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Amanda

CAPISTRANO BEACH, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Unaccustomed Earth: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Sarita Choudhury, Ajay Naidu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (124)

    From the internationally best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a superbly crafted new work of fiction: eight stories that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand. In the stunning title story, Ruma, a young mother in a new city, is visited by her father, who carefully tends the earth of her garden, where he and his grandson form a special bond. But he's harboring a secret from his daughter, a love affair he's keeping all to himself.

    Eileen says: "Simply Beautiful"
    "Perfection!"
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    Where does Unaccustomed Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is so far, my favorite book I've listened to….EVER!


    What other book might you compare Unaccustomed Earth to and why?

    The Namesake - Short story by same author. Another great!


    Any additional comments?

    You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The White Tiger: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1920)
    Performance
    (762)
    Story
    (757)

    Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life - having nothing but his own wits to help him along. Through Balram's eyes, we see India as we've never seen it before: the cockroaches and the call centers, the prostitutes and the worshippers, the water buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost) impossible, the white tiger.

    With a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected, Balram teaches us that religion doesn't create morality and money doesn't solve every problem.

    Mark P. Furlong says: "Entertaining, thought-provoking, darkly funny"
    "One of my favorite fictional stories"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A book for all. Clever, funny, relatable without being too heavy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The White Tiger?

    Countless, just read it and find your own favorite. I tend to fall deeply for the moments in which the character speaks to my own soul and gives me some kind of self awareness about my own life. Plenty of these moments without without the feeling that it was ever intentional. Love that.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. It took a chapter or two for me to fully digest his accent as horrible as it is to admit but loved that it helped me dig deeper into the character thereafter.


    If you could rename The White Tiger, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't.


    Any additional comments?

    Just try it. It's a quick read, will give you a good laugh here and there and if you want it to, will give you some perspective on your inner "entrepreneur"!

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