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Padma devi

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  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2559)
    Performance
    (1397)
    Story
    (1389)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "The book is interesting. Hurley is awful."
    Overall

    Joe Hurley sounds like he is either drunk or has taken too many downers. He is slurring his words and between this, his English (?) accent, and the fact that he also swallows his words, he is difficult to understand and difficult to listen to. At some points I found him so irritating that I wanted to skip forward hoping to get back to Johnny Depp who speaks well and is clear and pleasant to listen to.
    I am finding the parts about the composition of the songs and the gitar playing very interesting.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph Anton: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor, Salman Rushdie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (186)

    On February 14, 1989, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been "sentenced to death" by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being "against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran". So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of a police protection team.

    Lynn says: "Informative, Timely"
    "Great writer, too long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Joseph Anton the most enjoyable?

    I very much like the narrator Sam Dastor. I enjoy Salman Rushdie's sense of humor and use of language.
    The name-dropping of all the famous people he knows and is at parties with seemed unnecessary and did not enhance the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I appreciated how Rushdie was able to see the humor in his situation although it was a very painful episode in his life.


    Have you listened to any of Sam Dastor and Salman Rushdie ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to the Satanic Verses narrated by Sam Dastor. I found that book more enjoyable and more interesting and funnier.


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

    I was particularly moved by Rushdie's devotion to his sons and to his writing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Thornton Wilder
    • Narrated By Sam Waterston
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (139)

    Wilder's stories consistently explored the connections between the commonplace and cosmic dimensions of human experience, always returning to fundamental questions about the meaning of life. This Pulitzer Prize-winning tale concerns the lives of five people who fall to their deaths from a Peruvian rope bridge in 1714. A humble Franciscan, Brother Juniper, witnesses the accident and determines to learn about the lives of the victims in order to find out whether this accident happened by chance or by plan.

    Tobin says: "Compact novel about fate, destiny"
    "narrator mumbled"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I might have enjoyed this book more if I could have understood more of the words. The narrator mumbled and swallowed his words. Seemed like he was running out of breath at the end of a sentence so one could not hear what he was saying.
    Difficult to enjoy the story the reading was so poor.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Bless Me, Ultima

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Rudolfo Anaya
    • Narrated By Robert Ramirez
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    As Tony follows his own path toward adulthood, he relies on the wisdom of Ultima, a magical healer, to forge his unique identity. With hundreds of thousands of copies in print, Bless Me, Ultima has been called the most widely read Mexican-American novel in the English language. Richly evocative, it has earned its place among the classics of modern literature, even drawing favorable comparisons to Herman Melville's legendary Moby Dick.

    Clodhopper says: "Mysticism, Catholicism, Naturalism"
    "Bless me for finishing this book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Perhaps it is because I am not of Latin or Hispanic descent, or perhaps I am the wrong age, but I had a very hard time with many aspects of this book. The tirades about religion went on too long while there was not enough character development of Ultima. She was much more interesting than Antonio but we really do not find out much about her. This surprised me since her name is in the title.
    I did not enjoy the tales of teenage boys spitting and pissing and having epileptic fits and being cruel and unthinking toward each other. Perhaps I am too old to appreciate a "coming of age" book. I also thought the use of vernacular perpetuates the use of bad grammar and poor English. I do not think this sets a good example for young people.
    The narrator did well and I found it to be easy listening; it was the story that I did not like.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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