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  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

  • A Novel
  • By: Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Narrated by: Meera Syal
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,488

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she's spent most of her 20-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father's death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center in the beating heart of London's close-knit Punjabi community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and insightful

  • By Ms P Kelly on 06-26-17

Good story and relatable characters

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

I enjoyed this book. The culture was interesting and varied enough from those I have been around significant time to be a learning experience for me but the characters were entirely relatable and real. It doesn't shy from harsh realities of life today and the problems as cultures blend but it also shows both the best of both as well and the simple commonplace things that are just part of life and are a result of blended and connected cultures and families.

The food descriptions had me opening my spice drawers. The ladies interactions were the core of the story. A tapestry of mystery, food, culture, pain, passion, sex, love, drama, conversation, violence, activism, religion, and life with a backdrop of London weather and shops with the various districts holding their own place in the story.

It brought back memories of roommates loaning me a saree to go for lunch at the temple with them and discussions about family expectations for each of in different religious and cultural backgrounds. I remembered friends talking about their arranged marriages and the aunties. I remembered learning to cook the dishes they talk about and learning to love saree.

  • Ononokin Book Bundle #1

  • 4 Hilarious Adventures
  • By: John P. Logsdon, Christopher P. Young
  • Narrated by: Jus Sargeant
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

A hilarious fantasy book bundle! This bundle includes A Quest of Undoing, The Full Moon Event, Bob the Zombie, and Gappy's Gadgets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hit the spot nicely <br />

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-22-17

entertaining and intricate world

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

A fun casual fantasy story. The world comes to life as the story unfolds and the rules of the society come in to play. Widely differing characters spread across the stories and keep you going. I wouldn't exactly compare it to Pratchet but definitely a similar style to character and world. I enjoyed that is was a genuinely new take on a lot of fantasy themes but still follows the traditions it is obviously referencing, it is amusing. It i a worthy addition to your reading list that may not be your favorite book but you will enjoy it and be glad you read it or listened to it. The narration is pretty good on the audiobook. Each book is a different setting in the world and a different type of characters but they meet each other and the stories blend well. I like that there is a tech world and a magic world and they have some connections.

  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: David Thorn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 610
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510

Ms. Christie introduces us for the first time to Hercule Poirot as he solves the mysterious demise of Mrs. Alfred Inglethorpe at her country estate, Styles Court. Many suspects come under his scrutiny but it is his genius to unravel all the intricacies and end up solving the crime in a very surprising ending.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poirot accent tough to handle.

  • By Kim on 03-18-15

good

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

of the 4 I tried, this one had the best narrator. I always enjoy Poirot stories and have read this one many time so it was a good one to play while I worked. Of the other 4 I tried, one narrator was intolerable and the others were bad.

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,144

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

Good story: disturbingly realistic

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

this is a good story, one of the best done I have read/listened to. It is also probably one of the more disturbing considering the current political and social climate and the context of what she personally saw and experienced.

As her note at the end says, she made a point that every event, action, idea, and technology was something that has happened in the real world in history. That creates a rich tapestry of background without having to explain things and develops a believability and plausibility that would otherwise be less concrete.

I had friends that lived behind the iron curtain and that were there when their town changed overnight so I see her perspective and how it is very plausible.

The characters are realistic: flawed, unjust, surviving, selfish, and emotional. They are living in he world they are in and few of them understand the world others around them are in and how the world as a whole is not the same for everyone in it. The plausibility of something like this and the image of where the current extremism could lead is truly disturbing. I definitely recommend this version because the extra interview at the end is fascinating.

  • NPCs

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,934

What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed? When the quest has been given, the steeds saddled, and the adventurers are off to their next encounter? They keep the world running, the food cooked, and the horses shoed, yet what adventurer has ever spared a thought or concern for the Non-Player Characters? In the town of Maplebark, four such NPCs settle in for a night of actively ignoring the adventurers drinking in the tavern when things go quickly and fatally awry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable if you manage your expectations

  • By Miachi on 01-23-15

Great book for tabletop gamers

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

If you are a gamer, this is for you. Others may enjoy it, but the subtlety of the story is usually in the memories of gaming groups, writing games, and altering worlds to fit the whims of your players.
The idea of writing from the perspective of the NPCs in the world when things go wrong is wonderful. This is a fun listen with a good feel of a gaming world.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book as a fun, casual story to entertain and give you things to think about in your gaming world.

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  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,510

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

enjoyable listen from one of my favorite authors.

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

I always enjoy Gaiman anyway and was not disappointed in this book.
His characters are excellent and fun, his story is good and runs smooth, and the world is rich and relatable. This is our world with the magic and Gods of old still here in the modern world, living hidden under the mundane. Trickster stories are always entertaining, and this is no different in that.
His journey through across the world, into the magic, to himself, and through the emotions of what happens to him carries you through a thoroughly entertaining story and leaves you wanting more.

  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,933

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fast-Food Science Fiction

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 04-07-17

enjoyable time travel story with strong characters

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

I enjoyed this book all the way through. The characters are a bit over the top but they feel more realistic in their responses and behaviors (they are supposed to be special, that's why they are there after all.)
If you do a lot of time travel books, the plot will be predictable but it is done in an enjoyable way. The interactions are good and the characters represent their times pretty well. It is well worth the time and is an enjoyable book. I will probably get the second one.
I only rate books 5 stars if they are exceptional so a 4 is good for me, I recommend the book.

  • A Single Thread

  • The Cobbled Court Series, Book 1
  • By: Marie Bostwick
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward, Lorna Raver
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,226

Marie Bostwick weaves the unforgettable story of four very different women whose paths cross, changing their lives forever. It’s a long way from Fort Worth, Texas, to New Bern, Connecticut, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realize she’s found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn’s wake-up call to get busy chasing her dream of opening a quilt shop. Finding a storefront is easy enough; starting a new life isn’t....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Signing Up for the Series!

  • By Becky Price on 10-16-14

A good book.

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

I sew, by hand and by machine. I got this book on a whim, it is very out of my usual style. I did not know how religious it could be at times, but it fits the characters.
I enjoyed it, I may get book 2.

It is a good, casual listen with well-done characters and a mostly realistic story.
The opening hooked me as an artist and a sewist. Her struggles with recent divorce, moving, aging, the stories of cancer survivors, the quilting group, all of it comes together in a story many can relate to and enjoy while they sew.

I know people like these characters so they felt more real to me than to some reviewers. My father is from that area in New England and I am from Texas so the connections and relatability was fun.

I enjoyed the narrator.

  • The Paper Magician

  • By: Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,732
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,721

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she's bonded to paper, that will be her only magic... forever. Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Valley girl reads book on faux British accent

  • By James and co. on 06-23-15

decent story, terrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-11-16

If you could sum up The Paper Magician in three words, what would they be?

Unique and creative

How could the performance have been better?

Different narrator. She is stiff, stilted and does characters awfully. Her reading of scenery isn't bad but her stiffness on characters mars everything and doesn't fit characters or scene.

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

The man with a paper heart.

Any additional comments?

Reasonably entertaining story. I don't care for the end.