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S.Palan

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  • Jaya: A Retelling of the Mahabharata

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Devdutt Pattanaik
    • Narrated By Devdutt Pattanaik, Dramanon Theater
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    In this enthralling retelling of India’s greatest epic - the Mahabharata, originally known as Jaya - Devdutt Pattanaik seamlessly weaves into a single narrative plots from the Sanskrit classic as well as its many folk and regional variants, including the Pandavani of Chattisgarh, Gondhal of Maharashtra, Terukkuttu of Tamil Nadu, and Yakshagana of Karnataka.

    Gene says: "A Must Read For Everyone"
    "Shanti, SHanti, Shanti"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Jaya to be better than the print version?

    The narration is not just by a single person, it has a drama company involved adding some sound effects and adding a story telling effect like the one you hear from your parents or grandparents as a kid.

    There is a fine line between being dramatic and being annoying, and they have balanced it well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As the cover suggest its the same old story, but its the meaning behind the story that is explained really well by Devdutt. The Bhagavad Gita and MahaBharat is a story with hidden messages and lessons for life, and sometimes it makes more sense for someone to tell you clearly with the help of story as it moves along.

    He has followed the similar approach what Saints and Maharshi's across India use in their pravachan, read the story and explain the meaning.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Questions to Yudhister
    The explaination of the Bhagavad
    and the End on about the final fate of Pandav's


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Screw It, Let's Do It: Lessons in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Richard Branson
    • Narrated By Adrian Mulraney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (126)

    Richard Branson is an iconic businessman. In Screw It, Let’s Do It, he shares the secrets of his success and the invaluable lessons he has learned over the course of his remarkable career. As the world struggles with the twin problems of global recession and climate change, Richard explains why it is up to big companies like Virgin to lead the way in finding a more holistic and environmentally friendly approach to business.

    MDTruman says: "Screw it, I just wasted my money!"
    "Self centerd and boastful, not much to learn"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Maybe, the book is like a biography telling how awesome Sir Richard Branson is. It's a bit pompous with respect to his life.

    Me is great person, no offense, but a bit boastful of his achievements and adventures, most of which seems like a very elaborate movie plot.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Richard Branson’s life?

    Want to know more about his management style, his lessons learnt and his story in a more humble way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jon Lee Anderson
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (197)

    Che Guevara was a dashing rebel whose epic dream was to end poverty and injustice in Latin America and the developing world through armed revolution. Jon Lee Anderson traces Che's extraordinary life from his comfortable Argentine upbringing to the battlefields of the Cuban revolution, from the halls of power in Castro's government to his failed campaign in the Congo and his assassination in the Bolivian jungle.

    Matthew says: "Encompassing and Fair Look at an Historical Man"
    "Che Guevara: A Serial Social Entrepreneur"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Che Guevara?

    This guys is not only an inspiration, but an ideal from from there's a lot one can learn, about conduct, entrepreneurship and leadership.

    How one man, with no personal interest can change the face of humanity. He not only was a learned scholar, but was apt in executing what was right for the human masses. He really wanted to change the world, and sacrificed everything to do it himself.

    There's not enough words to describe him.


    What other book might you compare Che Guevara to and why?

    He's above all.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part where Che, though suffering from Asthma, out-performed every other person in Guerrilla Training. His self discipline and dedications tells a lot about his persona.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me cry at the very end, not when they killed him, but by the effects he had on people even after he died.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2915)
    Performance
    (2096)
    Story
    (2102)

    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Lynn says: "A Rip Snorting Story"
    "Good but NOT Great"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Salar Kamangar: The Man who does not crave attention, does his job well, and well, knows the secret to success.


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

    Gu Ge : Google's Chinese name


    Any additional comments?

    The story is good, but the author went too much in details where not needed and brushed the topics which could have used some more details.

    Also the author jumped a lot back and forth in time, making it a bit difficult to sometimes get a good grip of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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