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Charles H. Hoens

Princeton, NJ USA | Listener Since 1999

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  • The Man without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Masha Gessen
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (148)

    The Man Without a Face is the chilling account of how a low-level, small-minded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress, making his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world.

    John says: "very good points, but bias is evident"
    "Narration Flawed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Man without a Face in three words, what would they be?

    Insight into Putin


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Putin's rise to power.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Have some pride! Learn to pronounce the Russian words. For example, it's Ro-Dee-Na not ro-din-ah and worse, it's Metallurgy not, "metallic-ly"


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    A little bland and tough to follow, but made harder by the poor narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Lie: Spying, Scandal and Ethical Collapse at Hewlett Packard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Anthony Bianco
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Hewlett Packard is an American icon, the largest information technology company in the world. The bedrock of Silicon Valley, it employs more than 300,000 people, its market capitalization is in excess of $100 billion, and its products are in almost every home in the country where there is a printer or computer. But the story of Hewlett-Packard reflects power struggles that shape corporate America and is an alarming morality tale for our times.

    Charles H. Hoens says: "Reader/Announcer"
    "Reader/Announcer"
    Overall

    This book is good if you like true business stories like I do. But I must comment on the reader/announcer. Several times throughout the reading he mispronounces words that, as a professional, he ought to know. One word was "forte" meaning strength. He pronounced it "fort". When I heard it the first time, I merely let it slip by, but when I heard it a second time, I had to roll the audio back and convince myself of what I had actually heard. If it was only that, I could let it pass, but there were several others. One major mispronounciation was the last name of former Defence Secretary Robert McNamara, which he pronounced "mic-MAN-era". Here again, I had to go back in order to be sure of what I was hearing.
    To me this is inexcusable by not only this man, but by the producers as well as now I'm listening for the next mistake, rather than enjoying the book. Also, one is left wondering if he is pronouncing the names of the characters correctly. How can we tell?

    Audible should bring this to the attention of the editors, to get this recording corrected.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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