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Balaji

Kennesaw, GA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Palace of Illusions

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    • Narrated By Sneha Mathan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    The novel traces the princess Panchaali's life, beginning with her birth in fire and following her spirited balancing act as a woman with five husbands who have been cheated out of their father's kingdom. Panchaali is swept into their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war involving all the important kings of India.

    Richard says: "timeless story"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall

    I have read Mahabharata from several authors and every time I listen to the story some new thought always occur. I am very picky about authors who re-write what Vyasa has written. I downloaded this book due to my wife's insist and I am not at all disappointed.
    The great epic has been told from Panchali's view point and the reader has done an excellent job.
    I will recommend this book for anybody who are interested in religious mythologies and Mahabaratha itself is a very thought provoking story and this book will introduce you to that.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4338)
    Performance
    (2640)
    Story
    (2678)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Need sttict editing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Peter F. Hamilton and/or John Lee?

    May be


    Any additional comments?

    I found Pandora's Star far too long and in dire need of some stricter editing. There are too many characters and some of these characters and sub plots do not add anything to the main story. Even the important parts could have been tightened considerably, with many paragraphs of needless detail just getting in the way and making it a labourious read. I think the story could have been told in half the number of pages than what is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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