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Alan

Petaluma, CA, United States
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  • River of Smoke

  • By: Amitav Ghosh
  • Narrated by: Lyndam Gregory
  • Length: 22 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

In September 1838 a storm blows up on the Indian Ocean and the Ibis, a ship carrying a consignment of convicts and indentured laborers from Calcutta to Mauritius, is caught up in the whirlwind. When the seas settle, five men have disappeared - two lascars, two convicts and one of the passengers. Did the same storm upend the fortunes of those aboard the Anahita, an opium carrier heading towards Canton?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent narrator/ wonderful novel/

  • By Alan on 09-29-11

excellent narrator/ wonderful novel/

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

Reviewed: 09-29-11

now we must await the final volume in this wonderful panorama of a novel by Amitav Ghosh/

can be read without having read the "sea of poppies' but best to read that one first/

  • Justine

  • The Alexandria Quartet
  • By: Lawrence Durrell
  • Narrated by: Jack Klaff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Set amid the corrupt glamour and multiplying intrigues of Alexandria, Egypt, in the 1930s and 1940s, the novels of Durrell's Alexandria Quartet (of which this is the first) follow the shifting alliances - sexual, cultural and political - of a group of quite varied characters. In Justine, an English schoolmaster and struggling writer falls in love with a beautiful and mysterious Jewish woman who is married to a wealthy Egyptian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent/ with fine narration

  • By Alan on 03-31-11

Excellent/ with fine narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-11

An excellent~~superb book and the narrator is one of the best.


That said i must also inform all those who purchased this title in the few months after it came out in october to ask audible for the version which is now available and is 9 hours 55 minutes and NOT the 8 hour 55 minute one[ only just taken down last week] which is missing part 4 of the book!!!

without the ending one is missing much of the story and would have difficulties continuing with the quartet--which i strongly recommend.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Visions of Cody

  • By: Jack Kerouac
  • Narrated by: Graham Parker
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Hear Jack Kerouac's most radical experiment in language and storytelling - an "enormous paean" to that singular and influential figure Neal Cassady. A fusion of radical improvisation, bold reportage, and oracular voice, it is Kerouac's ultimate version of his ultimate masterpiece, On the Road.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying

  • By A. Yerkes on 07-20-09

cool~~~

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-09

the best~~~

sit back and let it blow over you~~~

sit back and just dig it...really.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Islam

  • A Short History [Modern Library Chronicles]
  • By: Karen Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

Best-selling author and renowned religious scholar Karen Armstrong presents a concise and articulate history of Islam, the world's fastest-growing faith. Beginning with the Prophet Muhammad's flight from Medina and concluding with an examination of modern Islamic practices and concerns, Armstrong delivers an unbiased overview. She contends that no religion is more feared and misunderstood by the Western world as Islam, and firmly challenges the notion that these two civilizations are on a collision course.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read the Book, pass on the audible!

  • By J********** on 08-21-06

terrible narrator for this excellent book

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-06

an excellent book~~all Karen Armstrong books are important vital reads in todays world. however the narrator is worse than bad. If it was just his dull reading, well alright, listen if you must, but his mangled prononciation of names and terms grates.
read the book. Better, ask the publisher to get another reader

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Moon and Sixpence

  • By: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

This is the story of an artist who was willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of art. In much of its general outline, this famous novel follows the life of Paul Gauguin, famous French post-impressionist painter, but it is not a novelized biography of Gauguin. Rather it is a sharply-delineated, carefully wrought "private life", written by one of the most vivid and penetrating contemporary literary masters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great, simply great

  • By reggie p on 10-10-05

a great reading by a great reader

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-26-05

excellent.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful