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Clio

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  • Americanah

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (205)

    As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

    Lorraine says: "The best book bar none!"
    "Adichie + Andoh = Pure Pleasure"
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    A brilliant writer matched with my favorite Audible reader. I wish Audible had someone like Andoh for its South Asian selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Buddha of Suburbia

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Hanif Kureishi
    • Narrated By Christopher Simpson
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    The hero of Hanif Kureishi's debut novel is a dreamy teenager, desperate to escape suburban South London and experience the forbidden fruits which the 1970s seem to offer. When the unlikely opportunity of a life in the theatre announces itself, Karim starts to win the sort of attention he has been craving, albeit with some rude and raucous results.

    Alexander says: "A bit disappointing"
    "Terrible production quality"
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    Audio is fuzzy and static-y. More annoying is the constant sound of people talking in the background, very distracting if you're listening on headphones. There are no pauses between chapters, so it feels as though we launch into the next chapter seemingly mid-sentence! Different sections of the audio sound markedly different, so different it seems like a different narrator has taken over. The narration itself is fine but the sloppy production quality made this very, very hard going for me. Do not buy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sonali Deraniyagala
    • Narrated By Hannah Curtis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    On the morning of December 26, 2004, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Sonali Deraniyagala lost her parents, her husband, and her two young sons in the tsunami she miraculously survived. In this brave and searingly frank memoir, she describes those first horrifying moments and her long journey since. She has written an engrossing, unsentimental, beautifully poised account: as she struggles through the first months following the tragedy, furiously clenched against a reality that she cannot face and cannot deny....

    CBlox says: "Tragic. Raw. Heart-Ripping!"
    "Not a successful work"
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    A personal account of devastating set of events, but not a well-conceived book. The author's grief is overwhelming but not a cathartic reading experience. There's no story, and not much of a compelling emotional arc.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful

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