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Karen

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  • 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
    (23658)
    Performance
    (10243)
    Story
    (10324)

    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"
    "Sweden sure is different!"
    Overall

    The story is around a journalist who is GOING TO JAIL FOR LIBEL! Can you imagine? I never did get over the fact that their press has constraints on it. Also, in Sweden, there is a statute of limitations on MURDER! It is almost like a parallel universe what reality shifts.

    I really liked this mystery! It kept me engaged at all times. The reader did have the waif in the book speak with a Cockney accent and once in awhile I caught Count Dracula...but it wasn't distracting.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Angelina: An Unauthorized Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Andrew Morton
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Despite all the headlines, what do we know about the real Angelina Jolie? Award-winning biographer Andrew Morton, whose books forever changed the world’s perception of Princess Diana and Tom Cruise, finally brings us the inside story of the smiling, glamorous woman Forbes named the most powerful celebrity in the world.

    Karen says: "Cleared up some questions I had!"
    "Cleared up some questions I had!"
    Overall

    I got this for two reasons! I was super sick and wanted something fact based to listen to, and because I have always wondered if Angelina Jolie ACTUALLY gave away as much as her publicity claims she does. I didn't believe it! Also, I was furious about her questionable adoptions and angry with the American hubris that thinks nothing of removing children from their cultures/families assuming that our "superior" culture justifies this! Having listened to this book I am still upset with the adoptions, but I do think she meant for the best for these children, she is just unable to see past her cultural conditioning. I also believe she does do a lot for the countries she tries to help and it isn't just a publicity stunt.

    The WORST thing about this book is how much Andrew Morton seems to rely on Miss Jolie's father for facts and impressions with almost NO critical reasoning! For instance, Miss Jolie is theoretically damaged because her mother abandoned her in a completely white apartment with just an endless line of babysitters to keep her company for the bulk of her infancy. THEN, he accepts Mr. Voight's claim that, after he left his wife for another woman, he spent most of the time WITH his wife and children trying to take care of them. Which is it, Mr Morton? I did end up feeling sympathy for Miss Jolie for having a father that thinks nothing of stabbing her in the back and going public to do so. I would keep him far away from my children too, that's for sure!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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