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Aaron

Dublin, Ireland | Member Since 2011

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  • Fatherland

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (220)

    Fatherland is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler’s 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin’s most prestigious suburb. As March discovers the identity of the body, he uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Gripping from start to finish"
    "Many great facets rolled into one"
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    Fatherland has many great elements rolled into one: It's a great police mystery; a riveting thriller; and a fantastically detailed alternative history. Anyone familiar with the social history of Nazi Germany or the city of Berlin will get kicks a-plenty from the detail in Rober Harris' creation of a 1960s Third Reich.

    Also of great note is the narrator, Michael Jayston, who provides an excellent reading of the book as always. He seems particularly suited to these kinds of thrillers, and throws in great accents to help colour in particular characters alongside his straight reading of the text. A pleasure to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2522)
    Performance
    (2233)
    Story
    (2236)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "A factual thriller"
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    The book charts a course through JFKs life, picking out many of the elements for which he was so famous and elements not so famous that hold relevance towards his untimely death. I felt that the various strands the book picked up - such as his relationship with singer Frank Sinatra to the falling out between various factions of government following the Bay of Pigs - weaves a story of a man with many enemies, explaining why that came to pass.

    Yet, in telling the story of his death the book plays it straight. It's not for it to pick a winner among conspiracy theories (or none); rather, it outlines a picture of Kennedy's life from which you may draw conclusions, ranging from conspiracy to plain old law of diminishing numbers - with enough enemies, something was bound to happen in the end.

    I came to the book knowing quite a bit about JFK, but I learned quite a bit more around the colour of the man. The audiobook is well narrated and paced, and even though one knows the tale quite well it brings you to an emotional climax.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dan Senor, Saul Singer
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (285)

    Start-Up Nation addresses the trillion dollar question: How is it that Israel - a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources - produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada, and the UK?

    Nili says: "Interesting and worth the time"
    "Step 1: Join the Israeli Military. Step 2: Success"
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    Would you try another book from Dan Senor and Saul Singer and/or Sean Pratt?

    I would consider another book by them, with some careful research and after reading further excerpts


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The book carries some very interesting stories of some very fascinating companies. However I got the sense of it being more of an


    What about Sean Pratt’s performance did you like?

    The performance was fine, clear and with an excellent pacing.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Bill Clinton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (428)

    President Bill Clinton gives us his views on the challenges facing the United States today and why government matters—presenting his ideas on restoring economic growth, energy, job creation, financial responsibility, resolving the mortgage crisis, and financial responsibility, and offering a plan to get us "back in the future business".

    Christine A. Haimann says: "Great and it all makes sense"
    "Interesting arguments well presented"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I wouldn't agree with nearly everything Clinton has to say, but this is a well reasoned and debated set of proposals and arguments. He sets out his stall clearly and there is something for everyone to chew over, even if only to acknowledge the problems that exist rather than agree with all of his proposals to fix them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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