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  • Shantaram: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (341)

    Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

    Mickey says: "Probably the best performance I've listened to."
    "HANDS DOWN best audiobook I have ever listened to!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Shantaram the most enjoyable?

    This is one of the rare books where I can honestly say you LOSE something by reading it rather than listening to it on audio. The narrator's accents, voice inflections and personality are awe-inspiring. This is a book about characters, and he was able to so uniquely capture each character's personality just by using his voice. He could instantaneously jump from an Australian accent, to an Indian accent, to a Jamaican accent and even a French accent. The reader is simply brilliant. He made every moment feel so real, like a movie playing in your head.


    What other book might you compare Shantaram to and why?

    In my experience, there is no other book like this anywhere. It is one of a kind, just like it's author. It will consume your LIFE for several weeks, even months and you will LOVE. EVERY. MINUTE. :)


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but no I feel I shouldn't listen to anything BUT.


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

    The choice you make between hating and forgiving, can become the story of your life.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is extremely character driven and the narrator brings that to life superbly. It is also a deeply philosophical book about morality, crime, redemption and forgiveness. I was very lucky to have a copy of the book handy, because I was constantly searching through the pages so I could underline beautiful passages, profound thoughts and metaphors and philosophical gems. They seemed endless and always knocked my socks off. This book will stay with me for a very very long time.

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  • A Tale for the Time Being

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Ruth Ozeki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (434)

    In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace - and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox - possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami.

    Karen says: "Engaging story beautifully read"
    "Ozeki is brilliant as a writer and narrator!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, incredible story extremely well-narrated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Old Jiko for sure. Best character.


    What about Ruth Ozeki’s performance did you like?

    She did a fantastic job. Can't imagine it being read by anyone else. Also, I met her and she is SUCH a lovely person! :)


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

    I was definitely shocked when one of the main characters was discussing the culture of suicide in Japan, but it was fascinating. Something that needs to be said, brought out into the open and confronted.


    Any additional comments?

    Such a beautiful story. Ozeki captures a 15 year old adolescent girl perfectly. You will not regret this listen.

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