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Sharon

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  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18430)
    Performance
    (8577)
    Story
    (8619)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Lisbeth on Trial"
    Overall

    A gripping and very satisfying end to the trilogy with great narration. Newcomers, please read the books in order. Lisbeth Salander remains one of the most intriguing literary characters I've met. As others have said, I'm saddened that this very talented author has passed on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12751)
    Performance
    (11681)
    Story
    (11747)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Wonderful performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Fault in Our Stars ranks among my favorite audiobook performances.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't pick one--but my favorites scenes would include Augustus's snappy dialogue or one of Hazel's reflections on life.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a solid story in this book, but the narration made the listening over the top wonderful. Kate Rudd's performance brought these characters to life and I cared about every one of them. Listening to this book was so enjoyable that I'm rather afraid to attempt the movie. The witty thoughts and dialogue of Hazel and her friends had me laughing through my commute and, later, crying for obvious reasons. Although I suspect girls and women will like it more, I recommend this book for young and old adults without hesitation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Psycho

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bret Easton Ellis
    • Narrated By Pablo Schreiber
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

    Mike Calvo says: "Really Twisted!"
    "Admittedly powerful, but can't get through it"
    Overall

    I suspect that this book delivers exactly what the author intended - a backdrop of a banal, empty lifestyle that I found horrific in itself, contrasted with graphic sex and violence. I appreciate my life and values more for having listened. But I can't take any more. You might laugh to know I haven't heard Bateman kill anyone--I keep falling asleep, thankfully not in the car. Today I woke when I think a murder was in the making and found I just didn't want to hear it. I was plenty ready to have Bateman kill one of his vapid acquaintances or dates, but not this stranger and dog. I may or may not listen to more. I may try the written version. Kudos to the author for creating a powerful experience--but what I've picked up so far is enough for me.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Reliable Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Goolrick
    • Narrated By Mark Feuerstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (326)

    When a wealthy man first meets his mail-order bride in 1907, he realizes this statuesque beauty is anything but a "simple missionary's daughter." But he doesn't know of her devious plan to leave Wisconsin as a rich widow. Nor does she know of the furious demons he longs to unleash during the lonely months of snowbound isolation.

    Richard says: "Intriguing story but only average writing"
    "Don't rely on the jacket (a great book)"
    Overall

    It looks like you either love or hate this book, and I am one who loved it. I purchased it because I expected to read an interesting cat and mouse game between two devious people. It is not. As someone already mentioned, this is a character study and quite a bit about redemption and whether one can atone for or outrun the past. I will not tell you whether the answer is yes or no, but I will tell you I cared deeply about the characters and how the story was going to turn out at several points along the way and barely restrained myself from fast forwarding to find out. You may call some aspects of the story line predictable, but I found the resolution completely satisfying. I highly recommend this book.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Host: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5303)
    Performance
    (2892)
    Story
    (2933)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "Couldn't stop listening"
    Overall

    I don't typically write reviews, but I think this is the first audiobook I've had serious problems putting down. During the second half I found myself listening more than just my commute time, replacing TV, staying up late primarily to listen, even bringing the ipod to bed and falling asleep to it, and in the end plugging in while getting ready for work in the morning (a definite first). I truly cared about every main character, and Kate Reading's marvelous narration undoubtedly contributed to this. There's some technology described that may strain your belief, but at the core this book is about personal relationships and triumph over the most trying and unfortunate circumstances. In that area the book soars. From the range of reviews it looks like you either love this book or hate it. I'm one who loved it. It will have a permanent place in my library.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Flawless

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Joshua Spanogle
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    A former medical detective for the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Nate McCormick had seen enough suffering to last a lifetime. Now he's left the CDC, determined to begin a new life with his girlfriend in San Francisco...until the vicious murder of a biotech researcher, an old friend, hurtles him back into the medical world he's left behind.

    Dennis says: "Credits"
    "Enjoyable Scott Brick performance"
    Overall

    Wow, so many one star reviews. I suspect you either sit back and enjoy the ride or you hate the book. After a slow start I enjoyed the narration so much that it didn't matter a whit if I could guess where the story would head next, and there were plenty of twists I didn't see. I especially enjoyed every second this protagonist matched wits with an eight year old boy. I will definitely seek more from this author.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1203)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (384)

    Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Back and forth through time"
    "Great blend of past and present"
    Overall

    Fascinating blend of past and present. As another reviewer said, this book was not what I expected. I was hooked on the insights into medical history, and the romance didn't hurt either. Well read and enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Edenborn

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nick Sagan
    • Narrated By Holter Graham, Clayton Barclay Jones, Jenna Lamia, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    A microbial apocalypse has wiped humankind from the globe, with the exception of six survivors. Edenborn continues what Neil Gaiman called a "roller-coaster ride of fusion fiction".

    Mary Ann says: "Listen to the WHOLE book"
    "Wonderful ensemble cast"
    Overall

    If not my favorite audio book, this one is close. I've replayed it several times already. Not realizing this was the second of a trilogy, I listened to Edenborn before Idlewild and can vouch for the story standing on its own. The narrators are all wonderful, but I was especially taken with Jenna Lamia's charming (at first) and believable portrayal of the teen-aged Penny. Having multiple narrators to match the four storytellers really brought something to the listening experience and I do not believe I would have enjoyed reading this book half as much as hearing it (and I don't think that about many books). In any case, the book was thought-provoking and I cared deeply about its characters. Can't wait for Everfree.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11011)
    Performance
    (6201)
    Story
    (6250)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    I loved this book. The narrator was perfect--while this is primarily a serious tale it has comic relief that is about the funniest I have ever listened to. This is one of the few audiobooks I've been compelled to pass to someone else as a gift. This story might just be better read to than read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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