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Nick

Flagstaff, AZ, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Free World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Bezmozgis
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (59)

    Summer 1978. Brezhnev sits like a stone in the Kremlin, Israel and Egypt are inching towards peace, and in the bustling, polyglot streets of Rome, strange new creatures have appeared: Soviet Jews who have escaped to freedom through a crack in the Iron Curtain. Among the thousands who have landed in Italy to secure visas for new lives in the West are the members of the Krasnansky family - three generations of Russian Jews.

    Janet says: "Excellent Character study -don't expect a plot"
    "Interesting Idea But Not Interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from David Bezmozgis and/or Stefan Rudnicki?

    Bezmozgis, no. Rudnicki, of course! I listen to him all the time.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nonfiction.


    What three words best describe Stefan Rudnicki’s performance?

    Not his best.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It is based on a very interesting and unique topic.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has too many characters, none of whom I cared about. After half an hour I realized I did not know who any of these people were. After a few hours I was still waiting for something to happen. The book would have benefited from having just a few clear main characters. Instead, it was about several people and provided lengthy background stories for just about everyone else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Wallace, Henry Robert Schelsinger
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (232)

    Now, in the first book ever written about this ultrasecretive department, the former director of OTS teams up with an internationally renowned intelligence historian to give listeners an unprecedented look at the devices and operations deemed "inappropriate for public disclosure" by the CIA just two years ago.

    Richard says: "Unique, informative history of the CIA"
    "Great Info - Dull Presentation"
    Overall

    I generally love this sort of book. Unfortunately it comes off like a CPA reading a budget report. The narrator is OK, but not the best choice. A reader with a greater tonal range and more active style would have helped. I got through the whole thing, but only be taking several breaks to listen to other books.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Little History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By E. H. Gombrich
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    E. H. Gombrich's world history, an international best seller now available in English for the first time, is a text dominated not by dates and facts but by the sweep of experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements, and an acute witness to its frailties.

    Edward says: "an enlightening book; very well read"
    "For children only"
    Overall

    I'm sure this book is wonderful but I could not get past the first page. (The introduction is excellent and interesting). I felt that the following statement in the publisher's summary was misleading, "...for the curious of all ages, but especially children." The tone of the author and narrator are so patronizing that "Little History" would not be tolerated by many children that I know above age five, let alone adults.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful

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