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Pamela

San Antonio, TX, USA

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  • The Twentieth Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Indu Sundaresan
    • Narrated By Sneha Mathan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (179)

    An enchanting historical epic of grand passion and adventure, this debut novel tells the captivating story of one of India's most controversial empresses, a woman whose brilliance and determination trumped myriad obstacles and whose love shaped the course of the Mughal Empire.

    Jersey Girl says: "Great narration, love story & history"
    "Exquisite Exposition"
    Overall

    This is by far the very best book I have ever received through Audible and I almost passed it up because ancient history bores me to tears. The sample lured me in, and I'm glad I took a chance on this little gem. Both the writer and narrator have transformed the history of ancient India into a fictional masterpiece that really appeals to modern readers. This isn't your ordinary read it and enjoy it once kind of book. The entire story is a captivating production of greed, envy, defiance, lust and romance surrounding the larger than life characters. What's more, the amazing narrator delivers an award winning presentation in driving every character to the core of vivid imagination. Definitely a treasure I'll be enjoying again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Rose for the Crown

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Anne Easter Smith
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    In A Rose for the Crown, we meet one of history's alleged villains through the eyes of a captivating new heroine, the woman who was the mother of his illegitimate children, a woman who loved him for who he really was, no matter what the cost to herself.

    Michelle says: "One of the best audiobooks ever"
    "Captivating"
    Overall

    Most English history novels put me to sleep so I was a little apprehensive about taking a chance on this book. Am I glad I followed my whim! I literally fell in love with all the leading characters and the novel has inspired me to look into other medieval dramas. The writer and the narrator are both outstanding and deserving of a standing ovation for this fabulous piece of fact woven fiction. Definitely one of the best 5 novels I've chosen from Audible. Highly recommend for both serious and entertainment readers!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Feast of Roses

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Indu Sundaresan
    • Narrated By Sneha Mathan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (80)

    Despite the rivalry of the imperial harem, which has plotted against her from the beginning, Mehrunnisa soon becomes the most powerful woman in the Mughal Empire. She rules from behind the veil, securing her status by forming a junta of sorts with her father, brother, and stepson and by risking all, even her daughter, to get what she wants. But she never loses the love of the man who has bestowed this power upon her.

    Pamela says: "Gold Medal Finalist"
    "Gold Medal Finalist"
    Overall

    Another magnificent masterpiece created by Indu Sundaresan with outstanding narration that I loved from beginning to end. The writer's creative technique and the narrator's superb presentation brings ancient India to the 21st century for both history buffs and those not so historically inclined. Every character and event is vividly depicted with grand literary performance and dialogue. The Twentieth Wife is a must read in order to grasp the potency and familiarity with all the amazing characters, and unlike most novel sequels, The Feast of the Roses will not disappoint! Sundaresan certainly raised the bar with these outstanding works of sheer enjoyment so its going to be pretty hard for me to find another author that comes close to measuring up!

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Empress Orchid

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Anchee Min
    • Narrated By Alexandra O'Karma
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    Seventeen-year-old Orchid belongs to an aristocratic family that has fallen on hard times. Unexpectedly, she is chosen as one of the emperor's lesser concubines. Within the Forbidden City are thousands of women hoping to bear the emperor a son and become his empress. Orchid, determined and resourceful, schemes her way into the royal bed and seduces the emperor. But as the opium trade erodes the might of the Ch'ing dynasty, Orchid find herself at the center of a crumbling nation.

    Stacey says: "Empress Orchid"
    "Worst Recording Ever"
    Overall

    The previous reviews on this recording are much too polite. This is worst recording I have ever heard, and I can't believe anyone would offer this for public sale. Offensive swallowing is just a fraction of the problem. From beginning to end, the recording sounds like the narrator is struggling to breathe at every sentence and then taking deep inhalations from an oxygen mask every few words. I was even more offended by the narrator's disruptive and endless smacking and struggle for salivation from what sounds like untreated severe dry mouth. It is a constant throughout the recording and so severe that the entire manuscript is ruined.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1262)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (498)

    Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

    Barbara A Danner says: "Disappointing"
    "One of the Best"
    Overall

    This was an excellent listen and perfectly scripted novel into the history of Chinese women's culture. I have read many Asian novels both fiction and non fiction about the evolution of Asian history and tradtions, and this poignant manuscript is by far one of the very best. Both writer and narrator deliver a 5 star performance, and I will definitely be referring many others to read it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bonesetter's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Amy Tan, Joan Chen
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (188)

    Set in contemporary San Francisco and in a Chinese village where Peking Man is being unearthed, The Bonesetter's Daughter is an excavation of the human spirit: the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes. Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, brilliantly presents "storytelling in its oldest and truest form".

    Eileen says: "Exceptionally good"
    "Mediocre"
    Overall

    I have read many Asian inspired novels, and this one hardly measures up to the standard I'm accustomed to receiving. Since Joy Luck Club, I have not been attracted to Amy Tan's writings because they seem to end up the same way...old world meets new world. I thought this one might be different based on the story line, and although I liked a few of the characters, it ended up the same as the others - present day back to the past and back to the present again. The bone collecting portions of the narration are a little confusing at times, and I didn't have the patience with the writer who appears to assume the audience is constantly up to speed on this kind of tradition. Needless to say, the listen didn't keep me captivated enough to want to go back and review some of the puzzling rituals for clarity. There are much better books available for the money.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Teahouse Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ellis Avery
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    The fates of two women, one American, one Japanese, become entwined in this sweeping novel of 19th century Japan on the cusp of radical change and Westernization. The Japanese tea ceremony, steeped in ritual, is at the heart of this story of an American girl adopted by Kyoto's most important tea master and raised as attendant and surrogate younger sister to his privileged daughter, Yukako.

    Pamela says: "Captivating"
    "Captivating"
    Overall

    This is one of those stories that words cannot define. From the literary excellence to the narration, the novel will capture the listener from beginning to end. It taps on all the emotions one would expect from an exceptional masterpiece while embracing the listener in the lives of its fabulous characters. Despite its fiction story line, the writing consistently flows in harmony with Asian history and culture and is written in such a way that gives credibility to the entire novel. Thank you Audible.com for making this outstanding selection available.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13488)
    Performance
    (5892)
    Story
    (5969)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Best Read for 2007"
    Overall

    I am amazed how much I love this book since I was hesitant to invest a lot of time on a fictional novel about circus people. Was I surprised to find this novel was packed full of suspense, drama, mystery, survival and romance. The book is so incredible, I could hardly put it down. I like a well rounded story with all the elements of suspense, drama, action, mystery, romance and believable characters, and this one has it all and lots more. Can't remember the last time I read a book that brought real tears to my eyes. Bravo to the author and the wonderful narrators!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sword and Blossom: A British Officer's Enduring Love for a Japanese Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter Pagnamenta, Momoko Williams
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Arthur Hart-Synnot, a third-generation British officer, was sent to Japan in 1904 to learn the language of Britain's newest ally. Masa Suzuki, a beautiful Japanese woman scorned because of an early divorce, worked at the Tokyo Officers' Club. The two fell immediately in love and conceived a son before Arthur was whisked away by the military during World War I. Though Arthur would only see Masa little, he supported his Japanese family and kept alive the hope that he and Masa could live together blissfully.

    Pamela says: "Monotonous Lackluster"
    "Monotonous Lackluster"
    Overall

    I credit the author with 5 stars for this beautiful manuscript but have to substract 3 for the terrible narration for a sum total of 2 stars. I consider this a generous score considering how badly it was narrated. There was not any fluctuation in vocal pitch or tone even during chapters of war and human suffering. This could have been a masterpiece had it not been presented as a grocery list.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (209)

    John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed facade begin to crack.

    Scott says: "Better than a Grisham novel"
    "Vividly Entertaining"
    Overall

    In this outstanding suspense novel, John Hart captures the audience with a multitude of diverse characters and a twist and turn of events on nearly every page. From beginning to end, narrator David Chandler commands a magnificent performance in his presentation of Hart's brilliantly charming whodunit. Hart's literary style in creating fictional characters to resemble people any reader could easily know gives the plot an added dash of relish. Coupled with a slew of mysterious events, dramatic sequences and a touch of romance,The King of Lies is a recipe in perfect fiction.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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