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William

Kingwood, TX, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Telex from Cuba: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Rachel Kushner
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    Rachel Kushner's mother grew up in Cuba in the 1950s, in the United Fruit Company enclave where Telex from Cuba takes place. Calling on a rich trove of family letters, photos, meticulously kept journals, and historical research, Kushner sets free her brilliant imagination in this profoundly resonant story of a world that was paradise for a time and for a few.

    Magin La Grave says: "Nostalgic and great history"
    "Telex from Cuba"
    Overall

    The redeeming value for this book is the look into pre-Castro Cuba and the Company life of expats in Cuba 1950's. Otherwise the book suffers from numerous vignettes of numerous characters without full development that would draw you in.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Zoo Station

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Downing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (119)

    Anglo-American journalist John Russell lives in Berlin and is approached to do some work for the Soviets. He reluctantly agrees and soon becomes involved in other dangerous activities, like helping a Jewish family and an idealistic American reporter. When the British and the Nazis notice his involvement with the Soviets, Russell is dragged into the world of warring intelligence services.

    Richard says: "As Good as Alan Furst"
    "Mixed feelings"
    Overall

    Nazi Germany can make for great plots of suspense and intrigue however there are parts of this book that are very depressing. Such parts forced me to stop listening and come back later. I did finish it only to know how it all came out. If I had been aware of the content prior to purchase I would have spent my credits elsewhere.

    10 of 21 people found this review helpful

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