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Rishi Tiwari

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  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,042
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,979

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

The most amazing story in a long time except that it is true.

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

The most amazing life of Pino Laella will stun you that in this age how was his story never heard.

The tale of this ordinary but courageous man made me weep.

I mourn his losses. He has opened his heart and shown all that was there without fear of being judged. Frankly, after living a life like that who would care to be judged by others.

His story is perhaps sits with other stories like ‘Endurance’ and ‘Unbreakable’. But his lasting grief might rekindle your own.

Tread carefully. There is a war going on.

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,622
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,700
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,645

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Fan

  • By tatiana on 12-24-17

Better seen than heard

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Don’t bother as all the audio can’t put together the missing required visual.

Didn’t enjoy.

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  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,674
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,633

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

The eye of the storm

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Comprehensive material for a small book! Weather, NASA, politics, economics, Big Data, entrepreneurship and Tornados with a dash of pathos and dramatisation thrown in.

I have listened to worse by paying money so for free, the value is phenomenal.

Tornado Trump!

And I abhor Accuweather now!

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  • Heart of a Lion

  • A Lone Cat's Walk Across America
  • By: William Stolzenburg
  • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

Late one June night in 2011, a large animal collided with an SUV cruising down a Connecticut parkway. The creature appeared as something out of New England's forgotten past. Beside the road lay a 140-pound mountain lion. Speculations ran wild, the wildest of which figured him a ghostly survivor from a bygone century when lions last roamed the eastern United States. But a more fantastic scenario of facts soon unfolded.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding story

  • By Hutto on 09-28-16

Niche interest

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

It is about the mountain lions of America. Now if any of these subject interest you then go ahead and listen to it. I don’t know why I read it but I liked the book nonetheless.

It did show me the plight of these animals at our species hands and the butchery that still goes on in so called developed nations in the guise of the euphemisms provided by the English language.

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  • Irena's Children

  • The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto
  • By: Tilar J. Mazzeo
  • Narrated by: Amanda Carlin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781

In 1942 one young social worker, Irena Sendler, was granted access to the Warsaw Ghetto as a public health specialist. While she was there, she began to understand the fate that awaited the Jewish families who were unable to leave. Soon she reached out to the trapped families, going from door to door and asking them to trust her with their young children. She started smuggling children out of the walled district, convincing her friends and neighbors to hide them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So worth reading...

  • By Jan on 10-07-16

Mahatma Irena

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Mahatma Irena’s story of loss, pain and love is one of the most uplifting, but devastating too, stories currently known to us.

You may weep and feel overwhelmed every now and then. If you have children whom you care for then this story would hit you right in the guts.

Listen to it and weep on humanity’s worst and best.

  • No Stone Unturned

  • The True Story of the World's Premier Forensic Investigators
  • By: Steve Jackson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274

No Stone Unturned recreates the genesis of NecroSearch International: a small ,eclectic group of scientists and law enforcement personal, active and retired, who volunteer their services to help locate the clandestine graves of murder victims and recover the remains and evidence to assist with the apprehension and conviction of the killers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forensic Superheroes

  • By Mark on 09-14-16

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

This was super interesting and unexpectedly captivating! I wish there was more about the research but the book went halfway to crime cases. Although well written I still was missing a bit of research.

Perhaps it reflects the divide that the Necrosearch team itself is facing that the book conveys well.

The narrator was good but has the sharp whistle-y S sound that was shrill at times. I am listening to another book from him and he reminds me of Gopher from Winnie the Pooh bear cartoons!

  • The Richest Man in Babylon

  • By: George S. Clason
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,864

A modern day classic, The Richest Man in Babylon dispenses financial advice through a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. These famous "Babylonian parables" offer an understanding of - and solution to - a lifetime's worth of personal financial problems, and hold the secrets to acquiring money, keeping money, and earning more money.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better Financial Control, Better Quality of Life

  • By will on 08-31-14

Ancient wisdom

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

The book is lucidly written and doesn’t takes a genius to figure out the relevance of it to our times however as rightly emphasised throughout the book that the message is simple and this easily lost on the listener.

The book rightly extols the virtue of savings and prudence.

Although what sounds like common knowledge to us and common sense it is still not a bad idea to have it validated by ancient wisdom too.

  • Second Hand Curses

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,264
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,171

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second Hand Curses is First Rate Storytelling!

  • By Tony E. on 11-22-17

Fantastic make believe!

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Really captivating story and really, what a performance!

Specially the narrator who voiced Frank! Great job!

The characters were fantastic albeit a little too qualified for anything the narrative could throw at them. I loved the use of “the Narrative”.

Ingenious. This is a story written for Cinema. I can imagine it on a Hollywood banner with ease.

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 156,661
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144,567
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144,409

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Yay Science!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

Great story, gripping plot and very exciting climax!

I wish there was a bit more introspection and musings of the protagonist, a little bit more of philosophical pondering than available but no complaints from a sci-fi book.

  • Stalingrad

  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30

The battle for Stalingrad became the focus of Hitler and Stalin's determination to win the gruesome, vicious war on the eastern front. The citizens of Stalingrad endured unimaginable hardship; the battle, with fierce hand-to-hand fighting in each room of each building, was brutally destructive to both armies. But the eventual victory of the Red Army, and the failure of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, was the first defeat of Hitler's territorial ambitions in Europe and the start of his decline.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A blow by blow account

  • By Rishi Tiwari on 05-07-18

A blow by blow account

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

I doubt that anyone could “enjoy” this book. There is so much misery in every line that gloom takes over very soon. But after a while one becomes numb to so much violence very much like Michael Bay’s movies.

I often zoned out while listening to it and missed a lot of things being said. However often I found myself brooding over the fate and demise of these strangers who died decades ago in lands that I have never seen.

I was eagerly awaiting the end of the book. I don’t know whether it is the prowess of the author that, just like the soldiers of that unfortunate battle waited for the end, made me impatient to hear the end of this misery or I got simply got lost in the names, ranks, regiments and dates.

The narrator is very good and he did justice to the book.

This book will make you terribly sad.

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