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Berkeley, CA, USA | Member Since 2002

  • 5 reviews
  • 75 ratings
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  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • Suite Francaise: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Irene Nemirovsky
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes, Barbara Rosenblat

    Irene Nemirovsky was arrested soon after completing the second part of Suite Francaise. Ten days later, on August 17, 1942, she died of typhus in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Her husband, Michel, perished in a gas chamber on November 6. Their daughters, Denise and Elizabeth, survived, hidden in safe houses and convents, carrying a suitcase packed with clothes, photographs, and their mother's manuscript written in tiny letters to save paper.

    Robert says: "The best book I've read all year"
    "A masterpiece"

    One of the most moving, brilliantly observed and beautifully written books about war, fear and the irrepressible human impulses that emerge under these conditions that I have ever read. Nemirovsky had remarkable insight, understanding and sympathy for people as well as a capacity for observing the beauty of the everyday and ordinary. We are so fortunate that her books did not perish.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Shalimar the Clown

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Aasif Mandvi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Maximilian Ophuls is murdered outside his daughter's home by his Kashmiri Muslim driver, it appears to be a political killing. Ophuls is the former U.S. ambassador to India and America's leading figure in counter-terrorism. But there is much more to Ophuls and his assassin, a mysterious man calling himself "Shalimar the Clown", than meets the eye. One woman is at the center of their shared history, a history of betrayal and deception.

    Barry says: "Incredible"

    I can't think of a better way to spend money than to buy this book--it is masterful, intelligent and provides considerable insight into culture and the development of terrorism, extremism and civil strife. As always, Rushdie is entertaining and understanding in matters of the human heart.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Fire: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Shirley Hazzard
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman

    This mesmerizing, poetic novel won the 2003 National Book Award for fiction and has earned universal acclaim. Set against the beautiful but tragic landscape of post-World War II Asia, The Great Fire tells a sweeping tale of the search for new beginnings in a world ravaged by tragedy.

    Margarita says: "Always found something else to do"
    "what war does"

    How does one recover from the horrors of war and cope with the sense of loss and change both in oneself, in others and in the world in the aftermath is the difficult theme that this book tackles so well. It's a challenging book emotionally and an extraordinary chronicle of the social changes that the war had especially for England--the loss of the empire and the breakdown of the class system. But it's also a book about people and the various ways in which some suceeded and some failed in trying to get back to their lives. It's beautifully written--has the feeling of being from another era and yet it's not too hard to see that it speaks to the present as well. Patience is rewarded with this one.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Family Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Rohinton Mistry
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the author of the highly acclaimed A Fine Balance, comes a brilliantly evocative novel that confirms Mistry's reputation as one of the finest writers of our time. "As close to perfect as a novel can get," raves Booklist.

    JOHN says: "More greatness from Rohinton Mistry"
    "A special listening experiece."

    The characters are richly and vividly described. Universal themes of old age, dying, regret and family conflict are handled in a moving and convinicing way. Set in the simmering cauldron that is India--the story of this middle-class familiy's up's and down's nevertheless feels very close to home. The reader is exceptional and brings each character to life. Ths is a book that stays with you for a long time. Hope Audible brings us more books of this caliber.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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