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  • Small Great Things

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Noma Dumezweni, Jeff Harding, Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,465

The new audiobook from number one best-selling author Jodi Picoult, with the biggest of themes: birth, death, and responsibility. When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First but not last

  • By TinaàRaven on 12-01-17

a profound take on unconscious bias

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

Reviewed: 20-12-17

I read this one on audible. I must confess I was tempted to pull off a sickie because the book was unputdownable. except of course in parts where I felt the storyline was dragging along.
just as you start relating to the victimhood that the protagonist experiences you begin realizing the layers of biases and privileges that start peeling off in the process of your own social awareness and your own station in the class caste or like in my case the Illusionary corporate hierarchy that we are all so woven into in a fragile manner.

much as the story gets a little melodramatic towards the climax I think that is an excusable plot possibly for the books commercial appeal.

very well narrated by three narrators listening on audible was almost a visual depiction that takes you all the way to New Haven in Connecticut and Manhattan.

  • Last Man In Tower

  • By: Avarind Adiga
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Real estate developer Dharmen Shah’s offer to buy out the residents of Vishram Society - a formerly respectable, now crumbling apartment complex that abuts the infamous Dharavi slums - is more than generous. But one man stands in the way of Shah’s luxury high- rise: Masterji, a retired schoolteacher who will not leave his home in Vishram’s Tower A.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Narration can spoil a good book

  • By JGO on 27-05-16

Bad Narration can spoil a good book

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

Reviewed: 27-05-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Sam Dastor has not done a god job this time around. The book has amny characters male and female. All female characters sound comic and alike. Masterji and Ram khare have similar accents.

No ... this was a bad job .. period.

Would you be willing to try another book from Avarind Adiga? Why or why not?

yes

What didn’t you like about Sam Dastor’s performance?

No ... this was a bad job .. period.

Did Last Man In Tower inspire you to do anything?

good piece of stroy telling of a place i know like the back of my hand.

  • The House of Hidden Mothers

  • By: Meera Syal
  • Narrated by: Meera Syal
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Little India, East London: Shyama, aged forty-four, has fallen for a younger man. They want a child together. Meanwhile, in a rural village in India, young Mala, trapped in an oppressive marriage, dreams of escape. When Shyama and Mala meet, they help each other realise their dreams. But will fate guarantee them both happiness? Brimming with warmth, wit and indignation, Meera Syal immerses us in a devastating story of friendship, family and the lengths a woman will go to have a child.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a fantastic novel. the characters feel real

  • By Rajinder Kaur Atwal on 05-12-15

The dark side of feminine angst - told with wit

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

Reviewed: 20-09-15

Where does The House of Hidden Mothers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among top 20

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Nothing at all. The story was authentic and honestly told although unbelievable in parts and predictable in some others

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When you do not know just how the climax would come about , the story really takes an about turn and surprises you.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It resonated with some of my struggles and it moved me so much that i had to pause for long moments inorder not to miss the story.

Any additional comments?

I liked the way all characters are adequately represented from their own perspective. It takes tremendous maturity for the story teller to be telling the perspective fromone everyone's angle.

Meera Syal rendering the story as well as authoring it made the difference. Her narration was brilliant.

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  • White Teeth

  • By: Zadie Smith
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 23 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, 2000.
Archie's life has disintegrated. Fresh from a dead marriage, middle-aged Archie stretches out a vacuum hose, seals up his car and prepares to die. But unbeknownst to him, his darkest hour is also his luckiest day. With the opening of a butcher's shop, his life is saved and soon he is on his way to beginning a new life with a young Jamaican woman looking for the last man on earth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not Zadie Smith's words....

  • By Victoria on 20-11-12

Immigrant drudgery, dreams, dilemma and Drama...

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

Reviewed: 25-07-15

Where does White Teeth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks one among top ten. To be honest I have read it in print form ten years ago. I picked it up on a whim despite knowing what was in store. But did I ... the narrator gets a perfect ten from me. Jenny Sterlin , the narrator makes this audio book stand out from its print edition. What a performance ... the audio book brings out the London of the 80's and 90's so vividly in front of you. Each character there is personified so bautifully that i think i know them all so close to my heart. Few books have been narrated so well as this one. A must read ... ah .. sorry .. A must listen .

What did you like best about this story?

The story talks about immigrants and their struggle to retain their identity with their past roots while at the same time establish one in the present. It gets even more complex with the second and third generation immigrants who are farthest from their genetic and geographic roots, yet are drawn into the struggle.

What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

Jenny Sterlin .. you rock. Among audio books you are by far one of the best I have heard. It must have been a great effort to bring out the nunaces of all the complex characters and their accents. From Clara to Samad, Hortense to Alsana, Archie to the Chalfens each of them is so different .. yet Jenny Sterlin delivers it so effortlessly by bringing out the subtle nuances in pronounciations and accents.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I think and laughed and cried many times over. Immigrant struggle is close to my heart and having lived in london i can relate to each of these characters like they were my next door neighbours.

Any additional comments?

White teeth as a book in print version was a well deserved best seller. It's audio version is even better. This book is best relished in its audio version than in the print form.

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