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Shom

Marketer. The Engineer-MBA stereotype. Sports-fiction writer. Poor reader of text. Thus at Audible. God Bless.

Hyderabad, India | Member Since 2011

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  • Pride And Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Emma Messenger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (226)

    Austen’s heroine Elizabeth Bennet deals with the issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Austen at her wittiest.

    Adam says: "Hilarious"
    "Excellent"
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    Almost everyone has read Pride and Prejudice, so why should you buy this audiobook? Buy it for Emma Messenger. She's done a superb, superb job. Great vocal modulation, a warm, easy style, and the characters really come alive. Recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (299)

    Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

    Janie says: "Get Gone Girl soon!"
    "Wow!"
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    Gone Girl
    Author : Gillian Flynn

    Genre: Thriller, Mystery

    Source - Audiobook

    Rating - 5

    April 14

    Shudder. A delicious, twisted, evil, satan of a book. Unreliable, lying, attractive, detestable, addictive narrators; the most realistic take on a crumbled marriage I've read in recent times; twists and double twists and triple twists and then --- just as we were slowly moving towards some kind of an expected conclusion, a whoosh-what-the-f**k-was-that howitzer of an ending. I hated, HATED the ending. Perfect ending. Hated it. Loved it.

    PS: Great performances by both of the narrators too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (81)

    A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson’s quest to find out everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. His challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. It's not so much about what we know, as about how we know what we know.

    Carolyn says: "If you only own one audio book, this is it!"
    "Read-It-Now"
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    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    Author – Bill Bryson
    Genre – Science, Popular Science, Non-fiction, Humour, History, Physics, Geology, Paleontology, Anthropology
    Source - Audiobook
    Rating - 5
    August 2013
    I have been having great luck with books in recent times. Or maybe I am easy to please. But really, this book here is a definite read-this-now. The dexterity is not in the physics, the geology and paleontology and anthropology, a fair bit of which (gloat gloat) I was in the know of, but in the presentation. Bryson is an awesome storyteller, and he weaves these superb, fun, and exceedingly funny stories around the mysteries of nature and creation and the men and women who solved these mysteries for us – this is the perfect book to read beforehand if you are planning to babysit a particularly inquisitive nephew or niece.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (240)

    When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

    Jane says: "Hopefully this is the first of a series"
    "Great job!Let's have a Cormoran Strike series now!"
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    I am a fanboy, so let me get done with the gushing first. JKR is such a legend! Love her!
    Ok, let's talk about the book now. Ms. Rowling has an incredible ability of putting word after word, and making you look forward to the next word. A natural-born story-teller to compare with the very best. Even while reading the Potter novels, I had always thought that mystery would be her natural habitat, she is so brilliant and ingenuous at plot and storytelling. And this here is a proof. Does it hurtle through like, say, a Lee Child novel? Nope, the story builds up gradually -- this is a classic detection novel, the thrill is secondary to the detection -- but it is still effective, you can still not put the book down. I couldn't.

    Characters: Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott are both such interesting characters! I'd very much like this book to be Cormoran Strike #1, a part of a long series.

    Writing: there's craft here. The characters are almost uniformly well-developed (as you have come to expect from JKR), the sexual tension between characters is brought out really well (without being explicit -- this is JKR, folks. She is a children's writer, remember?), and it is well-researched, again another JKR trait.

    And okay then, let's have the acid test for all private-eye books --- Could I guess the killer? Nope. Not till the very end I couldn't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Un Lun Dun

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The iron wheel began to spin, slowly at first, then faster and faster. The room grew darker. As the light lessened, so did the sound. Deeba and Zanna stared at each other in wonder. The noise of the cars and vans and motorbikes outside grew tinny. The wheel turned off all the cars and turned off all the lamps. It was turning off London.... Zanna and Deeba are two girls leading ordinary lives, until they stumble into the world of UnLondun, an urban Wonderland where all the lost and broken things of London end up.

    Shom says: "Excellent! This is how a message novel should be"
    "Excellent! This is how a message novel should be"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Un Lun Dun to be better than the print version?

    I don't know. didn't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Like the best of message fiction, the messages come in to the reader subconsciously, never becoming even a slight bit preachy; and never interfering with the story.
    Pollution. Using economically-lower countries as dumping ground for waste. The experience of a subcontinental-origin person in London. And the biggest hit for me was the sublime turnaround of the sidekick. The Neville Longbottoms of the world rise up to take their rightful position in this book, and how!


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

    No. And she is brilliant.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Small touches of the oh-yes-that's-right.
    When Deeba tries to convince herself, during her first return to London, that she does not need to return, because everything will be fine. --- and then, at the back of her mind -- and anyway, she would not know even if they aren't.
    So true. "how many times can a man turn his head / pretending he just doesn't see"...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (572)

    Exclusive bonus stories from the best-selling author of Lost at Sea, Them, The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats.

    RaisinNut says: "Ronson's voice alone will make you laugh..."
    "Excellent. Very Funny."
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    If you could sum up FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life in three words, what would they be?

    Everyday. Funny. Endearing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jon himself.


    Which character – as performed by Jon Ronson – was your favorite?

    Jon himself.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. The soup incident totally made me laugh out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    More such free snippets please

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anita

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Keith Roberts
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (358)

    Meet Anita Thompson: she's young, she's lovely, she's clever, and she's a witch. A real one. Anita lives in two worlds: the modern world of supermarkets and sports cars, radio and rock-and-roll, where she is a thoroughly modern girl with a thoroughly modern interest in boys and fast living and her own independence. But she also lives in the ancient and rustic world of traditions, cauldrons, and familiars.

    troy says: "I would buy you this book! (if i could afford too)"
    "Nice. Not magical, but nice. Worth a listen."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they are interested in magic in an urban setting kind of stories. The audiobook is worth the price for Nicola Barber's reading alone. She's awesome! Not that the stories are bad, or even anything less than very good...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Granny Thompson, of course! I like Ella Mae (or is it Ella May?).


    What about Nicola Barber’s performance did you like?

    She is amazing! She does different voices so brilliantly, and really has the knack of telling a story. Maybe falters a bit with the Texan drawl, but you cannot expect everything...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me smile quite often.


    Any additional comments?

    Fine, fun short stories. Sixties witch, a bit of a wild child, is this Anita. But good. Breezy read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The City & The City

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    New York Times best-selling author China Mieville delivers his most accomplished novel yet, an existential thriller set in a city unlike any other, real or imagined. When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlof the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined.

    Jono says: "A wonderfull introduction to the power of audio"
    "Highly recommended"
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    Any additional comments?

    I am lucky in that I have read quite a few extraordinary books this year. This is certainly one of them. A masterpiece of the genre. Miéville is the superstar of the genre, and I was intrigued to find out why. Now I know. His acclaim is well deserved - This is top notch social commentary, a breakneck, hurtling detective story, and the best sci-fi novel I have read in a long, long time.

    The voice artiste does a great job too.


    Please listen. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Netherland

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Joseph O' Neill
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    What do you do when your wife takes your child and leaves you alone in a city of ghosts? Dutch banker Hans ver den Broek chooses cricket. But New York cricket is a long way from the tranquil sport he grew up with. It's a rough, almost secret game, played in scrubby marginal urban parks by people the city doesnt see - people like Chuck Ramkissoon.

    Shom says: "Loved it!"
    "Loved it!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Netherland the most enjoyable?

    The accents. Through David Thorpe's performance, Hans Chuck, and all these other wonderful, wonderful characters that inhabit this delightful book, come alive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Netherland?

    Just one? There were so many!
    The one with Hans and his mother, where his mother finds him on her bike, next to the river, and they just ride together, side by side on their bikes... wonderful.
    I think all the scenes with Hans' mother, and all the ones with his son, are exceptional.
    And of course Chuck's ramblings. They are the heart of this novel.


    What does David Thorpe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accents!


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

    Not really. Some parts need a bit of introspection, maybe even a second listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryan Burrough
    • Narrated By John Helyar
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Barbarians at the Gate has been called one of the most influential business books of all time, the definitive account of the largest takeover in Wall Street history. Bryan Burrough's and John Helyer's account of the frenzy that overtook Wall Street in October and November of 1988 gives us not only a detailed look at financial operations at the highest levels but a richly textured social history of wealth in the twilight of the Reagan era.

    Cheimon says: "Great book, not so great audiobook"
    "Not bad, but I am sure the book will be better"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. I would have been happier to have spent some more time infact. A 4-5 hour audiobook would have been better, I think.


    What didn’t you like about John Helyar’s performance?

    Way too fast. Cannot blame him alone, I suppose this is a heavily abridged version, and the narrator had to do with what was given to him. But especially with the bids, I believe a bit more of elaboration would have helped.


    Could you see Barbarians at the Gate being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It must have been already. Would be irresistable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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