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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

    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"
    "Martin Cruz Smith always delivers the best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book not only for its riveting story but also because it gives some insight into life in contemporary Russia. You are given an idea of what social elements give the most meaning to the people that live there, as well as a view of the conflict of feelings between old ideals and the new social order.

    What other book might you compare Stalin's Ghost to and why?

    I'm not sure I can compare this to any other book that I have read though if you have seen and enjoyed the British series "Archangel", you will probably enjoy this book.

    Which character – as performed by Henry Strozier – was your favorite?

    All the characters are well written and performed, but like other detective novels, the main detective Arcady is the main focus. His young homeless friend Genya is also an interesting and well portrayed character.

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


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  • The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Brock l. Eide, Fernette L. Eide
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dyslexia is almost always assumed to be an obstacle. And for one in five people who are dyslexic, it can be. Yet for millions of successful dyslexics - including astrophysicists, mystery novelists, and entrepreneurs - their dyslexic differences are the key to their success. In this paradigm-shifting book, neurolearning experts Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide describe exciting new brain science revealing that dyslexic people have unique brain structure and organization.

    Ethel says: "Has the system failed your child?"
    What disappointed you about The Dyslexic Advantage?

    The writing style is dull as is the reading. It is not for the dyslexic reader as it seems to be written in dull uncreative jargon from a non-dyslexic writer. It needs to be more concise with less introduction and less repetition of the word dyslexic. The use of little personal stories is very formulaic. I usually don't get bothered by gender issues, but most of the little stories are about successful men.... ad nauseum. The successes of the women felt less important.

    I bogged down and didn't finish the book.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    fiction or history

    What didn’t you like about Paul Costanzo’s performance?

    He was as dull as the writer.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Dyslexic Advantage?

    Too many to list, but the word "dyslexic" was over used in the introduction and felt like a hammer pounding away. It sounded like a formulaic self-help book from the 1990's. Perhaps a creative dyslexic who can actually write needs to write a book on the subject. It needs to be clear and not concentrate on little personal stories.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Best I have read in a long time."
    What made the experience of listening to Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen the most enjoyable?

    This inspiring book has all of the above but is also filled with many interesting asides. You don't need to be a runner to enjoy it, but the book might turn you into one.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending was the best. The unfolding of the community built between racers, and the pulling together of people was very inspiring.

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

    I hope this event never becomes commercialised by a film.

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