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Inna

east brunswick, NJ, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba...and Then Lost It to the Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By T. J. English
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (176)

    Havana Nocturne takes listeners back to Cuba in the years when it was a veritable devil's playground for mob leaders Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano. Thanks to strong ties with the island's brutal dictator, President Batista, the mob soon owned the biggest luxury hotels and casinos and launched an unprecedented tourist boom. But their dreams collided with those of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and others.

    Paul Abbott says: "Not for reactionaries"
    "Havane Nocturne"
    Overall

    “Havane Nocturne” is a very entertaining account of Havana mob and all intrigues that were going on in Cuba during the 50-es. It reads like Godfather. However, as far as political analysis of Castro revolution is concern, it is either very na?ve or misleading on purpose. There is no mention of the fact that revolution in Cuba was a communist revolution from the beginning. The author stubbornly avoids the reality that from the beginning Castro movement was supported by KGB both with money and arms and that Soviet advisors trained and advised Castro and his adherents. It is really indigenous that the author did not mention even once a huge role that the Soviet Union played in Cuban revolution. It is sad that the only word of wisdom in this book was spoken by old Meyer Lansky who realized right away that Castro regime would be a communist regime which would bring a lot of suffering, death, hunger, and economic disaster to the country. He said it based on his own experience.

    24 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • The Widows of Eastwick

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    More than three decades have passed since the events described in John Updike's The Witches of Eastwick. The three divorcées - Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie - have left town, remarried, and become widows. They cope with their grief and solitude as widows do: they travel the world, to such foreign lands as Canada, Egypt, and China, and renew old acquaintance. Why not, Sukie and Jane ask Alexandra, go back to Eastwick for the summer?

    glamazon says: "Amazing!"
    "Transformation"
    Overall

    Sad transformation from "witches" to "widows". But this is the fact of life. "The Widows of Eastwick" is the best Updike novel in the last 5 years!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Witches of Eastwick

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Before they were the widows of Eastwick, our heroines were a trio of delightfully wicked witches. In a small New England town in that hectic era when the sixties turned into the seventies, there lived three witches. Alexandra Spoffard, a sculptress, could create thunderstorms. Jane Smart, a cellist, could fly. The local gossip columnist, Sukie Rougemont, could turn milk into cream. Divorced but hardly celibate, the wonderful witches one day found themselves quite under the spell of the new man in town.

    Inna says: "Bewitched!"
    "Bewitched!"
    Overall

    This is a brilliant novel by one of the best contemporary writer. It is full of fun, sadness, wisdom, and deep understanding of life's desires.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moscow Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1165)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (491)

    In the new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Servant, the death of a journalist leads Gabriel Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spy craft, even he has something to learn. He's playing by Moscow rules now.

    Lucie says: "Change of narrator"
    "Moscow Rules"
    Overall

    This is the best book by Daniel Silva in many years. It has a thoughtful insight into the current situation in Russia. It is an excellent political thriller.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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