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SmileLeaf

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  • The Secret Speech

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (135)

    It is 1956. Three years ago, Leo Demidov moved on from his career as a member of the state security force. As an MGB officer, Leo had been responsible for untold numbers of arrests and interrogations. But as a reward for his heroic service in stopping a killer who had terrorized citizens throughout the country, Leo was granted the authority to establish and run a homicide department in Moscow. Now, he strives to see justice done on behalf of murder victims in the Soviet capital.

    Brandon says: "Solid sequel"
    "If you enjoyed Child 44 don't think twice and buy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As many declared that this story is not as brilliant as Child 44, but it is a very good one.

    75% of the novel will keep you in the edge with heart beating events, but at the end of the book the pace become slower and it become more like an insight about history (so if you like reading history this is an extra bonus for you).

    The narrator is very good. No major complaints, I just couldn't get in the mood with him 100%, but I blame myself here, it seems I am not so fond of the Russian accent. Listen to the sample.

    I highly recommend this book and I enjoyed it... don't waste it.

    Smile :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6479)
    Performance
    (4886)
    Story
    (4964)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Well woven fictitious history"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was my first book about Abraham Lincoln and about Vampires.
    I was longing to read about Lincoln, however vampires are not my hype. The writer managed to include the fiction with reality to create a whole piece with no visible holes.

    The story is engaging, the known tragedies in Lincoln life and how the writers used them gives a dark twist to the atmosphere.

    If like vampire stories get this book, if you are looking for a historian book about Lincoln but afraid to be bored by historian details then get this both.

    Audio performance is great.

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Geoff Colvin
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2054)
    Performance
    (1147)
    Story
    (1153)

    One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called "What It Takes to Be Great." Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field - from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch - are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

    Sasha L. Stowers says: "An Even-Handed Look At Talent"
    "New, intersting and liberating Insights!"
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    Story
    Would you listen to Talent Is Overrated again? Why?

    I would listen to it again to deepen the concepts I took.


    What does David Drummond bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    David Drummond brings an excellent performance, and keeps you interested in the subject. I believe reading this book myself would take longer time and I might get bored.David reading was very convincing that many times I my mind wander to think that the writer is the one reading it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Knowing absolutely that great achievements is in our hands.It is also shocking to know the great responsibility that we parents had toward the future of our children.


    Any additional comments?

    Some ideas are repetitive... you get the whole point of the book before the middle of it, and many of the surprises stop there. Yet is nice listening to different stories of talented people and the hopes it trigger. The narrator keeps a lovely company and succeed to make you listen to the very end.
    Strongly Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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