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Dimitri

Member Since 2011

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  • One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael Dobbs
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    In October 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union appeared to be sliding inexorably toward a nuclear conflict over the placement of missiles in Cuba. Veteran Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs has pored over previously untapped American, Soviet, and Cuban sources to produce the most authoritative book yet on the Cuban missile crisis.

    MikeCG says: "On the verge of annihilation."
    "riveting and scary"
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    Even if you watched "13 Days" (I did, and liked it), listen to this book. It has accurate, well researched account of events, some less known facts and very little idle speculation.
    The historical facts are presented well, with just enough details to keep the listener interested, and the narration is superb.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (148)

    The very young men who flew the B24s over Germany in World War II against terrible odds were an exemplary band of brothers. In The Wild Blue, Stephen Ambrose recounts their extraordinary brand of heroism, skill, daring, and comradeship. Stephen Ambrose describes how the Army Air Forces recruited, trained, and chose those few who would undertake the most demanding and dangerous jobs in the war.

    jud says: "Terrific book."
    "interesting detailed account of bomber operations"
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    It felt to me more like a selective account of operations written as a book for enjoyment, rather than literary work, with plots, storyline, etc., but it was interesting and enjoyable regardless of that.
    Many interesting anecdotes and details are mentioned, together with irrelevant to general reader squadron and air force numbers.
    The book certainly helps appreciate the dangers and difficulties of operating WWII bombers.

    When I tried to find out more about the episode in the book where a B-24 signalled surrender to escorting German fighters and then treacherously shot them out of the sky - I could only find a post by a former B-24 pilot saying that there was no evidence of it ever happening and explaining how the myth came about. I felt that the book was a bit under-researched.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1382)
    Performance
    (1176)
    Story
    (1176)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "The title actually lives up to its name"
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    I bet not many people know the history of drinks they have every day. The book is well structured with many fascinating and little known facts about most popular beverages. I you listen to a small random segment, you wouldn't know it is about beer/wine/etc. In short, the content is very interesting for those who like trivia, history and such. I couldn't believe how much the history of drinks was intertwined with general history.

    Now about performance - there wasn't any. Just reading. I couldn't help thinking that the narrator ran a marathon after a few days of sleep deprivation before turning up to the recording studio. Eventually I got used to the monotonous and sleepy narration, but the book suffered from the "performance".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3324)
    Performance
    (2377)
    Story
    (2385)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "just couldn't stop"
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    I had to psyche myself up for a 57 hour listen, but there was no need to - once started, I just couldn't stop. Everyone knows (or should know) the basic history of WWII, but this book is so rich with fascinating details, episodes, personality portraits, etc. that it sounds nothing like a history textbook.
    The narration style is such that the story just effortlessly unfolds, and I was hanging on to every word, rewinding if I didn't couldn't hear a sentence or a phrase.
    The narrator's performance is brilliant, I could "hear" words in quotes and the mood was well represented.
    The whole 57 hours felt like an adventure story, replete with moments when history could have taken a different turn, if only...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1352)
    Performance
    (658)
    Story
    (659)

    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "Unbelievable..."
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    Would you listen to No One Would Listen again? Why?

    No, because I would know what happened and this book reads like a good detective story that should not be spoiled.Also, it made me angry in many places, for good reason.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of No One Would Listen?

    The episode that describes the rivalry between SEC regional offices and accompanying complete lack of any care on SEC part. I couldn't believe it was real.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Real recording of New York senator (or congressman?) grilling SEC reps at the hearing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    At the beginning the book felt a bit like author was settling old scores, but that feeling evaporated after the episode when one of the people well described in the book committed suicide.


    Any additional comments?

    Frequently through listening to the book I couldn't help thinking:

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (1743)
    Performance
    (1085)
    Story
    (1075)

    Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change—in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

    Igor N. says: "Are you looking for an attachement for the book?"
    "interesting, and makes sense"
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    It was an interesting and intriguing experience.

    The good:
    Author made a commendable effort to make complex scientific concepts easy to understand. I didn't feel like I was listening to a boring biology or nutrition textbook. There is a bit of drama, a few stories here and there and generally the book is interesting.
    I am not an expert on the subject, but I like reading about science etc., and to my knowledge the book makes sense - human bodies evolved to handle certain foods, those bodies are complex organisms rather than simple objects governed by laws of physics, etc.

    The not so good:
    When author presented the evidence in support of a concept, I felt a bit bored after exhibit C, but it would go on to exhibit D, E, F and on and on. I could not (be bothered to) verify the evidence anyway, so two or three pieces of evidence was enough for me to trust the author.

    This is not a diet book, it has no recipes or comprehensive lists of foods, it just explains things, and does it well - which is just what I wanted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Botany of Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1488)
    Performance
    (762)
    Story
    (764)

    Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.

    Teddy says: "If you have an open mind... Give it a listen"
    "30% interesting story, 70% philosophical musing"
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    This book has buried in it a very interesting story with tasty titbits of history, botany, psychology, general fun and beautiful language, but to get to those one needs to listen through mostly bland and always lengthy philosophical ramblings. I am all in favour of moulding the language into beautiful form for sheer listening pleasure, but in the case of, say, Bill Bryson - I want to rewind and listen again, while in this case I itch to hit fast-forward, but then I might miss the small tasty part in the middle, so I don't.
    If only I could split this book into two parts - captivating story and boring philosophy, and listen to just the first one...

    The narrator's performance is excellent, but I don't know how he managed to get through those passages without falling asleep, which makes it even more commendable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex's Adventures in Numberland: Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Alex Bellos
    • Narrated By Alex Bellos
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The world of maths can seem mind-boggling, irrelevant and, let's face it, boring. This groundbreaking book reclaims maths from the geeks. Mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives: from the surprising geometry of the 50p piece to how probability can help you win in any casino. In search of weird and wonderful mathematical phenomena, Alex Bellos travels across the globe and meets the world's fastest mental calculators in Germany and a startlingly numerate chimpanzee in Japan.

    Dimitri says: "interesting (and ambitious)"
    "interesting (and ambitious)"
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    What made the experience of listening to Alex's Adventures in Numberland the most enjoyable?

    This is a very interesting attempt to make a book on mathematics - a story in a style of


    Any additional comments?

    Although I am all in favour of math books without formulae, sometimes just a bare minimum is needed to illustrate a point. But how does one do it in an audio book? I found it a bit hard to follow some of the examples. Simple ones I could manage by drawing in my head, but with more complex ones I got quickly lost.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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