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Lal-Akash

London, United Kingdom
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  • Shantaram

  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 43 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,343
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170

A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld. In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible piece of art (written & narrated)

  • By PBM on 04-06-16

A great work. Particularly good for anyone of Indian origin.

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

Reviewed: 27-11-17

This is an incredible work which offers outstanding excitement, humour and general wisdom/life experience and observation. It is very violent in parts.
The author has lived some important aspects of the story which explains why so much of it feels real.

  • The Benn Diaries, 1940-1970

  • By: Tony Benn
  • Narrated by: Tony Benn
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21

This abridged audio edition of the Diaries, read by the author, conveys even more directly than the Diaries themselves the achievements, conflicts, and dramatic events in a unique political life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You are there!

  • By Conrad on 01-04-14

A politicians story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-12-12

At first I did not take to this book but gave it a second chance and enjoyed it. The insights found here e.g. his experience with the queen and political life in general you don't come across every day.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Down and Out in Paris and London

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639

An autobiographical study, Down and Out in Paris and London follows Orwell as he tramps around both Paris and London. Pawning his belongings to buy food, unemployment, drinking heavily and jostling for a place in homeless hostels are but a few of the experiences related with candour and insight in this unabridged exclusive audiobook. Orwell was arguably one of the first 'gonzo' journalists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Richard Blant on 20-07-15

Great autobiographical listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-11

I found the content and style fascinating although it is hard to determine how much of it applies to modern tramps. The character Bozo was pretty inspiring.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Truth about Negotiations

  • By: Leigh Thompson
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

You can learn to be a world-class negotiator and get what you want! This audiobook reveals 53 proven negotiation principles and bite-sized, easy-to-use techniques that work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listening

  • By Lal-Akash on 26-11-11

Easy listening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-11

Didn't get bored but felt like I knew a lot of the content already although don't feel like I am great at negotiations. Is this really the cutting edge?

  • The Pilgrimage

  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Step inside this captivating account of Paulo Coehlo's pilgrimage along the road to Santiago. This fascinating parable explores the need to find one's own path. In the end, we discover that the extraordinary is always found in the ordinary and simple ways of everyday people. Part adventure story, part guide to self-discovery, this compelling tale delivers the perfect combination of enchantment and insight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • miss s hall

  • By susanne on 07-04-13

Didn't do it for me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-10-11

My friends had told me they loved this book but I could not get to the end of it and I feel the reading didn't help but the book itself is also not for me. It seemed the same voice was being used for anyone who was not the main character but I couldn't feel any sense of drama or emotion.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Declarations of Havana (Revolutions Series)

  • Tariq Ali presents Fidel Castro
  • By: Fidel Castro, Ali Tariq
  • Narrated by: Chris Pavlo, Tariq Ali
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

In response to the American administration's attempt to isolate Cuba, Fidel Castro delivered a series of speeches designed to radicalize Latin American society. As Latin America experiences more revolutions in Venezuela and Bolivia, and continues to upset America's plan for neoliberal imperialism, renowned radical writer and activist Tariq Ali provides a searing analysis of the relevance of Castro's message today. Includes an exclusive additional introduction by Tariq Ali.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't make it to the end...

  • By Lal-Akash on 06-07-11

Couldn't make it to the end...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-11

just couldn't! It's pretty hard going in my opinion but read well. Tariq Ali only reads the intro.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • My Life as a Quant

  • Reflections on Physics and Finance
  • By: Emanuel Derman
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

In My Life as a Quant, Emanuel Derman relives his exciting journey as one of the first high-energy particle physicists to migrate to Wall Street. Derman details his adventures in this fieldanalyzing the incompatible personas of traders and quants, and discussing the dissimilar nature of knowledge in physics and finance. Throughout this tale, he also reflects on the appropriate way to apply the refined methods of physics to the hurly-burly world of markets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky but thoughtful

  • By Judy Corstjens on 03-04-16

Excellent reading

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-11

Not just any quant he was an important player. I later realised I had been reading his papers and have seen references to his work in mainstream books. I was also a physicist and now work in a bank so perhaps it is more relevant for me than most.

The book is very well written and well read. The content was interesting to me. E.g. Interesting how such a successful and bright individual was made redundant when in the wrong environment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Global Life

  • My Journey Among Rich and Poor, from Sydney to Wall Street to the World Bank
  • By: James D. Wolfensohn
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

As president of the World Bank for a decade, James Wolfensohn tackled world poverty with a passion and energy that made him a uniquely important figure in a fundamental arena of change. Using a lifetime of experience in the banking sector, he carved a distinct path in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe for the institution that serves as the major lender to the world's poor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good depending on your interests

  • By Lal-Akash on 16-04-11

Very good depending on your interests

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-04-11

I enjoyed this book agree that the author comes across as very objective. The early part of his life interests more on a human level and the later part on a political/economic level. The negotiations with Bush and Condoleezza Rice and the way the criticisms to the world bank were handled were among other parts of the book uniquely insightful.

I didn't always follow it well as it was not always in chronological order and perhaps deserved more careful listening than a listen whilst driving and doing chores.

  • Norwegian Wood

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 384

Toru Watanabe, approaching middle age, hears The Beatles song "Norwegian Wood" in an airplane and, with Proustian vividness, it transports him back to his student days in Japan with Naoko, Midori, and Storm Trooper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By C. on 13-03-13

Good book, reading not to my taste

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-11

I enjoyed the book despite not liking the portrayal of some of the characters by the reader and I found some of the expression a bit repetitive.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,987

Shortlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.
Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A superb production of a sci fi classic!

  • By Peter on 21-07-07

Excellent reading

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-11

This is a very good book and the reading is one of the best I have heard so far using a variety of people to produce the voices and the readers express the characters well.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful