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Jeremy

There was one chapter on cryptography and I found it fascinating...

tokyo | Member Since 2011

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  • The Nuremberg Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ann Tusa, John Tusa
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    Here is a gripping account of the major postwar trial of the Nazi hierarchy in World War II. The Nuremberg Trial brilliantly recreates the trial proceedings and offers a reasoned, often profound examination of the processes that created international law. From the whimpering of Kaltenbrunner and Ribbentrop on the stand to the icy coolness of Goering, each participant is vividly drawn.

    Sandy says: "A really interesting listen"
    "important read, but the narration is painful"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Nuremberg Trial the most enjoyable?

    -attention to detail
    -well paced and well written material


    What didn’t you like about Ralph Cosham’s performance?

    He lisps and sputters his way through his reading...


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934–1941

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (180)

    By the acclaimed journalist and New York Times best-selling author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, this day-by-day eyewitness account of the momentous events leading up to World War II in Europe is the private, personal, utterly revealing journal of a great foreign correspondent.

    Sandy says: "Rivetting listening experience"
    "Spectacular... He had 20/20 vision for the future!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Berlin Diary to be better than the print version?

    I don't know have print version, but certainly the narrator was wonderful!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are no "characters" here... This is all REAL historical figures. I guess the writer is my favorite guy, obviously, as he figures most heavily in the story...


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    He has such a wonderful narrator's voice - passionate, yet soft!


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

    It made me sigh - sigh at the stupidity of European Continental policy before WWII... when so many signs pointed to war, they took the then seemingly "easy" way out... doing nothing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan Turing: The Enigma

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Andrew Hodges
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (167)

    It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This classic biography of the founder of computer science, reissued on the centenary of his birth with a substantial new preface by the author, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life.

    Linda says: "Mixed Review"
    "Too much math - too little Turing"
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    What did you love best about Alan Turing: The Enigma?

    It's a very slow moving book, and I felt comfortable being able to pop in and out as I wished.


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

    The most? - The WWII intelligence work.
    The least? - The chapters and chapters of math and logic theory...


    How could the performance have been better?

    Could have been more in keeping with the author's compassion...


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

    So much more than you can even imagine!


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book, but I would probably have edited it down by half...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Room

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Ellis
    • Narrated By Jim McCance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (345)

    A young woman is found, brutally murdered and left on gruesome display in the "safety" of her own home. The atrocity kicks off an investigation into a bizarre string of increasingly disturbing murders, all believed to be perpetrated by someone of unprecedented savagery and cunning.

    kelly says: "Intense, intricate story, superb narration"
    ""it hung there" -- (used about every 10 pages)"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the book/recording had stopped about 1 hour before it ended, it had a descent ending. But then it just spiraled out of control. It wasn't a good book to begin with, but then during the last hour it really spun out of control...


    What could Robert Ellis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Probably... not written it. However, it was mildly entertaining. I could have gone without the masturbation scene, no offense but... eww... it did NOT fit into the story.


    What about Jim McCance’s performance did you like?

    He does good voices...


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    seems like a high school student wrote this book, and then put it into a blender... too many CATCH PHRASES!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Farewell: The Greatest Spy Story of the Twentieth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sergei Kostin, Eric Raynaud, Catherine Cauvin-Higgins (translator)
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    1981: Ronald Reagan’s inauguration marks a new escalation in the United States’ Cold War with the USSR. Months later, François Mitterrand is elected president of France with the support of the French Communist Party. The predicted tension between these two men, however, is immediately defused when Mitterrand gives Reagan the Farewell dossier, a file he would later call "one of the greatest spy cases of the 20th century".

    DS says: "ESPIONAGE GEEKS TAKE NOTICE"
    "So well written! But too much credit to Reagan"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's a very easy to understand yet detailed work...


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    There is no ending as such... Just a very slow and long burning fire!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes in Canada...


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

    Just Who is this Man in Moscow!?


    Any additional comments?

    Would have been better without the "Reagan knew what he was doing all along and the SDI was a good use of money...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 48 Laws of Power

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (1784)
    Performance
    (1226)
    Story
    (1233)

    Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers.

    Ricardo says: "Not a how to guide .."
    "Worth it if only for thr style!"
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    Would you try another book from Robert Greene and/or Don Leslie?

    Yes!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending!? This is a collection of parables, not a fictional story...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Louis XIV getting rid of Nicolas Fouquet.


    Could you see The 48 Laws of Power being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    maybe a TV show, but it would have to be on PBS


    Any additional comments?

    The "laws" he mentions are over-broad, generalized, and very contradictory.

    The style is very pompous, but I liked that aspect of it, ironically.

    However, in terms of the historical accuracy of this author's analyses, I would say he's very much trying to push square pegs into round holes...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3758)
    Performance
    (2776)
    Story
    (2785)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "One of the GREAT BOOKS out there..."
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    What did you love best about The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich?

    It seems like an extremely long book when you first start, but it flies by like a good movie. I found this book enthralling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This question is clearly meant for works of fiction. This is a book of history, not fiction. However, I think the author did manage to tell this important history in a very narrative and exciting way.


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

    I have not.


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

    History happens in the span of a minute.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't go through the whole book in one sitting. Split it up over a month or two, peppered with other works about WWII.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Miklos Nyiszli, Richard Seaver (translator), Tibere Kremer (translator)
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    Dennis says: "Just wow."
    "Most difficult book I've ever read..."
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Noah Michael Levine?

    He was far too manly and brash to read this book...


    Do you think Auschwitz needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. It ends too abruptly.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Seamstress

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (566)

    Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

    Meryl H. Ruth says: "Overcome with Emotion"
    "Probably one of the BEST Holocaust books out there"
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    Would you listen to The Seamstress again? Why?

    Yes. It's amazingly well written and harrowing in its detail of personal suffering and overcoming of that suffering.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Seamstress?

    The scenes of the author riding on a bus in Bucharest and seeing men hanging on meat hooks in the town square... just so scary!


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

    No. It's too much. It's very dark at times.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVE the accent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1760)
    Performance
    (1539)
    Story
    (1544)

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Larry says: "What a great book."
    "So well written! So powerful overall!"
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    Would you listen to Helter Skelter again? Why?

    Yes. I'd listen again. Though no right away. It was a bit heavy and dark at times. The chapters on the Beatles White Album were enough to drive almost anyone mad!


    What other book might you compare Helter Skelter to and why?

    The Stranger Besides Me by Anne Rule... intimate portraits of a serial killer...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amityville Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jay Anson
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (395)

    In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property - complete with boathouse and swimming pool - and the price were too good to pass up. This is the shocking true story of an American dream that turned into a nightmare beyond imagining for the Lutz family, who were forced to flee their new home in terror.

    JRM says: "Maybe, Maybe Not"
    "Save your money and your time - SKIP THIS FRAUD"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who enjoy fantasy.


    What could Jay Anson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not committed a blatant act of fraud and not written a work of fiction!


    What three words best describe Ray Porter’s performance?

    did his best


    What character would you cut from The Amityville Horror?

    the author


    Any additional comments?

    skip it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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