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Ankur Shrivastav

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  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,170
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,705

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Experience

  • By Stephen R. Grant on 11-05-18

Short, hard hitting & extremely funny

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

I am really happy that I stumbled across this short play audible recommendations. It's a great plot that becomes very, very real thanks to an exceptional performance by a gifted starcast.

I was engrossed for the entire duration and forgot about the traffic jam I was in. Listening to this was like seeing people perform live on Broadway. I was particularly amazed how a seemingly dreary, gloomy subject can be made extremely engrossing through perfectly timed humour.

I'd recommend this to everyone who is interested in comedy & theatre.

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  • Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey

  • By: Homer, W. H. D. Rouse - translator
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 25 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,374

Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are unquestionably two of the greatest epic masterpieces in Western literature. Though more than 2,700 years old, their stories of brave heroics, capricious gods, and towering human emotions are vividly timeless. The Iliad can justly be called the world’s greatest war epic. The terrible and long-drawn-out siege of Troy remains one of the classic campaigns. The Odyssey chronicles the many trials and adventures Odysseus must pass through on his long journey home from the Trojan wars to his beloved wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Revisit the Classics

  • By The Kindler on 07-28-16

Travel back to the great war

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

The Illiad & the Odessey are epics with global recognition for a reason. The description of the Trojan war, the embedded stories of its heroes and the continuous oscillation between hope & despair make this a wonderful audio book. The post war journey of Oddeyseus is like a to a fairly tale.

A word of caution though. Since this is unabridged and a translation, it requires patience. It's not fast paced and there are more than one instances of repeatations. Read it if you have the patience to hear the author describe every detail, however trivial with unparalleled similes. From the scar on Oddeseus's foot to the pre determined fate of Achilles, everything has been described in detail to gladden the heart of a story lover.

The narration is something to look forward too. It breathes life into the epics.

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  • The Palace of Illusions

  • By: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

The novel traces the princess Panchaali's life, beginning with her birth in fire and following her spirited balancing act as a woman with five husbands who have been cheated out of their father's kingdom. Panchaali is swept into their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war involving all the important kings of India.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • timeless story

  • By Richard on 03-15-08

A very different perspective to the great Epic

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

Reviewed: 02-29-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Palace of Illusions to be better than the print version?

Yes, even though the narration could have been better. The Indian names, specially, were incorrectly pronounced and the Hindi/Sansnkrit words seemed to be coming out with a perceptible effort.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Krishna, without doubt. I have read the Mahabharata in several forms, and each version brings out a different flavour to Krishna's role as well as his teachings.

Which scene was your favorite?

The last chapter describing the final journey was probably the best.

Any additional comments?

Even though this is not a retelling of the great Epic, its brings out a completely different nuance. It forced me to think differently about aspects of the story that I had always assumed to be a certain way.

  • The Day of the Jackal

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,374

One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman who in, the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, operations chief of the O.A.S., to assassinate General de Gaulle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quite a chase!

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-14-10

The joy of narration

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

Reviewed: 02-14-16

Having read this novel and watched a movie made on it, I was familiar with the plot and the climax. The movie hardly did justice to the writing. But the narration captured all details and possibly the emotions the author wanted us to go through as he was writing this. The experience was better than reading the novel or watching the movie.

Spectacular. A great listen for anyone who loves mysteries.

  • The Guns of August

  • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118

Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman here brought to life again the people and events that led up to World War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, The Guns of August will not be forgotten.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pay attention!

  • By Chrissie on 07-11-13

It was as if I was standing in the battlefield

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

Reviewed: 01-14-16

Slow in the starting, it gathers momentum towards the middle. The story takes you right into the battlefield and into the minds of the generals fighting the initial battles. But it's the narration that makes the experience outstanding.

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  • The Second World War: Alone

  • By: Sir Winston Churchill
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,072

"After the first forty days we were alone," writes Churchill. This edition is part two of Churchill's own abridgement of his original six-volume history of the Second World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the rest of the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-13-08

Building towards a great climax

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

Reviewed: 09-06-15

Even though the outcome of world war 2 is well known, this book continues to build towards the great climax. I was continuously wondering what will happen next. From the war on the British front to the battles being fought in the mediterranean and the desert of North Africa, this book covers the grim events of in detail. The story line and the narration transported me into the battlefields and the headquarters where the next strategic decision was being made.

Dont read this unless you have read part 1.

  • Einstein

  • His Life and Universe
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 21 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,174

Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise: Two books in one!

  • By Henrik on 04-20-07

Great biography

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

Reviewed: 08-20-15

Balances Einstein's life story and his science very well. The reader does need to have a basic understanding of physics to appreciate the sheer genius of Einstein described in this account.

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  • The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster

  • By: Winston Churchill
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,913

Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant! Only Churchill could have done this.

  • By John M on 10-30-08

Excellent account of the years leading up to the w

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

Reviewed: 08-03-15

Fantastic story with an even better narration. Provides great insights into the events that allowed the war to become a reality, with clear explanation of why action at those moments was critical.

The storyline & narration is superb. I remained glued, eagerly waiting for the next event to unfold. The story pivots on time and therefore is easy to follow.

  • A History of the World

  • By: Andrew Marr
  • Narrated by: Andrew Marr, David Timson
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

From the earliest civilizations to the 21st century: a global journey through human history, published alongside a landmark BBC One television series. Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey, Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 25 hours of enjoyment

  • By Mark on 04-26-13

Decent, but could have been great

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

While the narration & performance were good, the story could have been orchestrated much better. Often new threads are introduced in the main chapter which are hard to follow and keep track of. The author chose to pivot on civil axions and countries and was therefore forced to skim through several important events, including the world wars. A better alternative would have been to keep time as the baseline and talk about all significant events in that period.

Also, disproportionate coverage has been given to European civilisations, not enough to The Asian ones and nearly none African and South American history.