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Amal

Single Father, East Indian, Cook, and audiobook lover (due to all the time in my car).

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Fobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David Abrams
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    In the satirical tradition of Catch-22 and M*A*S*H, Fobbit takes us into the chaotic world of Baghdad's Forward Operating Base Triumph. The Forward Operating base, or FOB, is like the back-office of the battlefield - where people eat and sleep, and where a lot of soldiers have what looks suspiciously like an office job. Male and female soldiers are trying to find an empty Porta Potty in which to get acquainted, grunts are playing Xbox, and watching NASCAR between missions....

    Melinda says: "Puts the FU-nny in FUBAR"
    "Mordern Catch-22"
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    This is the Iraq war version of Catch-22, with laughs and connections to current life. I laughed at the idea that even half of this book might be true. While I thought Catch-22 went on and on about the craziness of WWII this book get to the craziness in a funnier way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (285)

    In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".

    Mubarak says: "Excellent Excellent Excellent!"
    "Not sure why everyone loves this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story at its core could have been done faster than the author choose to write it but it goes into great detail about every aspect of these characters' lives and thoughts. The part which frustrated me was the in-depth conversion which the author writes, and drones continuously at some points in the book. There were a couple of times I wanted to stop the audiobook but since I was half way or more I continued, it felt like I chore rather than interesting novel.

    Place it on the "maybe when I'm bore list, I'll read it."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam Johnson
    • Narrated By Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (936)

    Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

    Lisa says: "The most compelling listen I've ever owned"
    "Add this book to Greatest Books Ever Written"
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    This book has a wonderful story to tell but the time and narrative shift adds an element suspense which I didn't see the next turn in the plot. I've read 1984, All Quiet on the Western Front, Lord of Flies, Lolita, War & Peace and numerous others and this book has the right to be considered part of that list.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mohandas (Mahatma) K. Gandhi
    • Narrated By Bill Wallace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (109)

    A holy man to Hindus, a hero to Muslims, and a criminal to the British, Mohandas K. Gandhi was an inspiring figure of the 20th century, a man whose quest to live in accord with God’s highest truth led him to initiate massive campaigns against racism, violence, and colonialism.

    Srinivasa says: "Great book, Good enough narration."
    "The Narrator kills this wonderful book!"
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    I am East Indian and have read this book before, I wanted to reread this book for a long time but simple did not have the time. With my long daily commute this audiobook was the perfect solution, but I was not prepared the terrible job Bill Wallace does with all the Hindi and Sanskrit words. He could not even correctly pronoun city names or basic geography without me cringing, this take away from the life lessons which are shared by Gandhiji. It shame and sad someone better was not picked to read this book.

    Save your money and don't listen to this book, buy the actual book and read it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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