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Ivan

Prague, Czech Republic | Member Since 2006

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  • The Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    Robert Littell has created the CIA "legends" Francis and Carroll, dubbed "The Sisters Death and Night" by their cohorts. They've located the perfect pawn, the Potter, the exiled ex-head of the KGB sleeper school - and, with artful deception, the Sisters coerce him into betraying his last and best sleeper, the man he considers his son. Once awakened, this sleeper, will launch a mission of death - unless the Potter can stop his protegé from committing the Sisters' perfect and world-shattering crime.

    John R. Brown says: "Littell Light"
    "amusing"
    Overall

    I really liked the first half of this book. It was amusing, even funny at times.
    I didn't like the second half too much. As soon as he mentioned the bar owner Rubinstein (Jack Ruby's real name), I knew the book would make references to the JFK assassination and the rest of the book would make assumptions that have nothing to do with historical facts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 61 Hours: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2405)
    Performance
    (1148)
    Story
    (1140)

    A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she's going to live long enough to testify, she'll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

    Gustavo says: "Make sure you have time before you start"
    "Mediocre"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a very mediocre book at best. I'm not a big fan of Mysteries & Thrillers, but every so often I download one, just to relax. This book just did not do it for me. The story and the plot line are not very interesting, it wasn't really well written and what made the whole thing worse are boring, uneventful dialogs which the book is full of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1312)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (673)

    Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

    Shelley says: "Bizarre"
    "Very good"
    Overall

    I love Murakami. And I love Ruper Degas.
    His books are SOOOO WELL WRITTEN.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5602)
    Performance
    (2231)
    Story
    (2258)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "overrated"
    Overall

    I don't understand why everyone raves so much about this book. From a literary standpoint, it is a good book, but not a great book. There're extremely well written books out there that never received attention nor fame anywhere close to this book. Books that are really well written, but not written to impress, touch or induce tears.
    This is a good book and that's about it. Did it deserve the Pulitzer prize? I don't know. It's a lot like president Obama receiving the Nobel prize for peace. Sure, he's done some good things already, but did the deserve the Nobel prize for that?
    I'm a father of a little boy and this book did appeal to me in that way. But I love reading books that are WELL WRITTEN, not the books that appeal to me personally.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Time Traveler: A Scientist's Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ronald L. Mallett
    • Narrated By Dion Graham, Ronald L. Mallett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Combining elements of Rocket Boys and Elegant Universe, Time Traveler follows Mallett's discovery of Einstein's work on space-time, his study of Godel's work on a solution of Einstein's equation that might allow for time travel, and his own research in theoretical physics spanning 30 years that culminated in his recent discovery of the effects of circulating laser light and its application to time travel.

    Kathleen Taylor says: "One of the best books I've listened to"
    "not good at all"
    Overall

    This book is a complete joke. Although the author's personal story is touching, there's no trace to scientific approach to what the book's title suggests.

    8 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    Overall
    (1926)
    Performance
    (812)
    Story
    (809)

    Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Kenneth says: "Brilliant, Obnoxious, Narcissistic, Brilliant"
    "good, but too repetitive"
    Overall

    This book is good, there're some great concepts in it, but many things in it just repeat over and over again. This book should not be longer than 30 minutes.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4938)
    Performance
    (2048)
    Story
    (2042)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Very good"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed listening to this book a lot. The narrator is great, I do not understand what some other listeners disliked about him.

    The book is very well written, and I really loved it until the last part. The last part was somewhat disappointing as some historical facts were changed, but other than that the book is a very handsome read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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