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Nancy Young

Berlin, NJ USA
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  • Down the River unto the Sea

  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,211

Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island. A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. Broken by the brutality he suffered and committed in equal measure while behind bars, his work and his daughter are the only light in his solitary life. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him those years ago, King realizes that he has no choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Claudia Peebler on 03-03-18

Not Moseley’s best

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

I enjoyed the usual techniques used my Mr. Moseley. But this felt like a cookie cutter story and did not have the uniqueness of his earlier works. And I have read them all. But, the reading was excellent. Hats off to Dion Graham

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Palace of Illusions

  • By: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

The novel traces the princess Panchaali's life, beginning with her birth in fire and following her spirited balancing act as a woman with five husbands who have been cheated out of their father's kingdom. Panchaali is swept into their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war involving all the important kings of India.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • timeless story

  • By Richard on 03-15-08

Wow. Amazing

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

Great story. Even greater reader! Thank you Sneha for bringing Panchali to life. This is my third time listening.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116,292
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107,646
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 107,128

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Expecting something else

  • By Betsy S. on 10-15-17

Well done!

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

Loved it. Thank you! This is such a moving story and the comparisons made between apartheid and segregation is poignant and insightful.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When Dimple Met Rishi

  • By: Sandhya Menon
  • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan, Vikas Adam
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 840

Now that Dimple Shah has graduated, she's ready for a break from her family - especially from Mamma's inexplicable obsession with her finding the Ideal Indian Husband. Ugh. But Dimple knows that her mother must respect that she isn't interested in doing that right now - otherwise she wouldn't have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers, right?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Let's say it together...Awe!

  • By Dee on 07-03-17

Great narration. Predictable Bollywood story

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

The only reason I tried to finish this book is just to hear Sneha Mathan's beautiful narration. Wish the story was intellectually stimulating.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Moon in the Palace

  • The Empress of Bright Moon, Book 1
  • By: Weina Dai Randel
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

There is no easy path for a woman aspiring to power. A concubine at the palace learns quickly that there are many ways to capture the emperor's attention. Many paint their faces white and style their hair attractively, hoping to lure in the One Above All with their beauty. Some present him with fantastic gifts, such as jade pendants and scrolls of calligraphy, while others rely on their knowledge of seduction to draw his interest. But young Mei knows nothing of these womanly arts, yet she will give the emperor a gift he can never forget.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • One of the most annoying narrations

  • By Foodiewife on 01-28-17

Review

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

This is a good story and the narrator has great command of Chinese pronunciation. But, the intermittent skipping of the audio took away from my experience. I had to manually back up each time to try and understand what I missed

  • The Cauliflower

  • By: Nicola Barker
  • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan, Vikas Adam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4

To the world he is Sri Ramakrishna - godly avatar, spiritual master, beloved guru. To Rani Rashmoni, she of low caste and large inheritance, he is the Brahmin fated to defy tradition. But to Hriday, his nephew, he is just Uncle - maddening, bewildering Uncle, prone to entering trances at the most inconvenient of times, known to sneak out to the forest at midnight, who must be vigilantly safeguarded not only against jealous enemies and devotees with ulterior motives but also against that most treasured yet insidious of sulfur-rich vegetables: the cauliflower.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenominal

  • By JJ on 05-01-17

Not for those who embrace literary genius

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

I wanted to quit after the second chapter. There is a choppiness and disconnect and maybe even a "snarkiness " which takes away from the enjoyment. I chose to listen because Sneha mathan is my favorite narrator. She conveyed the snarkiness too well and I so I found the entire story to be incredible. Sorry. Ms Parker. It's a no go .

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow Princess

  • The Taj Mahal Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Indu Sundaresan
  • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Critically acclaimed author Indu Sundaresan returns to 17th-century India as two princesses struggle for supremacy of their father's kingdom. Trapped in the shadow of the magnificent tomb their grief-stricken father is building for his beloved deceased wife, the emperor's daughters compete for everything: control over the imperial harem, their father's affection, and the future of their country.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Nancy Young on 07-03-16

Great story

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

Great story. Hated the skips in the recording and repetition of recording in certain areas. Sneha mathan rocks. No one else can read the Indian historical stories in such a compelling fashion.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Oleander Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Orphaned at birth, 17-year-old Korobi Roy is the scion of a distinguished Kolkata family and has enjoyed a privileged, sheltered childhood with her adoring grandparents. But she is troubled by the silence that surrounds her parents’ death and clings fiercely to her only inheritance from them: the love note she found hidden in her mother's book of poetry. Korobi dreams of one day finding a love as powerful as her parents’, and it seems her wish has come true when she meets the charming Rajat, the only son of a high-profile business family....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding performance

  • By M. Naythons on 07-08-15

Great story

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

Reviewed: 04-09-16

What did you love best about Oleander Girl?

I love the way Sneha reads. The story introduced something new to the mix of missing parentage.

Any additional comments?

Great story but the reading skips twice and repeats several times. It was a bit annoying.

  • The Sleeping Dictionary

  • By: Sujata Massey
  • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

The term "sleeping dictionary" was coined for young Indian women who slept with British men and educated them in the ways of India. Set between 1925 and the end of World War II, The Sleeping Dictionary is the story of Kamala, born to a peasant family in West Bengal, who makes her way to Calcutta of the 1930s. Haunted by a forbidden love, she is caught between the raging independence movement and the British colonial society she finds herself inhabiting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It is a romance but...

  • By K Cornwinkle on 09-26-13

Great story. So many interruptions I. Quality took away from the delivery. This should be recorded again for future generations

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

Great story. So many interruptions I. Quality took away from the delivery. This should be recorded again for future generations

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Suitable Boy (Dramatised)

  • By: Vikram Seth
  • Narrated by: Ayesha Dharker, Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal, full cast
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 163

A Suitable Boy is Vikram Seth's epic love story set in India. Funny and tragic, with engaging, brilliantly observed characters, it is as close as you can get to Dickens for the twentieth century. The story unfolds through four middle class families: the Mehras, Kappoors, Khans, and Chatterjis. Lata Mehra, a university student, is under pressure from her mother to get married. But not to just anyone she happens to fall in love with.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • would prefer unabridged naration

  • By Tamshine on 07-07-11

Very entertaining and authentic

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

Reviewed: 07-05-15

Well worth the time and money.
The characterization put me right back in India with my aunties.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful