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  • Career of Evil

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,987
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,128

Audie Award, Mystery, 2016. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters Mean Everything

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-09-15

Another triumph

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-16

Full disclosure -- I'm a HUGE JKR fan. These books have taken my love and respect for her writing to a whole new level. I can not wait for the new installment in these series.

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  • Vodka Politics

  • Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State
  • By: Mark Lawrence Schrad
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Russia is famous for its vodka, and its culture of extreme intoxication. But just as vodka is central to the lives of many Russians, it is also central to understanding Russian history and politics. In Vodka Politics, Mark Lawrence Schrad argues that debilitating societal alcoholism is not hard-wired into Russians' genetic code, but rather their autocratic political system, which has long wielded vodka as a tool of statecraft. Through a series of historical investigations stretching from Ivan the Terrible through Vladimir Putin, Vodka Politics presents the secret history of the Russian state itself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Look Natasha! Moose and Squirrel are drunk!

  • By The Crunge on 09-07-16

An interesting thesis

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-16

This book presents a fascinating thesis about relationship between vodka and power politics. At times the evidence to support the thesis is s bit thin while conclusions are a bit grand. The conclusions could be strengthened by more comparative evidence from other countries and cultures. Yet, this is a worthy and admirable undertaking that looks passed stereotypes and examines Russian authoritarian history through a very different lens. The historical anecdotes alone make this book remarkable.

  • Putin Country

  • A Journey into the Real Russia
  • By: Anne Garrels
  • Narrated by: Anne Garrels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

In Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia, Garrels crafts an intimate portrait of the nation's heartland. We meet ostentatious mafiosos, upwardly mobile professionals, impassioned activists, scheming taxi drivers with dark secrets, and beleaguered steel workers. We discover surprising subcultures, like the LGBT residents of Chelyablinsk who bravely endure an upsurge in homophobia fueled by Putin's rhetoric of Russian "moral superiority" yet still nurture a vibrant if clandestine community of their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting dive into Russia today

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-25-16

Excellent and timely!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-16

Excellent look inside Putins Russia. Well researched, beautifully told story of modern Russian heartlands. A must for anyone who wants to know why Russians support Putin.

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