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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde audiobook cover art

A classic that everyone should know

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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: 12-15-17

A nice reading of a classic novella and worth the time expended in listening. Given the influence that this volume has on contemporary culture it is to one's benefit to be familiar with it but that does not necessarily mean that, on the surface, it is either riveting or overly enjoyable.

Greater themes such as the duality of human nature are certainly present but for an examination of this one would be far better served with a hard copy than the audio version.

Listen to it, there is good there, but do not expect overly much in the audio format. In short this is a cheap and easy way to become familiar with a book that we may have missed out on reading or forgotten.

Red Famine audiobook cover art

Still ever so relevant

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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: 12-14-17

This is by far the best book (available in English) ever written on the topic, it beats the previous definitive text by Robert Conquest. The writing is engaging and the detail, while certainly in great depth, works to make this a fascinating volume rather than some highly detailed books that simply become a drudgery.
The book also provides excellent background to the famine, looking at the Ukrainian experience during WWI, the Revolution and the horrific Civil War. Once again exquisite detail and vignettes make this an excellent listen.
I stated in the title that this book remains highly relevent and this is because of Applebaum's examination of class warfare and the horrors of Socialism, as seen in the Soviet Union. The Soviet propoganda that pushed for the confiscation of the property of the wealthy and the imposition of special taxes coupled with a hatred of those who wished to maintain their land and property is well detailed. The term Kulak was used for farmers of this ilk and soon became utterly unsupported by any real relationship to net worth.
The Famine remains a source of national mourning in Ukraine and is still a focal point related to state relations in E Europe.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

American Caesar audiobook cover art

A Classic on a Great if Flawed Anerican

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

Manchester was incomparable in his writing and this tome does not disappoint. A fair assessment that shows the genius of MacArthur but also does not shy away from his extreme arrogance and egotism. Scores of anecdotes coupled with extensive quotes and a broad based examination of how his contemporaries saw him make this the gold standard of biographies on the man. This is a must read.

Congo Warriors audiobook cover art

Superb stories from a little known conflict.unlike

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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: 08-02-17

Where does Congo Warriors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Unlike most of the books I listen to this one is a compendium of individual stories; thus making it difficult to rank as it is a ery different type of book. Nevertheless it is. Well done giving the flovor of the war in the Congo and the horrors of African War.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The US soldier who took leave to go to the Congo and find a girl.

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

No, it is broken into vignettes and while I listened to several at a sitting the entirety would have been overwhelming.

Any additional comments?

Well worth listening stening to.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Operation Kronstadt audiobook cover art
  • Operation Kronstadt
  • The Greatest True Tale of Espionage to Come Out of the Early Years of MI6
  • By: Harry Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Gideon Emery

Magnificent, all the action of a novel but all tru

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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: 06-27-17

Would you listen to Operation Kronstadt again? Why?

Absolutely, fast paced story of a fascinating period in Soviet history.

What other book might you compare Operation Kronstadt to and why?

East to Adventure.

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

Points where courage overcame dispair.

Any additional comments?

Get this book, one of the greatest of the non-fiction spy stories ever written.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

African Kaiser audiobook cover art
  • African Kaiser
  • General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and the Great War in Africa, 1914-1918
  • By: Robert Gaudi
  • Narrated by: Paul Hodgson

Riveting.

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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: 06-26-17

Would you listen to African Kaiser again? Why?

Absolutely, well written, full of detail and captivating.

What other book might you compare African Kaiser to and why?

The Great War in Africa by Farwell or some of the bios of the great Boer leaders during the Boer War

Which scene was your favorite?

Stories of fighting retreats through German East Africa

Any additional comments?

A factual book that attempts to give the reader a sense of the time period and motivations of the characters, not a whitewash but a thoughtful recounting of events.. Thankfully bereft of modern day PC that precludes real understanding of the events.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

To Rule the Waves audiobook cover art

Superb and easy to listen to.

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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: 02-16-17

Manages to bridge the gap between heavy intense history and a superb adventure story. One of the best general histories of the Royal Navy I have yet read. Much easier to listen to, and obviously less detailed than Massie's books but also far broader in scope.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

Justinian's Flea audiobook cover art

Amost interesting book, but.....

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

Reviewed: 07-28-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

There are those books that simply do not lend themselves to being audio books, this is one of them. Page after page after page on the internal workings of a flea and the bacterium that inhabit its stomach are actually fascinating but the information is so heavy that one need be able to flip back and review earlier pages; indeed a few bookmarks would be helpful. With an audio book this is extremely difficult.

The hard copy of the book has several maps which are useful, something which again one loses in the audio format.

Further, the litany of names and places that are necessary in this volume are made easier to remember, in the hard copy, through the presence of an index; without one it is easy to get lost. I found myself need to relistening to several chapters in an effort to ensure the correct placement of personages and places.

Given the above I would not recommend this book. Read it by all means but do not listen to it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Bloodlands audiobook cover art

Well worth the time invested.

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

Reviewed: 07-28-12

What made the experience of listening to Bloodlands the most enjoyable?

The book itself is well documented and covers many areas of history for which there is little written in English; case in point Soviet activities in Eastern Poland from ’39 through ’41. My only complaint is that the narrative was very light on the anti-Soviet movements of the post WWII period. I had hoped to hear more specifics on the Ukrainian UPA and similar movements in the Baltics. Nevertheless, this was a very well done piece.The reader was above average but there seemed to voice-overs for some of the names that were a little more difficult to pronounce, making for a degree of distraction.In summation, despite the small complaints listed above, this book is well worth purchasing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful