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Pranab & Pallabi

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  • The Wily Agent & The Zero Cost Mission

  • Written by: Amar Bhushan
  • Narrated by: Siddhanta Pinto
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Soon to be a major motion picture by Vishal Bhardwaj, this double bill of pacey thrillers highlighting the exploits of India's intelligence agency will have your pulse racing.  In The Zero-Cost Mission, India's relations with Bangladesh are undermined by the activities of the Jamaat-e-Islami, whose camps and facilities are being used to help Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence. The Wily Agent details the pitfalls of gathering intelligence in a foreign country, a delicate and complex business. A good source, however, can make the risks worthwhile.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting work

  • By ASHIM PUROHIT on 18-06-19

Below average

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

Reviewed: 10-06-19

The content as well as the narration are way below average. Skip it in the interest of time.

  • Ravana's Sister

  • Written by: Anand Neelakantan
  • Narrated by: Neel Chaudhary
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21

In this fascinating story, Ravana’s Sister (Meenakshi), best-selling author of The Rise of Sivagami, Anand Neelakantan, tells the poignant tale of a woman whose ears, nose and breasts are chopped off by a man as punishment for seeking love from a superior being. Overturning what popular myths and legends may have endorsed about Meenakshi, aka Soorpanakha, this story is about every woman who may have lost in love but gained much more from life in general. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • can't play, it's just stuck, even after downloadin

  • By Amitabh Saha on 26-06-19

Do read/listen-to it

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

What a take on one of the most narrated stories in India. One of the best short stories I've come across in recent past.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Inside Chanakya's Mind

  • Aanvikshiki and the Art of Thinking
  • Written by: Radhakrishnan Pillai
  • Narrated by: Suyash Mohan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Chanakya was one of the best strategic thinkers of the world. In the fourth century BC, he wrote the Arthashastra, an unrivalled political treatise that has since been used by leaders across the globe. In Inside Chanakya’s Mind, for the first time, Radhakrishnan Pillai, the best-selling author of Corporate Chanakya, will distill Chanakya’s age-old wisdom on how to think to the masses through his practical and innovative approach. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overlaps in narration

  • By Pranab & Pallabi on 15-03-19

Overlaps in narration

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

Reviewed: 15-03-19

There are overlaps and minor errors in narration towards the end. Not major obstructions though.

Overall, the book was just as I anticipated when I picked it up. An interpretation of Chanakya's ways of thinking. Give it a try. Worth it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wise Guy

  • Lessons from a Life
  • Written by: Guy Kawasaki
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Guy Kawasaki has been a fixture in the tech world since he was part of Apple's original Macintosh team in the 1980s. He's widely respected as a source of wisdom about entrepreneurship, venture capital, marketing, and business evangelism, which he's shared in best-selling books such as The Art of the Start and Enchantment. But before all that, he was just a middle-class kid in Hawaii, a grandson of Japanese immigrants, who loved football and got a C+ in 9th grade English. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not outstanding

  • By Pranab & Pallabi on 05-03-19

Not outstanding

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

One might say that it was expected that the book would be a collection of facts and personal tales. It, still, could have been a little more engaging.

Narration was good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Inglorious Empire

  • What the British Did to India
  • Written by: Shashi Tharoor
  • Narrated by: Shashi Tharoor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Inglorious Empire written and read by Shashi Tharoor. In the 18th century, India's share of the world economy was as large as Europe's. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. The Empire blew rebels from cannon, massacred unarmed protesters, entrenched institutionalised racism and caused millions to die from starvation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Lion Who Wrote...

  • By Tushar on 26-12-18

Enthralling

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

Facts, reasoning, writing/presentation, narration - at the highest levels of quality. Nothing more need be said about a Tharoor anyway. That it's narrated by the man himself, is icing on the cake.

  • 1962: The War That Wasn't

  • The Definitive Account of the Clash Between India and China
  • Written by: Shiv Kunal Verma
  • Narrated by: Manish Dongardive
  • Length: 19 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

On 20 October 1962, high in the Himalayas, on the banks of the fast-flowing Nam Ka Chu, over 400 Indian soldiers were massacred, and the valley was overrun by soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army. Over the course of the next month, nearly 4,000 soldiers were killed on both sides, and the Indian army experienced its worst defeat ever. The conflict (war was never formally declared) ended because China announced a unilateral ceasefire on 21 November and halted its hitherto unhindered advance across NEFA and Ladakh.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opening account of the Sino Indian war

  • By dipanjanb on 05-03-19

Wealth of information

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

Reviewed: 21-02-19

It's my first and so the only source so far on the topic, but the facts did add up and sound convincing to me as a reader. I'm likely to read the hard copy next to get a visual imprint of those.

  • Mafia Queens of Mumbai

  • Written by: S. Hussain Zaidi, Jane Borges
  • Narrated by: Radhika Apte, Rajkummar Rao, Kalki Koechlin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

From victims to victims to victors, this collection of stories contains intricate details of 13 women who went on to leave their permanent mark on the face of the Mumbai Mafiosi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Guns and Roses

  • By Sagar Agarwal on 17-11-18

Entertaining catalog

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

Reviewed: 20-01-19

As Zaidi himself says in the author's note - these are accounts from the past when not much details were preserved in order particularly on the mafia and women. At least unlike the digital age.

Radhika Apte, Kalki Koechlin and Rajkumar Rao's narrations fetch an overall 5-star to a 4-star work of literature.