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Aparisim Ghosh

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  • The Case for God

  • By: Karen Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Karen Armstrong
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Moving from the Paleolithic age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the great lengths to which humankind has gone in order to experience a sacred reality that it called by many names, such as God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao. Focusing especially on Christianity but including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Chinese spiritualities, Armstrong examines the diminished impulse toward religion in our own time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great recasting of how God should be interpreted

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-18-11

This is not a case for god, it's a case for religion...

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

...and what's more, religion as it was practiced in ancient times. I'm a huge fan of Karen Armstrong, but this is her weakest argument.

  • Our Lady of Alice Bhatti

  • By: Mohammed Hanif
  • Narrated by: Nimra Bucha
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

The patients of the Sacred Heart Hospital need a miracle. Alice Bhatti may be just what they're looking for. She's just been released from the Borstal Jail. She's the daughter of a part-time healer, and it seems she has inherited his gift. With a bit of begrudging but inspired improvisation, Alice begins to bring succor to the patients. But all is not miraculous. Alice is a Christian in an Islamic world, ensnared in the red tape of hospital bureaucracy, torn between her duty to her patients, her father, and her husband.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Superb performance

  • By Aparisim Ghosh on 04-17-16

Superb performance

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

Reviewed: 04-17-16

A rare instance where the narrator greatly enhances one's experience of an otherwise mediocre book.

  • The Story of Indian Business: The East India Company

  • The World's Most Powerful Corporation
  • By: Tirthankar Roy
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

For over 200 years, the East India Company was the largest and most powerful mercantile firm in Britain and Asia. Set up to procure Asian goods for British consumers, the Company's business network spanned Persia, India, China, Indonesia, and North America. In the late 1700s, its career took a dramatic turn as the Company lost ground as a trading firm, but founded an empire in India. Why did a merchant firm end up being an empire builder? Why did politics mesh so closely with the conduct of business in this time? This new account of the East India Company answers these questions by taking a fresh look at the world of Indian business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super overview of the East India Company

  • By Dr. Brian L. Carpenter on 08-17-13

Good book, poor narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

The narrator's mispronunciation of many Indian words ("Malabar" and "Calcutta," for example) spoil the enjoyment of an otherwise excellent, deeply-researched account.

  • Capital

  • The Eruption of Delhi
  • By: Rana Dasgupta
  • Narrated by: Dana Hickox
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

In Capital, Commonwealth Prize-winning author Rana Dasgupta examines one of the great trends of our time: The expansion of the global elite. Capital is an intimate portrait of the city of Delhi, which bears witness to the extraordinary transmogrification of India's capital. But it also offers a glimpse of what capitalism will become in the coming, post-Western world. The story of Delhi is a parable for where we are all headed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • RUINED BY READER

  • By Tambi on 07-04-14

Another excellent book ruined by awful narration

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

Why is a book about the capital of India being read by someone incapable of pronouncing a single Indian name or word correctly?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • On the Grand Trunk Road

  • A Journey into South Asia
  • By: Steve Coll
  • Narrated by: Fajer Al-Kaisi
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

The audio edition of On the Grand Trunk Road is finally available, revised and updated with new material. Focusing on Coll's journeys in conflict-ridden India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Afghanistan as a bureau chief for The Washington Post, On the Grand Trunk Road reveals a little-seen area of the world where violence, corruption, and greed have had devastating effects on South Asians from all walks of life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Another good book ruined by appalling narration

  • By Aparisim Ghosh on 03-01-16

Another good book ruined by appalling narration

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

The narrator's unpredictable invention of punctuation where none exists ruins the listener's experience of this book. His giggle-inducing mispronunciation of South Asian names and words makes matters even worse.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Farthest Field

  • An Indian Story of the Second World War
  • By: Raghu Karnad
  • Narrated by: Kahlil Joseph
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

The photographs of three young men had stood in his grandmother's house for as long as he could remember, beheld but never fully noticed. They had all fought in the Second World War, a fact that surprised him. Indians had never figured in his idea of the war, nor the war in his idea of India. One of them, Bobby, even looked a bit like him, but Raghu Karnad had not noticed until he was the same age as they were in their photo frames. Then he learned about the Parsi boy from the sleepy south Indian coast, so eager to follow his brothers-in-law into the colonial forces and onto the front line.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely book, poor narrator

  • By Aparisim Ghosh on 03-01-16

Lovely book, poor narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

Karnad's rich prose is poorly served by Joseph's leaden reading. Better to read this book that listen to it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • India

  • A Portrait
  • By: Patrick French
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Second only to China in the magnitude of its economic miracle and second to none in its potential to shape the new century, India is fast undergoing one of the most momentous transformations the world has ever seen. In this dazzlingly panoramic book, Patrick French chronicles that epic change, telling human stories to explain a larger national narrative. Melding on-the-ground reports with a deep knowledge of history, French exposes the cultural foundations of India’s political, economic and social complexities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, ruined by incompetent performance

  • By Aparisim Ghosh on 01-19-16

Good book, ruined by incompetent performance

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

Reviewed: 01-19-16

Mr. Dixon's poor pronunciation would be bad enough, but is made worse by his lazy reading. To pick one example from scores, the name of Bihar's capital is PAT-NA, and not PAN-TA. How hard can it be to get that right?

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Shia Revival

  • How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future
  • By: Vali Nasr
  • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Profiled on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, Iranian-born scholar Vali Nasr has become one of America's leading commentators on current events in the Middle East, admired and welcomed by both media and government for his "concise and coherent" analysis (Wall Street Journal). In this "smart, clear and timely" book (Washington Post), Nasr brilliantly dissects the political and theological antagonisms within Islam. He provides a unique and objective understanding of the 1,400-year bitter struggle between Shias and Sunnis, and sheds crucial light on its modern-day consequences—from the nuclear posturing of Iran's President Ahmadinejad to the recent U.S.-enabled shift toward Shia power in Iraq and Hezbollah's continued dominance in Lebanon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator Needs Language Lessons

  • By Pari Golha on 11-28-13

Great book, awful reader

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

Reviewed: 07-14-15

You'd think a person reading a book about the Middle East would at least attempt to pronounce the names correctly. The reader of this book makes no such attempt. His mis-pronouncements grate on the listener. Better to read this book than listen to it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful