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Aazir

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • 5 ratings
  • 34 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • Crime and Punishment

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (310)

    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!"
    "Great reading and great writing"
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    This book is book written and read superbly. Anthony Heald manages to create a unique voice for every character and really makes it come alive. I only wish that the book was longer.

    I read the Brothers Karamazov before reading this and now I understand why people say to read this first. I really found my appreciation of the former heightened by this work.

    Though I have to say the ending left me a little disappointed, not so much because I felt it was rushed but because it was a (spoiler alert) happy ending.

    I am getting a little tired of reading these greats works of Russian Literature and after all of them have expertly such the trivial nature of life, the characters find love or god and are reborn, or take a moral bath as Tolstoy put it.

    But this may a more personal critique as I have neither of these things.

    Overall I would heartily recommend this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Homage to Catalonia

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (75)

    In 1936, George Orwell went to Spain to report on the civil war and instead joined the P.O.U.M. militia to fight against the Fascists. In this now justly famous account of his experience, he describes both the bleak and the comic aspects of trench warfare on the Aragon front, the Barcelona uprising in May 1937, his nearly fatal wounding just two weeks later, and his escape from Barcelona into France after the P.O.U.M. was suppressed.

    Roger says: "Engaging insight into Orwell's political education"
    "Great narration"
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    The way the book was read I was almost convinced it was Orwell doing it. Fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Albert Camus
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (418)

    Albert Camus' The Stranger is one of the most widely read novels in the world, with millions of copies sold. It stands as perhaps the greatest existentialist tale ever conceived, and is certainly one of the most important and influential books ever produced. Now, for the first time, this revered masterpiece is available as an unabridged audio production.

    S. Allen says: "Classic book, excellent audiobook"
    "Brilliant and haunting reading"
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    The narrator brought the character of Mersault and Camus philosophy to life superbly, his intonation and pronunciation perfectly echoed what I thought the character felt and had me reeling for some days afterwards, thinking if he was indeed right and if nothing really does matter.

    Unlike so many other books of depression and nihilism this one (note spoiler coming) does not have a happy ending. This for me only adds to its greatness.

    Overall I would definitely recommend this book and this narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2015)
    Performance
    (1165)
    Story
    (1158)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "Absolutely Brilliant Reading"
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    This reading is fantastic, Jeremy Irons really uses Nabokov's writing (which is, as always splendid) to its fullest extent and makes you connect to the characters. You can feel his emotion and it is riveting.

    I would recommend this audio book over all others, truly the best I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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