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  • The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

  • A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
  • By: Jeff Hobbs
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,947

When author Jeff Hobbs arrived at Yale University, he became fast friends with the man who would be his college roommate for four years, Robert Peace. Robert's life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year. But Robert was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier when he was accepted to Yale, where he studied molecular biochemistry and biophysics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone Should Read this Book

  • By oldmanwagner on 12-02-14

Buy This Book

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

Reviewed: 10-23-14

What made the experience of listening to The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace the most enjoyable?

Though the title lets you know the outcome before the first word of the book begins, Jeff Hobbs has you rooting for Robert Peace who is presented with all the triumphs, complexities and foibles of his short life.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Dear Leader

  • Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea
  • By: Jang Jin-sung
  • Narrated by: Daniel York
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,548

As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • richly detailed account of getting out

  • By Andy on 07-17-14

A Fantastic Listen

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

Reviewed: 10-04-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Dear Leader to be better than the print version?

You will not want to put this down. Both thrilling and informative.

Who was your favorite character and why?

A true insider's perspective of North Korea.

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

Extremely good narration.

Any additional comments?

Buy this book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger

  • By: Ken Perenyi
  • Narrated by: Dan Butler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 329

Ten years ago, an FBI investigation was about to expose a scandal in the art world that would have been front-page news in New York and London. After a trail of fake paintings of astonishing quality led federal agents to art dealers, experts, and major auction houses, the investigation inexplicably ended, despite an abundance of evidence. The case was closed and the FBI file was marked “exempt from public disclosure”. Now that the statute of limitations on these crimes has expired and the case appears hermetically sealed shut by the FBI, this audiobook, Caveat Emptor, is that artist, Ken Perenyi’s, confession.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Forgery to Story Telling

  • By Tina M. on 08-16-12

Could not put it down!

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

Reviewed: 09-02-12

Would you listen to Caveat Emptor again? Why?

Grabs you from the very beginning and keeps you locked on the story through four decades of intrigue.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful