Putin's Wars

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5 out of 5 stars
By GeorgeW on 02-05-15

Incredible prediction.

Published in January 2014 it discusses a scenario for Ukraine that seems so accurate an account of events (as at January 2015) I thought it was a new release! A fascinating book that in the latter half shows patterns of actions that give insight to the current situation and provide a baseline against which to assess new events.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Neil Bartlett on 01-29-16

Informative, let down by bad writing and narration

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

Yes, it's informative about Putin's motivations and the likely future developments of the region. Includes enough historical background, going back to Tsarist Russia and through the Soviet era, without overwhelming the focus on current events.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The book is let down by the writing and the narration. The author loves long convoluted sentences and showing off his vocabulary. This is aggravated by the overuse of foreign-language expressions. I expected to hear plenty of Russian phrases, but the author throws in French, Latin, German, Italian, even Dutch. For example phrases like "droit de regard" are repeated over and over without explanation; this is not common parlance in the English speaking world, so why not write it in English? Another example: the author refers to the Nazi SA as "Braunhemd"... why not simply "Brownshirts", a word that everybody knows?

As a result of this writing, the narrator is constantly twisting his mouth trying to achieve perfect pronunciation of French, German and Russian phrases, sometimes in the same sentence. He does a reasonable job most of the time, but it's very hard to listen to.

Unfortunately the narrator's pronunciation of Russian names and phrases is weakest. If he at least used the standard anglicized pronunciations of names that we typically hear on TV news, we might at least know whom he was talking about.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Julian Elfer?

Somebody who has studied Russian.

Was Putin's Wars worth the listening time?


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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-03-15


Reads like a playbook for current events and includes a warning of what may be to come. A wake up call for those in the west.

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