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  • The Sea, the Sea

  • By: Iris Murdoch, Mary Kinzie - introduction
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 21 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Charles Arrowby, leading light of England's theatrical set, retires from glittering London to an isolated home by the sea. He plans to write a memoir about his great love affair with Clement Makin, his mentor, both professionally and personally, and amuse himself with Lizzie, an actress he has strung along for many years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure pleasure

  • By laurel on 06-07-17

BEAUTIFUL

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

I would listen to anything read by Simon Vance, and this book, a masterpiece, deserves double praise. I hardly could stop listening and it was finished all too soon. Can't wait to forget it a little so I can listen again! Just listen!

  • The Black Book

  • By: Orhan Pamuk, Maureen Freely - translator
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Galip is a lawyer living in Istanbul. His wife, the detective novel-loving Ruya, has disappeared. Could she have left him for her ex-husband or Celâl, a popular newspaper columnist? But Celâl, too, seems to have vanished. As Galip investigates, he finds himself assuming the enviable Celâl's identity, wearing his clothes, answering his phone calls, even writing his columns. Galip pursues every conceivable clue, but the nature of the mystery keeps changing, and when he receives a death threat, he begins to fear the worst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pamuk read by John Lee....

  • By Tambi on 05-26-18

Pamuk read by John Lee....

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

... can't get better than that. The book is not "easy," but what great book is? It's deep and mysterious and profound, as Pamuk so often can be.
John Lee, who always reads Pamuk, is one of the very best Audible performers; he seems to "get" the world of Pamuk, Istanbul and the rich history, Islamic metaphysics and wonderful tales of that world. "The Black Book" is, on one of its many levels, the "Thousand and One Nights" for smart, adventuresome readers. Listen to it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Strangeness in My Mind

  • A Novel
  • By: Orhan Pamuk, Ekin Oklap - translator
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 222

Since his boyhood Mevlut Karataş has fantasized about what his life would become. Not getting as far in school as he'd hoped, at the age of 12 he comes to Istanbul - "the center of the world" - and is immediately enthralled by both the old city that is disappearing and the new one that is fast being built. He follows his father's trade, selling boza on the street and hoping to become rich like other villagers who have settled the desolate hills outside the booming metropolis. But luck never seems to be on Mevlut's side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Strangeness in My Mind: A Delight for my Commute

  • By Andrea Frank on 03-19-16

Ah, Pamuk

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

Reviewed: 11-23-15

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

It's just wonderful -- no wonder Pamuk got the Nobel for literature. And if you love Istanbul it's a must -- the city over decades is a virtual character in the story.

What other book might you compare A Strangeness in My Mind to and why?

Other Pamuk novels, they all are great.

Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

The protagonist, Mevlut.

If you could take any character from A Strangeness in My Mind out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Mevlut, to a local kebab restaurant in Beyoglu, with a glass of his boza on the side.

Any additional comments?

Lee is perfect for Pamuk.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A History of Western Philosophy

  • By: Bertrand Russell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 38 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047

Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy serves as the perfect introduction to its subject; it remains unchallenged as the greatest account of the history of Western thought. Charting philosophy's course from the pre-Socratics up to the early twentieth century, Russell relates each philosopher and school to their respective historical and cultural contexts, providing erudite commentary throughout his invaluable survey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Works on all levels

  • By Gary on 11-21-13

BEE IN HIS BONNET

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

Reviewed: 12-24-14

What made the experience of listening to A History of Western Philosophy the most enjoyable?

PROBABLY RUSSELL'S BIASED INTERPRETATIONS -- I CHUCKLED.

Who was your favorite character and why?

THE AUTHOR. HE IS COMICALLY PARTISAN AND SO SURE OF HIMSELF.

What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

INTELLIGENT

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

EVERYTHING ABOUT PLATO AND ARISTOTLE IS DISTORTED ENOUGH TO MAKE ME CROSS.

Any additional comments?

DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU ARE NEW TO PHILOSOPHY AND WANT AN OVERVIEW. IT IS JUST TOO BIASED. IT IS INTERESTING IF YOU ARE ABLE TO EVALUATE THE SYNOPSES BASED ON YOUR READINGS OF ORIGINAL SOURCES.

7 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles

  • By: Margaret George
  • Narrated by: Donada Peters
  • Length: 42 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

An exhaustively researched novel weaves both historical fact and plausible fiction in bringing the story of Mary Queen of Scots to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, well read

  • By Robin on 12-01-09

BODICE BUSTER

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

Reviewed: 12-24-14

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

A different book. I had expected history.

What could Margaret George have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I don't think she is my kind of author.

Did Donada Peters do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

OK

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles?

All the puerile sex, for starters!

Any additional comments?

If you like romantic historical novels, you may enjoy this.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Fine Balance

  • By: Rohinton Mistry
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 24 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899

In the India of the mid-1970s, Indira Gandhi's government has just come to power. It institutionalizes corruption and arbitrary force, most oppressive to the poorest and weakest people under its sway. Against this backdrop, in an unnamed city by the sea, four people struggle to survive. Dina, Maneck, and two tailors, the Untouchables Om and Ishvar, who are sewing in Dina's service, undergo a series of reversals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Praise for the Narrator as much as the Writer

  • By Karen P. Smith on 05-10-09

john lee!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-14

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

yes

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

he is the best narrator by far i have heard. when he reads orhan pamuk i could swear he was turkish. here, i'd swear he was indian. he reads with great intellence and refinement.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no, it is quite long.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 23
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

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

RUINED BY READER

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

Reviewed: 07-04-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

A different reader, one who can pronounce Indian words. More importantly, one who can read with intelligence and has read the book before he starts reading. Each sentence he "recites" ends with an iamb or a trochee. Many voices speak in this fascinating book, but the reader differentiates none, young or old, male or female.... A mess.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The book is fascinating. Those who know Delhi, particularly those who were fortunate enough to visit it before the turn of the millennium, and then later, will find it compelling -- accurate and distressing.

How could the performance have been better?

See above.

Do you think Capital needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Sure, one of these years. It takes the history of the great Capital City up to today.

Any additional comments?

I am returning this book, and buying a hard copy where I can at least tell who is speaking, and understand the meaning of the narrative.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Nixonland

  • The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
  • By: Rick Perlstein
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 36 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631

From one of America's most talented historians and winner of a LA Times Book Prize comes a brilliant new account of Richard Nixon that reveals the riveting backstory to the red state/blue state resentments that divide our nation today. Told with urgency and sharp political insight, Nixonland recaptures America's turbulent 1960s and early 1970s and reveals how Richard Nixon rose from the political grave to seize and hold the presidency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A 5-Star Book Injured by the Narrator

  • By Frank on 08-12-09

poor reader

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

Reviewed: 08-13-13

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

This is a fascinating book! Didn't want to stop listening. The author is intelligent, lucid, a brilliant and entertaining historian. Too bad the narrator just doesn't get it. All is delivered in a monotonous, semi-ironic, rather manic style. Worst of all, he mispronounces big words as if he had never heard them, and names, etc. etc. "Thruston" for Thurston, "Huston" for "Houston," "Tune in, turn in, drop out" for Leary's famous "Tune in, turn ON, drop out," and on and on.

This is not to recommend NOT to get the book -- the history, the personality of Nixon and others, is compelling. But it really ought to have a reader who at least proof reads himself, and understands the material a little better.

Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen R. Thorne’s performances?

nope

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's much too long to do that.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Time Regained

  • Remembrance of Things Past, Volume 7
  • By: Marcel Proust
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 56

Lost in the blacked-out streets of Paris during the First World War, Marcel stumbles into a brothel and accidentally witnesses a shocking scene involving the Baron de Charlus. Later, at a reception given by the Prince de Guermates, his meditations on the passage of time lead to his determination to embark on his life's work at last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of emotional/intellectual/experiential joules

  • By Darwin8u on 11-18-13

THE SUBLIME PROUST!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-13

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

yes! So few have read more of "In Search of Lost Time" than "Swan's Way." The full Journey is sublime, and essential for a true appreciation of Proust.

What did you like best about this story?

EVERYTHING

What about Neville Jason’s performance did you like?

THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST PERFORMANCES I EVER HAVE HEARD.

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

Tag line rather unnecessary!

Any additional comments?

GRATITUDE TOWARDS THE AUTHOR AND THE READER.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Orphan Master's Son

  • A Novel
  • By: Adam Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,498

Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Went From Well Written To Pulitzer Prize Worthy

  • By Brigham on 12-15-15

DISAPPOINTING

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

Reviewed: 07-01-13

What did you like best about The Orphan Master's Son? What did you like least?

I GOT THIS BECAUSE IT WON THE PULITZER. I WONDER WHY... IT BEGINS BEAUTIFULLY, BUT THEN INDULGES INTERMINABLY IN THE "MAGICAL REALISM" OF HORRENDOUS TORTURE TECHNIQUES. THE PORTRAYAL OF N. KOREA GETS STALE, AS DO THE CHARACTERS. COULDN'T WAIT TO GET TO THE END.

Would you be willing to try another book from Adam Johnson? Why or why not?

NO. TOO SELF-INDULGENT.

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

OK. THE CHARACTERS WERE FLAT, AND SO WERE THEIR VOICES.

Did The Orphan Master's Son inspire you to do anything?

DON'T LET PRIZES SEDUCE ME.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful