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brian

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  • Young Stalin

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Simon Sebag Montefiore
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (33)

    Young Stalin tells the story of an exceptional, charismatic, darkly turbulent young man born into obscurity, fancying himself a poet and a priest, and finally embracing revolutionary idealism as his Messianic mission in life. Equal parts scholar and terrorist, a mastermind of bank robberies, extortion, piracy, and murder, he was so impressive in his brutality that Lenin made him, along with Trotsky, his chief henchman.

    Jim says: "Really Good Read/Listen"
    "Stalin's life before He came to power now revealed"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you listen to Young Stalin again? Why?

    I might to catch up on chatpers I might have missed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Knowing who was who in Stalin's life.


    What about James Adams’s performance did you like?

    I liked the whole thing honestly.


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

    NOt really, but I had no idea Joseph was such a womanizer.


    Any additional comments?

    A must have for any history fan.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3393)
    Performance
    (3145)
    Story
    (3140)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Rowling's getting better at branching out."
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Silkworm in three words, what would they be?

    The narration and the plot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That, I'm not certain.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Nothing what-so-ever.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm hoping for more in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6965)
    Performance
    (6343)
    Story
    (6352)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "JKR's done it again."
    Overall
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    Story
    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The plot line and everything else.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'd like to find other crime fiction books to try.


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

    She does and she does it extremely well, as only J K Rowling can.


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

    Nothing at all.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be waiting for other books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Suki Kim
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields - except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST).

    brian says: "A story of North Korea that should be told."
    "A story of North Korea that should be told."
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Without You, There Is No Us the most enjoyable?

    The storyline


    What other book might you compare Without You, There Is No Us to and why?

    I've always been interested in North Korea, but this book has increased my interest greatly.


    Which character – as performed by Janet Song – was your favorite?

    She does.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing wrong at all.


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1984 by George Orwell: Orwell Expert Book Review

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Brainy Book Reviews
    • Narrated By Mark Young
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Book Reviews gives readers an efficient way to quickly go through and digest famous and well-loved titles. Offering easy-to-read and comprehensive synopses of every chapter of bestselling books, each Brainy Book Review highlights the key ideas behind critically acclaimed titles, helping readers swiftly get the most out of a book.

    brian says: "An impressive look."
    "An impressive look."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Where does 1984 by George Orwell: Orwell Expert Book Review rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like the narration and it's format.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm not certain.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Young’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He does. The format is excellent.


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

    Nothing at all.


    Any additional comments?

    A must have study guide for fans of 1984.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12884)
    Performance
    (11285)
    Story
    (11327)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "A bit unusual, but it works."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you listen to A Dance with Dragons again? Why?

    The narration. Despite his age, Rooy gives a fine performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dance with Dragons?

    It's only made it stronger.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    He does by describing things in a lot of detail.


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

    Nothing at all.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9573)
    Performance
    (8798)
    Story
    (8844)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "More adventures in Westeros"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about A Feast for Crows?

    The narration and some of the storylines


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm not sure how to answer that.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    He lets people know who's who, and describes them in detail


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing wrong at all.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A New Dawn: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Jackson Miller
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (170)

    For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed - and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire. Now Emperor Palpatine, once Chancellor of the Republic and secretly a Sith follower of the dark side of the Force, has brought his own peace and order to the galaxy. Peace through brutal repression, and order through increasing control of his subjects’ lives.

    Amazon Customer says: "The New Era of Star Wars Begins HERE!"
    "Forget the old way."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about A New Dawn: Star Wars?

    The storyline and the narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dialogue.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    The voice work. He's a genius.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    A great prequel for the upcoming Star Wars: Rebels series.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • In the Time of the Butterflies

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Julia Alvarez
    • Narrated By Noemi de la Puente, Alma Cuervo, Bianca Carnacho, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    It is November 25, 1960, and the bodies of three beautiful, convent-educated sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. El Caribe, the official newspaper, reports their deaths as an accident. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of General Raphael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorship.

    G Reinhardt says: "Beautiful"
    "The truth is..."
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    Would you listen to In the Time of the Butterflies again? Why?

    I would to remember parts I might have missed.


    What other book might you compare In the Time of the Butterflies to and why?

    I can't think of any comparison.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Having several different narrators for each sister was confusing at times, but interesting too.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    A book that opens a dorr to a forgotten part of the past.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (185)

    Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War - while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6.

    Michael Eaton says: "The Greatest Spy -- Ever Discovered"
    "The man who played people like violins."
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Spy Among Friends to be better than the print version?

    I would.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The friendship between Philby and Angleton.


    Have you listened to any of John Le Carre’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I hadn't.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    How Philby started spying for the USSR, and other early points in his work.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John W. Dean
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Watergate forever changed American politics, and in light of the revelations about the NSA's wide­spread surveillance program, the scandal has taken on new significance. Yet remarkably, four decades after he was forced to resign, no one has told the full story of Nixon's involvement in Watergate.

    Tad Davis says: "Nixon HAD no defense"
    "New information for an old case."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would if they're interested in Watergate.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration. The narrator's excellent with voices as well as accents.


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

    Excellent voice work.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some of the bits with Nixon's reactions to events made me crack up.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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