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  • The Storyteller's Secret

  • A Novel
  • By: Sejal Badani
  • Narrated by: Siiri Scott
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406

Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past. Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi - her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant - who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Roots India style

  • By kyle schmidt on 09-06-18

A pretty standard romance novel

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I read a lot of Indian literature. This book is more like an all American Romance Novel with some very mild garam masala blended in.
It is well written for the genre with a very gentle cast of one centimetre deep good guy characters and a lot of the usual emotional melodrama that goes with it. If that's your thing then this is a great book for you.
It is not my usual fare but I did listen to end even though it was utterly predictable so I must admit its is good and well performed for what it is.

  • A Place for Us

  • By: Fatima Farheen Mirza
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra, Deepti Gupta
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Random House presents the audiobook edition of A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza, read by Deepti Gupta and Sunil Malhotra. A Place for Us catches an Indian Muslim family as they prepare for their eldest daughter’s wedding. But as Hadia’s marriage - one chosen of love, not tradition - gathers the family back together, there is only one thing on their minds: can Amar, the estranged younger brother of the bride, be trusted to behave himself after three years away? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the weight of ideology

  • By GB on 07-25-18

the weight of ideology

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

This is a very well presented story.
The readers are both excellent.
I couldn't stop listening.

This is a story of how people can be forced to live their lives when caught by custom and the community gaze. I find the characters caught in a web of the community and the other. This is not to say they rebel, they are with one exception singularly accepting of their lot in life. Ultimately even the most interesting character who cannot conform is still caught in the iron web even in his rebellion.
Finally the community beats everyone, and the weakness of the story is that we are left hanging as to the fate of most interesting story line while the others resolve themselves with an iron cast predictability.
Its a good read that impels the reader forward with characters that are mystifyingly unexplored. Most people will enjoy this book.
My overall feelin is it feels like a very long introduction to a tale yet to be told.

  • Smoke and Ashes

  • By: Abir Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

India, 1921. Haunted by his memories of the Great War, Captain Sam Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium that he must keep secret from his superiors in the Calcutta police force. When Sam is summoned to investigate a grisly murder, he is stunned at the sight of the body: he’s seen this before. Last night, in a drug addled haze, he stumbled across a corpse with the same ritualistic injuries. It seems like there’s a deranged killer on the loose. Unfortunately for Sam, the corpse was in an opium den, and revealing his presence there could cost him his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Derring Do in the Raj

  • By GB on 06-25-18

More Derring Do in the Raj

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Another great story in the Wyndham & Surrender Not series. Quite an interesting combo in the modern era of searching for things to be offended about.
It treads the fine line between exciting story and being The Best of British while being firmly on the side of the Indians.
I can recommend it as a great romp through a bygone era and an exciting thriller.
I will be reading the rest of the series it’s a long time till 1947.

  • The Ten Types of Human

  • A New Understanding of Who We Are, and Who We Can Be
  • By: Dexter Dias
  • Narrated by: Tom Clegg
  • Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

This audiobook will introduce you to ten people. In a way, you already know them. Only you don't - not really. In a sense, they are you. Only they're not entirely. They inform and shape the most important decisions in your life. But you're almost certainly unaware of their intervention. They are the Ten Types of Human. Who are they? What are they for? How did they get into your head? We want to believe that there are some things we would never do. We want to believe that there are others we always would. But how can we be sure?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for Socialists

  • By GB on 04-05-18

Not for Socialists

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

I was interested in this book all the way through. It is full of interesting anecdotes and social science. There was a sense of unease about it that took awhile to gel. It reminds me of nothing so such as those tales of Victorian Adventurers like David Livingstone, Richard Burton and Lawrence of Arabia telling of their exploits in the Empire.

This is definitely the world of the benighted judged through a sort of reversed telescope of
entitled privilege and name dropping. And the author tell us he is very fond of judging very often .

This doesn't mean that it is bad or uninteresting or even flawed but it is definitely the world seen from a very coddled self confident distance. The overall effect is a long sermon by a High Anglican Oxbridge parson in the Royal Geographical Society or an Inn dinner.

  • Children of Blood and Bone

  • By: Tomi Adeyemi
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled - Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just read

  • By Anonymous User on 06-17-18

Will Make A Great Movie

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

After all the hype and implied political this and that, it's finally just a pretty good story in a pretty solidly constructed world with no idiosyncratic axe to grind.

I loved the world. I thought the concept was excellent. I was fascinated as a tourist with the places the book travelled through and the story is itself exciting enough with never a rest between drama and action.

The problem is the characters. One expects a certain degree of angst, strutting emotional irrationality, intellectual blindness and even teen narcissism in adolescent characters but in this story its all turned up to volume 11 all the time. Now in a good high adventure movie one expects endless action and bravado with characters that respond with endless heroism and damn the torpedoes. However, in a book it's a bit wearying.

The reader is excellent and she adds to the atmosphere. She brings out a wonderful sense of place and situation.

But in the end I suspect the Movie will be better than the book.

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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,883
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,054
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52,908

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Fun Chase Through Space

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

The book is completely over the top in a bratty teenager kind of way. The heroine is a badass in an adolescent fantasy kind of way, both vulnerable and aggressive. The plot is ridiculously over the top but that's by the by in a sci-fi novel. The characters are about as cardboard cut out as it is possible to be.
But for all that it trundles along at break neck speed never quite wobbling off the tracks into the ravine of the ridiculous.
The reader keeps the comedy just at the right level and gives about as much live to the heroine as its possible to do.
Not a bad book for a laugh and a few hours escapism in a YA romp.

  • Iron Gold

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds, John Curless, Julian Elfer, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,069

Ten years after the events of Morning Star, Darrow and the Rising are battling the remaining Gold loyalist forces and are closer than ever to abolishing the color-coded caste system of Society for good. But new foes will emerge from the shadows to threaten the imperfect victory Darrow and his friends have earned. Pierce Brown expands the size and scope of his impressive Red Rising universe with new characters, enemies, and conflicts among the stars.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Audio needs to be balanced

  • By Anonymous User on 01-21-18

Thumping Good Gamer Tale

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

More Swashbuckling Aaarg Aargh entertainment from the Guys and Gals of the Core, and the Rim.
A spiffing Story of derring do, Roman Honour, ice cold stoicism and class warfare, with never a dull moment.
The baddies are all oderint dum metuant and the goodies are all Far Far Better Thing I Do as the ungrateful peasants plot and scheme.
It could easily have been a flop but Pierce Brown is Master of his art, it kept me listening with rapt enjoyment from first to last.
I’m dying to read or hear the next instalment.

  • The Good Girl

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,462
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,453

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant performances, moving story

  • By Roger on 09-11-14

A Good Read

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

Not a bad book, just not really exciting. One reads fantasising about which character will meet the most gruesome end because so many of them are quite despicable.
I certainly read it quickly because I want to figure it out. I went through a few theories while I was at it.
So much for that; the reading is great. The readers do well bringing the characters to life. Eve is outstanding.
If you want an easy listen give it a go. All in all its pretty entertaining,

  • Scion of Ikshvaku

  • Ram Chandra Series, Book 1
  • By: Amish
  • Narrated by: Sagar Arya
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Ayodhya is weakened by divisions. A terrible war has taken its toll. The damage runs deep. The demon King of Lanka, Raavan, does not impose his rule on the defeated. He instead imposes his trade. Money is sucked out of the empire. The Sapt Sindhu people descend into poverty, despondency and corruption. They cry for a leader to lead them out of the morass. Little do they appreciate that the leader is among them. One whom they know....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Akshat Narang on 09-10-18

Outstanding Listen

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

It goes without saying that this is one of the great stories of the world, it has enthralled millions for thousands of years.
The writer is also a very competent word smith.
HOWEVER, the real standout is the reader. Sagar is an accomplished story teller whose voice and phrasing makes each character come alive. Each situation is alive and interesting. He makes a great story even more exciting and compelling. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great listen !!!

  • Mornings in Jenin

  • By: Susan Abulhawa
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Forcibly removed from the olive-farming village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejos are displaced to live in canvas tents in the Jenin refugee camp. We follow the Abulhejo family as they live through a half century of violent history. Amid the loss and fear, hatred and pain, as their tents are replaced by more forebodingly permanent cinderblock huts, there is always the waiting, waiting to return to a lost home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Important, heart-breaking story

  • By Mariechen on 05-20-16

Brilliant Journey in the the Soul of Suffering

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

Okay first off, I don't want to talk about the extraneous political flamers so often brought into books about Israel/ Palestine. I'm not going to make any statements about that, or indulge in fisking and nit picking.

This is a work of fiction and as such it is brilliant. The writer leads one into the emotional turmoil of a persons each of whose life is systematically shredded by circumstances beyond their control and which they had no part in creating. It leads us into the heart of darkness that is armed conflict and the cost the victims must bear.

It bring home the human cost of those caught in the fog of war. It is in fact the perfect antidote to the computer game indifference that modern media shows us. It could be any conflict anywhere. The story is relentless it hammers at the readers emotions and sense of equity but it never sinks into propaganda. There are no monsters, no caricatures and no personified evils in the book.

It is always the human price that the book centres on, Those who pay for the mighty's games are its story.

I recommend it as one of the best books of this sort I have read.