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Ramachandra

Kuwait, Kuwait | Member Since 2005

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  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6828)
    Performance
    (2131)
    Story
    (2150)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "a well told story"
    Overall

    An excellent story, very vividly written and well narrated. I enjoyed it very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3687)
    Performance
    (3286)
    Story
    (3297)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "A very good book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Ghost in the Wires again? Why?

    Yes. Avery interesting and informative book


    What did you like best about this story?

    The simple techniques used by Mitnick for


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    It was a great performance and I enjoyed the narration very much.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading this book one wonders how safe our

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fever Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3084)
    Performance
    (1681)
    Story
    (1690)

    At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

    Snoodely says: "Intelligent, spooky thriller"
    "Super Human hero's investigations"
    Overall

    Well, after reading a few reviews about this book, i expected a lot more in this book. I am very very disappointed. The writers have not only created a superhuman hero who has all the tools and tricks at all times ready as if he knew it all beforehand but also a very unrealstically interwoven plot. I cant imagine a burnt down house that lies unattended for twelve years has still some papers aptly retreived by our super hero and reads them and finds clues out of it. And people not concerned with the story do remember clearly what happened 12 years ago. It sounds totally impractical and improbable.
    I have learnt one thing though - not to give much weightage to the reviews while selecting my next book.
    Ram Paleti

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1527)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (507)

    The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark best seller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

    Suzn F says: "Terrific Book"
    "Too many twists and turns."
    Overall

    Well written and well narrated. At times I felt that there are too many twists and turns in the story but nicely interwoven.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Critical Mass

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Whitley Strieber
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    In Critical Mass, Whitley Strieber explores this unthinkable but real possibility in a furious story that is almost too terrifying to tell. Nuclear interdiction expert James Deutsch and his Muslim wife, Nabila, struggle to stop an impending nuclear attack on a great American city. Along the way, they delve deep into the hidden world of nuclear terrorism and the experts who strive to contain it, and get a compelling look at the titanic battle within Islam over its own future.

    Gregory A. Pless says: "Well... hmmm"
    "Typical script for an "Action" movie"
    Overall

    Well written, but lacking in a cohesive theme.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shooting Balibo

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Tony Maniaty
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When foreign correspondent Tony Maniaty goes back to Timor for the first time since he fled for his life 30 years before, he discovers a land of ghosts - some he left behind, and some he's brought with him. He's there to watch five young actors play out the last days of five friends of his - men who were murdered by the Indonesian army in one of the most infamous incidents (and cover-ups) in Australian foreign affairs.

    Maria says: "Interesting subject"
    "Boring... Boring"
    Overall

    It is a very boring book, badly sequenced,
    I could not listen more than half before throwing it out .. Sorry for being so frank

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2864)
    Performance
    (1591)
    Story
    (1587)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "Good book, badly read"
    Overall

    The book makes an interesting reading and is quite an eye opener. But unfortunately I could not enjoy listening to this because of poor quality of reading. Mr.Hichens should not have read this one himself. He tends to swallow the last part of most of the sentences. I have had to constantly lower / raise the volume of my instrument, even with in a sentence. This has really taken the pleasure of listening to an unnecessary low. I am sorry to say that this the worst listening experience I have had in Audible so far.

    Ram Paleti

    36 of 47 people found this review helpful
  • Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1152)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (195)

    David Wolfe's life is approaching an exhilarating peak: a successful San Francisco lawyer, he's about to get married and has been primed for a run for Congress. But when the phone rings and he hears the voice of Hana Arif, the Palestinian woman with whom he had a passionate affair in law school, he begins a completely unexpected journey. The day after Hana's call, the prime minister of Israel is assassinated by a suicide bomber - and soon Hana is accused of being the mastermind behind the murder.

    John says: "Exile"
    "Excellent narrative"
    Overall

    I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this very gripping story, well researched and informative book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, Updated and Expanded

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (93)

    Friedman brilliantly demystifies the new flat world for listeners, allowing them to make sense of the advances in technology and communications that are creating an explosion of wealth in India and China, and challenging the rest of us to run even faster just to stay in place. For this updated and expanded edition, Friedman has provided more than five hours of new reporting and commentary, bringing fresh stories and insights to help us understand the flattening of the world.

    Gene says: "Great research, good insights, interesting read"
    "Brilliantly researched and presented"
    Overall

    An excellent book by Friedman wonderfully narrated by Wyman - this book is highly informative and inspiring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Testament

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1636)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (701)

    Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

    Richard says: "Best Grisham Ever"
    "The Testament"
    Overall

    An excellent story and very gripping. I enjoyed the suspense and the adventure. John Grisham excels in weaving the story around the legalese. Faith gets a new meaning after reading/listening to this book. The naraater did a very good job. The narration was quite dramatic and thoroughly enjoyable. This book is worth every cent you paid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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