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Madawi

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  • Days Without End

  • By: Sebastian Barry
  • Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614

Having signed up for the US Army in the 1850s, aged barely 17, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and ultimately the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in, they find these days to be vivid. Both an intensely poignant story of two men and the lives they are dealt and a fresh look at some of the most fateful years in America's past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By AnnaJean Hughes on 01-03-17

Beautiful writing

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

The writing is very beautiful
The story sounded almost like poem
There are truly great aspects to this book
However I cannot say listening to this book was my best experience
I cannot put my finger on the exact thing I disliked.
I for sure didn’t like the narration at all

  • The Tidal Zone

  • By: Sarah Moss
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

A poignant, funny and engrossing exploration of family life centred around a cataclysmic event and its aftermath, from the author of Night Waking and Signs for Lost Children. Adam is a stay-at-home dad who is also working on a history of the bombing and rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral. He is a good man, and he is happy. But one day he receives a call from his daughter's school to inform him that for no apparent reason, 15-year-old Miriam has collapsed and stopped breathing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In a league of its own for excellence!

  • By Rachel Redford on 28-08-16

Mixed feelings

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

I have mixed feelings about this book
It’s very engaging and educational in some parts
I loved the historical facts and they way they fit in the story
But i thought main story base was too small to carry the weight of average length novel
It stretched beyond possible to do so
And became some how shapeless

  • Exit West

  • By: Mohsin Hamid
  • Narrated by: Mohsin Hamid
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

This is Nadia. She is fiercely independent, with an excellent sense of humour and a love of smoking alone on her balcony late at night. This is Saeed. He is sweet and shy and kind to strangers. He also has a balcony but he uses his for stargazing. This is their story: a love story, but also a story about how we live now and how we might live tomorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poetic dystopia

  • By RebeccaL on 08-12-18

Great potential

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Its sort of disappointing to have this great ideas which could’ve made a great book but end up with a “goodish” one
It’s like the author have this extraordinary loom that have the potential to wave a magical flying carpet but he used it to produce an ordinary rug which can’t fly have nothing magical about it. But it’s still distinguishable because of the great tool used to make it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • By: Rebecca Skloot
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cancer cells – taken without her knowledge – became one of the most important tools in medicine

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Tessa Darby on 28-04-15

Wow

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

What an amazing story
Outstanding book , crucially important peace of history !
Worth every minute of the long years spent on making it happen .

Thank you Rebecca Skoolt

  • The Art of Extraordinary Confidence

  • Your Ultimate Path to Love, Wealth, and Freedom
  • By: Dr. Aziz Gazipura PsyD
  • Narrated by: Dr. Aziz Gazipura
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Confidence is the doorway to success in all areas of life. Whether you want to excel in your career, triple your income, create an amazing relationship, or just feel happy and satisfied with who you are, self-confidence is essential. In this inspiring and liberating book, Dr. Aziz slices through each obstacle on the path towards ever-increasing confidence.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Madawi on 13-02-18

Good

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

Reviewed: 13-02-18

It was nice to listen to this book
The performance is brilliant
There is some good ideas and stories
But it doesn’t give you the feeling of satisfaction at the end
As if you are spent a great time enjoying the introduction and the small talks and the preparation after asking a big question and the conversation ended up with you still waiting for the real answer

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Master of the Jinn

  • A Sufi Novel
  • By: Irving Karchmar
  • Narrated by: Irving Karchmar
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Here is a tale set on the path of the heart, a mystical adventure wherein a modern-day Sufi master sends seven companions on a quest for the original ring of power and the greatest treasure of the ancient world - King Solomon's ring. It is the very same seal ring of a hundred legends, given to King Solomon by God to command the Jinn, those terrifying demons of living fire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I’ve expected

  • By Madawi on 02-02-18

Not what I’ve expected

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

I was looking for a inspirational Sufi novel. Something real and enlightening. This book is good but it’s not what I was looking for. It’s basically a fantasy , adventure book.
Just not for me.


  • Station Eleven

  • By: Emily St John Mandel
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,254

Day one: The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the Earth like a neutron bomb. News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%. Week Two: Civilization has crumbled. Year Twenty: A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe. But now a new danger looms, and it threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just another dystopian novel

  • By Rosalynde on 20-07-15

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

It’s ok but I was disappointed. maybe because I’ve picked this book with a very high expectations based on recommendations from trusted readers, maybe I was expecting something different or the rhythm of the story and the way the events flew didn’t appeal to my test or maybe the nature of the characters. I am not sure !

I liked the binging but unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the majority of the story and I almost lost the well to continue but it started to get a little bit interesting again towards the end but cooled down eventually and I’ve finally finished it with a mixture of disappointment and relief

  • Honour

  • By: Elif Shafak
  • Narrated by: Colleen Pendergast
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

When Pembe leaves the Kurdish village of her birth, and her twin sister with it, it is for love. She follows her husband, Adem, to London with the hope of making a new life, but the family soon faces a stark choice: to stay loyal to the old traditions or try their best to fit in. When Adem abandons his family, it is Iskender, Pembe’s eldest son, who must step in and prevent shame from falling on the family name. And when Pembe begins a chaste affair with a man named Elias, Iskender will discover that you could love someone with all your heart and yet be ready to hurt them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Honour - a clash of culture,murder, family honour

  • By AmyAlice on 19-02-14

What a great book

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

Reviewed: 20-12-17

When I come across a great book like this one
I find it difficult to accept that both this kind of books and the other average writings belong to the same category and called the same collective name.
It’s amazing the numbers of new books that’s emerges every day and the number of writers which is rabidly growing
Unfortunately you will easily find yourself going through books which are just a waste of time and money or are just ok.
You will certainly find a lot of good books as well , enjoyable but forgettable.
But very if you are very lucky you will come across books which are made to stay for ever , to make a deep print and to create something inside every one who read them
This book mad me feel very lucky


Beautiful narration 👏🏽

  • The Humans

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,666
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,664

One wet Friday evening, Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world's greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he's a dog.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A profound and shining star

  • By Kaggy on 24-08-13

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 16-12-17

Although the idea is not new
But the writer managed to present it in an excellent way. Very funny , but makes you think and you will love to read it again and again

  • Shantaram

  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 43 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,335
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,162

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

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

If you are looking for a book that would take you to an extraordinary experience and a deep engagement with a unique story and amazing character , a book that will fell your mind with thought and your heart with feeling will make you really laugh and cry. This is it


I have to say as much as I love this beautiful book I’m amazed by the extraordinary performance of the book reader he just added life and colours and depth to the great work
One of the best performances of audio book

I Truly enjoyed it