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Birth of an Assassin Audiobook

Birth of an Assassin

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Publisher's Summary

Amidst a murky underworld of flesh-trafficking, prostitution, and institutionalized corruption, elite soldier Jez Kornfeld is thrown into a world where nothing is what it seems, nobody can be trusted, and everything can be violently torn from him.

Ordered to disperse and arrest a crowd of Jewish demonstrators in Red Square, Jez is dismayed to find his sisters in their ranks. He sneaks them from under the noses of the secret police, but in doing so he has put his own security at risk; he has to get them out of the USSR. They cross into the Ukraine to a port on the Black Sea and he bribes passage for them from Soviet soil. Jez is happy in the knowledge that his sisters are safe, but he is unaware that his every move has been observed and that he has set in motion a chain of events that will plunge his life into a headlong battle to stay alive.

©2013 Rik Stone (P)2015 Rik Stone

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    Pat Sibley 06-29-16
    Pat Sibley 06-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wish I hadn't listened."

    Started ok, but by the middle became boring. Won't be buying the sequel for this.

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    Bernard 03-14-16
    Bernard 03-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very enjoyable , fantastic performance by Kleinman"
    What did you love best about Birth of an Assassin?

    interesting story and plot kept me involved


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes. It was interesting to hear a story where the protagonist was a Russian assassin that you rooted for!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the ending when he found out Anna was alive. Also when he killed his arch enemy in the street.


    Any additional comments?

    very good narration by Mr. Kleinman. Looking forward to more titles done by him

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    Paul R. Kaufman 03-13-16
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    "Birth and Life of an Assassin"
    If you could sum up Birth of an Assassin in three words, what would they be?

    A Jewish outlaw


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Jez was the most interesting character as he had to choose between life and family and deciding who to sacrifice or kill.


    What about Dennis Kleinman’s performance did you like?

    His voice was excellent for this book. I thought his voice inflections for the different characters was great and as I would listen to the book at the gym, I could hear and feel each character.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book was good because it gave a good idea of what it was like to live as a Jew in post war Russia.

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    Shiraz 07-29-15
    Shiraz 07-29-15
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    "“ Undercurrent of Fear in this Powerful Story”"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, yes. It was absorbing and compelling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is an ominous undertone throughout this historical thriller as Jez is drawn into the dark, dangerous world of espionage in Russia. The author gives a colourful insight into the terrain and the turbulence of the characters’ emotions are gripping. I can’t wait to read Rik Stone’s next book.


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

    The rich tones of the narrator, Dennis Kleinman, provide the gravitas needed to give additional weight to this powerful story. His performance immerses you so that you are not just listening to it, you are actually there……


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

    Sometimes sheer terror contrasted with the gentleness and caring of Jez at other times were very moving. Throughout, Jez's strength of character prevailed.


    Any additional comments?

    I was given this audiobook by the narrator in return for an honest review.

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    PerryMartinBookReviews 03-06-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Story set in Soviet Union"

    A book about Russia, that takes place in Russia with an English Narrator. Dennis Kleinman does an excellent job with the Narration but I would have preferred Soviet Accented Voice. That being said up front, Tim Stone has written an excellent book. I listen and see the books as a movie in my mind. This would be a great movie. The twists, deception and betrayal is legendary. This is one of the few books after listening to the audiobook I want to read the book again on paper.

    A young Russian boy who is small and a threat to know one has a dream of being a soldier. He is Jewish but wants nothing more than to serve the Motherland. He is chosen by a General to be part of a secret program. He is taught in all the ways of the Special Forces fighting and weaponry. He is placed in the field of battle and excels. After being trained in intelligence he works a normal government job while spying on his own military for the military. It sounds confusing but really is explained and told in a way that is easy to follow.

    I was surprised at how invested I was as a listener to the characters. I highly recommend this audiobook.

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