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  • Chernobyl

  • The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe
  • By: Serhii Plokhy
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386

On the morning of April 26, 1986, Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. In Chernobyl, Serhii Plokhy draws on new sources to tell the dramatic stories of the firefighters, scientists, and soldiers who heroically extinguished the nuclear inferno. He lays bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Worth the Time

  • By Chris Reich on 08-09-18

Fascinating Details About Soviet Disaster

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Serhii Piokhy has written a detailed historical account of the events and circumstances leading to the disaster as well as the struggle to contain it. Also offers interesting views on wider implications of this event in the collapse of the Soviet Union. A great read for anyone interested in contemporary history.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Raisins and Almonds

  • A Phryne Fisher Mystery
  • By: Kerry Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469

In investigating the poisoning of a young man in a bookshop at the Eastern Market, and the wrongful arrest of one Miss Sylvia Lee, Phryne Fisher is plunged into a world of Jewish politics, alchemy, poison, and chicken soup. Stopping only for a brief but intensely erotic dalliance with the beautiful Simon Abrahams, Phryne picks her way through the mystery with help from the old faithfuls: Bert, Cec, Dot, and Detective Inspector "Call Me Jack" Robinson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever as always, Miss Fisher.

  • By April J. Zarychta on 12-08-15

Another fun and original series entry

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

This is a fine addition to this very well done mystery series. Big twist is Phryne’s integration into the post-WW I Jewish community. Use of Yiddish (with dictionary at the end) is an amusing variation in this highly creative and fun series. Stephanie Daniel again does a masterful job in bringing Phryne to life.

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  • Democrat and Diplomat

  • The Life of William E. Dodd
  • By: Robert Dallek
  • Narrated by: Ken Maxon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

An insightful historical account, Democrat and Diplomat exposes the dark underbelly of 1930s Germany and explores the terrible burden of those who realized the horror that was to come. Dodd was the U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 1933 to 1937, arriving in Berlin with his wife and daughter just as Hitler assumed the chancellorship. An unlikely candidate for the job - and not President Roosevelt's first choice - Dodd quickly came to realize that the situation in Germany was far grimmer than was understood in America.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappoiting

  • By Alan on 05-03-15

Interesting Story; somewhat weak reader

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

Reviewed: 04-11-14

How could the performance have been better?

While the reader's performance was adequate, I frequently found it frustrating. Key names, places -- particularly words derived from foreign languages and proper names -- were mispronounced. In many cases it was as if the words were being pronounced literally as written by a machine, rather than by a reader with at least a passing familiarity with the applicable history, individuals or places.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fourteenth Day

  • JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • By: David G. Coleman
  • Narrated by: Andy Caploe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

A fly-on-the-wall narrative of the Oval Office in the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis, using JFK’s secret White House tapes. On October 28, 1962, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed to remove nuclear missiles from Cuba. Popular history has marked that day as the end of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a seminal moment in American history. As President Kennedy’s secretly recorded White House tapes now reveal, the reality was not so simple.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating Narration

  • By Erik on 09-27-13

Irritating Narration

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

Reviewed: 09-27-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The dramatic reading style of the narrator was grating and inappropriate for a book of this type. Audiobooks of this type benefit from a more "neutral" and even voiced style.

How could the performance have been better?

Eliminate the feeble efforts to read quotes in the speaking style of the individual being quoted. For example, quotes of Russian participants came across more as "Boris and Natasha" cartoon imitations that as useful or dramatic additions. Similarly, efforts to mimic the Kennedy speaking style (Cuba/"Cube-er") were weak and distracting.

Any additional comments?

Will be of substantive interest to readers not generally familiar with information in the Kennedy tapes. Not a huge amount of new information/insight for those more generally familiar with the current literature on the crisis.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Work

  • A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution
  • By: Holly Tucker
  • Narrated by: Julia Farhat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

In December 1667, maverick physician Jean Denis transfused calf’s blood into one of Paris’s most notorious madmen. Days later, the madman was dead and Denis was framed for murder. A riveting expos of the fierce debates, deadly politics, and cutthroat rivalries behind the first transfusion experiments, Blood Work takes us from dissection rooms in palaces to the streets of Paris, providing an unforgettable portrait of an era that wrestled with the same questions about morality and experimentation that haunt medical science today.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sounds like text-to-speech not narration

  • By Chelsey on 07-22-13

Ok Book, Awful Narrator -- Warning

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

Reviewed: 08-05-13

What made the experience of listening to Blood Work the most enjoyable?

Interesting medical history for period about which little is commonly known.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator does not appear to have professional voice -- my wife and I both felt that her inflection and tone were incredibly "grating". Attempts at dramatic inflection just made things worse. Almost painful to listen to.

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

While enjoyable, it was not such a compelling narrative that I felt the need to get through it in one sitting. Part of the problem was the poor narrator. Listening for too long was just painful.

Any additional comments?

I will exercise care never to order a book with this narrator. Audible should not use this narrator again -- at least for any kind of non-fiction (which is genrally all I listen do).

7 of 7 people found this review helpful