Vladimir Kushnir

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-17

Eye-opening, deep, serious and humorous

What did you love best about After America?

It discusses very serious questions about the future of America. While the form is humorous, the content could not be more serious. The authors deeply knows the material. This is one of those books one must read to understand the world and the country he is living in.

Have you listened to any of Mark Steyn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, this is the 3d book, before I've listened to America Alone, and it makes sense to listen to these two books in this order. And before that -- the Undocumented Mark Stern. Also very nice.

Any additional comments?

Thank you, dear Mark.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-17


Where does Game of Thorns rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best books I've listened in a long time. It is factual, author did his homework and knows the events and people well. I liked the manner how it was done, I could not put it down and kept listening deep into the night.

What did you like best about this story?

The story covered in great detail the Clinton's scandals. While these were old news, the author managed to find new and relevant to this campaign angles, such as relationship between Clintons and FBI, or Hillary Clinton's role in suppressing the women whom Bill raped. Another totally unknown story is the inside look at Trump's presidential campaign and role of different people in it. The only thing I did not like is that author was not critical toward Trump enough to my taste.

What about Doug Wead’s performance did you like?

The narrator's performance is very nice. I liked the voice and the manner.

If you could give Game of Thorns a new subtitle, what would it be?

How Hillary Clinton managed to lose a sure presidential race, and how Trump did what all experts said was impossible.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-15

The best spy story I've heard in a long time

If you could sum up Bridge of Spies in three words, what would they be?

Perfect spy story

What did you like best about this story?

Well researched, well delivered, could not put it down, I am going to listen again some time.
Fascinating description of the U2 program, and at the same time very interesting story of the soviet spy Rudolf Abel. And then these two lines cross in a perfect spy moment on the bridge.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-15

Excellent book! Well researched and well written.

Where does Putin's Kleptocracy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the best book I've read/listened to on the subject. Another one I would recommend is "The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin" by Masha Gessen. Even though I've tried to keep with the subject by following the news and reading the books, I've found a lot of new material in this book. Some books filled with facts become hard to follow. This one is filled with facts but it is extremely well written, you listen to the story as if it was a Count of Monte Kristo, except that it is the real thing. This should be a must-read for members of Congress and U.S. Presidents as well as European politicians so that they would not "look into Putin's eyes and see his soul" or something like this, but instead would have a clear understanding what they are dealing with.

Any additional comments?

The artist reading the book -- Robert Petkoff -- is doing a pretty good job, even pronunciation of Russian terms and names is better than average in other audiobooks.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-15

Pretty good, waiting for next revision

Would you listen to Putin's Wars again? Why?

The book is very good. I learned a lot about Chechen war and Georgian war. The only trouble is that the book ends at the end of 2013. This is like listening to a book "Hitler's Wars" which ends in 1940. I hope the author will write a new revision of this book, unfortunately now, at the beginning of 2015 there is a lot of new materiel to cover.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Overall, Julian Elfer is doing pretty good job. However, when it comes to pronouncing Russian terms or names, I (a native Russian speaker) had very hard time trying to understand what is he saying. I would suggest to spend a couple hours with a teacher or a native Russian speaker and try to improve the pronunciation.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-14

Praise to government intervention

Any additional comments?

Government intervention into economy is good and even necessary. Unions are good for economy. FDR's new deal was right. Keynes is the greatest economist of the XX-th century. Girls do not go into 'hard sciences' (meaning math, physics) because they are conditioned by society ... Just few examples. If you agree with all that, you will like this book.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-14

So high hopes, so much dissapointment

Any additional comments?

When I started reading (listening, to be precise) this trilogy, I was in awe: this is the new War and Peace! However, as the events in the book III got the the times which I have actually lived through, disappointment started to mount. Instead of being a picture of the world, a depiction for our children and grandchildren to have a time travel back to the end of the XX-th century, it became a partisan pamphlet. Just one example: R. Reagan is mentioned multiple times, but always in a context ranging from negative to very negative. His presidency came and went without a word about his speech "Mr. Gorbachev, take down this wall!". Finally much later this speech was mentioned only to downplay it's importance. And this is after describing "I'm a Berliner" speech by JFK in all his glory. Bias of this book spoiled all the impression for me.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-14

Is this about science or politics?

If you could sum up The Third Chimpanzee in three words, what would they be?

interesting but disappointing

Would you be willing to try another book from Jared Diamond? Why or why not?

probably not. Author mixes science (which is the interesting part) with politics, such as global warming, green movement, etc. which is not.

Any additional comments?

Also some of the chapters contain re-hashing of material from other books by the author. Maybe not such a big deal, but just be informed.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-14

Banal, boring and weird.

What was most disappointing about Stuart Woods’s story?

It was a strange mixture of a crime story with paranormal. I did not like the paranormal part at all. The main push about bad rich guys is too banal to be interesting.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrator did a good job, no problems there.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-14

Interesting subject but pure speculation

What disappointed you about A Troublesome Inheritance?

The author has chosen an interesting subject. However, aside from describing two experiments by some Russian scientist with rats and foxes, the rest of the book is pure speculation. The book is full of guesses, ideas, hypothesis, but other than in the two cases mentioned above, there is absolutely no description of any proof, experiments, etc.

What could Nicholas Wade have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

To stick to science as opposed to description of what the author considers likely or might have been.

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