• Smoke and Ashes

  • By: Abir Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (270 ratings)

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Smoke and Ashes

By: Abir Mukherjee
Narrated by: Simon Bubb
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Captain Sam Wyndham and his sidekick Surrender-Not Banerjee return in this prize-winning historical crime series set in 1920s Calcutta. 

India, 1921. Haunted by his memories of World War I, Captain Sam Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium that he must keep secret from his superiors in the Calcutta police force. 

When Sam is summoned to investigate a grisly murder, he is stunned at the sight of the body: he’s seen this before. Last night, in a drug-addled haze, he stumbled across a corpse with the same ritualistic injuries. It seems like there’s a deranged killer on the loose. Unfortunately for Sam, the corpse was in an opium den - and revealing his presence there could cost him his career. 

With the aid of his quick-witted Indian Sergeant, Surrender-Not Banerjee, Sam must try to solve the two murders, all the while keeping his personal demons secret, before somebody else turns up dead.

©2018 Abir Mukherjee (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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A great story ruined by poor narration

Having finished the first two of Abir Mukherjee’s novels on Audible, I looked forward to the third in the series and was sorely disappointed. The narrator seems to not understand the character whom he is playing and misses all the subtlety of the humor that is sprinkled throughout the text. It is not a reader who needed, but an actor who portrays each character as an individual and who can mimic the correct accent for each.

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Malk Williams set the bar.

After listening to Malk narrate the first two books TO PERFECTION, I just can’t get my head around Simon’s reading. Malk William’s accents were perfect. His inflections caught the humor of the author exactly as I feel he intended. The tone of cynicism combined with hopefulness of the main character was well conveyed. Please, if Audible gives us more of this series, let Malk Williams narrate.

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Strongly preferred narrator from books 1 & 2

This narrator is not bad by any means but the narrator from the first two books in the series did much better at making Sam likable and bringing across his sense of humor. Without that, Sam just comes off as a one dimensional snob. Still a good book though.

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Need the narrator for the first book

Books are great but narrator of first book WAS the voice of Wyndham. The upper crust accent of this narrator just does not work.

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Gripping mystery

I did myself a big favor and waited a few months before listening to the new narrator. I remember the original as creating a wonderful character voice, but by taking time off from the series I was able to enjoy the new narrator just as much. The plot is absolutely riveting and I enjoyed the book all the way to the last page.

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going downhill

The first book was good, with a new, postcolonial perspective on British arrogance in India. But now it’s going for a formula, with a highly unlikely, action movie ending that plays out just like the previous episode. Forgettable, under-developed characters and zero intrigue.

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Who would have thought...

Who would have thought that a protagonist with an opium addiction would be such an appealing character, yet that adds to the complex story line in this excellent series. We see Sam Wyndham's struggle with his personal demons in the rich and atmospheric setting of post-WWI India. The cultural and regional differences within India, the British class system, and of course the attitudes some British held toward Indians are portrayed. The moral dilemma posed by and resistance to British colonialism in India at this time are front and center. This series offers so much more than a "typical" murder mystery series, and I hope Audible will record more of the books. The narration of this third installment is patchy. The narrator is very good at various accents, but often seems to forget who is speaking; for example, Sergeant Banerjee has an Indian accent some of the time but occasionally reverts to a British accent.

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You Don’t Leave a Man to the Gas

I think this is the best of the Abir Mukherjee trilogy, and I hope that it becomes more than a three-fer.

Drama, human suffering and weakness, history, the cruelty of war, a little romance, plus humor, it has it all.

The sadness of the barbarity of chemical warfare in WWI is brought into stark relief against the Indian peoples nonviolent push for independence side by side with the humanity on both the Indian people and the English.

Really good narration too. I hope we see more of this series.

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Christmas 1921

Excellent. Starts a bit slower than the previous two books in the series, but picks up steam and gravitas as it goes. A fine effort, in some ways a better and more mature story than the earlier two outings. Different narrator, but in practice just as good as the much liked earlier one. Overall a great series.

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Pursuit of the truth

Sam continues to pursue justice and the truth. Enjoyable series. Different narrator but still good.

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