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Sukemin

singapore, Singapore | Member Since 2009

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  • 9 reviews
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  • 1 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Steve Coll
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (108)

    Steve Coll investigates the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United States, revealing the true extent of its power. ExxonMobil’s annual revenues are larger than the economic activity in the great majority of countries. In many of the countries where it conducts business, ExxonMobil’s sway over politics and security is greater than that of the United States embassy. In Washington, ExxonMobil spends more money lobbying Congress and the White House than almost any other corporation. Yet despite its outsized influence, it is a black box.

    Zak says: "Please no more accents!"
    "the many lives of a behemoth oil company"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    An investigation into a giant oil company and the people who run it and how it manages
    its public profile and its engagement in places where there is little or no rule of law.
    The book does not give answers but it does pose lots of questions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Hell Let Loose, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Max Hastings' study of the greatest and most terrible event in history continues in the second part of his epic book. There are vivid descriptions of the tragedies and triumphs of a host of ordinary people, in uniform and out of it, in an 'everyman's story'.

    Sukemin says: "Absolutely brilliant."
    "Absolutely brilliant."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a wonderful book. The author has encylcopaedic knowledge of the War .
    Dealing chiefly with individual experiences the horror of the war
    is poignantly captured.. Unforgettable images.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghostwritten

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By various
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    An apocalyptic cult member carries out a gas attack on a rush-hour metro, but what connects him to a jazz buff in Tokyo? A woman on a holy mountain talks to a tree, and the tree talks back. Add to this a Mongolian gangster, an English spy, a despondent "zookeeper", a nuclear scientist, a ghostwriter, a ghost, and a late night New York DJ. All of them have tales to tell, and all must play their part as they are caught up in the inescapable forces of cause and effect.

    Sukemin says: "Uneven and unsatisfactory"
    "Uneven and unsatisfactory"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The stories set in the West were very good while those in the East were dull and meaningless. The links between the stories were tenuous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finance and the Good Society

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert J Shiller
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    The reputation of the financial industry could hardly be worse than it is today in the painful aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. New York Times best-selling economist Robert Shiller is no apologist for the sins of finance - he is probably the only person to have predicted both the stock market bubble of 2000 and the real estate bubble that led up to the subprime mortgage meltdown. But in this important and timely book, Shiller argues that, rather than condemning finance, we need to reclaim it for the common good.

    PHIL says: "A good intro to finance"
    "defending wall st."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Investing is necessary for everyone. Otherwise we will be poor.
    This book shows the benefits of the markets despite the damages greed in Wall St has
    brought upon us. The book is unsatisfactory as it meanders.However there are some very enjoyable views on money and wealth and how we should deal with wealth.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lighthouse

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Alison Moore
    • Narrated By Eve Karpf
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The Lighthouse begins on a North Sea ferry, on the blustery outer deck of which stands Futh: a middle-aged, recently-separated man heading to Germany for a restorative walking holiday. After an encounter with an inexplicably hostile barman at a family-run hotel in Hellhaus, Futh sets out on his week-long circular walk along the Rhine. As he travels, he contemplates his childhood, a complicated friendship with the son of a lonely neighbour, his parents’ broken marriage and his own.

    Sukemin says: "deceptively simple story that analyses a man"
    "deceptively simple story that analyses a man"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A man on a short holiday after a marital separation contemplates his ordinary life.
    It is never dull. The author holds the reader's attention with sharp observations of the life of this mild man and his interactions and the interactions of others close to him , so well described that one is compelled to read on to discover more .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Unnamed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshua Ferris
    • Narrated By Joshua Ferris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Tim Farnsworth is a handsome, healthy man, ageing with the grace of a matinée idol. He loves his work. He loves his family. He loves his kitchen. And then one day he stands up and walks out on all of it. He cannot stop walking....

    Sukemin says: "Effects of an incurable non -lethal ailment ."
    "Effects of an incurable non -lethal ailment ."
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes.
    A well imagined exploration of illness and its effects on the person ,his work, and those around him.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joshua Ferris again?

    Yes


    What aspect of Joshua Ferris’s performance would you have changed?

    NONE


    Did The Unnamed inspire you to do anything?

    to have more sympathy for those with diseases that cannot be diagnosed or explained as often these sufferers are thought to have a "psychological" condition.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skios

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Frayn
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    On the sunlit Greek island of Skios, the Fred Toppler Foundation's annual lecture is to be given by Dr Norman Wilfred, the world-famous authority on the scientific organisation of science. He turns out to be young and charming - not at all the intimidating figure they had been expecting. The Foundation's guests are soon eating out of his hand. So is Nikki, the attractive organiser. Meanwhile, in a remote villa at the other end of the island, Nikki's old friend Georgie waits for the man she rashly agreed to go on holiday with.

    Katharina says: "Great!"
    "Disappointing and dated"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Michael Frayn and/or Martin Jarvis?

    Yes


    What could Michael Frayn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Characters are old fashioned and of another age.


    What didn’t you like about Martin Jarvis’s performance?

    Good. It was hard for him as the main characters were very similar in their manner of talking..


    What character would you cut from Skios?

    The greek taxi driver spyros.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bring Up the Bodies

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind Tutt
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    The sequel to the Man Booker-winning Wolf Hall. ‘My boy Thomas, give him a dirty look and he’ll gouge your eye out. Trip him, and he’ll cut off your leg,’ says Walter Cromwell in the year 1500. ‘But if you don’t cut across him he’s a very gentleman. And he’ll stand anyone a drink.’ By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith’s son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church.

    Peter Slade says: "Hard to fault"
    "Brilliant evocation of 16th Century England"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Bring Up the Bodies the most enjoyable?

    Machinations of the King Henry the Eight's court


    What other book might you compare Bring Up the Bodies to and why?

    The first in the series Wolf Hall akin to the first movement of a symphony, dense and crowded, full of uncompleted narratives. Bring up the bodies is like the slow second movement, narratives that recall the first movement and one main theme, the downfall of Ann Boelyn.
    There should be a third movement to compete the symphony.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Could have been more like Simon Vance who was magnificent in Wolf Hall.


    If you could take any character from Bring Up the Bodies out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Thomas Cromwell, a man of modern sensibilities, venal and pragmatic bureaucrat.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Gold: The History of an Obsession

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Peter L. Bernstein
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    In this exciting new audio, Peter L. Bernstein tells the story of history's most coveted, celebrated, and inglorious asset: gold.

    Edmund W. Cheung says: "Interesting economic history lesson"
    "An auspicious start. Weak explanantions."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Power of Gold? What did you like least?

    The ancient history of gold was told very well. Where it failed was to explain clearly the economic issues pertaining to Gold in the 20th Century.


    Would you recommend The Power of Gold to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, the story of Gold turned out to be exciting.


    What about Eric Conger’s performance did you like?

    A little bit slow and ponderous.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. I expect the hard issues which I did not understand well will be glossed over in a film and the parts that would be an interesting film would be the parts I understood.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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