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  • 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

A must read

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

Reviewed: 05-21-16

I liked this book. It informed me of the desperate measures people looking for a better life face when fleeing their own corrupt overcrowded homelands.
This book builds empathy in the reader for people in this situation. It also subtly throws the myth of spiritual India into the spotlight leaving the reader questioning the role of religion.

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,343

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

A wondrous heartfelt and fascinating story

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

Reviewed: 04-17-15

This novel was a surprise. I listened to it twice without stopping. New York as the backdrop to a magical yet everyday tale woven with expert measures of adventure, intrigue and emotion.
I can't wait for her next novel. Will it be a sequel? Recommended.

  • Ruby

  • A Novel
  • By: Cynthia Bond
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 982
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 861
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 858

Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at,” has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city - the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village - all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing

  • By Timothy Huff on 02-19-15

Sad , shocking and deeply moving

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

Reviewed: 03-01-15

This was a sad shocking and gripping novel exceptionally well read by the author. Some of the images are very graphic and perhaps there should be some mention of this. I went for a five k run after one of the passages as it was so traumatic.
Having said that it gives a deep insight into mental illness and the pervasive evils that flourish in western society.
Recommended but be warned graphic scenes.

  • May We Be Forgiven

  • By: A. M. Homes
  • Narrated by: Andy Paris
  • Length: 20 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 117

May We Be Forgiven, a darkly comic novel of 21st-century domestic life, stars Harold Silver, a historian who's always been jealous of his successful brother, George. But when the hot-tempered George is institutionalized for committing a violent act, Harold finds himself comforting his brother's wife and children. What follows is a scathing examination of a family so fractured it may never be whole again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Give this one a try!

  • By JWB on 02-13-13

This is a powerful book.

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

Reviewed: 01-29-15

Riveting. Clever. Wry humour and such darkness. I love the constant interruptions that take the lead from one drama to the next. Well worth the listen.

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