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Merle

I am a glass artist, working from my studio at home. Audio books keep my mind stimulated while my hands are busy.

Midrand, South Africa | Member Since 2012

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  • Beyond the Border: An Indian in Pakistan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Yoginder Sikand
    • Narrated By Winston Balmon
    Overall
    (4)
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    (4)
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    (4)

    Beyond the Border, based on two journeys that Yoginder Sikand undertook to Pakistan, covering Lahore, Multan, Hyderabad (Sindh), Moenjo Daro, Bhit Shah, and Islamabad, among others, is a strikingly unconventional account of what life is like for "ordinary" Pakistanis. The Pakistan he discovers only remotely resembles the stereotypical Muslim nation of the Hindu imagination. Departing from the fiercely polemical rhetoric common in Indian and Pakistani accounts of each other, Yoginder Sikand dispels the myths that have filtered into the Indian psyche about Pakistan being the terrible other.

    Merle says: "an insight into the India Pakistan conflict"
    "an insight into the India Pakistan conflict"
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    contemporary politics dominate this narative, a glimpse of the real Pakistan from the inside, a good book for anyone wishing to travel there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of My Assassins

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Tarun J. Tejpal
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Based on actual events, The Story of My Assassins tells the story of a journalist who learns that the police have captured five hitmen on their way to kill him. Landing like a bombshell on his comfortable life, just as he’s started a steamy affair with a brilliant woman, the news prompts him to launch an urgent investigation into the lives of his aspiring murderers - a ragtag group of street thugs and village waifs - and their mastermind. Who wanted him dead, and why?

    Frank J. O'Connor says: "Sex and skullduggery in India"
    "a glimpse of India's traumatic history"
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    how do people cope with poverty and violence? this book is a journey of intensity, each assassin's story gives the reader an understanding of how the politics of independence tore at the heart of the nation and traumatized it's people, and in spite of this each character finds his equilibrium and humanity. Funny and uplifting, I enjoyed this book for it's heart-warming ending!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (306)

    In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers.

    Simone says: "Who The "BLEEP" is Nancy Wake??"
    "a REAL woman, and human being"
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    written from Nancy's point of view as well as the biographer's, refreshing kind of biography, without guile. the post script is just as refreshing, as we are allowed a short glimpse of the descent, life after the mountain peak has been reached. WHAT A STORY!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Every Living Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    When Herriot is called out on a spring morning, it feels like vetting at its best: an easy, trouble-free case, a nice farmer and a docile patient who is a picture of equine beauty. But within seconds of administering a new drug, the horse crashes to the ground in front of a shocked owner and vet.

    Kevin says: "Very enjoyable"
    "a classic, I will listen to this book repeatedly"
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    Heart-warming, funny, insightfulful, a book that reminds me that there are wonders in this world. James Herriot is the sort of person that uplifts those around him effortlessly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harry Bosch Box Set: 'The Narrows', 'Echo Park', and 'The Overlook'

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (1509)
    Performance
    (999)
    Story
    (980)

    Here are three award-winning Harry Bosch thrillers, all voiced by standout Broadway veteran Len Cariou: The Narrows, Echo Park, and The Overlook.

    Jami says: "nice collection -- one missing in the order though"
    "get to know Harry Bosch"
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    Racey and a very dangerous world, with Harry a survivor - just. I read the set right through, breathless in the end, love Harry Bosch, his ability to survive is comforting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Headhunters

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (64)

    Roger Brown has it all. He's the country's most successful headhunter. He has a beautiful wife and a magnificent house. And to maintain this lifestyle, he's also a highly accomplished art thief. At a gallery opening, his wife introduces him to Clas Greve. Not only is Greve the perfect candidate for a position with one of Roger's high-profile clients, he is also in possession of 'The Calydonian Boar Hunt' by Rubens, one of the most sought-after paintings in the world.

    Joseph says: "I'm Hooked"
    "success is skin deep!"
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    Just how difficult it is to stay ontop, we who are not so brilliantly successful can forget any envy - High flyers crash hard.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Manager

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    The night manager is Jonathan, a veteran of clandestine operations. In flight from a failed marriage and his own past, he has taken refuge in the luxury hotel trade. Yet he finds no escape from his demons. Driven by a desire for atonement and by an inherited patriotism, Jonathan allows himself to be recruited as a British secret agent with a mission to expose the murderer of the woman he himself betrayed. His odyssey takes him across Britain and Canada to the Caribbean and the jungles of Panama. But there are more treacherous jungles still in Whitehall and Washington.

    Merle says: "a masterpiece, the arms trade monster"
    "a masterpiece, the arms trade monster"
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    John le Carre always draws the reader into the story he is telling, I kept questioning my own perceptions of where the law should or shouldn't apply. Supply meeting demand, and the people who are willing to be facilitators, create the monster in our midst with our tacit tolerance. A powerful story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Drummer Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Lured by Israeli intelligence into the world of espionage, Charlie, a young actress, is plunged into a deceptive and delicate trap to ensnare an elusive Palestinian terrorist.

    Joanne says: "Glad I stuck it out."
    "insightful and thought-provoking"
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    John le Carre tosses the reader back and forth between bitter enemies; Israel and Palestine. A captivating read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Statues That Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Terry Hunt, Carl Lipo
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (202)

    The monumental statues of Easter Island, both so magisterial and so forlorn, gazing out in their imposing rows over the island’s barren landscape, have been the source of great mystery ever since the island was first discovered by Europeans on Easter Sunday 1722. How could the ancient people who inhabited this tiny speck of land, the most remote in the vast expanse of the Pacific islands, have built such monumental works?

    C. Telfair says: "Love Those Mysterious Islands!"
    "the secret revealed"
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    always needed to know how the ancients moved and erected monumental structures and sculptures- simply and convincingly explained here. The history of the Easter Island people gave me a fresh view of our western history, harsh reality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Trevor Corson
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (102)

    Trevor Corson takes us behind the scenes at America's first sushi-chef training academy, as eager novices strive to master the elusive art of cooking without cooking. He delves into the biology and natural history of the edible creatures of the sea, and tells the fascinating story of an Indo-Chinese meal reinvented in 19th-century Tokyo as a cheap fast food.

    David says: "I want to see Top Chef: Sushi on the Food Network"
    "fast pace, very informative"
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    a book for any cook, and definitely for those who have ever eaten sushi. I appreciated the history and the careful descriptions about ingredients woven into an entertaining story about modern day american sushi making.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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