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Tarmo Tali

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  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5048)
    Performance
    (1282)
    Story
    (1282)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Neither fiction nor documentary"
    Overall

    I was hopeful then I started A Thousand Splendid Suns as I liked Kite Runner a lot. And start was indeed promising, and then suddenly full story fell apart. It was mix of different stories, mixed with dates and historical events, spiced with tragedies ... and I could not care less.

    I do believe that described things could happen, it's plausible that such characters could have lived in Afghanistan. I understand the horror of this but it didn't touch my feelings. Unlike in the Kite Runner there was no story to captivate your mind and keep you thinking.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Blind Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Margot Dionne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (787)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (237)

    With The Blind Assassin, Atwood proves once again that she is one of the most talented, daring, and exciting writers of the time. Like The Handmaid's Tale, this Book Prize-winner is destined to become a classic.

    Sarah says: "The Best!"
    "Good book, but very bad sound quality"
    Overall

    It's wonderful book and very well read, although terribly bad sound quality. First hour or so is specially bad, it gets a bit better later. It's very well written story with interesting structure and thought-provoking characters but it really deserves better quality copy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen Moons

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (233)

    This magnificent novel by one of America's finest writers is the epic of one man's remarkable journey, set in 19th-century America against the background of a vanishing people and a rich way of life. At the age of 12, under the Wind Moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and a map, and sent alone into the Indian Nation to run a trading post as a bound boy. It is during this time that he grows into a man, learning, as he does, of the raw power it takes to create a life, to find a home.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating, great epic tale"
    "Amazing storytelling"
    Overall

    If you care about good storytelling grab this book right now as there is nothing better out there. It's amazingly good storytelling, with wonderful bitter-sweet story in entirely enjoyable language with few pinch of good humor here and there.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael Cunningham
    • Narrated By Michael Cunningham
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    The Hours is the story of three women: Clarissa Vaughan, Laura Brown, and Virginia Woolf. By the end of the novel, the stories intertwine in remarkable ways, and finally come together in an act of subtle and haunting grace.

    Steve says: "Very literary, intentionally slight plot"
    "I was unable to follow it"
    Overall

    Maybe some books just can not be made into audiobooks? I tried to start it few times just to find that I could not follow narration. I have one hour rule - if book can not attract me in one hour I will not try to listen it more. In this book I could not care less about what's going on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3029)
    Performance
    (1006)
    Story
    (1023)

    Lyra and Will, the two ordinary children whose extraordinary adventures begin in The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife, are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone.

    Anita says: "an exceptional story that's had bad press"
    "More of the same"
    Overall

    I found Golden Compass to be very fresh and interesting writing. It got a bit boring in Subtle Knife, although still bearable. I could not manage to find energy to listen for the second part of The Amber Spyglass. The story kept spreading far and wide and countless new characters, monsters, worlds and magic items kept popping up, whilst very little space for story and characters were left. If you enjoy authors flow of fantasy there is plenty of it. If you want to know who are Will and Lyra, what they think and feel and how they change, there is very little to look for.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1137)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (612)

    Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

    Chris says: "Bleak but Fascinating"
    "Made it into my favourite book list"
    Overall

    I used to read quite a lot and now I listen audio books quite a lot. I have my own very tight favorite books list "Master and Margarita" and "One Hundred Years of Solitude". These are books that are very close to cover large part of magic called life. This book made it into the list - it's terribly complex book and not easy to read. Under the cover of extreme violence and morbid landscapes it opens much deeper core.

    I have to admit, I put it aside once as I just could not read on, I could not let it go either. So after few weeks I picked it up and listened on. Once finished I started it immediately again, something I rarely do on books.

    It's real masterpiece, although a bit hard to access first.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Xenocide

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others
    Overall
    (4616)
    Performance
    (2481)
    Story
    (2507)

    Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

    David says: "full of passion"
    "Mr."
    Overall

    While "Ender's game" was excellent reading and "Speakr for the Dead" was still fairly good one Xenoside falls apart quickly. This book makes it hands down to top 10 of most boring books I have ever read/listened. I think I am now scared away from Orson Scott Card for good. Stick to first 2 books and unless you find something charming of his style don't bother with rest of it.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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