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Good, but not great

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

Reviewed: 21-01-21

The Song of Achilles leaves me a bit dissatisfied. Yes, it was nice to listen to the Iliad from an inclusive perspective. But beyond this, I didn't really find the story to be too appealing. Madeline Miller is a genius and I really enjoyed her book Circe. But the characters in the Song of Achilles aren't fleshed out as well. The protagonist - Patroclus - in particular, is extremely whiny, weepy, weak, unimaginative and with no talent to boast of. I get that the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus might be a nod towards the practice of Pederasty. That's the only reason I can think of, why someone like Achilles would love someone like Patroclus. Overall, the story is okay - nothing spectacular that you'll miss out on, if you don't pick it up. David Thorpe was a decent narrator, who got the job done.

A heartbreaking account of life with dementia

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

Reviewed: 08-01-21

Where do I start with this book?

First off, let me address how unique this storyline is. It takes the cruel and terrifying condition of dementia, and gives us a glimpse of how life can be for patients and their families. Life is devastating, that's a given. But this book brings into focus how precious life is and how important love and family are.

With each character and each incident, you're reminded time and again to enjoy what you have right now, instead of worrying about the past and fretting about the future.

Because that's all we have in our control, isn't it? The now. And what's wrong with now?

Do pick up this book. Yes, there are certain sections of the story which I felt were a little cliched. But for the most part, this book is an ode to the strength of love, family and community. Most importantly, it shows us the indomitable spirit of humanity. No matter what happens, we can get through it. All we need to do is enjoy the now.

Narration: Splendid. Very easy to understand and lovely to listen to.

Nonsensical, terribly written, pointless!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-20

The Magus is what you get when an author has a lot of free time on his hands and a narcissistic perception about his writing & vocabulary.

I've never read something so vapid and hollow in my life; and I've been reading books for more than 23 years.

The author has a serious case of verbal diarrhea. Maybe someone should have given him an enema.

This book is so misogynistic, racist and xenophobic. Please don't get carried away by the sample. I know it sounds interesting and exciting; but the entire book is just so pointless and boring.

The only redeeming feature of this book is the narrator. Frankly, I pity him for having had to narrate this book.

Such an important book!!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-20

I absolutely LOVED this book. So heartbreaking and such an eye opening account.

Jack the Ripper has achieved cult status, at the expense of his victims. Even today, most of us wrongfully believe the maligned and prejudiced account of the victims' lives - that there were "fallen women" or "prostitutes".

This book sheds light on the true biographies of the victims and proves without a shadow of a doubt, the double standards of the Victorian era - attitudes that are common even today across the world.

This book is a must read. While the narrator was good, I really recommend that you take the physical/Kindle version. The narrator has a very thick British accent and there were times I missed what she said, because I couldn't understand her through the accent.

Interesting perspective into the DC Sniper case

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

Reviewed: 08-10-20

The account of the horrific DC Sniper Killings - Call Me God - was an interesting experience. However, I felt it was a tad stretched. It could have been wrapped up an episode or two earlier. The presentation was good, but not as compelling as Evil Has A Name - another podcast by the same creators. But it's worth a listen.

A saga you won't forget!

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

Reviewed: 16-09-20

Such a sad, but also heartwarming story about a group of down-on-luck individuals who come together out of compulsion, but stay together out of love. So real and raw, it left me close to tears many times. The characters are so memorable and they incite such strong emotions. A truly wonderful book. But certainly not for the faint of heart.

The narrator did a great job and he has such a wide range of voices.

A healing and therapeutic experience

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

Reviewed: 25-08-20

This is one of the best books I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. The people, their stories, their joys and sorrows are so beautifully encapsulated - you'll feel them acutely.

More importantly, the book will allow you to get in touch with your thoughts and feelings and look at your own life with new lens.

The narration was brilliant and extremely powerful. Definitely a must listen!

An enthralling story

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

Reviewed: 03-08-20

The Night Tiger provides a great insight into Chinese and Malaysian superstitions. The story overall was very entertaining and the narration was good too.

I absolutely loved Ren and his relationship with Ahlong. While Ji Lin was a character I could sympathize with, I personally wasn't in favor of the way her story ends.

Overall, the book is worth a listen. There was never a boring moment.

A nice insight into the Victorian Era

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

Reviewed: 25-07-20

Most of us have the misconception that the Victorians are a bunch of prudes, whose lives were boring....but the reality is so different.

Listen to this collection and find out the truth for yourself. Personally, I found the first three episodes not as good as the rest. But overall, a nice podcast.

Captivating account of a misunderstood Goddess

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

Reviewed: 16-07-20

Circe is a beautifully written book, filled with sentences that are so soulful and poetic. The story is very captivating and is never dull. We see Circe in a different light from what traditional Greek mythology portrays and it's a beautiful rendition.

Absolutely fell in love with the narrator Perdita. Her voice is like liquid silver.

A must-listen!