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  • Anil's Ghost

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Ondaatje
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Anil Tissera is a forensic anthropologist sent by an international human rights group to work with local Sri Lankan officials to discover the source of the organized campaigns of murder engulfing the island. Bodies are discovered. Skeletons. And particularly one, nicknamed "Sailor." What follows is a story about love, family, and identity, about the unknown enemy and the quest to unlock the hidden past - all propelled by a riveting mystery.

    Julie says: "nope, not a good book- an excellent book!"
    "unlikely poetry"
    Overall

    The subject matter of this book, forensic anthropology, seems an unlikley one for poetic imagery. Yet Andaatje's gift as a writer seems to be the ability to infuse a book with life's harsh realities side by side with glints of light and vitality. It takes the reader to places far away and hard to imagine. But once introduced to the place and the people all make perfect sense.








    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Shalimar the Clown

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Aasif Mandvi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (105)

    When Maximilian Ophuls is murdered outside his daughter's home by his Kashmiri Muslim driver, it appears to be a political killing. Ophuls is the former U.S. ambassador to India and America's leading figure in counter-terrorism. But there is much more to Ophuls and his assassin, a mysterious man calling himself "Shalimar the Clown", than meets the eye. One woman is at the center of their shared history, a history of betrayal and deception.

    Barry says: "Incredible"
    "Lyrical"
    Overall

    I have always had difficulty reading Rushdie's novels although I admire him as a public speaker. Hearing the book read aloud was very different. It gave the lyricism and satire a more natural cadence. Very interesting book in terms of understanding many attitudes that continue to impact headlines today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1250)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (696)

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Diana says: "Glad I finally decided to read it"
    "Over Embellished"
    Overall

    Tolstoy's writing is wonderfully rich, ironic and born of a deep appreciation for human contradictions. Yet, the overly dramatic and fey voice of the narrator interferes with the listener appreciating the subtleties inherent in Tolstoy. It is very distracting.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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