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Ivan Berger

Laguna Niguel, CA, US

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  • Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba...and Then Lost It to the Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By T. J. English
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (169)

    Havana Nocturne takes listeners back to Cuba in the years when it was a veritable devil's playground for mob leaders Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano. Thanks to strong ties with the island's brutal dictator, President Batista, the mob soon owned the biggest luxury hotels and casinos and launched an unprecedented tourist boom. But their dreams collided with those of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and others.

    Paul Abbott says: "Not for reactionaries"
    "Interesting history of gang mobsters in Havana"
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    Would you listen to Havana Nocturne again? Why?

    Would have to wait for couple months.


    What did you like best about this story?

    In depth background history of gang mobsters from 20s throujgh early 50s.


    What does Mel Foster bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Pulls relationship of Myer Lansky et al with Fidel Castro. Very interesting dual path within one story


    If you could give Havana Nocturne a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Havana rock n' roll, sex and drugs of the 30s-through 50s


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • WAR

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sebastian Junger
    • Narrated By Sebastian Junger
    Overall
    (883)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (383)

    Junger turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat - the fear, the honor, and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.

    Jeffrey Dame says: "Why we fight re-visited"
    "Could not stop audible listening"
    Overall

    The real understanding of young men that fought in Aganastan. Not for glory, but to stay alive. These young men are truly owed our gratitude. Closing ones eyes you can actually visualize and hear the terror of their experiences. Now understand why so many have post truamatic psychological problems.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tourist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (221)

    In the vein of John le Carré and Graham Greene, this contemporary international thriller follows Milo Weaver as he is drawn into a conspiracy that links riots in the Sudan, an assassin committing suicide, and an old friend who's been accused of selling secrets to the Chinese. Once the CIA and Homeland Security are after him, the only way for him to survive is to return, headfirst, into Tourism.

    Derek says: "I loved this book"
    "bad novel"
    Overall

    I usually like to liten to Audible downloads at bed time. sorry to say this was a great way to fall asleep. had to find my way back the next night. Slow paced and very little depth to bad people. Ending did not make sense. Milo turned out to be a loser and Simmons the heroine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • March Violets

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (258)

    Hailed by Salman Rushdie as a "brilliantly innovative thriller-writer", Philip Kerr is the creator of taut, gripping, noir-tinged mysteries set in Nazi-era Berlin that are nothing short of spellbinding. The first book of the Berlin Noir trilogy, March Violets introduces listeners to Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture.

    King says: "Nazi Noir"
    "Kept me from dozing off in bed"
    Overall

    Enjoy listening to audible books just before going to bed. This one kept me up until wee hours of night. Really exiting and great understanding of Nazi Germany in 1930s. Will certainly buy the remaining 3 books.
    Ivan

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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