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M. Solis

Malena

Yucatan, MX | Member Since 2007

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  • The Girl Who Played With Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Volume 2

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Martin Wenner
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    Millennium publisher Mikael Blomkvist has launched an explosive investigation into the sex-trafficking industry in Sweden and its international links. When two journalists are found dead in a Stockholm apartment, police are baffled by what appears to be a professional killing. Ex-security analyst and former child delinquent Lisbeth Salander is wanted for murder, but the trail has gone cold.

    M. Solis says: "Excellent!"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    I loved The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and was anxious to get the second book of the trilogy, so when I saw it was available I inmediately downloaded, the only dissapointment that it is the abridge version, hope the unabridge it's avalaible soon.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5042)
    Performance
    (2148)
    Story
    (2141)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Not Le Carré"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Company?

    The intrigue


    What other book might you compare The Company to and why?

    I have read all the Smiley's series, The Company is entertaining but does not match up to the genius and subtlety of Le Carré


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Very good


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Search

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2950)
    Performance
    (1681)
    Story
    (1692)

    To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life — a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

    A User says: "Not very exciting"
    "Not my thing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Search?

    The dialogs, situations, everybody finding the love of their lives in their doorstep; it was my first Nora Roberts and definitely my last, the only good thing is I bought it in the 2x1 credit sale


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Fountainhead...


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tanya Eby?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12419)
    Performance
    (10853)
    Story
    (10895)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "It moves so slow!!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    I would like to find out what happens to the main characters of the series but if it continues to drag the way it does maybe I will only read the summaries in wikipedia; Roy Dotrice has not been to my liking since the first book, but I found the story interesting so I kept going, but his last deliver it's the worst of the four books I have listened to, I decided to skip book 4 due to the reviews of other members and glad I did, because I agree with their opinion for this book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I wish the story would move, so much description of dressses or food but no action.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Roy Dotrice?

    Simon Vance


    Do you think A Dance with Dragons needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The women's voices are horrible, specially Deanerys sounds like a low born old woman nothing to do with "the most beautiful" queen in the whole world.


    Any additional comments?

    This book did need a lot of editing or maybe an abridge version would be much better avoiding needless descriptions or taking so much time introducing a new minor character instead of giving more time to the main characters, I want more of Jamie, Arya, only Jon and Tyrion get somewhere and Daenerys was such a smash in the previous books and now just sits and makes terrible decisions, a bit disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Alex Grecian
    • Narrated By Toby Leonard Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (613)

    Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only 12 detectives - known as “The Murder Squad” - to investigate thousands of murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. When Walter Day, the squad’s newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in the Yard’s first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley.

    Debra says: "Enjoyable annoying book"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very entertaining, characters to care about.


    What other book might you compare The Yard to and why?

    The Sherlock Holmes series, about the same period, crime suspense, investigation.


    What does Toby Leonard Moore bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Giving voice to the different characters makes you care more for them


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

    Just the final chapters


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1464)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (921)

    Last week they invaded Manhattan. This week they will destroy the world. The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading and soon will envelop the globe. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather - head of the Centers for Disease Control's team - leads a band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late.

    James says: "The Bar is Raised"
    "Good sequel, can't wait for the third book"
    Overall

    I loved The Strain, I listened to it several times, so I was waiting for this realease; I liked a lot but I still prefer the first book, I'm looking forward for the third installment and find out how Dr. Goodweather copes with the challenge.
    I miss Ron Perlman,a work by Del Toro is not complete without him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (1329)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (687)

    Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

    Shelley says: "Bizarre"
    "My first Murakami experience"
    Overall

    I loved the book, I did not know what to expect so it was a wonderful surprise, never boring always intriguing and very interesting; loved the characters. I already bought Kafka on the Shore and Norwegian Wood, can't wait to start listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cuentos Tibetanos

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Yosano Sim
    • Narrated By George Bass
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    La filosofía tibetana ama la calma, la pax, un estado perfecto para lograr la correcta reflexión que nos permite interiorizar y nos conduce, a través de cuentos y sencillos relatos (como los incluidos en este libro), a lo más hondo de nuestro ser. La búsqueda de uno mismo jamás de detiene. Las narraciones de esta obra y las reflexiones que las acompañan pueden suponer un simple entretenimiento, pero también un punto de inflexión que nos haga ver el mundo desde perspectivas diferentes.

    Ignacio says: "Un poco mas que regular"
    "Good stories but..."
    Overall

    The tibetan stories are excellent but the comentator doesn't leave room to draw the reader's own conclusions it offers a pont of view even before the story is finished, is very annoying, I stopped listening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (303)

    When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

    Tim says: "Wonderful story, brilliant writing and narration"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    Very enjoyable, excellent characters and good messages for young readers and older too. The narrator was also very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Seventy Four: Red Riding Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By David Peace
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (63)

    Jeanette Garland, missing Castleford, July 1969. Susan Ridyard, missing Rochdale, March 1972. Claire Kemplay, missing Morley, since yesterday. It’s winter, 1974, Yorkshire, Christmas bombs, Lord Lucan on the run, the Bay City Rollers, and Eddie Dunford’s got the job he wanted – crime correspondent for the Yorkshire Evening Post. He didn’t know it was going to be a season in hell. A dead little girl with a swan’s wings stitched into her back. A gypsy camp in a ring of fire. Corruption everywhere you look.

    Lori says: "Disturbing, Uncomfortable - Real Crime Fiction"
    "Violent but good reading"
    Overall

    At first I found the violence, especially toward women, hard to listen to, but the plot is very good in the final balance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • He Shall Thunder in the Sky: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (342)

    In her best-selling Amelia Peabody mysteries, author Elizabeth Peters has created an award-winning mixture of vivid archeological detail, finely-tuned suspense, and witty romance. This, the 12th Amelia Peabody mystery, opens in 1914. As the tides of war rise, Egypt is threatened by attacks. Espionage abounds, pulling in several members of the Peabody Emerson household even as they embark on a new archeological season.

    iphone reader says: "Excellent!"
    "My favorite"
    Overall

    After reading reading most of the series, 2 last books pending, this is my favorite one, I have listened several times and enjoyed more each time, funny and intriguing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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