmatic Guru of the powerful Southern Confederate, bides his time to take over and impose his will from mountains to ocean. 

Ekalavya, a young Nishada, yearns to break free of caste restrictions and become a warrior. Karna, son of a humble charioteer, travels to the South to study under the foremost Guru of the day and become the greatest archer in the land. Balarama, the charismatic leader of the Yadavas, dreams of building the perfect city by the sea and seeing his people prosperous and proud once more. Takshaka, guerilla leader of the Nagas, foments a revolution by the downtrodden as he lies in wait in the jungles of India, where survival is the only dharma. Jara, the beggar, and his blind dog Dharma, walk the dusty streets of India, witness to people and events far greater than they, as the Pandavas and the Kauravas confront their searing destinies. 

Amidst the chaos, Prince Suyodhana, heir of Hastinapura, stands tall, determined to claim his birthright and act according to his conscience. He is the maker of his own destiny - or so he believes. While in the corridors of the Hastinapura palace, a foreign Prince plots to destroy India. And the dice falls....

©2013 Anand Neelakantan (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Super Performance

The Performance by Siddhanta Pinto is excellent... Wonderful. One of the best Audible Performance. You will the story of you love Mahabharat. The story is told for Kauravas view & is based on facts. It's great to see how Anand Sir writing has changed the my view completely on Mahabharat. Stories are how they are told.

I always felt from my childhood Suryodhana was a right man because of the way he give importance to merit instead of caste.

You won't be liking the role of Krishna in the first book... don't know about the second. It is a believable story unlike the TV Mahabharat were there is magic & gods and so much illogical things. I Feel Jara character was a way too much.

No matter How Mahabharat is told... Karna is always the Hero :).

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completely new perspective

I loved the way the whole story as we knew from our childhood is shown from a deferent perspective, sometimes makes you think whether what we have heard whole our life was fact!!!

a must read

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Seems like a propaganda story of a hater who hates the north most

A propaganda story to create hatred against Krishna. The writer has little understanding of Indian scriptures and varna systems. Tried pathetically justifying what Duryadhana did.

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Mahabharata upside down

wonderful interpretation of the events in Mahabharata. indeed good narration. logical reasoning for the action.

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Enlightening...…😊👍

The book is about Suyodhan's version of Mahabharat, as believe me it is eye opening. we were given only one side of the story since our childhood and it was enlightening to empathize with the other side. Though the book is voluminous, the author is able to carve out incidents and characters nicely.

A must read, this is the the first of the two parts...!!

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Changed my perception

Audible experience for me is so good that I binged it. Amazing details about the whole Mahabharata from a different perception

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shaking and disturbing

The greatest Dharma is to keep searching for the truth. Its good to know that this book is not banned

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Good perspective but fearful

Good alternate perspective but only fear Whr the current day Indian population take this as inspiration and dissent. And people start hate between thr castes.

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The other sides story.

Mahabaratha retold in a different perspective. Great story telling. Would be better if the narration was professional. The low pitched voice in between for characters are quite annoying.
Still giving 5 stars for the quality of the book. Great work Anand Neelakandan! Looking forward to list more similar works.