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C. Hoffman

I don't care how I consume a book, as long I as I get to read everyday I am happy.

Los Angeles, CA United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 176 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Hatred's Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Dore Gold
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    Using previously unpublished documents, Gold, the former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, exposes how the deeply ingrained hatred that has provoked the new terrorism has its roots in Saudi Arabia's dominant religious creed, a radical Islamic offshoot known as Wahhabism.

    abelisar says: "Clear and Concise"
    "Frightening"
    Overall

    This is the scariest book you will ever read. It makes you realize how powerless Washington is and how the Saudis use oil and religion as a weapon. The Saudi Royals can do as they please and the world can't do a thing about it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Tulip

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Bolen
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    The tulip craze of 17th century Holland has a dark side! Cornelius van Baerle, a wealthy but naive tulip grower, finds himself entangled in the deadly politics of his time, and he must decide where his true love lies.

    Ron says: "terrible narration"
    "Accents"
    Overall

    There is nothing that ruins a good narrated book faster than bad foreign accents. The narrator was either lazily reading the descriptives or faking several accents. I couldn't give this book better marks for this reason.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Josephine Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By S. Patricia Bailey
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Josephine's life story was as turbulent as the age, an era of revolution and social upheaval, of the guillotine and of frenzied hedonism. With telling psychological depth and compelling literary grace, Carolly Erickson brings the complex, charming, ever resilient Josephine to life in this memorable portrait, one that carries the reader from the sensual richness of her childhood in the tropics to her final lonely days at Malmaison.

    C. Hoffman says: "History Flows"
    "History Flows"
    Overall

    This is not so much a history as a well told story. Nicely researched. Josephine has her faults, failings, weaknesses and blind spots. But she also has her virtues, strengths, good points and areas where our sympathy is touched. She is human. Alive and real. The author takes you along on her life. Very fluid. Very engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Imagine that, on the night before she is to die under the blade of the guillotine, Marie Antoinette leaves behind in her prison cell a diary telling the story of her life, from her privileged childhood as Austrian Archduchess to her years as glamorous mistress of Versailles to the heartbreak of imprisonment and humiliation during the French Revolution.

    C. Hoffman says: "A Bit of License"
    "A Bit of License"
    Overall

    I was not pleased with this book from the start. For someone who wrote the wonderfully researched "Josephine", the author really lost touch with history on this one. Historical novels always take creative license, but this ran into the realm of lack of research. It would have been a good idea for the author to at least glance at Antonia Frasier's book for some accuracy. Marie was not allowed to take anything Austrian with her. In this book, she retains her entire retinue. Louis XV was not a wheelchair bound old man but a vital and handsome man with a taste for a pretty woman. These are but two and I am not even done with the book. I do not recommend it for Marie Antoinette fan.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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