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mondol@mit.edu

Cambridge, MA, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • The Case of the Missing Servant

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (199)

    In hot and dusty Delhi, Puri's main work comes from screening prospective marriage partners, a job once the preserve of aunties and family priests. But when an honest public litigator is accused of murdering his maidservant, it takes all of Puri's resources to investigate. How will he trace the fate of the girl, known only as Mary, in a population of more than one billion? Who is taking pot shots at him and his prize chilli plants?

    Anthony Wilson says: "Wonderful"
    "Hugely entertaing especially Delhi details"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Case of the Missing Servant to be better than the print version?

    Sam Dastor's voicing is great, his accents are spot on, except for the stray character who is supposed to have an American influenced accent. I especially loved his female "Auntie" delivery.


    Which character – as performed by Sam Dastor – was your favorite?

    Mummy is a classic "Auntie type". Sam does a beautiful job inflecting his voice to convey the submissive words and delivery backed up by the character's knowledge that she will get her way.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Punjabi Sherlock with his Jan Path irregulars.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the characters in this evocative rendition of modern South Delhi using the detective novel as a vehicle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Riverworld Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Philip Jose Farmer
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (176)

    For explorer Richard Francis Burton, Alice Liddell Hargreaves - the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland - and the rest of humanity, death is nothing like they expected. Instead of heaven, hell, or even the black void of nothingness, all of the 36 billion people who ever lived on Earth are simultaneously resurrected on a world that has been transformed into a giant river valley.

    C. Leed says: "Fantastic World"
    "40 years later and still a great book"
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    I loved this book at 15 and it is still great. Farmer's sociological and historical background gives a level of detail that I just love. To tell the truth I remember book #2 is the best of the lot, an opinion seconded in a recent conversation with an old friend with whom I discussed the book with 40 years ago. Neither of us is satisfied with Farmer's series ending, but the journey itself is so great that I don't really care about the ending all that much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (2979)
    Performance
    (2057)
    Story
    (2061)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "A hugely interesting and engaging read."
    Overall

    I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in history. The personal anecdotes give the whole book an amazing quality of personal narrative, while conveying a huge amount of information regarding WWII in the European theatre. I have meant to read this book for some 40 years, wish I had done it sooner. The narration is also excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Robots of Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1069)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (546)

    Detective Elijah Baley is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve a bizarre case of roboticide. The prime suspect is a gifted roboticist who had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to commit the crime. There's only one catch: Baley and his positronic partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, must prove the man innocent. For in a case of political intrigue and love between woman and robot gone tragically wrong, there's more at stake than simple justice.

    Yvonne says: "Refreshing"
    "Long winded shaggy dog tale"
    Overall

    I love Asimov and loved him even more in my youth. Unfortunately this book is about 5 times longer than it should be, I almost quit several times, but plowed ahead anyway. The plot twist at the end was reasonably predictable- if you have read enough Asimov. Way too much nattering on about different sexual mores, in different societies, which was not enlightening or interesting. Oddly; several others review the narration as good, I found it histrionic in the extreme and rather irritating

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Up in Honey's Room

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Arliss Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    The odd thing about Walter Schoen, German born but now running a butcher shop in Detroit, he's a dead ringer for Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS and the Gestapo. Honey Deal, Walter's American wife, doesn't know that Walter is a member of a spy ring and gives shelter to escaped German POWs. But she's tired of telling him jokes he doesn't understand; it's time for a divorce.

    Connie Patricks says: "Funny"
    "Excellent - kept me up all night"
    Overall

    Yet another excellent Elmore Leonard. "Up in Honey's Room" is another book that includes Carl (Carlos) as a US Marshall. Most importantly the story keeps moving and kept me wide awake from 11PM to 6 AM or so while driving from Boston to Detroit, a trip I do once a year, usually with an Elmore Leonard book that includes Detroit in the story line.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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