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Leesburg, VA, USA | Member Since 2009

  • 3 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 190 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014

  • 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

    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"
    "Great book, wonderful narration!"

    This is my favorite audiobook to date, combining great book + great narration. The characters are complex and interesting, the plot is compelling, and the mystery gripping. I've already listened to it twice.

    The narration is excellent, a British take on the different Swedish accents, including non-annoying nuances for characters' varying genders, ages, and social classes.

    One word of advice: the first section is hard to follow. Mentally skim this part, especially when he explains the lawsuit against the protagonist, which is unnecessarily detailed. Hang in there and you will be rewarded!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Wonderful; great narrator!"
    What did you love best about Sycamore Row?

    The narrator does a great job with all of the different southern accents (keep working on the Ohio one!)

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was very enjoyable, even thought the will-based story line can get a little dry and the ending wasn't a big surprise.

    Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?


    Any additional comments?

    I'd forgotten how much I enjoy John Grisham!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    txkimmers says: "A great surprise"
    "Fine, but a bit dry..."

    Not bad, with an endearing protagonist and good, upper crust narrator, but not terribly compelling. I finished it, but wasn't left wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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