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Prasanna Sundaragopalan

Hopkins, MN United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 11 reviews
  • 37 ratings
  • 219 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (966)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (232)

    Friedman brings a fresh outlook to the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy - both of which could poison our world if we do not act quickly and collectively. His argument speaks to all of us who are concerned about the state of America in the global future.

    Sean says: "Long, Flat, and Boring"
    "Not a great Audio book"
    Overall

    Too much information and fails to connect all information into a good story line for a good listen. Disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9408)
    Performance
    (8474)
    Story
    (8481)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Every inch of this book is 'GRISHAM'"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you are a 'Grisham' fan, then you don't have to think twice to buy this book. This book will meet all the expectation a Grisham reader will have from him. If you have not read 'Time to kill' yet, then please read it first if you have time. If you do not have time, then I recommend you watch the movie and then start reading (hearing) this book.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2347)
    Performance
    (1966)
    Story
    (1984)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.

    lisa says: "Wait for it to go on clearance!"
    "Lisa Gardner good, but not like Gilliyan Flynn."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Nice start to the story, Story maintains good pace, performance is very good. Overall a good book, but not a great book. I have read 'Catch me' from Lisa Gardner and Touch and Go. I would rate 'Catch me' higher than 'Touch and Go'.
    Certainly not a waste of credit. If you like 'Catch me' then Go for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persuader

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3307)
    Performance
    (2465)
    Story
    (2451)

    Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

    Joanna says: "Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!"
    "Disappointing. Not the usual Jack Reacher novel."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you compare this one to Jack Reacher's 'Kill Shot', this book will be 2 stars less. I had read couple of Jack Reacher series and was expecting an exciting and thrilling story line, but was very disappointed. The story lacks the usual Jack Reacher's detective skills. The plot and the motive turns out to be very week. Do not waste your credits on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10627)
    Performance
    (9613)
    Story
    (9698)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Not one of his best."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book has all the items that one would expect in a Dan Brown novel. Some of them include, a quick snippet on the historical background of the place, taking the reader back to one of Langdon's lectures back in Harvard to provide more context/background, a plot that holds until the end and a thrilling ending.

    The negative includes, similar style to Davindi code or Lost symbol, almost predictable events (The way Langdon's escape from harms way is almost something you can predict if you have read some or all of his previous novel) and NOT a riveting story line.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (4697)
    Performance
    (3921)
    Story
    (3941)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Equally riveting like 'Gone Girl''"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Gone Girl was my first book from this author and this book is every bit a competitor to 'Gone Girl'. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The suspense was kept until the very last moment and keeps you guessing on the mystery. I am already looking forward to read her other book ''Sharp Objects''.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4275)
    Performance
    (3677)
    Story
    (3656)

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Elle says: "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    "Nothing new: Another typical Mitch Rapp story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I wouldn't rate this as a great book or a page turner. The story is more around Mitch (of course) but you could see Irene, Thomas stansfield and Stan Hurley being involved as well. The plot it not that great and you don't have any event that races against time. If you have already read many Mitch Rapp series, then this book may well seem to be reduntant to you in terms of explanation of attributes of Mitch, usage of his techniques, rules around CIA etc.

    George Guidall gives a stellar performance (as usual).

    READ IT IF YOU ARE A MITCH RAPP FAN or VINCE FLYNN FAN only.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4710)
    Performance
    (2703)
    Story
    (2686)

    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Bob says: "Compelling and difficult to put down"
    "Yet another great one from Michael Connelly"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is just simply the best. I read this right after I read Lincoln lawyer. This scores better then lincoln lawyer. I like the trial episodes which was done very well. The performance of the narrator was very impressive and adds a zest to the book reading. Overall, very satisfying experience with this book. Couldn't wait to get another Mikki Haller series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The White Tiger: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1975)
    Performance
    (810)
    Story
    (807)

    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"
    "Nothing special. Mediocre to low story line."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The White Tiger?

    Firstly, the performer accent was horrible. In an effort to make it sound indian, he spoiled the already bad story/content of this book. I am still struggling on what is so big and unique about this book that it won awards. The description of events or a place seems ordinary, no big insights into human minds (hero's mind rather), no thrill or suspense, nothing that is informative. Not sure why others are rating this to be high.

    Waste of credit.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Certainly not from Aravind Adiga.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    I have listed to John Lee's other performance, but here in an effort to sound original, he has introduced annoyance (especially to the Indian listeners).


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment on the book content. Anger on the narrator performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13405)
    Performance
    (9249)
    Story
    (9306)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Good book, but not a great book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked book, but did not feel too emotional as many others have commented on their review. The author was fantastic and have certainly one of the positives of this book. Otherwise, this is a good book, but not a great book. I would rate as 3.9 to 4.0

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7187)
    Performance
    (2970)
    Story
    (2981)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Too much of data and found hard to comprehend."
    Overall

    The book certainly lives up to its title as it talks about nearly everything. I was looking forward to get more analogies of some of the scientific theories and did not find enough. It was a long read (or hearing) and I had to skip through certain chapters as it was not interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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