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Meredith

Montreal, QC, Canada | Member Since 2005

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  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1084)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (738)

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "when is it going to get interesting???"
    Overall

    This book was quite tedious. I kept wondering when it was going to live up to the high reviews. There is a mildly interesting but difficult to read part about three quarters of the way through but the rest was a snooze.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3237)
    Performance
    (1577)
    Story
    (1576)

    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"
    "Best audiobook ever!"
    Overall

    This is the first time in all of my five year audible membership that an audiobook has inspired me to write a review. The combination of an incredible story and phenomenal narration make for the most enjoyable listen that I can recall. The story is of an escaped convict trying to find meaning and adventure in India. The author (amazingly, this is his first novel) does an incredible job of developing the characters and bringing them to life. I cannot stop recommending this book to other people and I can't encourage you enough to download it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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