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Shako

Mumbai, India | Member Since 2006

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  • Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Steven Tyler
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (307)

    The son of a classical pianist straight out of the Bronx of old Archie comics, Steven Tyler was born to be a rock star. Weaned on Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Mick and his beloved Janis Joplin, Tyler began tearing up the streets and the stage as a teenager before finally meeting his "mutant twin" and legendary partner, Joe Perry. In this addictively listenable memoir, Tyler unabashedly recounts the meteoric rise, fall, and rise of Aerosmith over the last three decades and riffs on the music that gives it all meaning.

    Damian says: "Reads true to the man and true to music"
    "Exceptionally narrated"
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    Jeremy Davidson, brings life to Steven Tyler, so much so, that when one hears the voice of the actual Tyler at the end, its a serious disappointment. The only hitch is that there is just too much talk about drugs to the point that you want to skip the part...but you cant, as Steven is all over the place and you might just miss some of his golden words in a way only Tyler can conjure. As another reviewer said, if the songs he talks about could also play alongside, this would be a book better than 5 stars. If they do take out another version with songs included, I would buy this book again. Despite these drawbacks, this is one book I would like to hear again. Also, printed autobiographies always have photographs, this should be incorporated into the audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (210)

    Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces. As Dan Brown comments: "Although I studied Dante’s Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world."

    Garry says: "Dan Brown at his best"
    "Far-fetched but relevant concept"
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    More James Bondish than usual with Langdon getting out of improbable situations. However, the concept of over use of the planet's resources due to overpopulation has been the worry of generations since Malthus. Man has, however, figured out a way to stay ahead of the threat of over population till now and probably will continuously innovate to do just that. Still, malignant genetic manipulations are a red light ahead and quite a possible scenario. Towards the end I was just waiting for the book to get over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accounting

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By William Lashner
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (222)

    Jon Willing was just a teenager when he and his buddies Augie and Ben stole a fortune in drug money. Brazen with youth and stoned out of their gourds, they thought they had the perfect plan for getting away with it. They were wrong. Twenty-five years later, Jon’s marriage is in ruins, his kids are virtual strangers, and the recession has decimated his finances. When he finds Augie murdered in Vegas, Jon knows his past has risen from the grave to grab him by the throat. Now Jon Willing faces a choice: run to a paradise of wine and women and endless sunshine or confront the demons from his past and fight for what’s left of his imperfect suburban life.

    Charles Atkinson says: "A Great Suspense With Great Depth of Character"
    "Interesting concept"
    Overall
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    Story

    It took a while to get into the book almost 25-30% of the way through and I was almost going to return it. But then the book picked up. More than the story of retribution (which was enjoyable), it was the psychological aspects of relationships that the protagonist had that were more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12736)
    Performance
    (11669)
    Story
    (11734)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Depressing and exhilarating"
    Overall
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    The world of a cancer victim is certain drawn well and empathy with the characters is at a very high level throughout. But you just know that this is not going to end well and truly it is the little victories of the characters along the way that make this book worth the read. Also its a bit of a chick-lit, so as a guy it may be a bit too nice sometimes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23176)
    Performance
    (14509)
    Story
    (14660)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Interesting premise"
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    Loved it but had a few reservations. (1) A scenario where the state is all powerful and controls the lives of "ordinary" people is a scare tactic that was unnecessary and (2) that little kids as small as 8 and 10 have the ability to change the world is a little far-fetched. All the same, I enjoyed listening to it and would still recommend it for its interesting take on the future and wars

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Professor and the Madman

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (1558)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (751)

    Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

    Jerry says: "Perfect example of a quality audible book."
    "Great story on a "dry" subject"
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    One wouldn't expect an intriguing story such as this on the making of a dictionary. In a way, you can compare the protagonist Dr Minor with today's icon Steve Jobs and wonder; does it take a person to be "mad" to be so brilliant? And in so many ways, being thus is not so bad after all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Closers: Harry Bosch Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2425)
    Performance
    (938)
    Story
    (949)

    In Los Angeles in 1988, a 16-year-old girl disappeared from her home and was later found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. The death appeared at first to be a suicide, but some of the evidence contradicted that scenario, and detectives came to believe this was in fact a murder. Despite a by-the-book investigation, no one was ever charged.

    Wheelman says: "Thoroughly enjoyable....."
    "Excellent, riveting book"
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    I enjoyed this book, especially the intricacies of court practice and how the mind of a defense attorney works. Mickey, the main character, may have been a bit too sugar-coated, which is why I give the story an overall 4 star. Also the end was too convenient and wish there would have been more of an edge to it. The script was well narrated and looked forward to hearing the story on every occasion possible. Have also read Connelly's other book, "The Closers", and have now bought more of the author's books. Despite these flaws, an excellent read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13673)
    Performance
    (6062)
    Story
    (6142)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Transported to another world"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Water for Elephants to be better than the print version?

    Both versions probably have their charm, but this was narrated really well


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The old Jacob Jankowski is probably my favourite character. He is old but his words are wise


    What about David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones ’s performance did you like?

    excellent narration, with great voice modulation


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when the dwarf went missing


    Any additional comments?

    excellent setting, excellent story, it's as if u r in another world when you are listening. One can almost smell the animals and the body odour of the characters, so well was the story etched.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Wright
    • Narrated By Greg Thornton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (373)

    Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office politics - as well as their implications for our moral codes and public policies.

    Darwin8u says: "A Masterpiece of Science Writing"
    "It's like 2 different books in one"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Moral Animal the most enjoyable?

    The first half of this book is exciting, provocative and excellently argued. I was amazed about how the evolutionary psychology discussed could mirror my life. I had decided to buy a kindle version as well to read over. But the 2nd half was a complete disappointment. Boring, insipid and more a biography of Darwin's life, not something I had signed up for. Also the theories were now discussed in such a way as to fit into Darwin's life retrospectively.

    That's why it's 2 books; the first half mind-blowing, the 2nd, contrived and boring. But just for the first half, the book is worth 4 stars.


    Would you recommend The Moral Animal to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would, only for the 1st half


    Did Greg Thornton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There were no characters


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, the 1st half was un-put-down-able


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1208)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (470)

    Few can rival attorney Andy Carpenter's affection for golden retrievers, especially his own beloved Tara. After he astonishes a New Jersey courtroom by successfully appealing another golden's death sentence, Andy discovers that this gentle dog is a key witness to a murder that took place five years before. Andy pushes the boundaries of the law even further as he struggles to free an innocent man by convincing an incredulous jury to take canine testimony seriously. It will take all the tricks Andy's fertile mind can conceive to get to the bottom of a remarkable chain of impersonations and murder, and to save a dog's life - and his own - in the process.

    Amazon Customer says: "Brilliant, Funny, a GREAT READ"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    Written with wit and style and narrated equally well. An engaging story that I had to finish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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