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  • Amsterdam

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Maxwell Caulfield
  • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

The action in this Booker Prize-winning story unfolds after the funeral of Molly Lane, when Molly's former lovers, newspaper editor Vernon Halliday and composer Clive Linley make a fateful pact, and another ex, prime-minister hopeful Julian Garmony, finds himself struggling for his political life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun to read, but flawed novel

  • By Everett Leiter on 07-15-05

Man Booker for this?

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

I wonder what went on in the committee meetings that led to the selection of Amsterdam as the winner of Man Booker Prize in 1998. Amsterdam is wonderfully written no doubt, but it lacks a solid story. The storyline is simple and thin, if not implausible. It definitely does not deserve a prize of the calibre of Man Booker for sure.
The record quality of the narration is also really poor and makes it extra painful to follow the story.

  • The Short Stories of Anton Chekhov, Volume 1

  • By: Anton Chekhov
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, (1860-1904), was born in Russia at Taganrog on the Sea of Azov. His name has become synonymous with a certain literary style much admired and widely copied since his death. Typically, a Chekhov story is a "mood", a state of mind, usually with regard to relations between one person and another. Under the influence of the constant, infinitesimal, and unforeseen pinpricks of life, there occurs a gradual transformation of that state of mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful stories.

  • By Saman on 10-18-12

great intro to Chekhov

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

These Short stories by Chekhov narrated beautifully, sometimes with a beautiful background music, are a great introduction to this great Russian writer.