LISTENER

Nancy

Sparks, NV, United States
  • 4
  • reviews
  • 4
  • helpful votes
  • 8
  • ratings
  • Shantaram

  • A Novel
  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,429
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,948

Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorite Books! Great Narration!

  • By Memphis on 06-16-14

Fascinating!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-14

Where does Shantaram rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best audiobooks ever!

Any additional comments?

This is the most engaging story that I have had the pleasure to listen to! I had previously read this book, but the narration by Humphrey Bower really makes it come to life. The experiences of the characters cleverly convey many life philosophies and this audiobook will remain in my library to listen to again at a future time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Potato Factory

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,272

Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook of the year!

  • By karen on 11-30-05

Fascinating!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-13

If you could sum up The Potato Factory in three words, what would they be?

Engaging, well narrated.

What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

The narration of this audiobook is outstanding. Mr Bower's portrayal of the characters, especially Ikey Soloman, made the story feel real.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was fascinated by this tale of clever and ingenious people who, by default of their birth into the lower classes of English society, are destined to make their living by devious and criminal means. You can't help but admire their industriousness and ability to make the system work for them, in spite of the danger of being caught at their game.

Any additional comments?

This is in my top handful of most enjoyed audio books.

  • A House Near Luccoli

  • By: D. M. Denton
  • Narrated by: Laura Jennings
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Over three years since the charismatic composer, violinist, and singer Alessandro Stradella sought refuge in the palaces and twisted alleys of Genoa, royally welcomed despite the alleged scandals and even crimes that forced him to flee from Rome, Venice, and Turin, his professional and personal life have begun to unravel again. He is offered, by the very man he is rumored to have wronged, a respectable if slightly shabby apartment and yet another chance to redeem his character and career. He moves in to the curiosity and consternation of his caretakers, also tenants, three women whose reputations are of concern only to themselves.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hard Listen.

  • By Nancy on 07-24-13

Hard Listen.

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

Reviewed: 07-24-13

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

I'm not sure that there are any redeeming qualities about the skill of the author or the narration to build upon.

Would you ever listen to anything by D. M. Denton again?

No.

How could the performance have been better?

Ms Jennings habitually takes a breath in the middle of a sentence, breaking it up into chunks of phrases, which was distracting and caused the narration to be choppy. However, a different narrator would not improve the story, in my opinion.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

I was expecting a more historically relevant story. Next time I'll look for a work by Irving Stone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Earth Will Shake

  • The Historical Illuminatus Chronicles Vol. I
  • By: Robert Anton Wilson
  • Narrated by: Scot Crisp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

They have been with us throughout the ages: the "Invisible College" of wisdom and their adversaries, the destroyers. Naples, Italy, circa 1764: A young aristocrat is about to stumble onto one piece of the great pattern. As witness to a vicious assassination and victim of his passion for the beautiful daughter of his enemy, young Sigismundo Celine is forced to begin a mystical odyssey amidst an ageless clash of Freemasons, Mafia, and the Illuminati.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A powerful start to the series

  • By Kamal on 09-13-07

Tedious and downright boring...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-10

This adolescent journal of a young man's rather hallucinational state of mind is not at all what I expected from the description of this novel. I suppose there's some insight into the secret society of freemasonry and its influence, but the author has chosen to follow the main character's emotional state rather than developing a strong story line. The story is, in fact, virtually non-existant and you reach the end wondering what message the author wished to convey. The narrator speaks so dully that he sounds bored, too.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful