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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-18

Good sequel "but".

Would you listen to Promise Not to Tell again? Why?

The second Book in a series involving a deadly cult 20 years later. The book is well written but needed to edit out some of the sub plots. What happened to cult survivors good. Murderous OCD Start up head, twins separated at birth and evil Biker half sister unnecessary.

If you’ve listened to books by Jayne Ann Krentz before, how does this one compare?

Most Krentz books rate an 8 to 10 score with me . This one is an 8.

Which character – as performed by Susan Bennett – was your favorite?

V. Troy

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


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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-17

Ariel Levy Let's It All Hang Out

A strong engaging woman's voice. Levy's candor and immediacy make this an engrossing read.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-17

Hyeonseo Lee Is My Hero

If you want your faith in what the human race at its best is capable of imbedded in a cackling good adventure then listen to this book. It is the memoir of a brave, adventurous, daring young woman making her way to freedom. Ms.. Lee does a terrific job not only of describing the danger and hardship of her own adventure but the enormous risks and hardship she endured in engineering the escape of her mother and brother. She also does a very satisfying job of describing the inner turmoil and sense of loss frequently suffered by those adapting to the uncertainties of life in a free society.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-17

Magnificent Memoir Of Chlldhood In Stalin's Russia

What did you love best about The Girl from the Metropol Hotel?

Brilliantly written tale of girlhood as the child from a family executed in Stalin's purges. A brief, gripping antidote to the fables portrayed for decades about "Soviet Socialism."

What other book might you compare The Girl from the Metropol Hotel to and why?

Nothing is very close. Still Ayaan Hirsi Ali's "Infidel" is another gripping woman's memoir of growing up in a physically and politically perilous situation in distant lands. Ali lived in Somalia, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, The Netherlands and now the United States.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Growing up as a wild child in Stalin's Soviet Union.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-17

Wonderfully Engaging Family Drama From South India

This novella shows what a talented fiction writer can do. The family drama that plays out within this six member South Indian will stick with me for a long time. It's left for the reader to decide whether an actual murder takes place or is purely aspirational. You decide.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-16

Another Incredible Tana French Police Procedural

I've been captivated by every one of Ms. French's Dublin base crime dramas. They are all loaded with local color and thick Irish patois that begs to be listened to. Narration is excellent.

I'd be hard pressed to name my favorite. But my 3 favorites are this one (The Trespasser), Faithful Place, and The Secret Place.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-16

Sad Story of Russia's Abandonment of Liberalism

Takes the story from the collapse of the Soviet Union to the consolidation of Putin's authoritarian rule. Special attention is paid to the role of the Russian media.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-16

Eye opening Oral History of Post Soviet Russia

Paints a stunning portrait of the rage, disorientation, ethnic conflict and criminality in post Soviet Russia that make the appeal of a thuggish strong man like Vladimir Putin comprehensible.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-15

Only A Heart of Stone Could Fail To Be Moved

The one great achievement of horrendous tyrannies is that they produce our most inspiring stories of human courage and triumph against impossible odds. Eunsun Kim's book is a worthy addition to this literature. Read î.

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9 of 11 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-15

Strong Ending

Last chapter made this occasionally slow moving novel seem worthwhile. Good characters but story sometimes lagged.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful