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Zakir

Ashland, OR, USA
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  • Unaccustomed Earth

  • Stories
  • By: Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Narrated by: Sarita Choudhury, Ajay Naidu
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 316

From the internationally best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a superbly crafted new work of fiction: eight stories that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand. In the stunning title story, Ruma, a young mother in a new city, is visited by her father, who carefully tends the earth of her garden, where he and his grandson form a special bond. But he's harboring a secret from his daughter, a love affair he's keeping all to himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Beautiful

  • By Eileen on 11-21-08

Great read!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-09

The book is a few short stories of second generation Bengalis in the US. Good storytelling that makes the mundane interesting.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,826

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN

  • By Pamela M on 03-02-09

Very engaging story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-08

This book with superb narration was so engaging that I spent most of the weekend listening to it. Fabulous narration. Great book to listen while driving or otherwise. Absolutely recommend.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • A Confederacy of Dunces

  • By: John Kennedy Toole
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,889
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,900

The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Done

  • By Jon on 09-18-05

Stellar!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-08

The narration brings the characters to life. An excellent portrayal of colorful characters. Erudite prose. Intricate humor.

  • Tilt-a-Whirl

  • John Ceepak, Book 1
  • By: Chris Grabenstein
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,825
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,810

There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the reader makes this book

  • By L. Haight on 08-30-07

Terrible.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-08

Got this from the recommended list of lists. Rather boring. Main character is a teenagerish.

1 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Echelon Vendetta

  • A Novel
  • By: David Stone
  • Narrated by: Firdous Bamji
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 997
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 175

When CIA "fixer" Micah Dalton's friend and mentor turns up dead, he's put on a collision course with a killer who has a penchant for intricate knife-work and Native American mysticism, a sadist who is killing ex-CIA agents. The victims are hard-nosed field men whose only link to one another seems to be a global surveillance operation called Echelon. The murders appear to be acts of retribution. But for what?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent spy tale

  • By Carmela on 03-04-07

Highly recommend!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-07

This is one of the best books that I have listened to in a long time. Not knowing the author, I selected it for the high ratings and other reviews. Now, I can whole heartedly recommend it. The narrator did an excellent job.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Skinny Dip

  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,389

When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skinny Dip

  • By Bill Burton on 12-24-04

Very Funny.

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-04

Hilarious storytelling!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,880
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,942

Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio of the year for me

  • By Theresa Ann McIntyre on 06-04-03

Excellent!!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-03

Excellent story telling. Superb narration. Absolutely the best book I have listened to in a very long time.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Reversible Errors

  • By: Scott Turow
  • Narrated by: J. R. Horne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

Scott Turow has written a supercharged, exquisitely suspenseful novel about a vicious triple murder and the man condemned to die for it. No other writer offers such a profound understanding of what is at stake when the state holds the power to end a man's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An engaging story

  • By Kent on 01-23-03

Dwells too much on the characters than the plot.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-03

I thought that this would be a crime/judicial thriller. It went off on tangents into the character's lives at all the wrong moments.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful