No, publishers summary says "extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany," but 6 chapters in I'm still waiting... I was hoping for an exciting historical communist spy vs. people story, instead there was a lot of stuff about the reporter, her feelings and opinions etc. It was like a dull PBS/BBC p.c "isn't it terrible" essay that misses the greater point.
Not the genre, just the author and especially the performer.
Sounds like my old Aunties cheerful renditions of The Big Bad Wolf. The performance lacked intonation, therefore there was no emotional/passage or character differentiation. German voices had no accents but were simply read in a lower voice.
This is an important book which, reveals the depth and breadth of corruption and human rights abuses in Putin's Russia.
It is not easy to read because of sheer number of crooks and thugs involved, the mind boggling amounts of money and resources stolen , and because of the cruelty used against Putin's foes. It actually gave me nightmares.
Readers should have some basic knowledge of Soviet and Czarist history to understand how Russia is in such a state now. I also found it helpful to stop and look-up some of the players - many are government officials - so I could have a face with a name. In the end I was left wondering if Russia will ever be a functioning state.
One of the best books on the Church Fathers. Easy to follow because it is laid out chronologically, rather than covering one Father at a time. This makes it easier to see the relationship of the Fathers to each other .
Makes one wonder what we don't know. Not just the great successes but the blunders are in here too. Will probably re-listen several times.
This book would be enjoyed by the Fundamentalist Christians who follow Hal Lindsey.
I wouldn't have purchased this book had I known that it was written from a purely Fundamentalist perspective. The title doesn't reveal that.
N/A. He mispronounced a good number of words - repeatedly. I don't know if he was told to read that way or if the editing was poor.
Chapters 12 and 13 were irrelevant to the "title" subject.
I feel conned by the author. I was expecting something more scholarly based on the title and sound bite.
The readers intonation was terrible. It was impossible to tell the difference between a quote and a statement. In addition, his tone was like someone reading to a kid, which contradicts the serious tenor of this nonfiction book.
Don't know. I think I'll read a book. This is my 3 rd disappointment since I re-upped.
Don't know. Didn't listen long enough.
Yes, there is a lot to be learned from Churchill. Lessons from the past teach us why the world is in the current state of upheaval and what are likely outcomes in the future.
His eerie prediction of the coming (and now here) problems with Islamic terrorism, and the letter he wrote that was read to G.W. Bush after 9/11.
Not possible. There is just too much to digest. I shall be listening to this again and again.
Need more good history books.
If you're looking for the history of peoples and empires you won't find it here.
The absolute best thing was the acting ability of the performer Paul Michael. The story itself was good but somewhat predictable, however, the acting made it so much more interesting.
No, as above, it was good but obvious in places.
All the foreigners. Michael's ability to do accents and read foreign languages well was superior.
No extreme reaction.
If I could've given Paul Michael a 6 I would have. He made the book worthwhile.
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