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Massimo

Birmensdorf, Switzerland | Member Since 2011

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  • Centurion

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Simon Scarrow
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    A gripping new novel featuring Roman army officers Macro and Cato on their most dangerous mission yet. It's the first century AD and the Roman Empire faces a new threat from its long-standing enemy, Parthia. With Parthia vying for control of Palmyra - an officially neutral kingdom - the Governor of Syria dispatches experienced officers Macro and Cato, and a small task force, to protect Palmyra's borders from invasion. But the Roman army's presence in Palmyra prompts Parthia to amass its armies for war.

    Massimo says: "As ever good entertainement"
    "As ever good entertainement"
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    What did you love best about Centurion?

    the mixture between the Cato and Macro. This two carracters are so different that it is fun the lissen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Centurion?

    When Macro speack with the one Prince from Palmyra


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fighting sceen and the sceen where Macro explains to Cato that Gulia is interessted in him, and Cato does not get it.


    Who was the most memorable character of Centurion and why?

    Giulia and Cato


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1105)
    Performance
    (1000)
    Story
    (1010)

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid, just not great social network dystopia"
    "A book with a thinkfull ending"
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    Where does The Circle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks among the first tree for sure. This book give me food for thoughts. I have kids more better teens at home and i see how excellent they use the actual internet and media. The books give you a possible glimps where our society could end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the story build up. It start with a normal job appliance and friends, admit ably for hype company and end up with dark utopian model of our society. It all starts harmless with some comunity thinking and end up with a totalitarian model where people which do not comply with are not anymore human and mark as distorted. And everthing with the pretence to make a better world and help everyone. This is not very far away form other totalitarian regime like Nazi, fascist and communist or other distorted regimes. If you are into history you easily will see the parallelism in it, also the nazi, fashist and comunist started with the idea of helping and making a better world out of it. And what happend they ended with systematical killing other thinking or presumably deviant poeple or races.
    The other discussion which some how is alway part of a totalitarian regime is the wish of knowing everthing about there citizen, and in this book it comes near to possiblitly. Let's be honest been transparent (gläserner Mensch) is that what we are seeking and is this the tradeoff that we really whant to make for more security and safty. Will not our presumably new gained security shown in the book be balanced with some other fear?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where May turns into a full beliver and gets interviewed infront of the audiance. Where here words get used as manifesto for a new society.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Circle and why?

    May and Any and there turns


    Any additional comments?

    Excelent book with show a new perspective of our future world. Sometime i miss the duality on the character of the persons but overall i like this book very much.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6057)
    Performance
    (5594)
    Story
    (5587)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "Super way to write a fiction"
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    Would you listen to Tricked again? Why?

    Yes for sure


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aticus and Oberon


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but it is more the style of the writter which is great not the narrator. But I agree the narrator does also an excellent job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Empire: The Novel of Imperial Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Steven Saylor
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (63)

    The Pinarii witness the machinations of Tiberius, the madness of Caligula, and the decadence of Nero. The deadly paranoia of Domitian gives way to the Golden Age of Trajan and Hadrian - but even the most enlightened emperors wield the power to destroy their subjects on a whim.Empire is filled with the dramatic, defining moments of the age, including the Great Fire of 64 A.D, Nero’s persecution of the Christians, and the astounding opening games of the Colosseum.

    Michael says: "Very well done!"
    "Story over several generation"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, do some which are intressted to the day to day live a roman aristocracy


    What other book might you compare Empire to and why?

    non


    Did James Langton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes he did, but some passages are little boring


    Who was the most memorable character of Empire and why?

    Apollonius of Tyana which seems a be a little magic and a kind of philosoph


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Casanova

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Masters
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Giacomo Casanova's reputation rests largely on his obsession with women, but he was much more than the great 18th-century lover. Lawyer, mathematician, poet, translator, and librarian who was fluent in several languages, he was described by one contemporary as "the most civilized man in Europe." That he was also a con man, cabalist, spy, revenge-taker, and experienced prisoner only enhances his appeal as one who personified the extreme social and moral contradictions of the time.

    Massimo says: "Good information"
    "Good information"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, to all the friend which are interesting on more indeept know-how of history of this time


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    No, this story is a more e documentary and therefore it is ok for me.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He should have put more emotion an suspance in it.


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

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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