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  • Joseph Anton: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor, Salman Rushdie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (174)

    On February 14, 1989, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been "sentenced to death" by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being "against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran". So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of a police protection team.

    Lynn says: "Informative, Timely"
    "Interestingly Long"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Make it shorter by about half. To me, it was necessary to describe every meeting he had during the years he was hiding from his death sentence. It was too much of almost the same things over and over again. A thick book does not make a better book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Salman Rushdie again?

    Possibly. I think he is very gifted with words. I would not listen to anything that had to do with his personal struggle that was going to be described day-by-day and almost minute-by-minute.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure but if I had a favorite part it would have been in the first book.


    Did Joseph Anton inspire you to do anything?

    I was definitely convinced to not write about the Taliban but to learn all that I could about the religious based system that had the power to basically ruin years of his life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Road: Smokey Dalton, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kris Nelscott
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (110)

    Private Investigator Smokey Dalton works for Memphis, Tennessee’s black community. He has almost no interaction with the white hierarchy, even though they exist only blocks away. So he’s surprised the day a white woman walks into his Beale Street office. Laura Hathaway has sought him out because he’s a beneficiary in her mother’s will, and Laura wants to know why. So does Smokey. He’s never heard of the Hathaways, but his search will take him on a journey that will change everything he’s ever known.

    Leslie says: "Smokey Dalton"
    "Enjoyable and informative read."
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    What made the experience of listening to A Dangerous Road the most enjoyable?

    This book covers a time in history that I lived. I enjoyed the experience from the level of a real person.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, but it had enough to it to keep me listening.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many scenes that I can't pick just one out as a favorite. It was a good book.


    If you could take any character from A Dangerous Road out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would be the beautiful young lady who opened up Dalton's world with her appearance. She appears to have courage and insight that I would find interesting to learn more about.


    Any additional comments?

    It looks like the Smoky Dalton story will take a fair amount of time and the purchase of several books if I decide to read the entire thing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    The Tsangpo Gorge in southeastern Tibet has lured explorers and adventurers since its discovery. Sacred to the Buddhists, the inspiration for Shangri La, the Gorge is as steeped in legend and mystery as any spot on earth. As a river-running challenge, the remote Tsangpo is relentlessly unforgiving, more difficult than any stretch of river ever attempted. Its mysteries have withstood a century's worth of determined efforts to explore its length. The finest expedition paddlers on earth have tried.

    Tory says: "Hell or High Water (Unabridged)"
    "Hell in the Winter to Enjoy White Water"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was informative about the one-minded outdoors fanatic who is going to do extreme things like kayak an unpredictably wild river or climb the highest mountain.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the human interactions that were described. There could have been more concerning the challenges on the water but being written by an observer who was not in a kayak even that part was well done.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed most the descriptions of the guys on the water in their kayaks.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I enjoy tasting a book over time rather than gulping in a short burst.


    Any additional comments?

    Peter Heller is a good writer. I will look for other books and they will not need to be an audible book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (958)
    Performance
    (853)
    Story
    (854)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "Very Interesting Dog and Master Survival Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It depends on which ones. My wife is not interested in reading about shooting others to live. It may happen but she refuses to read such stories. However, I have guy friends who are glad that I told them about this book. Almost all of them will read instead of listen to it. It was a reasonably well written story that has lots of adventure and action on a steady basis.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a story about a decent guy who had an extremely tough life because of the drastic events of earlier days and his only true friend just might have been his dog.


    What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

    The reading of the story was done with the right amount of emotion and compassion. I could understand almost every word without high volume.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Dog Stars and why?

    The main man who owned the dog. He was the reason for the story. He was strange at times like sleeping outside every night in Colorado without any shelter. Come on. With all the tools, materials available, and construction that was completed in the book lots of possible options come to mind without being stuck in a standard house.


    Any additional comments?

    I have since listened to another book by this author, "Hell or High Water". I enjoyed this book also but in my opinion The Dog Stars was better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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