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BKK

Marietta, GA USA | Member Since 2005

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  • 6 reviews
  • 85 ratings
  • 214 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • The Palace of Illusions

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    • Narrated By Sneha Mathan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    The novel traces the princess Panchaali's life, beginning with her birth in fire and following her spirited balancing act as a woman with five husbands who have been cheated out of their father's kingdom. Panchaali is swept into their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war involving all the important kings of India.

    Richard says: "timeless story"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall

    I have read Mahabharata from several authors and every time I listen to the story some new thought always occur. I am very picky about authors who re-write what Vyasa has written. I downloaded this book due to my wife's insist and I am not at all disappointed.
    The great epic has been told from Panchali's view point and the reader has done an excellent job.
    I will recommend this book for anybody who are interested in religious mythologies and Mahabaratha itself is a very thought provoking story and this book will introduce you to that.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4256)
    Performance
    (2563)
    Story
    (2603)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Need sttict editing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Peter F. Hamilton and/or John Lee?

    May be


    Any additional comments?

    I found Pandora's Star far too long and in dire need of some stricter editing. There are too many characters and some of these characters and sub plots do not add anything to the main story. Even the important parts could have been tightened considerably, with many paragraphs of needless detail just getting in the way and making it a labourious read. I think the story could have been told in half the number of pages than what is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1276)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (740)

    When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it, and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.

    Alison says: "David Weber always good"
    "Lousy Listen"
    Overall

    This was my first David Webber book and certainly will be last. The story is nothing but some Mix of Church Politics with history of Industrial Revolution with Some military strategies during world wars. All of these can be found on the net with little googling. Since this happens in the future in some other planet this has been classified as Sci-fi. Spare your credit or money. As some of the other reviewers are guessing, if there are any future parts to this book you don't need to look further just keep track of current news and thats what will be story of the future parts.
    Very bad, Would not recommand to anybody. The only okay part of this listen is the reader even though he is not as good as George Guidall or Jim Dale, has tried to keep some pace to this boring listen.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Castle in the Forest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Norman Mailer
    • Narrated By Harris Yulin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    In his first major work of fiction in more than a decade, Norman Mailer offers what may be his consummate literary endeavor: he has set out to explore the evil of Adolf Hitler. The narrator, a mysterious SS man who is later revealed to be an exceptional presence, takes the young Adolf from birth through his adolescence. En route, reavealing portraits are offered of Hitler's father and mother, sisters, and brothers.

    Peter Mangiaracina says: "Compelling"
    "Great one"
    Overall

    This is one of the book you would like if you have read Mailer's other books like The Naked And The Dead, The Armies of The Night, The Executioner's Song, Miami and the Siege of Chicago, Advertisements For Myself and etc.

    Taking a cue from CS Lewis, a Devil who works for Satan narrates the early days of the Hitler. A lot is told about Alois' Hitler and his background.

    This book is a mixture brilliance, excitement and sometimes dullness. I consider this book a great listen.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    When Dr. Craig Bowman is served with a summons for medical malpractice, he's shocked, enraged, and more than a little humiliated. A devoted physician who works continuously in the service of others, he endured grueling years of training and is now a partner in an exclusive concierge medical practice. No longer forced to see more and more patients while spending less and less time with each one just to keep his office door open, he now provides the kind of medical care he is trained to do.

    Linda says: "I should have read the reviews"
    "Dont waste time and money"
    Overall

    This was not up to the par of his previous novels. Don;t waste your time and money(credit).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Testament

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1564)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (636)

    Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

    Richard says: "Best Grisham Ever"
    "Save your money"
    Overall

    This was not John Grisham novel. Some christian missionary might have written this novel. There are characters that dont make sense in the plot. The Plot is very lame and anybody can guess the outcome. Charcters are not stong at all. This is the lousiest Grisham's book I bought. Save your money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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