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Anja Schmidt

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Denmark | Member Since 2006

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  • 29 reviews
  • 45 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014
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  • I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Nujood Ali
    • Narrated By Meera Simhan
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from her parents and beloved sisters and made to live with her husband and his family in an isolated village in rural Yemen. There she suffered daily from physical and emotional abuse by her mother-in-law and nightly at the rough hands of her spouse. Flouting his oath to wait to have sexual relations with Nujood until she was no longer a child, he took her virginity on their wedding night.

    Douglas says: "Three stars"
    "Fantastic story"
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    What did you love best about I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced?

    The fantastic story of this little girl and her courage.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced?

    The first evening in her new housbands family.


    What does Meera Simhan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything. Her voice could not be more right for this book.


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

    Definately.


    Any additional comments?

    I love all kinds of biografies and autobiografies and this was definately no disappointment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Decade: Where We've Been . . . and Where We're Going

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By George Friedman
    • Narrated By Bruce Turk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (134)

    In The Next Decade, George Friedman offers readers a pro­vocative and endlessly fascinating prognosis for the immedi­ate future. Using Machiavelli’s The Prince as a model, Friedman focuses on the world’s leaders - particularly the American president - and with his trusted geopolitical insight analyzes the complex chess game they will all have to play.

    Michael says: "Jaw-dropping apolitical analysis"
    "Good points and ideas about the near future"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Next Decade the most enjoyable?

    Good explications about the present state of everything and thoughts about the future accordingly.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    He seems to have a good knowledge about politics and political structure in most of the world.


    What does Bruce Turk bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nothing special.


    If you could give The Next Decade a new subtitle, what would it be?

    What would it take to keep the world stable while constantly balancing on the edge of disaster.


    Any additional comments?

    -

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2218)
    Performance
    (1969)
    Story
    (1953)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "So fascinating, yet hard to get"
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    If you could sum up And the Mountains Echoed in three words, what would they be?

    Fantastic emotional storytelling


    What other book might you compare And the Mountains Echoed to and why?

    All the authors other books.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great emotional voices that makes the story get very much alive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nor laugh nor cry, but it certainly has the potential to bring up emotions of many kinds. It touched me very much.


    Any additional comments?

    As with the authors other books, I had a hard time figuring out the identity of everybody, because the story jumps in time and place. I struggled a lot with who-is-who and what were their names. At these points I would have liked to page back in a physical book to brush up on names.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (130)

    Large numbers of atheists, humanists, and conspiracy theorists are raising one of the most pressing questions in the history of religion: "Did Jesus exist at all?" Was he invented out of whole cloth for nefarious purposes by those seeking to control the masses? Or was Jesus such a shadowy figure - far removed from any credible historical evidence - that he bears no meaningful resemblance to the person described in the Bible? In Did Jesus Exist? historian and Bible expert Bart Ehrman confronts these questions, vigorously defends the historicity of Jesus, and provides a compelling portrait of the man from Nazareth.

    Jacobus says: "Vintage Ehrman"
    "Very interesting"
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    Would you listen to Did Jesus Exist? again? Why?

    No. I got the message.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Did Jesus Exist??

    No particular moment.


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

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Did Jesus Exist?
    Is Christ a made-up figure?


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting. I never knew, there was really so much evidence to be found.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Madeleine Albright
    • Narrated By Madeleine Albright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    Before Madeleine Albright turned twelve, her life was shaken by the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia—the country where she was born—the Battle of Britain, the near total destruction of European Jewry, the Allied victory in World War II, the rise of communism, and the onset of the Cold War. Albright's experiences, and those of her family, provide a lens through which to view the most tumultuous dozen years in modern history.

    Jean says: "The price of Democracy"
    "I expected something else"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I think so. But this is not for everyone. It would need some special interest in this subject, since it is not a traditional novel biografy


    Would you recommend Prague Winter to your friends? Why or why not?

    See above.


    Which character – as performed by Madeleine Albright – was your favorite?

    Her fathers friend. I do not remember his name.


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

    I might. Now that I know the exact content, I would prefer a documentary style.


    Any additional comments?

    .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mao Tse-Tung: The Leaders Series (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr)
    • By Bryan W. Haven
    • Narrated By John Ringham, Full Cast
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Arguably the most extraordinary and powerful leader of the 20th century, Chairman Mao unified 800 million people into one Communist nation, the most successful 'alternative society' ever achieved. For three minutes, on the morning of September 18, 1976, an entire nation stood to attention as a mark of respect for their dead leader. Was he loved and revered by one-third of the world's population for his personal charisma, or for his awesome power and management of massive state indoctrination?

    Ed says: "The absolute worst"
    "The worst listen ever"
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    Would you try another book from Bryan W. Haven and/or John Ringham and Full Cast ?

    Never. I learned nothing from this one.


    What could Bryan W. Haven have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Everything.


    What didn’t you like about John Ringham and Full Cast ’s performance?

    Nothing.


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

    I'm sorry, but no.


    Any additional comments?

    If I could, I would have given no stars at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5031)
    Performance
    (1266)
    Story
    (1265)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "One of the best audiobooks ever"
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    Would you listen to A Thousand Splendid Suns again? Why?

    If I had not had so many other books that I would like to read, this is certainly one of those I would consider reading again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The enhanced authenticity. This is fiction but I have no problem believing that this might as well be the true story of some unidentified persons.


    Which character – as performed by Atossa Leoni – was your favorite?

    Tahrir and Maryam.I find it fantastic how the author manages to let the bad guys show glimpses of something that just might have been nice - and the good guys show a tiny drop of evil.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The horror of everyday Afghanistan - then and now.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic mix of horror and kindness. Good and evil in fysical contact.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life and Death in the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Fritzsche
    • Narrated By David Zinn
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (29)

    Fritzsche deciphers the puzzle of Nazism's ideological grip. Its basic appeal lay in the Volksgemeinschaft - people's community - that appealed to Germans to be part of a great project to redress the wrongs of the Versailles treaty, make the country strong and vital, and rid the body politic of unhealthy elements. Diaries and letters reveal Germans' fears, desires, and reservations, while showing how Nazi concepts saturated everyday life.

    Starlet says: "Interesting from Beginning to End"
    "The rise and fall of a political sect"
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    If you could sum up Life and Death in the Third Reich in three words, what would they be?

    Revealing, explanatory and thorough


    What does David Zinn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is quite neutral but perfect for this kind of book. Being so neutral, it does not bring anything extraordinary.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Books and films like "The Wave" shortly and finely explains how movements like Nazism and the idea of the Third Rich come to rise. This is a thourogh description of how this could happen and why most Germans considered themselves innocent after the war because they learned how they had been betrayed by oratory and "mass movement".
    This book describes these mechanisms more thoroughly and understandably than anything I have ever seen or heard before.
    It reminds me of a myth about a Danish freedomfighter, caught by the Germans and sentenced to dead. While the soldier binds him to the pole for assacination, he says to the soldier: "You should know, that it is not you and the normal German we have been fighting - it is the evil that took host in you", and the German understood. A myth, but quite telling though.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mands minde. Et tidsbillede [Living Memory: A Temporal Image]

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Hans Edvard Nørregård-Nielsen
    • Narrated By Paul Hüttel
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Mands minde foregår for en fyrre-halvtreds år siden, i den periode, da vandringen fra land til by kulminerede og Danmark ændrede sig radikalt, fra landbrugs- til industriland. Hans Edvard Nørregård-Nielsen fortæller om sit hjem og sin familie, om de anspændte forhold mellem hans forældre, om søskende sammenhold, om onkler, tanter, mostre med alle deres særpræg og særheder, og han panorerer derfra ud over det danske land og beskriver de omvæltninger, der sker med livs- og omgangsformer i halvtredserne.

    Anja Schmidt says: "Den rette ånd"
    "Den rette ånd"
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    What did you love best about Mands minde. Et tidsbillede [Living Memory: A Temporal Image]?

    Selvom jeg først er født i halvfjerdserne er det tidsbillede der stilles op ikke helt fjernt fra min egen barndom og det jeg har hørt om mine forældres barndom. Oplæseren bidrager virkelig meget til den samlede oplevelse.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jeg har ikke nogen særlig foretrukken, men desværre genkender jeg træk fra fortællerens far i min egen mand. Hvis jeg nogensinde kunne få ham til at læse en bog som denne, ville jeg helt sikkert vælge at "prikke til ham" på den måde.


    What about Paul Hüttel’s performance did you like?

    Den betyder alt. Det er den absolut perfekte stemme til denne historie. Den lyder virkelig som "bedstefar der fortæller historier fra sin barndom".


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Man bliver helt sentimental.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richard Wolffe
    • Narrated By Richard Wolffe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Revival, by best-selling author Richard Wolffe, is based on exclusive and extensive interviews with President Obama and his inner circle inside the West Wing. It is an intimate and revealing portrait of the Obama White House at work in a critical period for the country and for the president.

    Amr says: "Disappointing"
    "As expected"
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    What made the experience of listening to Revival the most enjoyable?

    Most of us like to have a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes.


    What about Richard Wolffe’s performance did you like?

    He has a perfect voice for this kind of book - that is of course especially because he wrote the book and because he was there on many occasions descriped in the book.


    If you could give Revival a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Two steps forth - one step back.


    Any additional comments?

    The book became lengthy at moments but I am not sure what should have been left out. It is a very thorough book and I am not sure something less thorough would have made it a better book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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