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alanterra

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  • 52 titles in library
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  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1237)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (520)

    This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

    John says: "Riveting... Sobering... Chilling..."
    "Not promising"
    Overall

    My wife and I put this on at the beginning of a long trip, and could only get thru the introduction. The writing was very repetitious, and felt like he had sat in front of his typewriter (computer) and just bashed out words until he met his quota.

    The New York Times lists this as one of the best books of 2006, but after listening to the introduction, we couldn't find the energy to find out.

    1 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2179)
    Performance
    (1316)
    Story
    (1312)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "It doesn't get better than this"
    Overall

    Jeremy Irons, Vladimir Nabokov, and darling Lo--how can you go wrong? Listen, concentrate, imagine, enjoy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Charles Dickens

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jane Smiley
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Of Charles Dickens, Jane Smiley says that "his novels shaped his life as much as his life shaped his novels". Smiley's Charles Dickens is at once a sensitive profile of the great master and a fascinating meditation on the writing life. Smiley evokes Dickens as he might have seemed to his contemporaries: convivial, astute, boundlessly energetic, and lionized.

    D. Littman says: "Outstanding book, deserves 6 stars, not 5"
    "A writer examined by a writer"
    Overall

    A fascinating look at the life of Charles Dickens from another writer who asks: How did he create his career? How did he choose what to work on?

    According to the reviews, this biography is shorter than others, which makes it perfect for an audiobook. It is just right for a trip from Oakland to San Diego, or a few weeks' commuting, and you come away with deep insight into a fun and famous author.

    'Most everything I've read by Jane Smiley I have loved, and this is among her better books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shalimar the Clown

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Aasif Mandvi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (105)

    When Maximilian Ophuls is murdered outside his daughter's home by his Kashmiri Muslim driver, it appears to be a political killing. Ophuls is the former U.S. ambassador to India and America's leading figure in counter-terrorism. But there is much more to Ophuls and his assassin, a mysterious man calling himself "Shalimar the Clown", than meets the eye. One woman is at the center of their shared history, a history of betrayal and deception.

    Barry says: "Incredible"
    "Wonderfully presented"
    Overall

    The narrator is perfect. Great rhythm, deep knowledge of the words in their context, for a very powerful book. This is one of the books that is better heard than read, because of the large number of unusual and foreign words

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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