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Kenneth

WASHINGTON, DC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Man without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Masha Gessen
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (148)

    The Man Without a Face is the chilling account of how a low-level, small-minded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress, making his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world.

    John says: "very good points, but bias is evident"
    "How Putin got so much Power so fast...."
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    Would you listen to The Man without a Face again? Why?

    I liked this, quite a lot, and have listened so some chapters a number of times. Yes, she's a journalist, and there are a number of personal stories, but that makes it interesting. The story of Gary Kasparov's abortive attempt to run, is sad, and emblematic of what's happened.


    Have you listened to any of Justine Eyre’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like it, though a few of her Russian accents are a tad over-the-top.... But how else is she going to handle it?


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

    It's sad...unremittingly tragic.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought some of the other reviewers were unnecessarily tough on this book. It's a Point-of-View.....and doesn't profess to be anything else....

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Rules of the Game: How Government Works and Why It Sometimes Doesn't

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Professor Phillip W. Magness, Professor Paul Weissburg
    • Narrated By Phillip W. Magness, Paul Weissburg
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    With a provocative point-counterpoint format, Rules of the Game features two widely respected professors - of widely divergent political views - in a lively discussion of how government works. Phillip Magness, a Texas Republican, and Paul Weissburg, a left-winged liberal, go head to head on such topics as "good" public administration, Congress, big business, and everyone's favorite bugaboo, bureaucratic dysfunction.

    GLBT says: "Two Professors Battling it Out over Politics"
    "I like this but where is the written companion?"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Modern Scholar: Rules of the Game: How Government Works and Why it Sometimes Doesn't the most enjoyable?

    This is an unusual course in that there are two professors. At times it's a tad confusing because their voices are pretty similiar so it's sometimes confusing to know who one is listening to, and since they have different perspectives it's important to know.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Professor Phillip W. Magness and Professor Paul Weissburg ? Why or why not?

    Yes, but I'd like the written part that usually accompanies these.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Phillip W. Magness and Paul Weissburg ?

    Yes


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

    It's a course!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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