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Rajesh

Listening since 2004. Mystery, thrillers and anything that can blend with a walk, jog, exercise, long drive or a wait at the airport.

Johanneburg, South Africa

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285
REVIEWS
64
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
200

  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6828)
    Performance
    (2131)
    Story
    (2150)

    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"
    "For you my friend, a thousand times over"
    Overall

    This book is written and read in the precise way it should have been. No blemishes. It is superb.

    The book is not a lesson in Afghan history or Islam. If one is searching for a history lesson embedded in a good plot this is not the book. This is a story, a novel. A classic, gripping, engrossing story full of powerful characters. It will touch your soul and do not be surprised if you quietly wipe a tear or two during the listen as I did. Also, do not be surprised if you chuckle aloud while listening. The story is about a privileged weakling in Kabul and how he grows up with a moral burden, migrates to US and finally returns and to redeem himself. A folk hero like father, his servants son as a friend, a local bully and an immigrant Afghani General the characters are interesting and events around them thought provoking. All scenes in the book including the kite battles are well written. I could visualize everything and see it like a movie.

    This was a good listen even through it did not fall under the genera of books I usually listen to. It was also a surprise as after a long time a non-thriller was so compelling and absorbing.

    Go ahead. This book is for all taste buds. My favorite phrase form the book: For you my friend, a thousand times over.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Room

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Ellis
    • Narrated By Jim McCance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    A young woman is found, brutally murdered and left on gruesome display in the "safety" of her own home. The atrocity kicks off an investigation into a bizarre string of increasingly disturbing murders, all believed to be perpetrated by someone of unprecedented savagery and cunning.

    Jennifer says: "Wow! Refreshingly Different!"
    "Not good at all"
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    Lot of words about how this book is bad will not help. Along with a bad narrator this is a just a ordinary book of an demented serial killer. As an avid reader of mystery thriller and drama, I did not enjoy the book. Skip if you have other options in your wish list is my advice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4372)
    Performance
    (3744)
    Story
    (3743)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "A gripping story. Not a crime thriller"
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    This book had any uncanny connection to books by David Rosenfelt. The narrator - Grover Gardner is the narrator of Andy Carpenter series. The books main characters are Andy and Laurie, same as in David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series. And for a minute I thought eh...is it...but I could not have been more wrong. This is not a crime thriller but a book which touches the emotions of parents and kids involved in a issue which can be at best considered "abnormal" The building of characters, their handling of the complex issues and emotions is managed in a beautiful way, by actions and spoken words rather than description of the state of mind. It has its few surprises, twist and turns which could get it classified as a crime thriller, but I would rather call it a very good gripping story of managing very complex issues in a family which is jolted out of their normal existence by a crime!

    Go ahead. It is worth that credit.

    0 of 0 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
    (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"
    "Hilariously accurate. Dark and funny"
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    This is amazing way to tell the story of modern India. The characters are awesome. The plot is outrageous but possible in the crazy new India. But all that apart, this book is hilarious! It is a dark comedy. Do not think too much. This will be funny and interesting irrespective of the genre you normally love. I am a "mystery and thriller" for the traffic and exercises type of a guy...but this book was a well fit for me. This is not the "heavy" stuff which usually comes with award winners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hostage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (478)

    Jeff Talley was a good husband, a fine father, and a frontline negotiator with LAPD's SWAT unit. But the high stress, unforgiving job took an irreparable toll on his psyche. After a despondent father murders his wife and son and takes his own life, Talley hits bottom. His marriage ends, he resigns from SWAT, and he struggles to escape from his former life. But Talley's pursuit of peaceful small-town life is about to change.

    David says: "Wonderful clarity of plot and character"
    "More than the conventional Hostage thriller"
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    This book is fast paced, a bit faster than you will expect. There is no dull moment and never does the author linger into describing the mountains. It is a thriller to the core. It is not a conventional hostage drama, the twist and turns surprise and keep you gripped. Any lover of thrillers will thoroughly enjoy it. It will not be really worth describing the character and plot in the review. The character building is also as fast as the rest of the book. But the book is not about the character, it is how the characters behave in crises. Speed and Thrills. Worth the credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trust Your Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Ken Marks, Rick Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (310)

    Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pores over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen. Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon - but has not - in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.

    karen says: "One of 2013's best!"
    "Linwood Barclay is amazing"
    Overall
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    I have to yet to come across a book by Linwood Barclay where the plot or the characters are not unique. The suspense, the surprises, the twits and turns of the plot keep you gripped. This book in no exception to this. A unique plot with unique characters which kept me gripped from start to the last chapter. I would rather not discuss the plot and characters or try to be a critic, if a book is engages me like this one did, I give it top marks. Go for it, you will not be disappointed if you love mysteries and thrillers!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1944)
    Performance
    (1734)
    Story
    (1754)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "This is an amazing, hilarious, entertaining book"
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    Nope, this book does not deserve a long review. it just deserves stars. LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL - all are stars!
    Go for it. there are a no disappointments in this book if you have a sense of humor and can enjoy fiction as fiction!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Hallgrimur Helgason
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    With some 66 hits under his belt, Tomislav Bokšic, or Toxic, has a flawless record as hitman for the Croatian mafia in New York. That is, until he kills the wrong guy and is forced to flee the States, leaving behind the life he knows and loves. Suddenly, he finds himself on a plane hurtling toward Reykjavik disguised as American televangelist Father Friendly. With no means of escape from this island devoid of gun shops, this country with absolutely no tradition for contract killing, he is forced to come to terms with his bloody past and reevaluate his future, to tragicomic effect.

    Jane says: "Some find this humorous,"
    "Laugh and Smile through the book!"
    Overall
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    Unless you get annoyed with the Croatian accent this book is a laugh riot. It is without a serious plot, it just the narrative and style which is funny. A hit man escapes and takes an identity of priest in Iceland. But the events, goof ups, the characters and the wise cracks made the book worth listening to. I was laughing aloud at some instance. I do not think this book would have been as funny if it was read without the accent. It is a short book. Worth for a relaxed trip!

    Check out the sample before you download, there is a thick eastern European accent at may not be something you can decipher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (264)

    Andy Carpenter isn't sure what to think when he gets a mysterious phone call from a good friend, policeman Pete Stanton, asking him to drop everything, drive to an unfamiliar address, and bring his girlfriend, Laurie Collins. He certainly isn't expecting to show up at a crime scene. But that's exactly where he arrives - at the house where Pete has just discovered the body of ex-convict Danny Balfour. Upstairs are Danny's now orphaned four-year-old son and basset hound. And that, Andy discovers, is why he and Laurie were called to the scene - Pete wants them to take care of the boy and the dog so they won't get thrown into the "system". This is already asking a lot, but soon Pete needs another big favor from Andy. Pete himself has come under suspicion for Danny's murder, and he needs defense attorney Andy to represent him - and to find out what really happened in Danny's house that day!

    Joe says: "The best Andy Carpenter yet!"
    "As usual! Rocks!"
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    Smile through the book.Laugh aloud many a times. Feel some good suspense and thrills to hold the laughter! It is always worth it. Terra has not been given the due attention in this book. Next time :) If you have heard Andy Carpenter books this is a easy choice. If you are new...welcome to the world of humor-thrillers-Go for it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12124)
    Performance
    (11012)
    Story
    (11038)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "This is a fantasy-fiction-thriller"
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    Only realy disappointment in this book was that I cam to know that this is kind of a fantasy/sci-fi fiction after going to some part of the book. I had chosen it as a regular "on the earth" thriller. Usually I do not like out of the earth stuff,but I managed to complete this book as the characters are interesting, there is structure to the book which keeps you engaged, it move at the right pace to keep you interetsed for the next event. So, I enjoyed it. You too can, provided you are not turned off by a step out of this planet!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touch & Go

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Regina Reagan, Jennifer Woodward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have it all: a beautiful daughter, a gorgeous house, a great marriage, admired by all. Arriving at the crime scene of their home, investigator Tessa Leoni finds no witnesses, no ransom demands or motive - just a perfect little family, gone. But Tessa knows that flawless fronts can hide the darkest secrets. Now, she must race against the clock to uncover the truth. Who would want to kidnap such a family? And how far would they be willing to go?

    Rajesh says: "A good thriller - Not Lisa's best"
    "A good thriller - Not Lisa's best"
    Overall
    Performance
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    It is a good thriller.Keeps you gripped even after you have guessed who the culprit is after 60% - 70% of the book. The style of writing, the characters and the pace keeps one interested. The plot is not something which I can say " I have not come across before"
    For Lisa fans it is below expectation. Could have been better, for others give it a go...it will keep you thrilled!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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