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Patricia

GRAND JUNCTION, CO, United States | Member Since 2011

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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
    (17740)
    Performance
    (7942)
    Story
    (7976)

    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."
    "Didn't Want it to End"
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    I wish there was more. This was an intriguing and engaging trilogy from beginning to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18222)
    Performance
    (8114)
    Story
    (8142)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Larsson is Quickly Becoming My Favorite Author"
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    I read several books in-between "Girl W/Dragon Tattoo" and this one. Nothing compared in writing, suspense and intrigue, and in narration. Steig Larrson is quickly becoming one of my favorite storytellers. Couldn't put it down to the end, I found myself sitting in my car after I arrived home, and walking around my house with head phones to keep the story going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22929)
    Performance
    (9573)
    Story
    (9647)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Blew Me Away"
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    Outstanding suspense and storytelling. This is one of those stories that stays with you, and keeps you listening no matter where you are. A wonderful listen for exercise, because I put in an extra 20 minutes of cardio just to find out what happens next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (7848)
    Performance
    (4567)
    Story
    (4552)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "Another Win for Ken Follett"
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    I can't wait for this trilogy to play itself out. Taking world events from the perspective of characters in the primary countries involved, and making the U.S. a secondary player gives a whole new view of how these nations faced their own crisis, internal and external. Masterfully written, good development of characters, and wonderful interplay from one perspective to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deeper Than the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1381)
    Performance
    (778)
    Story
    (771)

    Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn't yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer's escalating activity.

    John says: "A pleasant surprise"
    "Did Not Disappoint"
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    I am a fan of Tami Hoag. Haven't read her in a long time. This is a good beginning for what I suspect will a fabulous trilogy with disturbing connotations. Can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2226)
    Performance
    (1845)
    Story
    (1855)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "Excellent Listen (Read)"
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    Interesting and suspenseful, she kept me guessing until the end. Outstanding storytelling, and a perfect narration for this story. I would recommend this one to anyone who can deal with this sensitive issue. It was handled well, with descriptive passages, where I could feel their pain, without being overly graphic in detail.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Open and Shut

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1571)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (723)

    Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan. But the fun stops the day Andy's dad, Paterson, New Jersey's legendary ex-DA, drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium.

    pewter says: "Does Anyone Else Notice the Missing Content?"
    "A Good Read"
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    This was a somewhat predictable story, but it was well done and held my attention. While readers knew there was a comspiracy afoot, it was still interesting to figure out the "why" along with the who.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2493)
    Performance
    (1786)
    Story
    (1778)

    Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

    DERALD says: "Great on par with" LION'S GAME""
    "Distracting Personality Traits"
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    Would you try another book from Nelson DeMille and/or Scott Brick?

    This was my first read for this author and crime solver. I would probably not read this author again. I found the main character to be distracting in his vulgar descriptions of every woman, and interaction with any woman he encountered. Could have been a good story, I just didn't see the point of his diatribe.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Plum Island?

    The story line held my interest.


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

    Sounded like an old time Chicago mobster. The voice and style was older than the placement of the story in time.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17246)
    Performance
    (15319)
    Story
    (15272)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Long and Captivating"
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    Would you listen to 11-22-63 again? Why?

    Kings ability to write about the depth and breadth of the human spirit, our strengths and our tragedies has never, as in most novels, been transferred to the movie screen. He can paint a more enthralling picture with his words, than any cinema effort has been able to depict on the screen. This will without a doubt be a movie one day, read it first to enjoy his multi-dimensional lead character, the whys and wherefores of his actions, and depth of human nature in the characters. I was blown away with my emotional response to this effort. I laughed, I cried, and I cried some more.

    It got a bit long in the middle, and made up for it in the end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The lead character, who is the unwilling hero; the simple human thrust into complex realities, with all the self doubts that any of us would share in his situation.


    What does Craig Wasson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very well narrated. His voice was well modulated, and make listening easy, as he became the lead character and simple told his own story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was a surpise ending for me. Kept me guessing until the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Destined to be one of his best

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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