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Paul

Providence, RI, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Shalimar the Clown

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Aasif Mandvi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (90)

    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"
    "A Driveway Moment"
    Overall

    The thing grabbed me and would not let go. It may sound trite, but "gripping" is the word that comes to mind most forcefully. I found myself making up excuses to go on errands, so that I could listen to it while driving. I know that is not legal everywhere, but it was worth the risk. When I neared the end I had to park in a driveway for some time and finish listening. Rushdie never let up. Five minutes before the end I was still being surprised and astonished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Fukuda
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (133)

    Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them. Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules.

    Michelle says: "This had me on my toes from start to finish."
    "Derivative, predictable and illogical."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Andrew Fukuda and/or Sean Runnette?

    Sean, yes.


    Do you think The Hunt needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Oh God no. All the while I am listening I am thinking "The Hunger Games...". The plot and characters are so much like Collins' that I want to scream. Her book didn't warrant sequels. A predictable novel derived from one equally predictable, even less so.


    Any additional comments?

    Even after granting the premiss, a necessity when reading speculative fiction, I am severely distracted by the notion that there is no way it could work. The heapers keeping their identities secret over lifetimes, when a minor cut, five o'clock shadow, or stinky underarms could give them away? Please. That said, Fuduka's writerly skills are good enough that I haven't given up on it yet.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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