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Alan M. Gellatly

Ace Chucker

Winnipeg, Canada

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  • Stalin's Ghost: An Arkady Renko Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Investigator Arkady Renko, the pariah of the Moscow prosecutor's office, has been assigned the thankless job of investigating a new phenomenon: late-night subway riders report seeing the ghost of Joseph Stalin on the platform of the Chistye Prudy Metro station. The illusion seems part political hocus-pocus and also part wishful thinking, for among many Russians, Stalin is again popular; the bloody dictator can boast a two-to-one approval rating.

    jack says: "Russian Ghosts"
    "Good book, but likely better in written form"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have read other Martin Cruz Smith books, and find them very entertaining. This one seemed like another good story, but I didn't feel like it worked well in an Audiobook format. I suggest that you listen to the sample before purchasing. Maybe it is just me . . .


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Speech

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (169)

    It is 1956. Three years ago, Leo Demidov moved on from his career as a member of the state security force. As an MGB officer, Leo had been responsible for untold numbers of arrests and interrogations. But as a reward for his heroic service in stopping a killer who had terrorized citizens throughout the country, Leo was granted the authority to establish and run a homicide department in Moscow. Now, he strives to see justice done on behalf of murder victims in the Soviet capital.

    Galadriel says: "Love this author"
    "NIcely tied into real events"
    Overall

    The author did his research and tied this work of fiction relatively well into historically significant events, like Kruschev's "Secret Speech" of 1956 and into the Hungarian Revolution of the same year. I didn't know about these historical events until I listened to the book, and did a bit of research afterwards. I feel both entertained and feel like I learned something - I am left impressed with this piece of historical fiction.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6823)
    Performance
    (2126)
    Story
    (2145)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Inspiring and disturbing"
    Overall

    It was hard to want to continue listening to a young man so weak and self-absorbed, but I kept listening. Maybe it is because I thought he would mature, but more likely simply because the characters are just so real (I had to keep reminding myself that this is fiction).

    This book works on many levels. It does a terrific job telling the stories of people who live through internal turmoil and/or external tragedy, and grow from it. It also puts human faces and human emotions to individuals who live through tragedy in ethnic or religious conflict. It shows the challenges of immigration to the West, both in getting here and establishing a life, and it shows the sacrifices that parents make for their children. It is disturbing and inspiring at the same time.

    It is easily the best book that I have ?listened? to since I joined Audible, and I would highly recommend it to any other listener.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Transmission

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Hari Kunzru
    • Narrated By Hari Kunzru
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Transmission, Hari Kunzru's new novel of love and lunacy, immigration and immunity, introduces a daydreaming Indian computer geek whose luxurious fantasies about life in America are shaken when he accepts a California job offer.

    Don says: "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    "A light listen"
    Overall

    The narrator, also the author, does an excellent job of reading, really telling an excellent story. He conveys a mood and emotion that ranks with the best of the narrators that I have heard.

    That said, this could best be called a "light" listen. There are a lot of characters and storylines in a short 9 hr audiobook, with probably too little time devoted to any one of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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