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jean

Reston, VA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 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
    (18826)
    Performance
    (8676)
    Story
    (8706)

    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"
    "A delicious revenge fantasy"
    Overall

    Lisbeth Salander is the most intriguing and fascinating lead character I've come across in a long time. She reminded me of a tiny female Charles Bronson, and the revenge she extracted from the various evildoers who crossed her path was always inventive and hideously delicious. Enough cannot be said of the skill of the narrator, who made it twice as compelling in his competent hands. While the narrative fall apart a little for me at the end (I had several "Yeah, right!" moments) by then I was so completely absorbed that it didn't matter. I think I'll go back and listen to Tattoo again.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2852)
    Performance
    (1197)
    Story
    (1210)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Wow! Really boring..."
    Overall

    I got this book based on all the positive listener reviews, which are usually reliable. Not so this time. It was a real slog. I expect a book about vampires to at least be exciting and goosebump-inducing. This seemed to be a series of dreary conversations by not very interesting people, and with all the jumping forward and backward in time I found my mind drifting often. And I didn't care enough about the story to rewind and listen again. The DaVinci Code was not great literature by a long shot, but at least it was a virtual page-turner. This book was dull dull dull.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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