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Paul

ANKENY, IA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Red Square

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (172)

    In the summer of 1991, Arkady Renko has returned from exile and is back on the homicide squad in a newly democratic Moscow. When Arkady’s informant, Rudy Rosen, and his underworld bank-on-wheels are consumed in a ball of fire, Arkady finds himself in an investigation that points to the heart of Russia’s decaying infrastructure.

    janncam says: "Frank Muller is Arkady Renko"
    "Masterful Historic Writing"
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    Where does Red Square rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The beauty of Red Square is not necessarily in the story, but in the story telling and description of the soviet republic. Smith's prose is exceptionally enjoyable and the world view he presents through the mind of Arkady Renko is absolutely one of a kind. Cruz Smith's writing is truly about the journey, not necessarily the destination.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Polar Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (635)

    Ex-Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is in deep on the “slime line” - the fish-gutting station - in the Polar Star, a Soviet fish factory ship of some 250 souls, almost as many secrets, and a dangerous shipboard sub-culture that cares little for the Party, and less for human life.

    Richard Delman says: "Probably the greatest audiobook ever. Really."
    "Enjoyable Adventure"
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    If you could sum up Polar Star in three words, what would they be?

    Great character development. In my opinion this is a more enjoyable storyline than some other of Cruz Smith's books. The characters are rich and the plot line is revealing and satisfying in the end. Another excellent work that is superbly performed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Man and the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Donald Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1755)
    Performance
    (1117)
    Story
    (1119)

    The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

    Dave says: "Truly a Classic"
    "Masterful Combination"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book. There is simply nothing like Donal Sutherland reading the classic novel about the old man Santiago. An exceptionally enjoyable listening experience. Rarely have I heard a performance so perfectly matched to the subject matter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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