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Steve

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  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3306)
    Performance
    (1641)
    Story
    (1641)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "compelling, haunting"
    Overall

    As a teacher I know that books can change your life. You come across that special book, if you are lucky, two or three times in a lifetime. This is one of those books. Read beautifully by Humphry Bower in a pleasing Aussie accent, this book unfolds in a way that teaches and touches your very soul. Meaningful, original simile and metephor combine with pace and action and introspection to weave a tale of a man's life and search for himself across three continents. Constructed in a way with underplayed forshadowing we are swept along not really realizing we are reading or listening, we are hypnotized in the fictive trance of Roberts' world. I found myself smiling, sometimes laughing out loud, sometimes heartbroken with sorrow as I hitchhiked through this story that touched me so deeply. I know you will learn from this book, about the slums of India, about the trades of counterfiting, forging, smuggling, currency trading, about friendship, love, forgiveness, and the human heart. It is a long book, forty three hours, but you don't want it to end. Roberts becomes your new best friend. I have been an audible listener for three years now and I have enjoyed many books. This book is the very best one.

    65 of 67 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7202)
    Performance
    (3558)
    Story
    (3561)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Is it depressing or just awful?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Passage?

    It was waaaay too long and there was almost no action. It was touted by some reviews as a very good novel. I found it tedious and boring and not at all believeable. The characters were wooden and talked in scripted lines. There was no life in this story at all.
    I wanted to quit listening many times and if not for a touch of OCD in my DNA I would have.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Justin Cronin again?

    No, absolutely not. There is no story here.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    I used to like Scott but on a long read such as this he gets a little smarmy. He sounds like an old Calvinist preacher on Thai stick.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    hopeless boredom, dissappointment and sadness over losing the credits and listening time...


    Any additional comments?

    I am a Mikey Likes It kind of guy. I usually like every movie, book, meal, party, game, whatever. Rarely do I not like something. I hated this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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