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Gohar

I like history, non fiction and fantasy genres. Favorite authors (so far): Robert Jordan, Ken Follett, George Martin, Gregory Roberts, Khaled Hoseini, Ayn Rand

Issaquah, WA | Member Since 2008

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  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8916)
    Performance
    (3525)
    Story
    (3531)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "A new perspective to success"
    Overall

    This book talks about successful people and how everything around them helped them get there. There were a few chapters that were stretched just to make a point. Certain chapters like the first one where the author keeps on talking about hockey players born in January was very slow and boring. but the latter ones with software entrepreneurs was very interesting. Malcolm Gladwell doesn't say anything new here except for the fact that every individual needs to work hard and practice makes perfect. The only difference here is the amount of research the author has gathered is remarkable and many of his facts and researches prove a point. The epilogue chapter was completely unrequired. I gave a 4 rating beacuse of those certain unrequired chapters. Great research and a good book to read once.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Homeland: Phantom Pain

    • UNABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By Glenn Gers
    • Narrated By Damian Lewis
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (421)

    Picking up at the end of Season Two after he has parted from Carrie at the border, Brody relates, in the form of a letter to Carrie, his desperate escape by sea and land as the world's most-hunted fugitive. Guided off the grid by a former CIA analyst and a battle-scarred French mercenary, he stays in the shadows...both physically and emotionally. But wherever he goes and whoever he meets, he cannot stop thinking about Carrie.

    elise says: "Great addition to the series!"
    "Damian Lewis is not an ideal narrator"
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    Even in the show, its hard to understand what he's saying from all the mumbling dialogues. And now he speaks in this audiobook.

    Good content, slow 30 minutes but sounded it will have a good story going forward.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James W. Loewen
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (344)

    This national best seller is an entertaining, informative, and sometimes shocking expose of the way history is taught to American students. Lies My Teacher Told Me won the American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship.

    Timothy says: "Of course he has an agenda. He wrote a book!"
    "This should be called....Everything is Lies"
    Overall
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    Theres a lot of good points the author brings in with his research and "hate". I agree with most of the stuff in this book mostly from the early chapters starting from Columbus to the part in the early 20th century. After that it felt like I'm reading some conspiracy theory.

    Anyways, its a good read for the first half. Other half is just rambling.

    Narrator seems to understand the tone of this book and sounds pissed too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6245)
    Performance
    (2109)
    Story
    (2116)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Information......information....so much of it"
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    If you like to learn things and understand how things work in the areas off cosmology, archaeology, biology, physics, chemistry, geology, then read this. Great stuff. Obviously a lot of names and information that you would ever remember. But some important bits stick and you learn more. This is how books should be where they teach you in a fun way. Bryson's way of moving from one area to other is so seamless that you dont even realize that you moved from cosmology to geology in the same chapter.

    Very well narrated as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (2847)
    Performance
    (2533)
    Story
    (2534)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "As always; excellent perspective on lot of things"
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    Loved reading (or listening to) this book. Malcolm Gladwell does it again with his gladwellian style of juxtaposing things in a different light. Gladwell does a great job of putting the stories in a proper sequence and the book flows nicely. With such boring topics, Gladwell knows how to make things shiny.

    I have read all his books and this and Outliers are one of his best. Go for it. And Gladwell narration is one of the best too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On a Pale Horse: Incarnations of Immortality, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (957)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (462)

    In this, the first novel of the best-selling Incarnations of Immortality series, Piers Anthony combines a deeply moving examination of the meaning of life and death with a gripping story of romance and loyalty, all set in a world of magic and technical wizardry.

    Jake says: "Full Series Review: 5 Stars"
    "lot of religious overtones & un-interesting story"
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    I picked this one from a friend's recommendation and it didnt hold to the standards. I was really excited to follow a series after GoT and WoT. Piers Anthony just dribbles over religious beliefs either sarcastically or not but it took over a good portion of the book. I really really tried to like this one but not for me.

    The narrator on the other hand did a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7142)
    Performance
    (3698)
    Story
    (3745)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Good read for mature audiences"
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    This is not in the same pace as Enders game was. People who loved the first book in this series for its war games and teen rivalries might find this one slow and boring at times. I enjoyed both the books. First one was definitely a fun read and this one has its moments but it starts slow. The author did a great job writing this book in '86 when there was not much of internet fancies we have now. The philosophical part of the book is also way heavier than the first book and one which takes a while to settle. Very interesting read. I wish the names chosen for the lead characters were more nuanced and easy to remember. They are Portuguese names but sometimes even foreign names are easier to remember.

    Narrators did a great job switching between characters. The female narrator was sometimes spoke so low (almost to a whisper) which made it difficult to hear when driving. Overall a good read. I highly recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • New Spring: The Wheel of Time Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (2176)
    Performance
    (1120)
    Story
    (1136)

    For three days battle has raged in the snow around the great city of Tar Valon. In the city, a foretelling of the future is uttered. On the slopes of Dragonmount, the immense mountain that looms over the city, a child is born, an infant prophesied to change the world. That child must be found before he can be killed by the forces of the Shadow.

    Harold says: "Well done!"
    "Nothing great revealed here"
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    I picked this up after the fourth book. I assumed I would get to know more of he backstory but nothing new was revealed that you wouldn't have guessed. I do notthink this book should be read before the first. It could be kept for later in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19874)
    Performance
    (11477)
    Story
    (11592)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "I wish I read it when I was younger"
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    This book had its grip on me from first chapter till the end. Very well written and narrated. This series has all the facets of a good book. I'm reading speaker for the dead and it has not disappointed after an epic first book. I would highly recommend this book for young adults.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Rising: Book Four of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4720)
    Performance
    (2526)
    Story
    (2555)

    The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out in The Shadow Rising, book four of the Wheel of Time, as The Shadow is rising to cover humankind. In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve. Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn.

    Mica says: "The BEST of the Wheel of Time"
    "Story keeps repeating...."
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    Jordan seems to have been stuck on the same storyline. He repeats himself over and over again with similar plots from his previous books. Just to reveal one major thing in the plot, he creates the same scenarios since his first book. It was great in the first three but now it felt like he has nothing else better. Main characters squabbling like little kids. Gender fights and page long description of dresses and hair. Characters meet and then go on different paths in different combinations (just to create new stories). Rand finds newer ways to be dragon reborn. They defeat the black Ajas or dark lords and it starts all over again.

    All said, I would still continue reading the series aftere a small hiatus just to make it exciting when I picks it up again. But for now, done with the repetition. Narrators are awesome and consistent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Reborn: Book Three of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5039)
    Performance
    (2737)
    Story
    (2777)

    The Wheel of Time returns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Tyson says: "An outstanding novel in the Wheel of Time series!!"
    "Not as great as Great Hunt and slow"
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    This one was short and slow. I guess consequences of the Great Hunt caused the slow start and ramping on to a new quest took half the book. Egwen, Elaine and Nayneve get a lot of facetime in this book and hardly any Rand. Perrin and Matt have started to become one of my favorites.

    The narrators are really holding on to the characters from one book to another. They have been consistent with every character unlike other series where narrators adapt different voices over few books. I'm also glad they will be narrating until AMoL.

    I wished I would have read Jordan's WoT when I was a kid. But its never too late and I know what to recommend my kid. Great series to keep listening and if you love it, there are 14 books. So enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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