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  • A Tale of Love and Darkness

  • By: Amos Oz
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

It is the story of a boy growing up in the war-torn Jerusalem of the 40s and 50s in a small apartment crowded with books in 12 languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. His mother and father, both wonderful people, were ill-suited to each other. When Oz was 12 and a half years old, his mother committed suicide - a tragedy that was to change his life. He leaves the constraints of the family and the community of dreamers, scholars, and failed businessmen to join a kibbutz.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing

  • By cocopuff on 12-11-16

His life was interesting, but not his memoir

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

He seems for forget what he's already told you, For example I got maybe a 3rd of the way in and he'd described his father's rejection of spirituality about 10 times in almost the same words. There is a great interview with one of his aunts about life in Eastern Europe and I kept hoping for more like that, but gave up. He tells you that his father constantly makes bad jokes and then he feels the need to share them with you. There's too much detail! We don't need to know about every item on his grandfather's desk. Once he describes a very ordinary kid lying on the driveway woolgathering in a way every kid on earth has watching the sun set in his neighborhood. He ends up describing in painful detail the exact colors as they change in the sunset. It is absolutely the most tedious passage I've ever read. I heard an interview with Oz and had great hopes, but they were dashed.

  • The Year of the Runaways

  • By: Sunjeev Sahota
  • Narrated by: Sartaj Garewal
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Thirteen young men live in a house in Sheffield, each in flight from India and in desperate search of a new life. Tarlochan, a former rickshaw driver, will say nothing about his past in Bihar, and Avtar has a secret that binds him to protect the choatic Randeep. Randeep, in turn, has a visa wife in a flat on the other side of town: a clever, devout woman whose cupboards are full of her husband's clothes, in case the immigration men surprise her with a call.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe easier to read than to listen to.

  • By Eric on 06-15-16

Shown not told

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

Where does The Year of the Runaways rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The author forces you to pay attention to details by not explaining. It's refreshing: you must learn like a child or a foreigner. The story is tense and dramatic. Wonderful, really. The best novel I've read in a long, long time. The ending was a tad weak, but that can be forgiven.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Year of the Runaways?

Oh God, I don't know. Everything was interconnected.

What about Sartaj Garewal’s performance did you like?

It was just perfect. Inflected with an Indian accent but easy to understand. He stayed out of the way, didn't overdo it as some readers do.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I don't know what a tag line is.

Any additional comments?

Sahota takes Americans to absolutely new places.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In Morocco

  • By: Edith Wharton
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 28

In Morocco is Edith Wharton's remarkable account of her journey to that country during World War I. With her characteristic sense of adventure, Wharton set out to explore Morocco and its people, traveling by military jeep to Rabat, Moulay Idriss, Fez, and Marrakech, from the Atlantic coast to the high Atlas. Along the way, she witnessed religious ceremonies and ritual dances, visited the opulent palaces of the Sultan, and was admitted to the mysterious world of his harem.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A colorful but dated travelogue

  • By Brad on 12-12-10

Recording and Content

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing

What was most disappointing about Edith Wharton’s story?

Her superficial treatment of the place and her constant reminding me of how badly the pathetic people there needed the French "help" they were now getting.

Would you be willing to try another one of Anna Fields’s performances?

Maybe, but I would listen carefully first. This recording is faulty. Her pronunciations are incorrect very often.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from In Morocco?

I would suggest that she abandon the project.

Any additional comments?

Terrible recording of a dated and depressing book.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • The New York Times Audio Digest, March 11, 2014

  • By: The New York Times
  • Narrated by: The New York Times
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Highlights
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

It's the perfect listen for your morning commute! In the time it takes you to get to work, you'll hear a digest of the day's top stories, prepared by the editorial staff of The New York Times. Each edition includes articles from the front page, as well as the paper's international, national, business, sports, and editorial sections.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but very abrupt change of topic

  • By Elisabeth on 03-15-14

New York Times podcast

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

Reviewed: 03-11-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No

What did you like best about this story?

The writing is good.

What didn’t you like about The New York Times’s performance?

Everything. The reader doesn't seem to have any sense of what he's saying. It eventually began to drive us crazy.

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

No

Any additional comments?

I want to cancel my subscription to this, but can't figure out how.

  • The Savage Detectives

  • A Novel
  • By: Roberto Bolaño
  • Narrated by: Eddie Lopez, Armando Durán
  • Length: 26 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

The late Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño has been called the García Marquez of his generation. The Savage Detectives is a hilarious and sexy, meandering and melancholy, companionable and complicated road trip through Mexico City, Barcelona, Israel, Liberia, and finally the desert of northern Mexico. It is the first of Bolaño's two giant works, with 2666, to be translated into English and is already being hailed as a masterpiece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Started slow but ended great

  • By Rebecca Lindroos on 12-06-09

Amazing experience

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-10

The story is told by large cast of characters who seem to be responding verbally to questions about two poets, a Mexican and a Chilean. But somehow, these two end up seeming mythical and insubstantial while the supporting characters become full blown companions through their unique voices telling stories combining the mundane and bizarre. A latticework of detail is provided (You always know the date and place of a narration.), but motivation almost always remains mysterious. By some inexplicable means, the narrative tension is sustained through many adventures in Mexico City and Europe.
The readers are absolutely great. I'm sure that their good pronunciation of Spanish words (as well as German and even Latin) and the excellent definition of the characters through their voices and accents made this novel a much greater pleasure to listen to than it would have been to read in print.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Alexander of Macedon

  • By: Harold Lamb
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

The enigma of Alexander the Great has remained with us for 2,300 years. In spite of the best efforts of historians, Alexander is no less a mystery to us now than he probably was during his own lifetime. There was no one like him before or since. In the pages of Harold Lamb's intriguing Alexander of Macedon, we find some of the answers to the great riddle of his character.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read Arrian first

  • By Zachary Brannock on 10-16-05

Exciting! Historically accurate?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-09

Mr. Griffin did his usual fine job of reading the book, but the book itself is pretty bad. I guess the problem is that nobody really knows enough about Alexander and most writers keep having to say, "Well, maybe it was like this..." But, Lamb didn't worry about it and just made up the parts he didn't know, quite romantically.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • The Peloponnesian War, Volume 2

  • By: Thucydides
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

If ever a tragedy of Olympian proportions could be ascribed to an historic event, it would surely be appropriate to use that term in relation to the great city state of Athens. John Ruskin referred to the Peloponnesian War as "the suicide of Greece". It is an apt phrase. For never in history has a community reached such sublime heights of civilized life only to plummet to ignominious defeat within a single lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Choose This Version!

  • By Devon on 02-14-09

Choose This Version!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-09

I'd already listened to half of The Peloponnesian War by the other reader and was on the point of giving up. Then I switched to this one and don't want it to end! Mr. Griffin shows an understanding of the material that brings the story (a distant, difficult one) wonderfully to life.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful