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alan

alan

Petaluma, CA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Unknown Henry Miller: A Seeker in Big Sur

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Arthur Hoyle
    • Narrated By Jonathan Yen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Henry Miller was one of the most distinctive voices in twentieth-century literature. Better known in Europe than in his native America for most of this career, he achieved international success and celebrity during the 1960s when his banned "Paris" books - beginning with Tropic of Cancer - were published here and judged by the Supreme Court not to be obscene. Until then he had toiled in relative obscurity and poverty.

    Tom says: "thorough look at Miller; engaging narrator"
    "why aren't narrators taught how to pro-nounce"
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    well if i had recalled that the same Mr Yen had narrated "spillover" i still would have bought as i consider Henry Miller one of the last centuries most important---and fascinating authors.

    that said it is painful while the narrator slows down and tries to accentuate a usually mispronounced name or place/ this was produced by our own "audible studios'--come on audible--someone help these narrators....

    that said, the book is excellent so far but i take it slowly/ see reviews for " spillover" for similar narrator problems/

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spillover

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David Quammen
    • Narrated By Jonathan Yen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (118)

    The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. We hear news reports of Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia - but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern. The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. David Quammen tracks this subject around the world.

    Lillian says: "Fascinating, but not Riveting"
    "fine book"
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    excellent important book and the narrator fits the book quite well---until he comes to pronounce Chinese names----he did fine in " other parts of the world" --- why didn't his director help him pronounce Chinese city names/

    it really makes one go ouch when listening/

    but a fine book nevertheless/

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10677)
    Performance
    (5904)
    Story
    (5947)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "INCOMPLETE/ this audio is missing 6 pages/"
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    What made the experience of listening to Life of Pi the most enjoyable?

    the fact that i had the book and could READ the missing 6 pages--the authors vital note/

    i bought this almost 10 years ago and mentioned the missing parts to both audible as well as the publisher--high brow audio/ and what did they do--nothing/ without the note you are all missing a most important part/ i advise you to look at the book before you begin to listen/


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mohsin Hamid
    • Narrated By Satya Bhabha
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (177)

    At a cafe table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with a suspicious, and possibly armed, American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful meeting. Changez is living an immigrant's dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by Underwood Samson, an elite investment firm. He thrives on the energy of New York. But in the wake of September 11, he finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned.

    Vahe Kassardjian says: "Disappointed"
    "great book but audio is missing...."
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    Where does The Reluctant Fundamentalist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the best/


    What about Satya Bhabha’s performance did you like?

    pitch perfect


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

    great ending--lets you add in your own thoughts as to what happened/


    Any additional comments?

    excellent novel of south asia/ good film by mira nair too/ HOWEVER be aware that 5-8 minutes of this audio are missing from the audiobook--the last part of chapter/track 3/like " life of pi' which is also missing a most significant part/

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Toward a True Kinship of Faiths: How the World's Religions Can Come Together

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    • Narrated By Richard Gere
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    No person today is untouched by what happens in the rest of the world. With this historic development, the Dalai Lama understands that the essential task of humanity is to cultivate peaceful coexistence. But this has long been problematic with religion, and while previous conflicts over religious differences may have been significant, they did not threaten the very survival of humanity. Now, when extremists have access to powerful technologies, a single spark could ignite a powder keg of frightening proportions.

    Elizabeth says: "Please Listen to This Book"
    "someone help Richard Gere's pronunciation/"
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    another excellent book from HH the Dalai Lama/ a much needed discussion on world religions and the need for them to join together rather than be at odds with each other/

    however, where was the director to assist Richard Gere--he mangles too many Indian names and places/ his reading is--- alright but not inspiring/ and he doesn't mutilate too often nor too badly/

    thus it is not too painful to listen and i do enjoy it and am learning/

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • River of Smoke

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated By Lyndam Gregory
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In September 1838 a storm blows up on the Indian Ocean and the Ibis, a ship carrying a consignment of convicts and indentured laborers from Calcutta to Mauritius, is caught up in the whirlwind. When the seas settle, five men have disappeared - two lascars, two convicts and one of the passengers. Did the same storm upend the fortunes of those aboard the Anahita, an opium carrier heading towards Canton?

    Alan says: "excellent narrator/ wonderful novel/"
    "excellent narrator/ wonderful novel/"
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    now we must await the final volume in this wonderful panorama of a novel by Amitav Ghosh/

    can be read without having read the "sea of poppies' but best to read that one first/

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Be Love Now: The Path of the Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ram Dass, Rameshwar Das
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (42)

    In Be Love Now, Ram Dass shares what he has learned in his remarkable four-decade-long spiritual journey. Through timeless teaching stories, compelling and often humorous personal anecdotes, and soul-stirring insights, Ram Dass tracks the stages of his own awakening in his trademark down-to-earth style.

    alan says: "Ram Dass great/ narrater close to terrible"
    "Ram Dass great/ narrater close to terrible"
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    having followed ram dass for almost half a century, this book is a must. however i would rather have found the book as the narrator is bad~~he mangles many of the indian terms, city names as well as people's names~~~~. In addition it felt to me that he was just reading and did not himself understand what he was reading. Oh well....If the book is close by i would recommend you buy it instead.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Justine: The Alexandria Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lawrence Durrell
    • Narrated By Jack Klaff
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Set amid the corrupt glamour and multiplying intrigues of Alexandria, Egypt, in the 1930s and 1940s, the novels of Durrell's Alexandria Quartet (of which this is the first) follow the shifting alliances - sexual, cultural and political - of a group of quite varied characters. In Justine, an English schoolmaster and struggling writer falls in love with a beautiful and mysterious Jewish woman who is married to a wealthy Egyptian.

    alan says: "wonderful book meets terrific narrator"
    "wonderful book meets terrific narrator"
    Overall

    An excellent~~superb book and the narrator is one of the best.

    That said i must also inform all those who purchased this title in the few months after it came out in october to ask audible for the version which is now available and is 9 hours 55 minutes and NOT the 8 hour 55 minute one[ only just taken down last week] which is missing part 4 of the book!!!

    without the ending one is missing much of the story and would have difficulties continuing with the quartet--which i strongly recommend.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Narrow Road to the Interior and Hojoki

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Matsuo Basho, Kamo no Chomei
    • Narrated By Togo Igawa
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    The Narrow Road to the Interior and Hojoki are two of the best-loved works of their kind; famous for their beautiful, delicate verse and subtle insight into the human condition. It has been said of The Narrow Road that 'it was as if the very soul of Japan had itself written it'. It takes the form of a travel diary, and traces the poet's journey from Edo (modern-day Tokyo) to the northern interior.

    Karen says: "Second story unintelligible"
    "excellent"
    Overall

    superb & excellent. like all of naxos audios this is well done and a fine listen. the japanese actors make it even better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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