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Harsh

Rego Park, NY, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1293)
    Performance
    (1151)
    Story
    (1155)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sister Mary Kelly says: "Not my favorite book."
    "HB's review of The Lost Wife"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - though the backdrop is a subject dealt with hundreds of times, the structure of the narration in first person singular of the two main characters was very interesting as was the style of narration and the voice modulation signifying the mood & the environment.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Wife?

    I can not pick one as there were many but some that stood out were Lenka's digging her heels on staying with her family and not going with Yosef unless the other 3 members of her family also come despite opposition from everyone.Then there was the resistance through the drawings & paintings - improvising with what was available and passing the skill to the children so that they could tell the world the truth.Gotlieb proposing to Lenka - taking her back and giving her a good complete life.After liberation Lenka going to Lutia's home and the exchange between Alichka & Lenka.


    What about George Guidall and Suzanne Toren ’s performance did you like?

    Just one word Excellent!


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

    Somewhat like that. I finished it pretty quickly.


    Any additional comments?

    The depth, visulization, use of words, describing the moments, feelings, pain, suffering - superbly done.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (3461)
    Performance
    (2893)
    Story
    (2910)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "A good read"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was okay. There were too many plots intertwined and the core plot seemed to get lost. Then it picks up again and then loses steam. There was intrigue more because of the narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Baldacci? Why or why not?

    Yes because I have read his books and he is good.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Initial interaction between the girl & Robie till they settle down. The akwardness and respect for each other and knowing that there is no third person to watch their backs was well performed.


    Could you see The Innocent: A Novel being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No I do not see it as a movie or TV series


    Any additional comments?

    I liked "The Forgotten" better than "The Innocent"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael Gruber
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (80)

    Somewhere in Pakistan, Sonia Laghari and eight fellow members of a symposium on peace are being held captive by armed terrorists. Laghari, a deeply religious woman as well as a Jungian psychologist, has become the de facto leader of the kidnapped group. While her son, Theo, an ex-Delta soldier, uses his military connections to find and free the victims, Sonia Laghari tries to keep them all alive by working her way into the kidnappers’ psyches and interpreting their dreams.

    Mary Shore says: "A very smart thriller, very well read."
    "HB's review of The Good Son"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Some of the characters were expendable and did not really serve any purpose. The plot was good but could have been crisper and faster moving if the redundant portions were edited.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Bit abrupt. It all happened too quickly. No build up. Absolute opposite of the whole book which was a huge build up leading to a specific event.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Neil Shah?

    Yes I will give it another shot as his narration had nothing to do with the minus points of the story or the drag at some places.


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

    I think so because of the abrupt ending and two such volatile individuals coming together raises the question - what next?


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first audio book and the fact that it kept my interest alive was enough to give it a thumbs up.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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