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  • Aavarana

  • The Veil
  • Written by: S. L. Bhyrappa, Sandeep Balakrishna - translator
  • Narrated by: Deepti Gupta
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 22

Aavarana: The Veil by S. L. Bhyrappa is a story of a free-spirited and rebellious young woman, Lakshmi, who marries the man she is deeply in love with. Amir, her husband, requests she convert to Islam, and she reluctantly agrees. Despite her father being completely against the marriage, she breaks ties with him and changes her name to Razia. However, things change for the worse, and she discovers a different side to Amir. He is not the progressive and liberal person she thought he was.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterclass

  • By Sriram V. on 18-02-19

Wonderful narration

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Reviewed: 06-06-19

This is a very heavy story.

I have found the narration to be one of the best I have heard so far. I have eamined ithe narration from various angles and found it to be a perfect blend of all the nicest things. crystal clear voice, clear pronunciation, seamless modulation, emotion that pours through every word, getting into the character and a pitch that suits the timbre of the story all richly embellish this novel. Wonderful balance. My sincere appreciations to the narrator.

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  • Ideology or Patriotism?

  • By suresh kumar on 23-05-19

Ideology or Patriotism?

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Reviewed: 23-05-19

Very nicely narrated true life story with right amount of emotions throw in. When the country is not taking thr right path, how should a highly placed spy act or react? Especially when his ideologies are diametrically opposite. When he acts against his own country, how is he to be judged? And when the circumstances force the spy to leave his family and flee, he keeps fighting to bring back his family. Whe n the family does come back a chasm develops between them and they separate. Is this a story of success, failure or heroism?

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  • Engrossing...

  • By suresh kumar on 25-02-19

Engrossing...

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Reviewed: 25-02-19

I read this more as a detective story in the spy world, rther than as a spy story. I have always fond some of the author;s expressions are not very clear to me may be because they belong to a different world world or a different country. Though I found the narratio sometimes slow,the plot is deep and interesting.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • sorrowful end...

  • By suresh kumar on 17-02-19

sorrowful end...

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-02-19

A political thriller with a defence background keeps you interested. Not one for people who cannot stand grotesque violence. A story of a one-man nemesis for a politicians/businessmen combo. The part that did not jel well with me was the one where the rotaganist gets the information he requires so easily from a computer. This is I thought was one of the weakest point in the story. The ending did dhave a surprise element when I thought the story was rogressingaccording to epected lines.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A drag in the end...

  • By suresh kumar on 11-02-19

A drag in the end...

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-19

I had to seriously debate if I should give this a 4 ot5 star rating. A serial killer, the escaped but devastated victime, a sincere cop who sincerely feels that the real culprit has notbeen caught and vows to find him at the cost of his career, a confused girl sometimes prone to violence yet loving, a dying bitter man who has lost his wife and connections with the surviving childlren, all come together in this psychological thriller. Narration, I mean the writing, is very clear and the way they are brought together is admirable. The story is gripping. what made me give four stars was that the ending has been, in my opinion, unnecesssarily draggeed to reate more drama. Otherwisea very good book for people who love thrillers.

  • A Perfect Spy

  • Written by: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 20 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 1
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    3 out of 5 stars 1

Magnus Pym, counsellor at the British Embassy in Vienna, has suddenly vanished, believed defected. The chase is on for a missing husband, a devoted father, and a life-time secret agent. Pym's life, it is revealed, is entirely made up of secrets. The race is on to find the perfect spy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A erfect sy?

  • By suresh kumar on 05-02-19

A erfect sy?

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-19

This is not a spy story . This isa story about a spy.. After having read ;The spy who came in from the cold;, my expectations were high and I was disappointed. To be frank, the first eight or nine chapters just went above my head. I couldn;t understand and follow clearly Ibeing a legally blind perso, I had to listen to the audio version). The language was excellent with lots of metaphors thrown about. But why a long and winding account of the father;s misdeeds. Was such a detailed account needed to build up this story? A spy who has a conman as his father, multile mothers, multiple girl-friends and multiple loyalties. Who ishe loyal to? His dad? His country which he betrays? His friend whom also he betrays at some point of time. What does he want? Name, identity, friendship or love? Not very clear. In th e end he runs away from himself afraid of the future trying to justify all his deeds or misdeeds. And that is the way I undestood this novel. I will continue to read Le Carre;s novels, he being such a great writer, uf I have to suggest his book to somebody, this will be the last on the list. Just because, being a Le Carre novel, I had expected far more.

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  • eal Surprise...

  • By suresh kumar on 06-12-18

eal Surprise...

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Reviewed: 06-12-18

As I listened to the book, I thought why is the style of narration.writing seems so different. There seemed to be missing pieces in action, which one had to deduce after listening to the following chapters. But as I neared the end of the book, I realised it was really a good one. And the author;s notes at the end clarified why the style was so different. I cannot resist listening to his next book in the series.

  • Sapiens

  • Written by: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1,100
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    5 out of 5 stars 904

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is not a book. This is a knowledge bank.

  • By avijeet on 02-06-19

A must red for those who love books and those who do not....

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Reviewed: 03-12-18

Every sentence in this book needs to be read and understood carefully. You cannot miss any. Forging briskly through evolution of homosapiens from Chimpanzees and their evolution, it quickly moves to cognitive evolution, agricultural revolution, scientific revolution, industrial revolution, money, nation and politics, imperialism, decolonisation, imerial globe, an exosition on hainess, genetic engineering, bionics, inorganic life and suerhumans ending with how animal turned into man and trying to turn into God. The narration is one of the best I have listened so far. Kudos and salutess to author, narrator and audible.

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  • Marvellous

  • By suresh kumar on 24-11-18

Marvellous

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Reviewed: 24-11-18

A story of a blind gifted girl, a brilliant boy caught unfortunately in the whirlwinds of a world war, an old genius willing to share his knowledge, a lonely, sad sister, from two different parts of Europe, brought togeher by the war and theire paths corss each others. A cursed diamond plays its part.. Is its curse real or is it just a myt. The mai story egins with the war and ends with it and in the end then how the various characters; lives pan out. The narration is one of the best I have listened. The book has been written in an eloquent and poetic sort of way with wonderful metaphors thrown around shart, short sentences. Thoroughly enjoyed it.