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Alan

Petaluma, CA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • 6 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 4 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • Justine: The Alexandria Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lawrence Durrell
    • Narrated By Jack Klaff
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (56)

    Set amid the corrupt glamour and multiplying intrigues of Alexandria, Egypt, in the 1930s and 1940s, the novels of Durrell's Alexandria Quartet (of which this is the first) follow the shifting alliances - sexual, cultural and political - of a group of quite varied characters. In Justine, an English schoolmaster and struggling writer falls in love with a beautiful and mysterious Jewish woman who is married to a wealthy Egyptian.

    Judith says: "Durrell and Alexandria"
    "Excellent/ with fine narration"
    Overall

    An excellent~~superb book and the narrator is one of the best.


    That said i must also inform all those who purchased this title in the few months after it came out in october to ask audible for the version which is now available and is 9 hours 55 minutes and NOT the 8 hour 55 minute one[ only just taken down last week] which is missing part 4 of the book!!!

    without the ending one is missing much of the story and would have difficulties continuing with the quartet--which i strongly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • River of Smoke

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated By Lyndam Gregory
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In September 1838 a storm blows up on the Indian Ocean and the Ibis, a ship carrying a consignment of convicts and indentured laborers from Calcutta to Mauritius, is caught up in the whirlwind. When the seas settle, five men have disappeared - two lascars, two convicts and one of the passengers. Did the same storm upend the fortunes of those aboard the Anahita, an opium carrier heading towards Canton?

    Alan says: "excellent narrator/ wonderful novel/"
    "excellent narrator/ wonderful novel/"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    now we must await the final volume in this wonderful panorama of a novel by Amitav Ghosh/

    can be read without having read the "sea of poppies' but best to read that one first/

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11001)
    Performance
    (6194)
    Story
    (6243)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "missing important part"
    Overall

    great book, excellently read~~~

    BUT it is missing the vital, and i mean vital, opening "authors note" of 6 pages. This "note' is an integral part of the novel and the publisher, HighBridge Audio, has known of this ommission for years and should have added it in by now.

    Have a look at the book in a bookstore so to read the few pages before you begin...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Visions of Cody

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Graham Parker
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Hear Jack Kerouac's most radical experiment in language and storytelling - an "enormous paean" to that singular and influential figure Neal Cassady. A fusion of radical improvisation, bold reportage, and oracular voice, it is Kerouac's ultimate version of his ultimate masterpiece, On the Road.

    A. Yerkes says: "Annoying"
    "cool~~~"
    Overall

    the best~~~

    sit back and let it blow over you~~~

    sit back and just dig it...really.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Islam: A Short History [Modern Library Chronicles]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    Best-selling author and renowned religious scholar Karen Armstrong presents a concise and articulate history of Islam, the world's fastest-growing faith. Beginning with the Prophet Muhammad's flight from Medina and concluding with an examination of modern Islamic practices and concerns, Armstrong delivers an unbiased overview. She contends that no religion is more feared and misunderstood by the Western world as Islam, and firmly challenges the notion that these two civilizations are on a collision course.

    Amazon Customer says: "Read the Book, pass on the audible!"
    "terrible narrator for this excellent book"
    Overall

    an excellent book~~all Karen Armstrong books are important vital reads in todays world. however the narrator is worse than bad. If it was just his dull reading, well alright, listen if you must, but his mangled prononciation of names and terms grates.
    read the book. Better, ask the publisher to get another reader

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon and Sixpence

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    This is the story of an artist who was willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of art. In much of its general outline, this famous novel follows the life of Paul Gauguin, famous French post-impressionist painter, but it is not a novelized biography of Gauguin. Rather it is a sharply-delineated, carefully wrought "private life", written by one of the most vivid and penetrating contemporary literary masters.

    reggie p says: "great, simply great"
    "a great reading by a great reader"
    Overall

    excellent.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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