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  • The Girl Who Played with Fire Part 3: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (3112)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    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.

    Barbara says: "Go for it."
    "Go for it."
    Overall

    Excellent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • She Walks These Hills

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sharyn McCrumb
    • Narrated By Sally Darling
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    A murdered 18th-century pioneer woman and a present-day escaped convict haunt the same Appalachian wilderness in McCrumb's multilayered mystery.

    Vickie says: "excellent story teller"
    "Very Good"
    Overall

    I learned much and this book held my attention. It was also nice that a lot of it took place outside.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Professor and the Madman

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (1434)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (642)

    Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

    Jerry says: "Perfect example of a quality audible book."
    "How do you compile a Dictionary?"
    Overall

    This tells the story of how it was compiled, and the contributions of a very interesting American Doctor.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26609)
    Performance
    (13254)
    Story
    (13296)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Very good writing and narration.
    Tells the "other side of the story"

    What it was (is?) like to be a black maid for white families in the South, and the repercussions of speaking out about the truth of their treatment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Beautiful North: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Luis Alberto Urrea
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who left the family to work in the United States. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village - they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men - her own "Siete Magnificos"---to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.

    Barbara says: "The other side of the story"
    "The other side of the story"
    Overall

    Not only does Urrea do an excellent job of writing from many women's points of view, he also gives what most non Mexicans would not consider: "The other side of the story".
    Glimpses into points of view and realities that, if you don't live in Mexico, you might never imagine.

    IMO, there is no way any book could out do "The Hummingbird's Daughter" (and hopeflly it's upcoming sequel of the rest of Saint Teresita's life in AZ.)

    This is not an epic book. It is simply very, very good and eductional.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2697)
    Performance
    (1610)
    Story
    (1619)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "I loved this one!"
    Overall

    This is a sequel to "In the Woods" I picked this first as I have trouble listening to male narrators do female voices. So far I have not found one who does not make all the female voices sound the same, and none in character.
    However, I liked this one so much, I just ordered the other.
    The narrator here is wonderful, and the complexities of all the characters unfolds beautifully.
    Now that I have finished it, the characters as well as the authoress are still developing in my mind.






    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Study

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1528)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (616)

    With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways, and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better....

    Kestrel says: "As good as Poison Study, perhaps better"
    "If you liked Poison Study, go for it."
    Overall

    I enjoyed this a lot.
    I liked it well enough to order Fire Study.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sing Them Home

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephanie Kallos
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    Everyone knows the story of Aneira Hope Jones, the woman swallowed up by a tornado, and of the painful legacy bestowed upon her children. Larken, Gaelan, and Bonnie have grown into adulthood enshrouded in myth and unresolved grief, longing for closure and for release from their identities as motherless children. Both knowingly and unknowingly, the Jones siblings have condemned themselves to the task of interpreting and paying homage to their mother's life; thus, they have never claimed their own.

    Linda says: "Fabulous writing!"
    "captivating"
    Overall

    I really liked this book. The story is interesting and unique, and the narrator did a wonderful job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Light to My Path

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (116)

    Raised on a South Carolina plantation as the house pet of her white master's daughter, Kitty never made a decision for herself. Now, as a young adult, she must preserve her faith while making the biggest decision ever: stay with her master and go south to avoid the Yankees or run away tonight to the North with Grady, the field slave she has come to love.

    Karen says: "Intense"
    "Unsure of how I feel about it."
    Overall

    I have mixed feelings about this book. I really valued seeing life from the slaves point of view in such a personal way.
    Sometimes I wondered how accurate the research is. The description of the white slave traders dragging Africans from their villages alerted me, as many of the slaves were captured by other African tribes, and delivered to the Ivory coast.
    It was a bit strange to have an entire story taking place in the South, with a narrator who did not have a southern accent. However, I felt the narrator did an excellent job.
    Overall I give it a high rating as I felt the characters were true to life and I learned on a feeling level, about the life of the "ordinary" slave.
    It held my attention.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Study

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2106)
    Performance
    (868)
    Story
    (872)

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

    A says: "Fantasy, with a touch of romance."
    "I really enjoyed this book!"
    Overall

    Very good story and narration, and elements of wonder. Strong and intelligent characters. Strong female character.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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