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  • Half a Heart

  • By: Karen McQuestion
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209

At nine years of age, Logan Weber knows the routine. Keep quiet, make the food last, and don’t ever cause trouble. He’ll do what it takes to evade the rages of his troubled, violent father. Even though he’s only a child, Logan already knows too much - has seen too much. So when the opportunity presents itself, Logan runs. He has no idea where his journey will lead, or that the grandmother he’s been told is dead is desperately searching for him. Alone with no home of his own, Logan looks for a safe place to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Grandmother's Quest

  • By Elaine M. Panzeter on 05-28-18

Half a Heart

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-18

This is a good story which is perfectly presented by the reader.
I wonder if this book is categorized as Young Adult fiction? That might be an appropriate designation. Although the book deals with the tough topics of child abuse, violence & alcoholism I thought their handling was somewhat sophomoric. While I enjoyed listening to Half A Heart, the major characters were either all good or all bad, and the direction of the plot was quite predictable. I think Audible listeners will find this to be an entertaining, well constructed story, but the writing & language are neither sophisticated nor nuanced.

  • River of Smoke

  • By: Amitav Ghosh
  • Narrated by: Sanjiv Jhaveri
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

The Ibis, loaded to its gunwales with a cargo of indentured servants, is in the grip of a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal; among the dozens flailing for survival are Neel, the pampered raja who has been convicted of embezzlement; Paulette, the French orphan masquerading as a deck-hand; and Deeti, the widowed poppy grower fleeing her homeland with her lover, Kalua. The storm also threatens the clipper ship Anahita, groaning with the largest consignment of opium ever to leave India for Canton.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funky town

  • By K Cornwinkle on 11-30-11

Wonderful historical novel to follow Sea of Poppies & precede Flood of Fire

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-17

Amitav Ghosh gives the reader a broad, multicultural & entertaining view of life in Asia preceding the Opium Wars.rich view of life in & around Canton and a Brilliant & insightful view of the life & culture which grew around the trade of opium. Gives the reader a fascinating & multifaceted understanding of British colonialism on this period of history & on the world economy . The varied cast of characters and their interwoven activities captivate the reader and lead him irresistibly through the narrative from Sea of Poppies & on through River of Smoke to just before the first of the opium wars.. I can't wait to follow Amitav Ghosh's path onto Flood of Fire.

  • Sea of Poppies

  • By: Amitav Ghosh
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 615
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 400

At the heart of this vibrant saga is an immense ship, the Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, its purpose to fight China's vicious 19th-century Opium Wars. As for the crew, they are a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ignorance may be bliss

  • By Evelyn M Kloepper on 07-27-09

Best of Amitav Ghosh

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-17

I've read & loved many of this author's books, but this is my favorite so far. As always, the author reveals a great deal about India & it's culture by skillful writing that blends character, plot, setting, etc, but this book about the era of the Opium Wars was particularly intriguing. The diverse characters are wonderfully drawn, and Ghosh weaves them together through a capitulating plot which refers to the past and foreshadows future events. At the end of the novel the reader is left content about the outcome yet also eagerly curious about the future.

  • The Burning Room

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,751

In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By Patroo on 11-07-14

Harry Bosch, better than ever.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-15

In the Burning Room we find Harry Bosch evolving with the times as he tackles cold cases from 10 & 20 years ago. When a Mariachi player succumbs to complications from a 10 year old gunshot wound Harry is partnered with a young, newly promoted Latina detective to find the perpetrator. The case seems closely tied to important Los Angeles political figures, but how? Meanwhile Harry's eager new partner Lucy seems distracted by a 20 year old arson case which resulted in numerous deaths. Her reasons are personal and compelling enough to get Harry involved. As always Connelly creates a riveting plot peopled by a cast of interesting, multifaceted characters. Rather than fast paced & overly dramatic, the story telling here seems more low key and thoughtful. This fits today's Harry, no longer the stereotypical, hard boiled detective but a more appealing, complex & self reflective older man. Without Iosing his penetrating detective skills, Harry is aging gracefully. I haven't listened to a Harry Bosch who-dunnit in awhile, and I found the deliberative pace & natural quality of this reader's rendition both engaging and appropriate. An enjoyable and captivating listen.

  • The Pilgrimage

  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 940
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 791

Step inside this captivating account of Paulo Coehlo's pilgrimage along the road to Santiago. This fascinating parable explores the need to find one's own path. In the end, we discover that the extraordinary is always found in the ordinary and simple ways of everyday people. Part adventure story, part guide to self-discovery, this compelling tale delivers the perfect combination of enchantment and insight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, Favorite Coelho Book So Far!

  • By Idaho Trojan on 01-14-15

Tortuous listening

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

It might be good for someone very spiritual & religious

What was most disappointing about Paulo Coelho’s story?

The reader was one of the 2 worst I've ever experienced with Audible.I assume his style was an attempt to add drama, suspense & mystery to the text, but it was horrendous: overly dramatic, full of lengthy pregnant pauses, affectation, pontification, etc.. The voice of the "teacher" was particularly bad. In addition to the problems previously listed, that character had a foreign accent which came & went. Between the reader's attempts at drama & a sustainable foreign accent, the outcome was dreadful. His interpretation of the narrator's voice was different but equally irritating. The entire work as read was a pretentious, portentous, overblown harangue. It made what is probably a fine book into an excruciating listening experience. I wanted to quit listening after the 1st chapter, but I optimistically forced myself to finish; there was very little improvement.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book is probably a pleasant and illuminating read, but having heard it read thus, it is unfortunately difficult to separate the style from it's content.

Any additional comments?

I don't like giving bad reviews, but no way this one gets a pass.

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