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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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
A must read for those interested in East-West relations in the 21st century. Very good.
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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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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