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The Fan

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  • The White Tiger: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2004)
    Performance
    (835)
    Story
    (834)

    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"
    "A wonderful book read by a first-rate reader"
    Overall

    I loved the book and the reading. First-rate all the way. While it's by no means a chair-gripper, it is nonetheless compelling in terms of its psychological portrait. I recommend the book without reservation.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Whiskey Rebels

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Liss
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (304)

    At his most desperate moment, Ethan Saunders is recruited to find his ex-fiancée's missing husband. Meanwhile, Joan Maycott and her Revolutionary War veteran husband distill whiskey on the western Pennsylvania frontier. As their causes intertwine, Joan and Saunders - both patriots in their own way - find themselves on opposing sides of a daring scheme that will forever change their lives and their new country.

    Lulu says: "In My Top 10 - Maybe Top 5 At Audible"
    "One of my favorite books"
    Overall

    I loved this book. It is complex and intriguing and read by a fabulous reader. David Liss always interweaves historical characters and these were fascinating. I recommend this book without reservation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Consent to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3949)
    Performance
    (1943)
    Story
    (1956)

    For years, Mitch Rapp's bold actions have saved the lives of countless Americans. His battles for peace and freedom have made him a hero to many, and an enemy to countless more. In the tangled, duplicitous world of espionage, there are those, even among America's allies, who want to see Mitch Rapp eliminated. They have decided the time has come.

    Timothy says: "One of the Best Stories I've Ever Heard"
    "One of the best!"
    Overall

    I've "read" lots and lots of audiobooks. This is one of the best, wonderfully and realistically written and read.

    It's on the top of my list. If you want to read a novel with a plot that is intelligent, that does not stretch reality beyond the breaking point, that provides page-turning tension, read this book.

    One of my all-time favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nature Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Lee Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (148)

    Honey Santana, impassioned, willful, possibly bipolar, self-proclaimed "queen of lost causes", has a scheme to help rid the world of irresponsibility, indifference, and dinnertime sales calls. She's taking rude, gullible Relentless, Inc., telemarketer Boyd Shreave and his less-than-enthusiastic mistress, Eugenie, into the wilderness of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands for a gentle lesson in civility. What she doesn't know is that she's being followed by her Honey-obsessed former employer.

    Pamela Faber says: "Well worth the wait!"
    "A Huge Disappointment"
    Overall

    I'm a giant fan of Carl Hiasson, have enjoyed all his prior books, and looked forward to this one.

    I'm sad to say: This book was quite a disappointment. The humour and satire seemed forced; the characters were, in my view, boring. Seems to me like Hiasson is in a rut, and that this one was just churned out.

    I couldn't wait to finish the book and had to force myself to do so.

    I hope this is just a slight rut in Carl Hiaason's otherwise brilliant career. In all, I cannot recommend this book to anyone.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2534)
    Performance
    (993)
    Story
    (1005)

    The Executive Board of an exclusive men's club meets to talk about 9/11 and finalize a retaliation plan, known by a code name: Wild Fire. That weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is found dead. It's up to Detective John Corey and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield, to unravel a terrifying plot that starts with the Custer Hill Club and ends with American cities locked in the crosshairs of a nuclear device.

    Joseph says: "Good, but the series is getting forced."
    "Fun, engaging book"
    Overall

    Just finished this book. It was enjoyable and well read by Scott Brick.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Beth McDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (106)

    Tami Hoag, author of Dust to Dust, returns with "a definite winner," says Booklist. In a trailer in a Florida swamp, time is running out for Erin Seabright. A pawn in a kidnapper's terrifying game for a ransom no one can pay, her last hope is a washed-up ex-cop who has already lost it all - not once, but twice.

    Robert says: "Wow!"
    "Silly book"
    Overall

    This book was silly and trite. Typical tale of numerous suspects and "brilliant" detective putting all the improbable leads together. Like thousands of other tales of this sort. The reader was very good in parts and very poor in other parts. In all, wish I hadn't wasted my time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fine Balance

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Rohinton Mistry
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (323)

    In the India of the mid-1970s, Indira Gandhi's government has just come to power. It institutionalizes corruption and arbitrary force, most oppressive to the poorest and weakest people under its sway. Against this backdrop, in an unnamed city by the sea, four people struggle to survive. Dina, Maneck, and two tailors, the Untouchables Om and Ishvar, who are sewing in Dina's service, undergo a series of reversals.

    JOHN says: "Nearly a perfect book"
    "Perfect"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful book, beautifully written and read. An unforgettable experience.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2908)
    Performance
    (1094)
    Story
    (1087)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "A Disappointment"
    Overall

    I tried and tried to like this book. But I couldn't. I kept hoping it would end, but it went on endlessly and aimlessly, until it got the better of me. I had to quit.

    Ron McLarty is a wonderful reader, and he has a glimmer of hope as a writer. However, he needs to take plot and character lessons. The book had no plot and, on the few occasions when it tried at plot, it failed. The characters started out as likeable, but then they grey tiresome in their exceeding simplicity, almost stupid and silly ways.

    I would have given this book one star, but the reading by Mr. McLarty, as usual, is excellent, even though the words went nowhere.

    I think Mr. McLarty might actually make it as a writer someday, but not on this one, I'm sad to say.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Empire Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    From his first novel, Mohawk, to his most recent, Straight Man, Richard Russo has demonstrated great affinity for the tragicomic human condition, and here he expands his geographical and psychological claims on the small town, blue-collar heart of the country.

    Tom New says: "Empire Falls"
    "Loved the book"
    Overall

    I loved this book. True, it is very slow moving, character driven rather than plot driven. The characters are finely drawn and they are believable; the dialog is real. The reader is outstanding. If you're not into a subtle character-based story, this book isn't for you.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Chronicles: Volume One

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bob Dylan
    • Narrated By Sean Penn
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (136)

    Bob Dylan's Chronicles: Volume One explores the critical junctions in his life and career. Through Dylan's eyes and open mind, we see Greenwich Village, circa 1961, when he first arrives in Manhattan. Dylan's New York is a magical city of possibilities: smoky, nightlong parties; literary awakenings; transient loves and unbreakable friendships. Elegiac observations are punctuated by jabs of memories, penetrating and tough.

    Gerry A. Brown says: "Positively 4th Street"
    "A total disappointment----a waste of time"
    Overall

    I had looked forward to this book. It doesn't make it. It is disjointed, with little chronological flow. Although the book starts when Dylan was a nobody, it then skips to when he was over the hill. The most interesting part---the years in the 1960's and early 1970's, when Dylan achieved superstar status---is ignored. While Dylan skips the most important part of his career, he dwells on many irrelevant or nearly irrelevant subjects. The book is filled with filler, including painful descriptions of the weather and over-use of adjectives and metaphors relating to meaningless subjects. He spends seemingly endless time talkabout his making of an album that didn't work, but no time talking about his major hits. The only plus: Sean Penn sounds like Dylan. Other than that bright moment, Dylan would do us all a favor if Volume 1 were the last volume. This is sad because I love Dylan's early music.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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