Audio Review | The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Posted April 4, 2017 by Tina in Reviews / 1 Comment

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Audio Review | The Golden Son by  Shilpi Somaya GowdaThe Golden Son: A Novel by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Narrator: Sunil Malhotra
Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
Published by HarperAvenue on October 20th 2015
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 352
Format: Audiobook

The first of his family to go to college, Anil Patel, the golden son, carries the weight of tradition and his family’s expectations when he leaves his tiny Indian village to begin a medical residency in Dallas, Texas, at one of the busiest and most competitive hospitals in America. When his father dies, Anil becomes the de facto head of the Patel household and inherits the mantle of arbiter for all of the village’s disputes. But he is uneasy with the custom, uncertain that he has the wisdom and courage demonstrated by his father and grandfather. His doubts are compounded by the difficulties he discovers in adjusting to a new culture and a new job, challenges that will shake his confidence in himself and his abilities.
Back home in India, Anil’s closest childhood friend, Leena, struggles to adapt to her demanding new husband and relatives. Arranged by her parents, the marriage shatters Leena’s romantic hopes and eventually forces her to make a desperate choice that will hold drastic repercussions for herself and her family. Though Anil and Leena struggle to come to terms with their identities thousands of miles apart, their lives eventually intersect once more—changing them both and the people they love forever.

The Golden Son was the February book of the month selected by Gerri from Corralling Books.

After finishing this book, I have to say that this book should come with a glass of wine or anxiety pills. I had to step away from this book several times because it would give me really bad anxiety. It was just one bad thing after another after another and boy I couldn’t take it sometimes. It even gave me nightmares. I wish I could tell you I’m being a drama queen but I really did have nightmares because of this book.

I will say that the Indian culture that was mentioned throughout the book was beautiful. I wish the author had included more of the culture because I felt like I was learning so much about it.

I thought that the writing was disjointed. Sometimes it flowed really well and other times it felt like sentences were missing. It mostly felt like I was listening to a soap opera (a really good drama that I would definitely binge watch).

The narrator for The Golden Son was a little hard to get use to. I had to listen to the first part at least two or three times because of his voice. After the first couple tries of the audiobook, I finally got use to the narrator and I really enjoyed the story and his voice.

Anil was our main character and it was hard to like him at first but eventually he grew on me. Leena was another main character and I kind of wish the story was only about her because I really cared about her. I think she deserves her own book because I wanted more of her story.

Overall, I enjoyed the story but I also didn’t love it. I would definitely read another book by Gowda.

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