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  • Rasputin

  • The Biography
  • By: Douglas Smith
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 33 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

A hundred years after his murder, Rasputin continues to excite the popular imagination as the personification of evil. The spectre of the lustful Siberian holy man and peasant still casts its eerie shadow over Russia's bloody 20th century. Numerous biographies, novels, and films recount his mysterious rise to power as Nicholas and Alexandra's confidant and guardian of the sickly heir to the throne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An objective historical research

  • By yshoraka on 13-01-2019

An objective historical research

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

Reviewed: 13-01-2019

This book contains a sincere attempt to analyse various sources and determines which narratives about the Rasputin were pure fantasies and which include seeds of truth in them.
It can be used as an example of an objective and unbiased historical research. Notably, during the current times, wherein many authors try to force their narrative on past events, and they work to encourage only those sources/events which support their story.
Due to its sincere attempt to demystify the past, the book is sometimes long and might seem boring to some readers; nevertheless, in the end, one could see how the facts were usually distorted by various historical figures.

  • Fire and Fury

  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 548

The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous - and absolutely mesmerising. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, best-selling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself. In this explosive audiobook, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Steve Bannon's Revenge!!!

  • By yshoraka on 11-01-2018

Steve Bannon's Revenge!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-2018

I liked the first half of the book. For me, it was entertaining notwithstanding the fact that it did not have any significant new revelations about Trump administration which had not been exposed beforehand. However, in the second half, especially toward the end of the book, Steve Bannon became the central figure, and the book was mostly concerned with his rage over his rivals. Sometimes even it seems that the book is kind of personal revenge by Bannon against Trump and his family, which could be because, in this period, the author had been accompanying the Bannon's gang. Whatever the reason was, it should be said that although there are many reasons for criticising the Trump's administration, there is no virtue in doing so from the Steve Bannon's (an alt-right politician) perspective. Furthermore, some themes like the animosity between Bannon and Trump's family, or the rivalries between different personalities and factions within the Trump administration were repeated again and again, which made those parts boring from my point of view. I would give the first half three stars but to the whole book, considering the second half, I gave two stars. Finally, it worth to write that in this book, the name of another book ("The Best and the Brightest") was mentioned. I became curious and bought that book too, and started reading it. From my point of view, the comparison between "The Best and the Brightest" and this book would demonstrate the difference between a good book ("The Best and the Brightest") and a mediocre one ("Fire and Fury").

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  • Marx: A Very Short Introduction

  • By: Peter Singer
  • Narrated by: Kyle Munley
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

In Marx: A Very Short Introduction, Peter Singer identifies the central vision that unifies Marx's thought, enabling us to grasp Marx's views as a whole. He sees him as a philosopher primarily concerned with human freedom, rather than as an economist or a social scientist. In plain English, he explains alienation, historical materialism, the economic theory of Capital, and Marx's ideas of communism, and concludes with an assessment of Marx's legacy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good in description but with shortcomings in evaluation

  • By yshoraka on 15-05-2017

Good in description but with shortcomings in evaluation

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

Reviewed: 15-05-2017

For a short introduction, this book has described the main points of Marxism properly but it's evaluations, especially regarding the economic teachings of Marxism, are outdated and some are obviously wrong which are due to the short-sidedness of the last decades of 20th century.
For example, it can now be clearly observed that the capitalist system can't sustain high rates of profit (as we are in zero or negative interest rates era), and that the wealth gap hasn't been reduced due to rise in real wages. The situation in the latter decades of the 20th century which caused such illusions, those that the author has been also susceptible to, were more due to the massive destruction of wealth during the world wars than to any capabilities of capitalism in solving such conflicts.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Laundry Man

  • The Jack Shepherd International Crime Novels, Book 1
  • By: Jake Needham
  • Narrated by: Fred Filbrich
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4

Once a high-flying international lawyer, a member of the innermost circles of government power, Jack Shepherd has abandoned the savage politics of Washington for the lethargic backwater of Bangkok, where he is now just an unremarkable professor at an unimportant university in an insignificant city. A lawyer among people who laugh at the law, a friend in a land where today’s allies are tomorrow’s fugitives, Jack Shepherd battles the global tide of corruption, extortion and murder that is fast engulfing the new life he has made for himself in Thailand.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A good mediocre job

  • By yshoraka on 06-12-2016

A good mediocre job

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

Reviewed: 06-12-2016

Narration was very good but story well, it was a good mediocre job. It had suspense and also a detective story with twists and turns, but still from my point of view it was not above the average.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful