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Pankaj

Jersey City, NJ, USA

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  • The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By John Lescault
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    One of the most extraordinary achievements in world literary history. Too good to be relegated to the dustbin of high-school required reading, the first of Homer's epic poems tells of the counsel of Nestor, Achilles' slaying of Hector, and the defeat of the Trojans by the Greeks. (Translated by Samuel Butler.)

    James M says: "Illiad at three or four times the price worth it?"
    "Great Listening! Very Interesting"
    Overall

    I liked this book. Its a very interesting reading. It gives a feel about the ancient Greek culture and is a fun book to listen to. The translation is excellent and so is the reading. It does get a bit boring in between and for some reason I felt that the end was not totally appropriate. I mean what happened to the war ultimately?

    But nevertheless it is a good book and very interesting. I like mythology and stuff like that. So buy it if such topics interest you. I liked it so much that I am considering buying the Odysseus.

    Definately worth it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Andrew MacMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9701)
    Performance
    (4381)
    Story
    (4365)

    You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

    Ralph says: "This is well worth listening too! Main points are."
    "Alright Book"
    Overall

    I found this book to be Alright. While the techniques told by the author are all very good and effective, the examples used by the author lacked subtlety and sophistication. I'm not sure that praising someone's hair outright would make it an instant win over his heart (we are not talking of a girl-guy thing here).

    Good book though as the basic premise of this book - how to win friends and influence people, is amply solved by author. He offers sound practical techniques with plenty of examples.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (871)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (133)

    When scholars write the history of the world 20 years from now, and they come to the chapter "Y2K to March 2004", what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing?

    Patrick says: "Facinating, Scary and Repetitive"
    "An Inspiring, Truely Democratic Book"
    Overall

    I must congratulate Mr. Friedman for writing this excellent book about the flattening of the world. He discusses in detail the characteristics of todays technology and how it crosses the physical barriers and makes the world flat. Mr. Friedman is truely democratic citizen of this world - not just America. He is one of those individuals who are brimming with energy and enthusiasm about the future of our world and growing friendly relations between countries because of the integration of their economic systemsw a result of global supply chains and multi-nationals.

    While this book will serve to help you prepare better for the future and be a highly valued individual of the society of tomorrow, this book is also a source of inspiration for all the peoples of this world. Good Job Mr. Friedman! I look forward to your future writings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Thomas L. Friedman is the foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times and an extensive world traveler. Offering up an engrossing look at international systems, Friedman deftly explains the current trends toward globalization that are radically changing our world. With a first-class narration by George Wilson, this book is an engaging and highly informative listening experience.

    Virginia says: "Thought-provoking but worrisome"
    "Not a sleep-pill. Good talk, Good observations"
    Overall

    This is a good book. Slightly outdated compared to the newer book "The World is Flat" by the same author. It would be good to read both the books because I think they supplement each other.

    This book is good although the talk is more from observation than really experiencing it. But it is observation at its best. Good and correct points made by the author give this book true practical value.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Winning

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jack Welch, Suzy Welch
    • Narrated By Jack Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (190)

    Jack Welch knows how to win. During his 40-year career at General Electric, he led the company to year-after-year success around the globe, in multiple markets, against brutal competition. His honest, be-the-best style of management became the gold standard in business, with his relentless focus on people, teamwork, and profits.

    A User says: "Jack's Alltime-Best"
    "Good book for the working professional"
    Overall

    Practical advice. Good book from some one who is not talking from observation alone but also experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tracy Kidder
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (787)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (224)

    Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Kidder tells the true story of a socially conscious genius who uses his intellectual and personal gifts to solve global health problems.

    MikeInOhio says: "A Great Book"
    "A good book"
    Overall

    It is a good book in general. It brings out the challenges involved in making any substantial changes to any large society/community. It brings out the efforts involved, and the kind of sufferings that poor people face in many parts of the world. It does not talk about all the sufferings that poor face, or all the poor societies but it does talk about the medical conditions in many developing countries.
    So this book is useful in two ways. First, the challenges involved in changing. Second, an insight into poorer societies' medical conditions. The state of affairs in such societies are really what they are even today in many developing counties. I being from one, know that to be true.
    I believe that many people can help, just like farmer did (the main character in the book). If not on a very big level, there are smaller, much easier levels on which people can help other people. There are thousands that die every day of hunger! Can you believe that? Have you been hungry one full day and seen how it is?


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Gulag Archipelago: Volume I Section I: The Prison Industry, Perpetual Motion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    In this masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn has orchestrated thousands of incidents and individual histories into one narrative of unflagging power and momentum. He combines history, autobiography, documentary and political analysis as it examines in its totality the Soviet apparatus of repression from its inception following the October Revolution of 1917. Hear other volumes from The Gulag Archipelago

    Gene says: "Listening to the Gulag A. in Moscow"
    "Not worth it"
    Overall

    I didnt enjoy this book at all. It is too much into the exact historical details and stuff like that. Unless you are researching into this particular subject, this book is probably not suitable for a general reading. It does talk about the miseries of the prisoners, but it concerns too much about the historical details. I would be more interested in an overview of the scale of such conditions, and the motives, the effects (sufferings), etc. The content seemed to lack the ability to drag the listener into the heart of the matter.
    However, the book is more credible that any other books written on such subjects. It is based on actual events etc. and the author should be given due credit for it.

    2 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10627)
    Performance
    (5861)
    Story
    (5904)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "utterly boring. left a disgusting taste in me"
    Overall

    Utterly boring, amateurish writing with no sophistication, no subtlety... nothing but useless crap! how disgusted I am... just 1 hr left (I hope)...
    looks artificially stretched.. utterly superficial at times.. kiddish content! how can all u people read it! are all popular books like thiS?

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (2602)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (348)

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "boring"
    Overall

    I didn't enjoy this book. I wont say much, other than that, to me, it seems that to lack any objective whatsoever. I could use my time studying something more useful.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7877)
    Performance
    (3049)
    Story
    (3106)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Easy Weekend listening"
    Overall

    This is a nice book - if you put away your critiques and simply decide to listen away a story (may I call it a folk tale). Don't expect any scholarly stuff here, just the enjoyment of a fun tale (a bit twisted and elongated). It was a fun reading.
    It was very disheartening to realize that this book is not the complete story. It is left half dangling in between. It would be very nice of Audible.com to indicated by naming it Book 1 or something. At the end you are left without a completed story and just a minor closure. That was very bad. How am I supposed to know that this book does not conclude the story.
    But nevertheless, I did enjoy the listening. It wasn't bad. I wish they have the second book (or what ever completes the story) out too. Not a masterpiece. A trifle rather.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1746)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (761)

    With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

    Steven Petersen says: "My favorite audio book"
    "Amusing but insightful book"
    Overall

    I found this book an amusing but an insightful account of the adventures and lives of Mr Feynman. Mr Feynman, a nobel prize winner physicist, amuses the reader through out the book. However, deeper than the superficial fun and adventures, is an intellectual fun loving man who encourages thinking and understanding. Somehow and for some reason, I appreciate such people who think in life. Mr Feynman is one of them. His book shows how simple thinking enhances the flavour of our lives and how everyone should make some efforts to think in life. Think about what? Thats upto you to think out ;)

    A fun book for the scientific mind. Might be a fun listening for everyone (mostly) I believe.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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