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  • The Noise of Time

  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 168

In May 1937, a man in his early 30s waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the Big House. Any celebrity he has known in the previous decade is no use to him now, and few who are taken to the Big House ever return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Art's Whisper of History

  • By W Perry Hall on 03-20-16

Great but ...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-29-16

Where does The Noise of Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Noise of Time?

Shostakovich's encounter with Stalin

Which scene was your favorite?

The encounter with a beggar in a railway station

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

Shostakovich's attempt to avoid joining the Communist Party

Any additional comments?

A fascinating book brilliantly read by Daniel Philpott. Just a slight feeling that the rant against Communism is so remorseless that one ends up by thinking it must have had some good features. The portrait of the central protagonist is totally convincing but was it Shostakovich? Who knows?

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • If Kennedy Lived

  • The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History
  • By: Jeff Greenfield
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Based on memoirs, histories, oral histories, fresh reporting, and his own knowledge of the players, the audiobook looked at the tiny hinges of history - and the extraordinary changes that would have resulted if they had gone another way. Now he presents his most compelling narrative of all about the historical event that has riveted us for fifty years. What if Kennedy were not killed that fateful day? What would the 1964 campaign have looked like? Would changes have been made to the ticket?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating but Fanciful

  • By ELIZABETH on 11-09-15

Fascinating but Fanciful

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-15

Would you listen to If Kennedy Lived again? Why?

Yes - it repays close analysis

Would you be willing to try another book from Jeff Greenfield? Why or why not?

Yes

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

An intelligent reading but also a lightness of touch

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

How early Ronald Reagan entered the picture

Any additional comments?

It is quite kind to Kennedy and maybe some of that is wishful thinking

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Kim Jong-Il Production

  • The Incredible True Story of North Korea and the Most Audacious Kidnapping in History
  • By: Paul Fischer
  • Narrated by: Stephen Park
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of A Kim Jong-Il Production by Paul Fischer, read by Stephen Park. Before becoming the world's most notorious dictator, Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea's film industry. He directed every film made in the country but knew they were nothing compared to Hollywood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By ELIZABETH on 09-23-15

Fascinating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-15

What did you love best about A Kim Jong-Il Production?

The insight into North Korea

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Kim Jong-Il Production?

The dash for freedom in Vienna

Which character – as performed by Stephen Park – was your favorite?

Choi

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Enhanced by the unobtrusive but expert reading

  • Private Empire

  • ExxonMobil and American Power
  • By: Steve Coll
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 24 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 443

Steve Coll investigates the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United States, revealing the true extent of its power. ExxonMobil’s annual revenues are larger than the economic activity in the great majority of countries. In many of the countries where it conducts business, ExxonMobil’s sway over politics and security is greater than that of the United States embassy. In Washington, ExxonMobil spends more money lobbying Congress and the White House than almost any other corporation. Yet despite its outsized influence, it is a black box.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Please no more accents!

  • By Zak on 07-24-12

Fascinating

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-15

Where does Private Empire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top ten percent

What did you like best about this story?

The amount of research that the author must have done, and his ability to present it all in an interesting fashion.

Which character – as performed by Malcolm Hillgartner – was your favorite?

Lee Raymond

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

twenty odd hours - you must be joking

Any additional comments?

Excellent narrator. Struggled a little with some of African and UK accents but overall a sterling performance.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness

  • By: Alanna Collen
  • Narrated by: Robyn Addison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

In this groundbreaking book, Alanna Collen explores the extraordinary world of the powerful microbes that make up 90 percent of the human body. You are just 10 percent human. For every one of the cells that make your body, there are nine impostor cells. You are not just flesh and blood, muscle and bone, brain and skin, but bacteria and fungi. You are not an individual but a colony of microbes. Far from being passive, the trillions of microbes that live on and in you are intimately involved in running your body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • thought provoking

  • By Eduardo Bessa on 01-31-18

To a hammer everything looks like a nail

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The writer is obsessed with the microbes in the human gut, which are apparently responsible for everything from autism to acne. Gets a little wearying at times.

Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

Concepts well described if occasionally a little twee (or maybe that was just the reader - see below).

How did the narrator detract from the book?

100%. Amongst the many mispronunciations, she seems to believe that the word 'aitch' starts with the letter 'h', The accent grates from go to woe.

Do you think 10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Maybe needs a book by someone who can provide counter-arguments.

Any additional comments?

Probably better read than listened to.