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Julia

Staten Island, NY, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Bhagavad Gita

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Phoenix Books, Barbara Stoler-Miller (translator)
    • Narrated By Jacob Needleman
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    The search for higher truth must be conducted in the midst of the forces of life, with all its demands and seductions. So teaches The Bhagavad Gita, an ancient text that has been called the quintessence of the spirituality of India. In it, the great warrior Arjuna contemplates the meaning of life, just moments before entering the battlefield. "Why do I exist? Why should I fight against my loved ones? And where shall I go after I die?" he asks himself in search for knowledge of the Absolute.

    Claudia Crowley says: "Hot stuff!!"
    "A book that changes your life"
    Overall

    This is a book that changes your entire orientation to living. It is beautiful, profound, and inspiring. I have read the translation that Gandhi wrote while in prison, but it is wonderful to hear this version read time and time again. It is humbling and fulfilling all at once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • River of Smoke

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated By Sanjiv Jhaveri
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    The Ibis, loaded to its gunwales with a cargo of indentured servants, is in the grip of a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal; among the dozens flailing for survival are Neel, the pampered raja who has been convicted of embezzlement; Paulette, the French orphan masquerading as a deck-hand; and Deeti, the widowed poppy grower fleeing her homeland with her lover, Kalua. The storm also threatens the clipper ship Anahita, groaning with the largest consignment of opium ever to leave India for Canton.

    Jana says: "Review of Part 2 of the Ibis Trilogy"
    "History, adventure, pathos."
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    Would you listen to River of Smoke again? Why?

    Yes, because I love the narration, I am looking at all of the books that are performed by this narrator. I loved the characters, so many interesting character studies, I loved the history and the subject.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of River of Smoke?

    Hard to pick one, images of Canton in this time period, the flower boats, the description of an opium high.


    Have you listened to any of Sanjiv Jhaveri’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I am definitely going to in future!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A romance with opium, flowers and human frailty


    Any additional comments?

    How does this narrator master so many accents and voices? He is incredible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Marti Olsen Laney, PsyD
    • Narrated By Tamara Marston
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (264)

    The Introvert Advantage dispels common myths about introverts - they’re not necessarily shy, aloof, or antisocial - and explains how they are hardwired from birth to focus inward, so outside stimulation such as chitchat, phone calls, parties, or office meetings can easily become "too much". Most importantly, it thoroughly refutes many introverts’ belief that something is wrong with them. Instead, it helps them recognize their inner strengths - their analytical skills, ability to think outside the box, and strong powers of concentration.

    Jared says: "Enlightening"
    "Very Illuminating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend it. It helped me understand and feel much better about many aspects of myself and my daughter and husband, all "innies". Helped to give me patience and not feel so worried.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lots of practical observations that resonate with my everyday life


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes it did, I just found the narrator's voice a little bit too polished and monotone. But that is probably the innie in me thinking it could have been better.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not possible, its too long.


    Any additional comments?

    A really important read for those who want to have better self understanding and better understanding of their children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Filled with unforgettable characters, rich in history and social realism, Anna Karenina is a masterpiece of world literature, a story that fires the imagination and touches the heart.

    Anthony says: "horrible audio-terrible abridgment"
    "not so excited about the narrator"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    definitely time well spent, its a classic and everyone should listen to it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Anna Karenina?

    all of it, its a tremendous tour de force


    What three words best describe Alfred Molina’s performance?

    A bit tedious to listen to. A little monochromatic


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Woman: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (299)

    In an African convent, four nuns and an unidentified fifth woman are brutally murdered, and the death of the unknown woman is covered up by the local police. A year later in Sweden, Inspector Kurt Wallander is baffled and appalled by two strange murders with an elusive connection to the fifth woman.

    Rebecca says: "A new Henning Mankell fan is born"
    "Great listen, despite the narration"
    Overall

    This was my first Mankell mystery and I completely enjoyed it. I love the characters, particularly the hero detective. The narration is deadpan but you quickly stop paying attention to it as you are eager to hear what happens next. Nice integration of a bit of social commentary and a perspective about contemporary politics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sidetracked: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (205)

    While tracking a demented serial killer, Detective Kurt Wallander is beset with obstacles: a department distracted by the threat of cutbacks and the frivolity of World Cup soccer, a tenuous relationship with a widow, and an unshakably haunting preoccupation with a girl who set herself on fire.

    Rebecca says: "Gripped again..."
    "Fun to listen to and pretty gripping!"
    Overall

    This is my third Mankell mystery and I have to confess that I am pretty much addicted. Sure, some things don't make sense in the end and you have to suspend disbelief here and there, but even so, you can't stop listening and I sat in my car more that once not wanting to turn off the story and get out, I just had to find out what happened next! I love the brooding self-reflective characters and its obvious that Steig Larson is a knock off of Mankell only more gruesome. Dick Hill has a rather monotone voice and it can be a little weird in the begining, but after a bit you don't react to it. I just downloaded my next Mankell mystery, I want to hear more!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ramayana

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sage Seer (retold by William Buck)
    • Narrated By Ram Dass
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    Master Yoda says: "Great narration of a timeless epic"
    "A lot of fun for an important classic"
    Overall

    This was a fun reading to listen to. The story is so wonderful and the characters are so important in Hindu religous life. What makes this reading fun is the quirky voice of Ram Das, and also just hearing Ram Das conjures up images of a kind of flipped out, off the grid lifestyle that I couldn't entirely separate that from the text itself. I ended up liking that, so if you want that kind of Hindu/American psychadelic juxtaposition, its a good listen for you.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Enlightenment

    • ABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Shinzen Young
    • Narrated By Shinzen Young
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    Demystify mysticism and learn techniques to move yourself beyond emotional and intellectual blocks into a realm of clear insight and inner peace. In this complete curriculum for self-investigation Shinzen Young - one of America's foremost meditation teachers - covers traditional teachings, scientific insights, and practical instruction to show you exactly how enlightenment works, and how to begin your own journey to inner liberation. Topics include concentration, awareness, and merging techniques to explore the self and the world around you, how spiritual practices work in Buddhism, Christianity, Jewish mysticism, Sufism, Hinduism, shamanism, and many other mystical traditions, as well as 6 complete guided meditation sessions and a host of insights on how to choose and establish your own meditation practice.

    Emese says: "Great Book"
    "Just outstanding!"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful, learned talk about Buddhism, life, just about everything in the universe, that goes on seemingly forever! Others may differ, but I love Shinzen Youngs voice, its quirky, southern California and so warm and accessible. This is the second time I have listened to this set of lectures, the first on CD, and I love it even more!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Delta Of Venus

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Anais Nin
    • Narrated By Ingrid Pitt
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    Anais Nin is undoubtedly a great writer. In Delta of Venus she welcomes us into a world of new experiences where she demands that 'sex be mixed with tears, laughter, promises....new faces, dancing and wine.' This ground breaking collection of stories explores aspects of female sexuality long unexposed until Anais opened what she herself was to call 'that Pandora's box.' It is brave, fearless and compelling.

    Benoibe says: "Anais Nin, mother of female erotic expression."
    "Wow!"
    Overall

    What an earful! The narrator's whispery, filmy voice, her fab accent, the dizzying content, its all just a big sugary earful! Anyone who fancies themselves having lived a previous life as a film noir star, or as a courtesan, or some sort of glam girl, will loooooove this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of War: The Art of Strategy

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Alec Sand
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    A work of subtlety and paradox that shows the way to a clean and aesthetic triumph. Sun Tzu insisted that a skilled warrior observes, calculates, outwits, and outmaneuvers an adversary, and in doing so averts the destruction of battle.

    Jeff says: "A Must Read"
    "How could I have failed to read this before?"
    Overall

    I am still trying to understand how I managed to live through the better part of my life, study philosophy as an undergrad, and yet failed to read this book. It's the ultimate guide to strategically managing your entire life, your role as an emperor, you name it. Words cannot describe. The narrator is pretty good, and doesn't distract from the content.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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