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Gwen

Tyumen, Russia | Member Since 2012

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  • Lust for Life

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Irving Stone
    • Narrated By Steve West
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (52)

    Lust for Life is Irving Stone's biographical novel about the life of the Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh. Largely based on the letters Van Gogh wrote to his brother, Theo, the novel details the artist's difficult life, as well as describing the origins of many of his famous paintings, such as The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers, and others.

    Jean says: "Great story"
    "Trip To Amsterdam"
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    What about Steve West’s performance did you like?

    As for the performance, it was good although I did not really like the way West read the female lines.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the book in preparation for my trip to Amsterdam. I had once started to read a Van Gogh biography but quit because it was rather boring. However, this book I really enjoyed. Base on the book, Van Gogh never lived in Amsterdam; however, the Van Gogh museum is there.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Donnie Eichar
    • Narrated By Donnie Eichar
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (152)

    In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened.

    Madeleine says: "Engaging and Creepy"
    "The Dyatlov Pass Incident is always interesting!"
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    Would you listen to Dead Mountain again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to it again. I like the topic and the time period during which the incident happened. Listening to the book takes me away to that time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The theory put forth at the book's end was the most interesting for me, as well as his description of the groups last couple hours of life.


    Any additional comments?

    I have lived in Russia for over 15 years and the last 5 years in the Urals. The only thing I did not like was the author's naive comments/view of Russia. For example, in 2012, you could definitely photograph anything you wanted in the Yekaterinburg train station. He paints a typical naive picture of Russia and its residents. Often people here do not live just to go to 'fast-food' restaurants (i.e. food from Sysco cans, soup from powder, everything frozen and fried) and super WalMart. You feel the everything in the USA is better attitude and not a real interest and appreciation for different cultures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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