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Mirzhan Irkegulov

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  • The Elephant in the Room

  • A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the "Alt-Right"
  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406

'But Hillary is a known Luciferian,' he tried. 'She's not a known Luciferian,' I said. 'Well, yes and no,' he said. In The Elephant in the Room, Jon Ronson, the New York Times best-selling author of The Psychopath Test, Them and So You've Been Publicly Shamed, travels to Cleveland at the height of summer to witness the Republican National Convention.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bit short for a whole credit

  • By Mooma on 31-10-16

Too short & an attempt at capitalizing on election

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Don't waste your time. This book is extremely short and it's clear that Ronson wanted to make a quick buck 2 months before 2016 election.

You might learn a few interesting factoids about Alex Jones and Roger Stone, but there sure are better books for that.

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  • Christmas Eve, 1914

  • By: Charles Olivier
  • Narrated by: Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect to listen to on a dark December evening

  • By Nigel on 06-01-18

Sweet, important, but forgettable

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

Reviewed: 26-11-18

The voice acting, accents, sound effects, music are all fantastic. This audio drama carries a vital message of peace and humanity. Despite all the good qualities I've found it to be somewhat directionless and pointless.

If the topic of World War I is important to you, or if you are in the mood for an hour long short story on a cold evening, you'll love it. Just don't expect fast paced action and suspense, because it is not about that.

  • Understanding Power

  • The Indispensable Chomsky
  • By: Noam Chomsky, Peter R. Mitchell (editor), John Schoeffel (editor)
  • Narrated by: Robin Bloodworth
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

A major new collection from "arguably the most important intellectual alive" ( The New York Times). Noam Chomsky is universally accepted as one of the preeminent public intellectuals of the modern era. Over the past thirty years, broadly diverse audiences have gathered to attend his sold-out lectures. Now, in Understanding Power, Peter Mitchell and John Schoeffel have assembled the best of Chomsky's recent talks on the past, present, and future of the politics of power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling listening

  • By Damien H on 31-10-17

Indispensable Chomsky indeed

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

Reviewed: 23-11-18

Loved the book through and through. Chomsky has phenomenal erudition when it comes to political history of the 20th century.

The seminar format makes it less wieldy, compared to if it was a textbook or an expository nonfiction. But it serves as a great high level introduction into the workings of the capital and state.

  • Transgender 101

  • A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue
  • By: Nicholas Teich
  • Narrated by: John Malone
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Written by a social worker, popular educator, and member of the transgender community, this well-rounded resource combines an accessible portrait of transgenderism with a rich history of transgender life and its unique experiences of discrimination. Chapters introduce transgenderism and its psychological, physical, and social processes. They describe the coming out process and its effect on family and friends, the relationship between sexual orientation, and gender and the differences between transsexualism and lesser-known types of transgenderism.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good for a newbie, underwhelming for the informed

  • By Mirzhan Irkegulov on 09-11-18

Good for a newbie, underwhelming for the informed

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I may have learned a few interesting historical facts, but overall if you have trans friends or have read about it online, you'll find the book lacking. I'm not saying it's bad, but it's indeed a 101.

  • Ep. 1: Current Puns (Fry's English Delight, Series 1)

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

Why does our language groan with the weight of puns? What exactly is a pun? And who, or what, is the Thief of Bad Gags?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent!!

  • By Anonymous User on 30-09-18

Absence of a transcript is killing me

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

As delightful as fish and chips, depending on how you feel about fish and chips. I loved it, Fry has a magnificent voice and enunciation, his jokes are endearing, and props for interviewing various experts.

My issue isn't with the Audio Show itself, but the utter lack of a transcript anywhere, which would make it hard for me to go back to the stories and the examples mentioned. There's so much interesting going on here, but I'll forget most of it by tomorrow.

Bloody forgetting curve.

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  • The Color Purple

  • By: Alice Walker
  • Narrated by: Alice Walker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933

As a young black woman living in 1930s Georgia, Celie faces constant violence and oppression. Raped repeatedly by her father, she loses two children and then is married off to a man who treats her like a slave. But a deep bond with her husband's mistress teaches her she is a woman capable of being loved and respected. Gradually, Celie begins to leave the past behind and start a new life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Cross Stitcher on 08-04-13

Loved the book through and through

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

This book depicts hardship without gloating or relishing in it. It deals with everything under the sun: abuse, racism, colonization, feminism, religion, sex. It depicts the life of a black woman in 1930s America with a humanizing and empathetic look. It is narrated by the author herself, and the narration is outstanding. If you want to read a book that makes you understand and feel for the other person's soul, it is for you.

  • Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction

  • By: P. H. Matthews
  • Narrated by: James Conlan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Linguistics falls in the gap between arts and science, on the edges of which the most fascinating discoveries and the most important problems are found. Rather than following the conventional organization of many contemporary introductions to the subject, the author of this stimulating guide begins his discussion with the oldest, 'arts' end of the subject and moves chronologically through to the newest research - the 'science' aspects.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Introductiom For The Curious

  • By Stephen Gott on 09-12-18

Eh

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

No complaints about the narrator, but these Very Short Introductions are tad too short. It didn't feel I've acquired a better picture of what linguistics does, than I had before.

  • David Copperfield

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 34 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448

When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which leads him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak, and friendship and betrayal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Joy of Audible

  • By Mr David Newton on 15-09-09

Martin Jarvis Is the only redeeming quality

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

The narration is probably the best I have ever heard in my life. Martin Jarvis has the utmost control of his voice and accents.

However the book was one of the most achingly boring of all I have read in my entire life. Have you ever seen a Slice of Life anime? Or a really bad soap opera where nothing happens for hundreds of episodes? David Copperfield is that in book form.

How an anyone enjoy this the way they enjoy truly impressive works of fiction is beyond me.

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Joanna David
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,585

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A favourite

  • By Raison on 10-11-13

Flawed and monotonous

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

Reviewed: 16-10-17

The premise is brilliant, but the result is surprisingly underwhelming. There is no character development, no suspense, no exploration of social issues. As a reader, you're stuck inside the heroine's head with her mind-numbing inner monologue. I am disappointed with this book.

Joanna David has an impeccable pronunciation, but because characters whisper a lot in the book, so did Joanna, which made several passages inaudible for me, as I listen to the audiobooks while walking down the busy street.

  • Sharp Objects

  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Liza Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 817
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 818

When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes. Long haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family's mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half sister she barely knows - a precocious 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sinister and exciting

  • By Kim on 23-03-13

Liked it, but it's depressing

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

Reviewed: 20-09-17

The writing is superb, but the characters are universally unpleasant and repulsive. Plenty of people would enjoy this book, but I felt needing a glimpse of hope. Flynn relishes the rottenness of her fictional worlds.

Liza Ross did a decent job narrating. I think she nailed Amma's annoying teenage voice.