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  • Shantaram: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (470)

    Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

    Mickey says: "Probably the best performance I've listened to."
    "A thrilling gripping story!"
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    Where does Shantaram rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is one of a lifetime. The character development and the depth of understanding of people and their motivations is breathtaking. The extremely detailed descriptions of the sights, sounds and smells of the many venues were compelling without seeming overdone. I feel as if I could identify each place in the book if I went there.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shantaram?

    The experience of the deepest friendships he made and of the insights these friends brought him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were too many and I would not want to spoil the story for others by telling even some of them.


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

    A gripping tale of adventure and redemption


    Any additional comments?

    Don't be put off by the length of the book as it flys by and you are totally absorbed in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes of Roses: Tales of the Latter Kingdoms, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Christine Pope
    • Narrated By Valerie Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Even the Emperor of Sirlende cannot always do as he pleases, but when custom demands he find another bride after the death of his betrothed, a princess he barely knew, Torric Deveras defies his counselors and changes the rules rather than make a loveless marriage. Ashara Millende is the only daughter of a nobleman, but had her inheritance stolen from her by her unscrupulous stepmother. A servant in the house that should have been hers, she dreams of escaping the drudgery of her life and finding someone who will love her for who she truly is.

    RKS27 says: "Bad narration ruins decent story."
    "Have you ever heard of Cinderella?"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Something less predictable, Better character development and different narrator


    What was most disappointing about Christine Pope’s story?

    Her story is simply a repeat of Cinderella with a few nods to a more adult audience with various mildy sexual references.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Valerie Gilbert?

    This narrator was most deficient in her ability to change voices depending on the gender of the speaker. In the very beginning, I was surprised to find that she had been speaking as the Prince when she totally sounds like a princess.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The description of the gowns and fabrics in the story was its best feature, though that is not saying much.


    Any additional comments?

    I will return this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3815)
    Performance
    (3416)
    Story
    (3432)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "What a story and what a writer"
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    What did you love best about The Husband's Secret?

    Riveting from cover to cover, Liane Moriarty is a discerning and intuitive observer of the human character and personality.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The craftsmanship of the characters swept me along the story carpet with force and openness and credibility.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire and Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (154)

    Sophie Rose, a tough and determined newspaper reporter, is the daughter of Bobby Rose, a suave, charming, and handsome gentleman who also happens to be a notorious big-time thief sought by every law-enforcement agency in the country. When the major Chicago daily where she works insists she write an expose about her roguish father, Sophie refuses, quits her job, and goes to work at a small newspaper.

    Beverly A. Fremming says: "Garwood never lets you down"
    "Gripping story! Perfectly performed!"
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    If you could sum up Fire and Ice in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting story that totally fell apart at the end. Rebecca Lowman's reading was better than the content but even she could not give it the creativity the end should have had. Great read and definitely worth listening to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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