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Alexandra

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5087)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1322)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Tragic tale of Afgani women"
    Overall

    In comparison to Hosseini's "The Kite Runner" which has an incredible emotional richness, this book was a bit dry and one-directional; the characters were described in daily chores and less by their unspoken thoughts.

    Be prepared for the prevailing theme of physical and emotional suffering of women living in the world where war, violence, and men rule with iron fists.

    How much more do I appreciate my life, education, and equality.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9762)
    Performance
    (4287)
    Story
    (4293)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Well put together"
    Overall

    Enticing story telling, captivating narration, interesting topics, often fascinating way of looking at common statistics available for all to grasp. So this is how the world works?!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diane Ackerman
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (159)

    When Germany invaded Poland, bombers devastated Warsaw - and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into the empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts.

    Joan says: "Very Disappointing, Terrible Narration"
    "Like a high school reunion..."
    Overall

    Although colorful and interestingly detailed, many sections of this book went on and on with lists of animals in the zoo, plants growing around, or people passing through the character's house. At times it was like a high school reunion of Polish citizens...names, titles, birthplaces... not interested! Also, the reader's accent for all the main characters - way over the top; unnecessary. I felt obligated to finish this book and fast forwarded on several occasions.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6579)
    Performance
    (1898)
    Story
    (1919)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "One of a kind"
    Overall

    This audio is not only one of the best books I ever heard, but also best I ever read! Beautifully written, funny, touching. Its greatness is in the ease of memories of the past, feelings and thoughts of the present... all flying into the protagonist's mind... There is always a light suspense, hint of what may/or not come. Great narration speed and tone add much color to this unforgettable story about a country many of us int the West do not know about.
    I highly recommend it to all who are far away from home but who keep the homeland close to their heart - you will relate that much more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empire Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    From his first novel, Mohawk, to his most recent, Straight Man, Richard Russo has demonstrated great affinity for the tragicomic human condition, and here he expands his geographical and psychological claims on the small town, blue-collar heart of the country.

    Tom New says: "Empire Falls"
    "too long"
    Overall

    I wished I skipped through the middle part with descriptions of countless characters, their thoughts, pointless dialogs ...which I found not necessary to convey the the story.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Perfume

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Patrick Suskind
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Survivor, genius, perfumer, killer: this is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. He is abandoned on the filthy streets of Paris as a child, but grows up to discover he has an extraordinary gift, a sense of smell more powerful than any other human's. Soon, he is creating the most sublime fragrances in all the city. Yet there is one odour he cannot capture. It is exquisite, magical: the scent of a young virgin. And to get it, he must kill. And kill. And kill.

    Marius says: "A man of nose mean city"
    "Rich & Pungent"
    Overall

    The richness of this story, particularly its visualization of characters, cities, or landscapes through the sense of smell was fantastic. The narrator's interpretation of each character was greatly helpful in following the story and its time lines. I could see, feel, and SMELL the places he spoke of, the people he met...I was there. And the fact that my own nose sensitivity is a big part of my worldly experiences, this is the perfect book - seeing through your nose!
    Although I felt that occasionally it got too graphic and disturbing, read on...the ending is well worth it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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