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Emily

East Hampton, NY, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • The White Tiger: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1982)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (814)

    Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life - having nothing but his own wits to help him along. Through Balram's eyes, we see India as we've never seen it before: the cockroaches and the call centers, the prostitutes and the worshippers, the water buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost) impossible, the white tiger.

    With a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected, Balram teaches us that religion doesn't create morality and money doesn't solve every problem.

    Mark P. Furlong says: "Entertaining, thought-provoking, darkly funny"
    "Totally satisfying."
    Overall

    Can't wait to read more by this author and hear more texts read by narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Peter Guralnick
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    This concluding volume recounts the second half of Elvis' life in rich and previously unimagined detail, and confirms Guralnick's status as one of the great biographers of our time. Beginning with Presley's army service in Germany in 1958 and ending with his death in Memphis in 1977, Careless Love chronicles the unraveling of the dream that once shone so brightly, homing in on the complex playing-out of Elvis' relationship with his Machiavellian manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

    Vicki says: "Elvis has a new fan"
    "stupefying"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After reading Albert Goldman's Elvis, I was interested in having another viewpoint on Elvis's life, so I embarked on listening to the first volume of this alternative biography, Last Train to Memphis. I slogged my way through it and hoped that the second volume, Careless Love, would be more stimulating. It is not. It is stupefyingly boring and I can hardly force myself to finish listening. Now I really don't care if Goldman took too many liberties with the material he gathered on Elvis because at least he tried to delve below the surface and speculate on the nature of the personality and motivations generating the events of Elvis's life. Careless Love deliberately stays on the surface and as such is numbingly tedious.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Black Water

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Amanda Plummer
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    On Grayling Island, off the coast of Maine, Kelly Kelleher meets the Senator at a Fourth of July beach party. He is old enough to be her father; she is young enough to find his attention flattering. And with an optimism born of inexperience, she believes she can take care of herself. As evening approaches, the two move unaware toward a shattering appointment with destiny. When the Senator offers Kelly a ride to the ferry, it is not love but death that awaits her.

    Emily says: "Irresistable"
    "Irresistable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I couldn't stop listening to this powerfully written and powerfully read book by one of my favorite authors. I think it would appeal much more to women than men however.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blonde

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Jayne Atkinson
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (63)

    She was an all-American girl who became a legend of unparalleled stature. She inspired the adoration of millions, and her life has beguiled generations of fans and fellow artists. The story of Norma Jeane Baker, better known by her studio name, Marilyn Monroe, has been dissected for more than three decades, but never has it been captured in a narrative as breathtaking and transforming as Blonde.

    C. Hutchinson says: "ARE YOU KIDDING ME? NO UNABRIDGED VERSION?"
    "Couldn't stop listening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Rarely write a review, but the melding of prose and reader was so perfect. I don't care about the historical accuracy ... it was psychologically convincing and mesmerizing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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