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Roman

Novosibirsk, Russia | Member Since 2009

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  • This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Carmen Reinhart, Kenneth Rogoff
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (99)

    Throughout history, rich and poor countries alike have been lending, borrowing, crashing - and recovering -their way through an extraordinary range of financial crises. Each time, the experts have chimed, "this time is different" - claiming that the old rules of valuation no longer apply and that the new situation bears little similarity to past disasters. This book proves that premise wrong.

    D. Littman says: "necessary piece to understand the current crisis"
    "Great Book, Poorly Presented - Get an E-book!"
    Overall

    What a great book - really puts a lot of tendencies in the economics of the day into a historical perspective. In this respect, it really clears a lot of fog and makes many things clear. However, this book has a very large amount of diagrams and charts which not only illustrate the text, but develop its ideas in a graphical form. Without these graphs the book sounds weird with constant referrals to the stuff you can not see. More so, parts of text - historical anecdotal chunks of data - are simply omitted... So, before spending your credits, find an e-book somewhere on the net - without this aid you are only getting 50% of this book, which is a pity, as this book, being a quite serious research, is, at the same time, is instantly accessible even to a humble armchair economist like myself.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3593)
    Performance
    (1092)
    Story
    (1098)

    When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

    Sherry says: "Thank You"
    "Merry Christmas and Thanks!"
    Overall

    Merry Christmas to the good people at Audible! I wish you luck, hope you grow and stay strong and continue to bring the joy of listening to a lot of great books to people all across the world! Let 2011 will be a good year for yourselves, your loved ones and your country. And I would like to extend the greetings to all of the Audible members in many countries! Thanks for an unexpected surprise of receiving O'Henry stories as a gift, it is really brings back childhood memories of pleasure reading those same great stories, albeit in translation.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Eleanor Updale
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    When a petty thief falls though a glass roof in his attempt to escape from the police, what should have been the death of him marks the beginning of a while new life. After his broken body is reconstructed by an ambitious young doctor, he is released from prison, and, with the help of Victorian London's extensive sewer system, he becomes the most elusive burglar in the city.

    Adira says: "Montmorency"
    "Wonderful book"
    Overall

    Great stuff!!! Story is quick paced and picaresque, characters are believable and alive. Stephen Fry as usual does a marvellous job reading, no, rather performing the book. I would love to get further installments of the Montmorency series. My credit was well spent. I would recommend this book to anyone who loved classic adventure literature as a kid.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Irrational Economist: Making Decisions in a Dangerous World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Erwann Michel-Kerjan, Paul Slovic
    • Narrated By Bill Quinn
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Of the 20 most costly catastrophes since 1970, more than half have occurred since 2001. Is this an omen of what the 21st century will be? How might we behave in this new, uncertain and more dangerous environment? Will our actions be rational or irrational?

    Roman says: "Collection of articles, rather than a book."
    "Collection of articles, rather than a book."
    Overall

    This book is certainly very well researched and written, however it is actually a collection of different articles in all of which both authors participated. That creates feeling of discontinuity, as articles differ in their subject matter, and are written in different style. Also, as quite often is the problem with reading of scientific articles, reader gets often mired in details, while dry prose does not help, and really interesting, elucidating ideas are few and far apart. I would only recommend this book to a specialist reader. However, as it is very specific scientific matter and is accompanied by graphs and tables, this book makes very little sense in adiobook format. Get an e-book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Various Haunts of Men: Simon Serrailler 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquillity and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet cathedral town.

    Roxalanne says: "From the thoughts of the murderer...."
    "Small Town Murders"
    Overall

    Before listening to The Various Haunts of Men I have read only one book by Susan Hill - The Man in the Picture - and was captivated by its gothic atmosphere and stylish writing. Perhaps that raised my bar too high. I was a bit dissapointed by this book. The plot is familiar to anyone who follows Midsomer Murders - cosy villages and toy towns harbouring deep secrets and a host of macabre characters. However, it is still masterfully written, if unoriginal and forgettable. The characters rather flat and anyone with interest in crime/ mystery genre will be having deja vu's many times. I could fare better with my credit...

    Narrator is very good, though...

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Appleby's End: An Inspector Appleby Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Innes
    • Narrated By Vincent Brimble
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Available to download for the very first time, the fantastic Inspector Appleby series by celebrated crime writer Michael Innes.Appleby's End was the name of the station where Detective Inspector John Appleby got off the train from Scotland Yard.

    Carol says: "Highly Unusual Happenings"
    "Rural mystery"
    Overall

    A very enjoyable and definitely quirky English country house mystery. Not exactly a crime novel, as there is no crime, just a chain of very weird events going at and around a crumbling country house. First part of the novel, where we are introduced to the characters and Appleby travels from the station to his host's home is wonderfully written. The happenings at a house itself and around are of rather bizarre kind, however still captivating. Highly recommended to all who like British Golden Age crime novels. The writing itself is very clever with lots of allusions to classical literature and art. It is also very well narrated. This was a first book by this author I have read and I was not dissapointed - a credit well spent.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Restless

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Rosamund Pike
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1060)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (234)

    It is the summer of 1976 in Oxfordshire, England, and someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin. The only person she can trust is her daughter, Ruth, a young single mother struggling with her own demons. Now Sally must tell her daughter the truth: She is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigré recruited for the British Secret Service in 1939.

    Susianna says: "Favorite Book of 2007"
    "Amazing book!"
    Overall

    This book just appropriates you, just sucks you into its airless, menacing world. Would give it 5, if not for a bit dissapointing second storyline. Out of two plotlines, run in parallel - one around WW2 era, second in 1976 - I was completely captivated by the spy story, and felt like fast forwarding through some of the events of 1976. However, the spy story is completely captivating, on the par with Le Carre at his best - characters live life of deception, betrayal and cold calculation of one's every step - and that completely redeems relatively weak second story line. The narrator, Rosamund Pike, is superb - she wonderfully does many characters of many nationalities and accents without a trace of vocal histrionics, gives them flesh, so to speak, making them 3-dimensional. William Boyd's twist on the history of the US entering WW2 is also an added value to this amazing book. Great many thanks to Audible for this treat! Give us more Boyd! :-)

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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