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  • 2 reviews
  • 148 ratings
  • 438 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2015

  • Shantaram: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower

    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."
    "Wonderful, Epic story"
    Where does Shantaram rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites. Well worth the 40+ hours.

    What did you like best about this story?

    This story had every aspect of a great story, written well. Love, Loss, Redemption, Crime, War, Exotic Locales, Philosophy, Colorful Characters.

    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. But I would be happy to try another. He had a large cast of characters, with many accents, and they were all flatteringly done.

    Who was the most memorable character of Shantaram and why?

    Carla. She was the focus of Lin's love but she had secrets that kept her at a distance. Lin's focus on her and efforts to know and try to keep her made her most memorable for me.

    Any additional comments?

    I am very happy to have stumbled across this book. This one was a real pleasure.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "An annoying Stephen King love story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The bulk of the book, the middle, the years in Jodie, TX, could have, should have, been edited out. Then it might have made an enjoyable read/listen. King's listeners expect supernatural stories, not drippy love stories. Over and over and over with cliched 50's/early 60's innocent, sweet as pie small town Americana. A fraction of that would have done the trick. Again and again and again with the professions of love for Sadie. Same thing. Also how many hundreds of times should we hear that "the past harmonizes". Twenty Hours could have easily been shaved from this book! Also, Jake/George was very whiny, and I didn't like Sadie's voice. Too long to spend with these two. Oddly, I thought all the side characters were done well, but this book is very heavy with Jake & Sadie.

    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Craig Wasson?

    Anyone. Scott Brick. Or George Guidall, who could make the phone book interesting.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 11-22-63?

    The entire middle, in Jodie, Tx.

    Any additional comments?

    I recently listened to the extended version of The Stand, and time flew by. And I read Doctor Sleep on Kindle and that too was great. I'm very glad I read those two first, because it will be a long time before I try another King. I've read almost all his catalog through the '90s, and have missed most since then. I had added The Dark Tower and Duma Key to my wish list, but I think they'll stay there a long time, till I get over this disappointment.... I had picked this one first based on the many glowing reviews. This is the first review I've written, after listening to hundreds of audiobooks. I didn't enjoy them all, or finish them all, but with this one I had to say something, if only to warn others.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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