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Sergiu Pobereznic (author)

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  • Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

  • By: Julian Rubinstein
  • Narrated by: Eric Bogosian, Demetri Martin, Tommy Ramone, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber tells the hilarious and improbable true story of Attila Ambrus, the Robin Hood of Eastern Europe. He's the onetime pelt smugger, goaltender (possibly the worst in the history of pro hockey), pen salesman, Zamboni driver, gravedigger, church painter, roulette addict, building superintendent, whiskey drinker, and native of Transylvania who's decided that the best thing to do with his time is to rob as many banks as possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant.!!!!

  • By Sergiu Pobereznic (author) on 11-12-2016

brilliant.!!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-2016

loved it from start to finish. can't say any more than that. buy it and see

  • White Fang

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Bob Thomley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Jack London's classic adventure story about the friendship developed between a Yukon gold hunter and the mixed dog-wolf he rescues from the hands of a man who mistreats him. White Fang is a companion novel and thematic mirror to London's best-known work, The Call of the Wild.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely fantastic in every respect :)

  • By Sergiu Pobereznic (author) on 02-07-2016

absolutely fantastic in every respect :)

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

Reviewed: 02-07-2016

loved the atmosphere the story the characterisation. hard to fault any of this little gem that I recall from childhood. brilliant.

  • The Poet

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Mystery

  • By Librariasaurus on 31-03-2017

A good read

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

Reviewed: 14-09-2015

This is the third novel that I have read by this author. He is very good at his craft if this is the genre you enjoy. Quite hard to stop turning the pages once you get going. It doesn't grab immediately, but it gets there pretty soon after.
The characters are believable, and the antagonist (paedophile) is really very creepy with tremendous descriptive writing, great plotting and lots of suspense.
I love that he used Edgar Allen Poe within the story line. A great touch that is very fitting.
My only qualm is that the motivation of The Poet is not completely clear and the opening could have grabbed the reader sooner. Hence my 4 star rating.
But I do think it is a great read.
Sergiu Pobereznic (author)

  • Follow You Home

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

After a perfect start, Daniel and Laura's travels end abruptly when they are thrown off a night train in the middle of nowhere. To find their way back to civilization, they must hike along the tracks through a forest...a haunting journey that ends in unimaginable terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Syb on 31-07-2015

Good work

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

Reviewed: 14-09-2015

This is my first foray into this author's work and I am happy I took the leap.
The writing is seamless and skilful with only a handful of typos. The characters are well defined and the story darkly interesting. Part of the action takes place in Romania. I am originally from there and I thought the author did a good job when it came to all things Romanian.
The story may seem unrealistic, but this is a supernatural tale with lots of twists and turns. It's really quite creepy and it keeps you on your toes.
I did find a couple of problems with the novel, but I won't voice them because it might affect and influence negatively with the overall readability of his work, (which is great).
Good work Mr. Edwards.
Sergiu Pobereznic (author)

  • The Torment of Others

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

A dead girl lies on a blood-soaked mattress, her limbs spread in a parody of ecstasy. The scene matches a series of murders which ended with the conviction of Derek Tyler. But Tyler's been locked up in a mental institution for two years, barely speaking a word. Criminal psychologist Dr Tony Hill thinks this is not a copycat murder but something much stranger. Hill heads towards a terrifying face-off with one of the most perverse killers he has ever encountered….

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Won't dissapoint

  • By Sergiu Pobereznic (author) on 14-09-2015

Won't dissapoint

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

Reviewed: 14-09-2015

I have heard the name Val McDermid for many years now and I just took the leap for the first time. I am glad that I did.
For the crime and psychological thriller genre, this is good writing.
Terse and fast paced as expected. The characters are well drawn, and the story easy to follow about someone's thrill for tormenting others as the title suggests.
The way it is told, it feels as though you are part of the solving process rather than watching someone do the solving. That was most interesting for me.
At times it was quite perverse and chilling, which is to be expected, but I felt that some sections didn't take the full opportunity to create suspense. Hence the 4 stars.
But this was an otherwise good novel that won't disappoint.
Sergiu Pobereznic (author)

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  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

  • By: Karen Joy Fowler
  • Narrated by: Katharine Mangold
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 169

Rosemary's started college, and she's decided not to tell anyone about her family. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished from her life. There was something unique about Rosemary's sister, Fern. You'll have to find out for yourself what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a listen. :)

  • By Katherine R. Day on 15-03-2016

3 Days well spent. Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 14-09-2015

Don't read the reviews because they may contain spoilers.
Given that more than 50% of the 1500 Amazon reviews are 5 stars, I am inclined to agree with the masses (for once).
I started by trying the free kindle sample and immediately I knew. This is a great novel and a wonderful example of brilliant storytelling, an intelligent story to boot, with realistically drawn characters. It is funny, witty, poignant, surprising, philosophical, insightful etc etc etc...
I could go on and give examples of metaphors and insights that I gained from this work, but I suggest you just read it.
The surprise about a third of the way through was something that I didn't expect.
A big BRAVO!!! to the author.
Well done and thank you.
That was three days well spent.
Sergiu Pobereznic (Amazon author)

  • The Bat

  • A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 155

Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed.

  • By Jacqui on 14-05-2015

Decent aeroplane read

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

Reviewed: 14-09-2015

This is the first book in the Harry Hole series.
Harry, a Norwegian detective, has to travel to Sydney, Australia to find the killer of Inger, a Norwegian citizen who was killed there and found dumped in a park. She has had some children's television fame in the past, hence the need for Norway to send Harry to look for her murderer.
This is a typical crime solving novel. Straight up, fast paced, terse writing, but a little stock-standard.
Because these days I live in Australia, I was interested to see how Mr Nesbo uses Australia in context.
He delved quite heavily into the aboriginal culture. For me, these sections dragged on after a while. Perhaps this may have been "just me" because I am informed on the subject, but it felt that way.
Also: although the translation was good, there was Australian based content that seemed to lack true, profound knowledge. Small details about the aboriginal people, their language, the Sydney landmarks and what locals call them, were wrong and they jumped out at me from time to time. It seemed as though he were glossing over certain sections, trying to fake his way through.
What I did enjoy the most was the character development of Harry Hole, who is quite flawed, which made me look forward to reading the next book in the series.
This is definitely not Nesbo's most stellar work, but it's not disappointing either. A decent airplane read.
Sergiu Pobereznic (author)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Girl

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 370

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good twist at the end

  • By Trigga on 07-09-2015

Recommended

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

Reviewed: 14-09-2015

A 25 year old woman that has been kidnapped and held in a remote cabin, returns home, but calls herself by another name now and recalls none of her time in captivity.
A good premise? I thought so. But the writing makes it even better.
Overall this is a really good, gripping read with gradual unravelling of the plot and twists. It is confident in delivery and uses past to present shifts and multiple narratives to great effect. The narratives are extremely distinctive so that there is no way of getting confused which timeline you are in. Bravo there.
The information from past and present is given in a steady flow and the reader has to piece the information together like a jig saw puzzle. You know she was kidnapped; you know she came out OK; but what happened in between?
Although it is being sold as a psychological thriller with lots of suspense and mystery it is also a romance, too. This is not a bad thing. I enjoyed that aspect of the story. It is accomplished work for this kind of genre that I don't read often.
The reveal at the end didn't surprise me, but the reading experience wasn't ruined.
There were a few niggles with the detective work, but I liked the detective as a character, so I will let it go because it was well crafted in so many other ways.
The style of writing made me fell almost like a voyeur at times.
Much much much better than Gone Girl to my mind (the book that most novels are compared to these days, and I have no idea why).
Recommended.
Sergiu Pobereznic (Amazon author)

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Artificial Silk Girl

  • By: Irmgard Keun, Maria Tatar (introduction), Katharina von Ankum (translator)
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

In 1931, a young woman writer living in Germany was inspired by Anita Loos's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to describe pre-war Berlin and the age of cinematic glamour through the eyes of a woman. The resulting novel, The Artificial Silk Girl, became an acclaimed bestseller and a masterwork of German literature, in the tradition of Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories and Bertolt Brecht's Three Penny Opera. Like Isherwood and Brecht, Keun revealed the dark underside of Berlin's "golden twenties" with empathy and honesty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting (good writing)

  • By Sergiu Pobereznic (author) on 14-09-2015

Very interesting (good writing)

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

Reviewed: 14-09-2015

I feel as though I have been in the driving seat of a woman's mind during the early 1930s of pre-Nazi Germany. Not just any kind of woman, though. The protagonist, Doris, with a lack of education, is a material girl who hopes to achieve a higher status in society by garnering the attentions of successful men and sleeping her way to the top. Three of them in fact, with varying degrees of success and conclusions. It is both funny and sad.
Because it is a social critique, this novel's publication was banned by the Nazis. Mostly because of its honesty and openness regarding the subject of the book; The novel is a rich portrait of a working girl sleeping her way to the top and failing. It is relevant even today. The narrative reveals her inner thoughts and attitude towards men. A frightening prospect for the men in that era.
The protagonist's thought process is flighty – jumping from idea to idea – and until you become accustomed to that pattern you may struggle to get into the flow of the story.
The writing is really quite modern, even today. The way it has been constructed and written makes it timeless. I feel that we are fortunate that a version somehow still exists today. The story of how the book has survived the Nazi period is a tale in itself.
The novel has three distinct sections that are quite symbolic and takes place mostly in Berlin, in the first person.
Section 1 takes place at the tail end of summer.
Section 2 takes place during late autumn.
Section 3 journeys from winter into spring; finishing with hope, or so I like to think.
Hope is a good way to finish such a tale.
Sergiu Pobereznic (Amazon author)

  • Holidays on Ice

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris, Amy Sedaris, Ann Magnuson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Holidays on Ice collects six of David Sedaris' most profound Christmas stories into one volume. This drinking-man's companion can be enjoyed by the warmth of a fire, the glow of a brilliantly decorated tree, or even in the backseat of a police car. Here is the timeless "SantaLand Diaries", which immortalised the struggle of department store elves the world over. Here is "Dinah, the Christmas Whore", in which the Sedaris family opens its heart to an unexpected, almost Mary Magdalene-like visitor. Plus five additional holiday-themed stories to make you ho ho ho.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Sergiu Pobereznic (author) on 14-09-2015

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 14-09-2015

I will start by saying that I am now a fan of Sedaris after finishing a second book by the author.
This book is a cynical, dark, sarcastic, satirical collection of stories about the family oriented holiday season from the dysfunctional perspective of David Sedaris.

One story is about Mr. Sedaris applying for a job at Macy's store, New York to work as an elf during the Christmas season. Having experienced Macy's store during this period and reading about the author's time there working as an elf, made the reading doubly funny.
Another of the stories I laughed at just by reading the title: Dinah, the Christmas Whore.
Some of the tales are quite violent, but, somehow still weirdly comical.
I will definitely be reading more of his work.
Sergiu Pobereznic (Amazon author)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful