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Bob Jack

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  • The Man without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Masha Gessen
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (131)

    The Man Without a Face is the chilling account of how a low-level, small-minded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress, making his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world.

    John says: "very good points, but bias is evident"
    "Interesting and entertaining"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, great perspective on life outside of the USA.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great narrative; good storytelling.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    While it may be a little bias and it's clear the author has strong feelings I found it easy to get past that and enjoyed the book for what it was. Sure, there's some speculation but it's great to hear from a journalist living through history, a very disturbing history that most Americans and world citizens are probably oblivious too (I know I was/am). Very interesting listen and very engaging. All the more so, given current world events.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24100)
    Performance
    (18042)
    Story
    (18099)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Awesome!"
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    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

    Favorite Audible book!


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    Great enjoyable voice, kept me engage throughout and easy to listen too!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but not practical.


    Any additional comments?

    An impressive and amazing performance and story; left me wanting more! Flew by, and really enjoyed the book, Dotrice's performance was entertaining and brought the characters and story alive. Brilliant!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17242)
    Performance
    (15315)
    Story
    (15268)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Solid plot, engaged through out."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Wasn't my favorite book but it did keep me engaged for the whole performance. Entertaining at times, thought provoking but in the end nothing spectacular.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Average.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, don't know if it would even be possible with the length of this book. A bit too long.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable while it lasted, but forgettable in the end. Lots of subplots that were interesting at times but not needed. I thought the performance was great though, very enjoyable and pleasant performance.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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