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  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5292)
    Performance
    (4755)
    Story
    (4781)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Fantastic Story with True Storytellers Narrating"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print edition, but I greatly enjoyed the full cast in this audio edition. The characters were full of life and the interactions were perfect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the clues that were given about characters and symbols without actually telling you directly.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the scene where Shadow visited the underworld. It was a turning point in his character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Definitely. I finished this book very quickly, carrying my audio device around with me for chores.


    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
    (18915)
    Performance
    (8751)
    Story
    (8783)

    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"
    "Engaging novel and fantastic story tellers"
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    Would you listen to The Girl Who Played with Fire again? Why?

    Yes. This is a great novel. I wish Stieg Larsson had written more than this trilogy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like all the underlying messages about abuse towards women...ways that people don't commonly think about.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I almost did. Hard to stop.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death Comes to Pemberley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (915)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (780)

    It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

    Michelle says: "Not As Interesting as Print Reviewers Suggested"
    "Lovely continuation of a great novel."
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    Would you listen to Death Comes to Pemberley again? Why?

    I would listen to this novel again in the future. It is not like Pride and Prejudice which I could pick up and start again immediately upon finishing; however, the story is engaging and features beloved characters.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    My biggest complaint is that Elizabeth's character in this novel is much more two dimensional than in Austen's original. The primary character is Darcy, but we here a lot from Elizabeth too and some of her fire and passion is missing in this story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the scenes early in the novel where Elizabeth recapped her past and compared to her current position. Hearing about the past from her new perspective was nice.


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

    I enjoyed the final scene...read it to understand.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4277)
    Performance
    (3738)
    Story
    (3707)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "An Imaginative world, without a strong storyline."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The first half of this novel was very engaging and descriptive. I enjoyed every moment listening. The details were vivid and interesting and the ideas were imaginative. The second half unraveled some of the mystery of the first half, but then left me restless to get to the end.


    Would you be willing to try another book from the authors? Why or why not?

    Possibly. I think the novel was too long for the story, so I might consider trying a shorter novel.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first performance I have heard from these narrators. I enjoyed them very much and felt their range of voices was convincing.


    Could you see 1Q84 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I can not imagine this as a movie or series that would not fizzle part way through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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