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Jean MacKenzie

Kabul, Afghanistan | Member Since 2012

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  • The Man without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Masha Gessen
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (157)

    The Man Without a Face is the chilling account of how a low-level, small-minded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress, making his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world.

    John says: "very good points, but bias is evident"
    "Poor performance mars listening experience"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would much rather have read the book. Listening was painful, due to the really terrible performance. The reader did not know Russian, and got almost every single name wrong, which was terribly distracting. She also read all the quotes in an insulting Boris & Natasha accent that set my teeth on edge.For a book like this you MUST have someone who is familiar with the subject matter and who speaks Russian, or knows it well enough to pronounce "Starovoitova" correctly.I spent a lot of time in Russia and know the events described quite well. I like and respect Masha Gessen, and think the book was well written and well researched. But I almost could not finish it given the performance.It did a real disservice to the text.I think it would be worth rerecording, actually.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Man without a Face?

    I loved the description of the Nord-Ost theater siege, an event I lived through from afar. I was very sad, but perversely satisfied, to learn that Masha's research and interpretation, jibed with my own.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Justine Eyre’s performances?

    NEVER.


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

    Yes, with pleasure, providing the actors knew what they were doing.


    Any additional comments?

    The performance ruined the book for me. I will have to buy it on Kindle to be able to enjoy it. I drive quite a bit cross country, and was looking forward to listening to this book on the way. It was such a disappointment.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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