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  • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

  • By: Arundhati Roy
  • Narrated by: Arundhati Roy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

In a city graveyard, a resident unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet between two graves. On a concrete sidewalk, a baby appears quite suddenly, a little after midnight, in a crib of litter. In a snowy valley, a father writes to his five-year-old daughter about the number of people who attended her funeral. And in the Jannat Guest House, two people who've known each other all their lives sleep with their arms wrapped around one another as though they have only just met.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buried in the undergrowth of a forgotten garden

  • By KMV on 19-06-17

A book filled with thoughts and images

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

Reviewed: 24-06-17

I enjoyed Arundhati Roy's reading. I learned to take time to read. It may seem slow at moments, but this complex story is mot one to hurry.

  • Stephen Fry Presents a Selection of Anton Chekhov's Short Stories

  • By: Anton Chekov
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

"Chekhov is probably better known in Britain for his plays than for his prose. For many, however, it is his short stories that mark the high water of his genius. It might at first glance be hard for those not used to his style of narrative to see what the fuss is about - and fuss there is: for most authors and lovers of literature Chekhov is incomparably the greatest short story writer there ever was."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Humor & tales from the past.

  • By Wras on 14-01-18

you can't fault Chekhov

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

Reviewed: 26-01-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I like Stephen Fry, but I was not convinced by his reading. But what really annoyed me were the announcements of the stories, very fast and with almost no time to breathe in between two stories- as if they tried to record as many stories as possible in a short period of time.

What did you like best about this story?

question does not apply - they are multiple stories - really annoying these generic questionnaires

What three words best describe Stephen Fry’s voice?

Ahhhh for goodness' sake...

Could you see Stephen Fry Presents a Selection of Anton Chekhov's Short Stories being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Now that is just ridiculous

Any additional comments?

Stop giving us questions to answer,it makes no sense for review!

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Passage To India

  • By: E M Forster
  • Narrated by: Meera Syal
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Adela Quested travels to India with her chaperone Mrs Moore, on the premise of deciding whether to marry Mrs Moore's son Ronny Heaslop, the city magistrate. Finding her India very disappointingly English, Adela jumps at the chance the two women are given to travel to the distant Marabar caves with Aziz, a charismatic young Indian Doctor. When Adela is subjected to an attempted assault in one of the caves, Dr. Aziz is arrested and tried in court.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a classic, it makes for great listening

  • By Zazie on 23-01-15

It's a classic, it makes for great listening

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

Reviewed: 23-01-15

Would you listen to A Passage To India again? Why?

Yes, it's a great story

What did you like best about this story?

The variety of characters.

Have you listened to any of Meera Syal’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't heard another of her performances,but she does it beautifully.

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

It's not a laugh or cry book - it talks about problems that we still seem to encounter today. It makes one think.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hinduism: Bolinda Beginner Guides

  • By: Klaus K. Klostermaier
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

In this clear and accessible introduction to Hinduism, Klaus K. Klostermaier offers a unique overview of a tradition that spans thousands of years. Explaining the origins, beliefs, scriptures, and philosophies of the religion, Klostermaier succeeds in capturing the rich diversity of rituals and gods that comprise Hinduism, whilst keeping the tone both entertaining and informative. Klostermaier’s exploration of this fascinating and long-lasting belief system is essential for students, followers, and interested listeners alike.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Full of information, but very confusing

  • By Zazie on 23-01-15

Full of information, but very confusing

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

Reviewed: 23-01-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Hinduism is very complex, but his book does nothing to actually bring it closer to the reader. There is a lot of information, but I only retained a small amount, because there was no thread to follow.

What will your next listen be?

Something that has nothing to do with Hinduism

Would you listen to another book narrated by Deidre Rubenstein?

No

Was Hinduism: Bolinda Beginner Guides worth the listening time?

No

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Jane Carr
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59

A brilliant collection of short stories from the double Man Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.Hilary Mantel is one of Britain's most accomplished and acclaimed writers. In these ten bracingly subversive tales, all her gifts of characterisation and observation are fully engaged, summoning forth the horrors so often concealed behind everyday façades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant writing; wonderful collection of stories

  • By Anthony on 03-04-15

Great short stories, great narration

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

Reviewed: 23-01-15

Where does The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

2nd - after the Collectors by Philip Pullman

What other book might you compare The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher to, and why?

Difficult to say - all short story collections have their special flavour.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

It would spoil the fun...

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No - one story at the time. Like a good chocolate.

  • The Collectors

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,488
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,502

"But the thing is," said Horley, "they didn’t know each other at all. Never heard of each other. It wasn’t about the makers. Only about the works." On a dark winter's night in 1970, Horley and Grinstead huddle for warmth in the Senior Common Room of a college in Oxford. Conversation turns to the two impressive works of art that Horley has recently added to his collection....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully dark story engagingly read

  • By Alexander Patterson on 12-09-15

Loved it - loved it

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

Reviewed: 23-01-15

Would you listen to The Collectors again? Why?

Yes, because Bill Nighy is a BRILLIANT narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

Bill Nighy's interpretation - I was in the story, sitting on a shelve….

Which character – as performed by Bill Nighy – was your favourite?

All are great.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it only lasts 30 minutes - perfect to relax with a quick cup of coffee.

  • Masterpieces of Short Fiction

  • By: Michael Krasny, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael Krasny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

More than simply a shorter version of the novel, the short story is a unique and rewarding literary form in itself. It offers a world in miniature faithfully captured by the author's mastery of character, plot, setting, image, and theme. The time it takes to read a short story may be brief, but its impact lasts much longer.Short story writers see by the light of the flash," says author and Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer. "Theirs is the art of the only thing that one can be sure of-the present moment."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great stories - not so great lecturer

  • By Zazie on 23-01-15

Great stories - not so great lecturer

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

Reviewed: 23-01-15

What made the experience of listening to Masterpieces of Short Fiction the most enjoyable?

The choice of short stories and authors is great.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Masterpieces of Short Fiction?

Discovering Nadine Gordimer

What three words best describe Professor Michael Krasny’s voice?

Slightly boring after Chapter 12.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

You don't make film out of this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful