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nina

Nina

Birmingham AL United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Between the Assassinations: A Novel in Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By Harsh Nayyar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Welcome to Kittur, India. Of its 193,432 residents, only 89 declare themselves to be without religion or caste. And if the characters in Between the Assassinations are any indication, Kittur is an extraordinary crossroads of the brightest minds and the poorest morals, the up-and-coming and the downtrodden, and of an India that modern literature has rarely addressed.

    nina says: "Great Listen, wonderful narrator!"
    "Great Listen, wonderful narrator!"
    Overall

    Enjoyed these thoughtful stories very much, and particularly liked having a narrator with an appropriate accent, very clear to understand and hear, and read extremely well. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in compelling stories.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No One Left to Tell

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Karen Rose
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (178)

    A woman is dead, and her fiancé is serving a life sentence for a murder he didn’t commit. Now PI Paige Holden holds the only piece of evidence that could see him freed, but she cannot take it to the police. With the help of disarming state attorney Grayson Smith, Paige is determined to avenge the murdered woman and set an innocent man free. But Paige has only scratched the surface of a cover-up far deadlier than she could ever imagine.

    Kindle Customer says: "Had me hanging on EVERY second..."
    "Not worth the time and money"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Karen Rose and/or Marguerite Gavin?

    No. The book was repetitive, plot not believable, and characters poorly drawn and treated. Full of cliched ideas, and not well researched on the law issues.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure, maybe a Frederick Forsyth.


    Have you listened to any of Marguerite Gavin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Reader was excellent. I have not listened to her other performances. She just didn't have much to work with on this book. I felt sorry that she had to read so long.


    What character would you cut from No One Left to Tell?

    No idea.


    Any additional comments?

    The author needs a good editor and more research if she is going to deal with law issues.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The White Tiger: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1957)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (791)

    Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life - having nothing but his own wits to help him along. Through Balram's eyes, we see India as we've never seen it before: the cockroaches and the call centers, the prostitutes and the worshippers, the water buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost) impossible, the white tiger.

    With a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected, Balram teaches us that religion doesn't create morality and money doesn't solve every problem.

    Mark P. Furlong says: "Entertaining, thought-provoking, darkly funny"
    "Fantastic to listen to!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The White Tiger the most enjoyable?

    The reader really embodied the story. You felt you were listening to the person talking, and telling this amazing story. The story was compelling.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The protagonist. He was all too real and human.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He really communicated the Indian accent and the feel of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buried Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (1236)
    Performance
    (686)
    Story
    (679)

    Joseph Finder introduced Nick Heller, a “private spy” who finds out things powerful people want to keep hidden, to widespread acclaim from the critics and wild enthusiasm from the readers, in the New York Times best-selling novel Vanished. Now, in Buried Secrets, Nick Heller returns, finding himself in the middle of a life-or-death situation that’s both high-profile and intensely personal.

    Amazon Customer says: "Entertaining and Riveting Listening"
    "Offensive story and descriptions"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have always liked Joseph Finder before but in this book he included offensive and disturbing torture and killing methods that are nothing more than gratuitous violence. In addition, many of the story lines defy reality, and do not make sense in the real world. I had to stop mid book and will not go back to it. I hope he will return to his more realistic and less graphically violent story-telling. Otherwise, I will not read him again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bliss

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By O.Z. Livaneli
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    In rural Turkey, Meryem is raped by her uncle. Outcast for shaming her family, she is expected to kill herself. Her commando cousin instead tells her he will take her to Istanbul. By chance, they meet Irfan, a celebrity professor who has left his wife, and the three embark on a journey that shows what unexpected things can happen in the space between wounded people.

    Kathleen says: "A fascinating journey"
    "Beautiful storytelling set in a fascinating land"
    Overall

    This book kept me spellbound. I have visited Turkey, but this provided more information than I have had before about the multitude of cultures there, and how they live. Really fills in some blanks about the cultures from previous reading. Great discussion book. I don't see more by this author in the audible store--would love to read more. Really liked the reader, BTW!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Terra-Cotta Dog: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (62)

    Montalbano's latest case begins with a mysterious tête à tête with a Mafioso, some inexplicably abandoned loot from a supermarket heist, and some dying words that lead him to an illegal arms cache in a mountain cave. There the inspector finds two young lovers, dead for 50 years and still embracing, watched over by a life-sized terra-cotta dog. Montalbano's passion to solve this old crime takes him on a journey through Sicily's past and into a family's dark heart.

    Lehua says: "It just gets better"
    "VERY AMUSING READ!"
    Overall

    Love the characters and particularly love the reader--he gets the author and the characters! Wonderfully entertaining and fun listen. Recommend to anyone who has a long trip, and guarantee you will want to read more of this author! I did!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Defector

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1033)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (427)

    Six months after the blood-soaked conclusion of Moscow Rules, Allon is in Umbria, trying to resume his honeymoon with his new wife, Chiara, when a colleague pays him a shocking visit. The man who saved Allon's life in Moscow and was then resettled in England has vanished without a trace. British intelligence is sure he was a double agent all along, and they blame Allon for planting him.

    Paul says: "Paul"
    "What a waste of time!"
    Overall

    Won't read Silva again. His characters have become cartoonish, and his plots repetitive and increasingly hackneyed. Descriptions ever more violent and unpleasant. The narrator did his best and was excellent but despite fine narration, the book was not worth the time or effort.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Melting Clock

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In wartime L.A., milk prices are up. Margarine and gas can't be bought. For private eye Toby Peters, shoplifting patrol at the local Ralph's Grocery has been the only steady work. Into this grind of reality comes a hefty, dubiously welcome dose of surrealism, in the person of Salvador Dali, encamped in nearby Beverly Hills. The artful madman, whose professed mission it is to shock the world every 24 hours, has seen his latest publicity stunt go fatally, frighteningly amok.

    nina says: "Wonderful and funny!!"
    "Wonderful and funny!!"
    Overall

    Write some more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Most Wanted Man

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Roger Rees
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    New spies with new loyalties, old spies with old ones; terror as the new mantra; decent people wanting to do good but caught in the moral maze; all the sound, rational reasons for doing the inhuman thing; the recognition that we cannot safely love or pity and remain good "patriots" -- this is the fabric of John le Carré's fiercely compelling and current novel A Most Wanted Man.

    S. Lev-Ami says: "Le Carre's Back!"
    "Another Excellent Le Carre'"
    Overall

    Hope he lives forever. This is the first one I listened to instead of reading and was not sure I would catch the nuances, but enjoyed as much as tho I read it. Very good narrator, too.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tim Weiner
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (2042)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (634)

    This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For the last 60 years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America's confidence.

    Michael says: "Flawed but Important"
    "Outstanding book to listen to; very good narrator"
    Overall

    I liked the book so much I also bought a copy at the bookstore to peruse again. Would recommend (and have recommended) to anyone interested in our recent history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba...and Then Lost It to the Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By T. J. English
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (179)

    Havana Nocturne takes listeners back to Cuba in the years when it was a veritable devil's playground for mob leaders Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano. Thanks to strong ties with the island's brutal dictator, President Batista, the mob soon owned the biggest luxury hotels and casinos and launched an unprecedented tourist boom. But their dreams collided with those of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and others.

    Paul Abbott says: "Not for reactionaries"
    "Excellent story and reader"
    Overall

    For anyone interested in Cuba, this was a fascinating book, taught me much about Cuban culture and history; excellent reader, too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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