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  • Kim

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Madhav Sharma
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (56)

    Set in the days of the British Raj, Kipling's finest novel is the exciting and touching tale of an Irish orphan-boy who has lived free in the streets of Lahore before setting out, with a Tibetan Lama, on a spiritual quest. Kim later enrols in the Indian Service and simultaneously embarks on an espionage mission of supreme importance.

    Carol says: "Fabulous Narrator"
    "Kipling's India comes alive"
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    What did you love best about Kim?

    The story is so well-crafted. Kipling really knew how to populate his writing with engaging characters. The reader is drawn right into every event.


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

    This is my first experience with Madhav Sharma, but this narrator's skill is such that his name on an audio book will be enough to make me want to listen to whatever he's reading. I don't say that about many narrators and have had to return books because the narration was just too painful to endure!


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

    There are too many details one wants to savor, so it wasn't a book to be devoured in one gulp.


    Any additional comments?

    I met Kim repeatedly in other novels(most memorably in The Game, by Laurie R. king) and finally decided I needed to tackle Kipling's book. I am so glad I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2388)
    Performance
    (2113)
    Story
    (2101)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Food for many thoughts"
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    Would you listen to And the Mountains Echoed again? Why?

    The narrator's voice is engaging, well-modulated and entirely appropriate for each section of the book. In addition, his accent helps transport the listener to Afghanistan without being at all difficult to understand. Perhaps another narrator could do justice to Hosseini's work, but I doubt it could be done as well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I always marvel at Hosseini's ability to create an engrossing narrative filled with such nuanced characters. His voice is sure and precise, and I end up living with the people of his books in my head long after the reading is done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3062)
    Performance
    (2729)
    Story
    (2734)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "A tale to walk to."
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    What did you love best about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    I listened as I walked, to the novel as read by Jim Broadbent. Great narrator. on the whole, I found the book very well- written. I got bogged down about 2/3 of the way through, with the other pilgrims who joined Harold, and am contemplating whether the tale wouldn't have been just as strong without their addition.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    The mundane minutiae of life and Harold's journey that the author captured, while not losing sight of the meanings of Harold's very long walk into the land of the living.


    What about Jim Broadbent’s performance did you like?

    His voice, pacing, the whole performance - completely engaging.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fatal Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1130)
    Performance
    (775)
    Story
    (774)

    No one liked CC de Poitiers - certainly none of the residents of the village of Three Pines, each of whom CC had managed to offend. Therein lies the challenge for the Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec, called in once again from Montreal to investigate murder in this hamlet. CC has been killed in an apparent electrical accident, and everyone in town has a motive, even the inspector's good friends.

    Patricia says: "Complex, but worthwhile...."
    "Inspector Gamache wins again"
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    What did you love best about A Fatal Grace?

    Penny doesn't rely on sex or violence to spin a good story. It's all in the relationships. Her writing is reminiscent of Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford series.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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