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Bert Tobin

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Port Washington, NY USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Birth of Venus: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family's Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter's abilities.

    Giovanna says: "Excellent"
    "Well crafted and informative"
    Overall

    Helped me understand the dynamics of the times. Good story line that made me want to continue without stopping. Narrator voice was soothing but I do agree with some readers that everyone, male and female, tended to sound alike and it made me have to listen harder.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stalin's Ghost: An Arkady Renko Novel

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Investigator Arkady Renko, the pariah of the Moscow prosecutor's office, has been assigned the thankless job of investigating a new phenomenon: late-night subway riders report seeing the ghost of Joseph Stalin on the platform of the Chistye Prudy Metro station. The illusion seems part political hocus-pocus and also part wishful thinking, for among many Russians Stalin is again popular - the bloody dictator can boast a two-to-one approval rating.

    Susan says: "Disappointed in the recorded book"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    Enjoyed most of previous Renko novels but this was disjointed. Transitions from one scene to another are not obvious, the reader is barely adquate, the multi-plots are confusing. Rather than understanding the sequence of events, character names, place names, etc. I just let it flow and hoped to pick up the pieces along the way. Not an easy read or listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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