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Krystyna Hanser

Krys

USA | Member Since 2013

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  • The Confessor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (933)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (488)

    Detective Gabriel Allon returns in Daniel Silva's stunning thriller of ancient and modern betrayal, long-buried secrets and unthinkable deeds that takes the listener from Munich to Venice to the Vatican.

    D Alexandra says: "good story but over rated"
    "A bit over the top."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would first have them read the preceding two. This is not Silva's best work, they get better later on. In this book he seems to be about to hit his stride. The ending is overdone and while the premise of the Vatican's part in WW II is true, I doubt Cardinals plotted murder.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Make it a bit more ambiguous regarding culpability and behavior of the protagonists.


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

    This reader is excellent. Better than another one who reads some of them with exaggerated accents that I found rather annoying.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1812)
    Performance
    (1529)
    Story
    (1536)

    A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

    Harold says: "From Civilization into Darkness"
    "Branagh's rendering worthy of this classic"
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    If you could sum up Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh in three words, what would they be?

    Intelligence, professionalism, understanding


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator


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

    I was awed by the enormity of the setting


    Any additional comments?

    Would that people still knew how to write prose such as this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Véra

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stacy Schiff
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Hailed by critics as "monumental" (Boston Globe) and "utterly romantic" (New York magazine), Véra, the story of Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov, brings to shimmering life one of the greatest literary love stories of our time. Vladimir Nabokov, author of Lolita, Pale Fire, and Speak, Memory, wrote his books first for himself and secondly for his wife.

    Krystyna Hanser says: "Author & narrator combine talents"
    "Author & narrator combine talents"
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    Story
    If you could sum up Véra in three words, what would they be?

    Capacity for life


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Véra?

    Giving publishers a hard time and winning.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to single one out.


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

    Oh, yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this biography to anybody who loves a great story, a lively writer and an experienced narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cleopatra: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stacy Schiff
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (386)

    Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Though her life spanned fewer than 40 years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.

    Shaun says: "A pretty good listen."
    "Schiff Set a Higher Bar For Biographies"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Stacy Schiff is an extraordinary scholar and a gifted writer. She knows how to tell a great tale. Having sat spellbound through her Cleopatra, I am now equally absorbed in her Vera.The readers of both books are excellent at bringing words on paper to life. I would recommend this book to everybody who thinks Cleopatra was Elizabeth Taylor and spent her life ordering servants around.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This book ranges over a large part of Roman history during Cleopatra's life, so I found some of the other protagonists, such as Ocatavian, very interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drawing Conclusions: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    Late one night, Commissario Guido Brunetti's telefonino rings. A woman's body has been found in a Spartan apartment on Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio. Brunetti sees some signs of force on the old woman, but they could just as easily have been from the radiator near where she fell. When the medical examiner rules that the woman died of a heart attack, it seems there is nothing to investigate.

    Kathleen Rogers says: "Worth a listen, but"
    "Donna Leon"
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    Would you listen to Drawing Conclusions again? Why?

    Yes I would listen again. Donna Leon is one of my favorite authors. She has perfect pitch on Venice and her prose is impeccable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Drawing Conclusions?

    The excellent conclusion.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    He is a pro. I've listened to amateur volunteers elsewhere, so hearing his intelligent approach was a relief and a pleasure.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The old man, of course.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Donna Leon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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