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Lois

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  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1537)
    Performance
    (1330)
    Story
    (1329)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "Awful Accent"
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    Would you try another book from Jussi Adler-Olsen and/or Erik Davies?

    Not if the same reader read the story.


    Would you recommend The Keeper of Lost Causes to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend that they read the book rather than listen to it. The accent sounded like a mixture of German and Russian with a hint of Scandinavia.


    How could the performance have been better?

    No accent would have been far better than the fake one projected by the reader.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli CounterterrorismĀ 

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Daniel Byman
    • Narrated By Luke Truan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The product of painstaking research and countless interviews, A High Price offers a nuanced, definitive historical account of Israel's bold but often failed efforts to fight terrorist groups. Israel's debacles in Lebanon against groups like the Lebanese Hizballah are examined in-depth, as is the country's problematic response to Jewish terrorist groups that have struck at Arabs and Israelis seeking peace.

    Eric says: "The worst production/narrator ever"
    "A High Price"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A High Price to be better than the print version?

    Though I usually enjoy audio books. A High Price was excellent despite being marred by a dull reader.


    What other book might you compare A High Price to and why?

    The Looming Tower also deals with US efforts to prevent the horrific attack on the World Trade Center and how, despite good intentions, intelligence failed.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The reader's voice was flat, like a high school student forced to read a history book. Audible should find better readers to do books like this justice. .


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

    Byman describes a strike that had gone wrong because of faulty intelligence. Despite efforts to eliminate civilian deaths, innocent people were killed. A heartbreaking event.


    Any additional comments?

    A High Price is a carefully balanced study of counterterrorism in Israel--what worked and what did not. The book begins with a harrowing story of a bus bombing and the extraordinary efforts that Israelis undertook to prevent future attacks. Some measures worked well and became legendary, Entebbe, for example. Others failed and the author does not spare the details. The lessons learned from this carefully nuanced study are important for democracies fighting their own terrorist threat--the US after The World Trade Center bombing and more recently, Copley Square.

    Unfortunately, the reader selected to narrate this book detracts from the pleasure of listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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