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Perlroth,

Portola Valley, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Zoo Station

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Downing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (114)

    Anglo-American journalist John Russell lives in Berlin and is approached to do some work for the Soviets. He reluctantly agrees and soon becomes involved in other dangerous activities, like helping a Jewish family and an idealistic American reporter. When the British and the Nazis notice his involvement with the Soviets, Russell is dragged into the world of warring intelligence services.

    Richard says: "As Good as Alan Furst"
    "Berlin just prewar. Nazis, atmosphere"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Zoo Station rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among top 10


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zoo Station?

    The suicide of a desperate man whose wife had been refused care at the hospital where she was a nurse for 20 years.


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

    Same. Excellent.


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

    See above


    Any additional comments?

    This is a tense, taut book which successfully recreates the oppressive atmosphere of pre-WW II Berlin. The Nazi thuggery, the blatant antisemitism, the cowering populace, half invested and half-repelled by what has happened to Germany, the ever-present Gestapo. The delicate dance that the hero must do to evade punishment, yet remain tied to basic human values.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Faithful Spy

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By John Heffernan
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

    Prairie says: "Excellent Listen"
    "The title tells it all."
    Overall

    A far-fetched tale of a spy who came in from the heat and saved New York from disaster while holding off the CIA and Arab/Pakistani/Jihadi terrorists and their diabolical plans. Moments of suspense. Unrealistic (exaggerated) characters. Dialogue uninspired. Probably OK for a long ride across country, but not the best of audibles out there. (Try Grisham or Connelly).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Things They Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (132)

    This modern classic and New York Times best seller, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, has been called the greatest war book ever written. Walking the hallucinatory line between reality and fiction, author Tim O'Brien captures the complex dynamics of the Vietnam War.

    R. Montagne says: "Disturbing"
    "Viet Nam (re)-visited"
    Overall

    A series of anecdotes of life on-the-ground among the 19-21 year-olds who were stationed in a jungle surrounded by allies they despised and an enemy they set out to destroy. The memories he brought back make up the book: a series of short recollections. The characters are well-described and the events vary from believable to far-fetched; only the author knows how much (or little) they were embroidered. Good listening. It doesn't convey the rankness of the war, but rather the memories which survived and were worth re-telling after he returned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Making Toast: A Family Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Roger Rosenblatt
    • Narrated By Roger Rosenblatt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (149)

    When his daughter, Amy—a gifted doctor, mother, and wife—collapsed and died from an asymptomatic heart condition, Roger Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, left their home on the South Shore of Long Island to move in with their son-in-law, Harris, and their three young grandchildren.

    Diana - Audible says: "A little gem of a book"
    "A personal tribute to his daughter"
    Overall

    Nice prose. Personal dedication. A paean to a suddenly deceased daughter. Anger transfigured into grand-parental caring and self-sacrifice and poorly submerged anger with fate and God and justice.

    A touching, if over-long tribute.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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