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  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17730)
    Performance
    (7933)
    Story
    (7967)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "One of the Best"
    Overall

    It's always great when you can read an author's work and at the end go through a grieving period. Each book of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy did that for me. At the end, I wanted more and mourned the fact that there would be no more--until the next book was available. Now, with Larsson's passing, there will be no more books.

    But these are novels that can be reread, or reheard, as the case may be. They are full of intrigue and surprise twists and turns. One might argue whether the main character is Lisbeth Salander or Mikael Blomkvist, but it doesn't matter in the end as they are equally compelling. I love it when things turn out well for the good guys and these books don't disappoint, although Book 2 (Fire), ends uncertainly and you have to wait for Book 3 (Nest) to regain that good feeling.

    If anyone decides to pick up the story line and create a book to expand the trilogy, I'll be in line to purchase it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10558)
    Performance
    (9583)
    Story
    (9604)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Worth the time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is one of the more imaginative stories I've listened to in a long time. It really is full of unexpected twists and turns, as well as some expected ones. I found it started a little slow but still held my interest, but after a couple of hours I was really hooked. It requires willing suspension of disbelief to really follow the plot but I am always willing to do so when I'm reading science fiction/fantasy. Clines has a nice way of keeping the dialog real, even when events are unreal. I thought characterizations were great and have to give the narrator kudos for doing such a great job of differentiating those characters through subtle use of his voice. I especially liked the voice of God.

    This book is definitely worth your time; prepare to be surprised.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert Pobi
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    In this psychological thriller, Jake Cole returns to his childhood home after his elderly father nearly kills himself by setting himself on fire and plowing through a plate-glass window. Jake’s father - a great American painter - is a man whose shadow Jake has tried to outrun since he was a boy. Now a contractor for the FBI who possesses a unique gift for recreating crime scenes, Jake is pulled into a hauntingly familiar double homicide investigation. He recognizes the artistic signature in the slayings from his childhood.

    Alan says: "Cop Out"
    "Great Scary Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a well-conceived story with plenty of twists and turns. It's right on the cusp of horror and would be a great movie. There are several possible perpetrators along the way and each time I thought I had it figured out something would occur that made me question my thinking. The sorry-line is good by itself but the narration takes it over the top. Luke Daniels really gets into the lead character and brings him to life.

    This is well worth your time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Feather

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Minette Walters
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    In 2002, five women are discovered barbarously murdered in Sierra Leone. Reuters Africa correspondent Connie Burns suspects a British mercenary: a man who seems to turn up in every war-torn corner of Africa, whose reputation for violence and brutality is well-founded and widely known. Connie's suspicions that he's using the chaos of war to act out sadistic, misogynistic fantasies fall on deaf ears -- but she's determined to expose him and his secret.

    Yennta says: "Just Stunning!"
    "Ho Hum!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I usually don't bother writing anything after listening to an audio book as I find that others have already expressed my sentiments. I make an exception in this case as I really thought that this was an incredibly boring story told in an equally boring fashion. I did follow it through to the end as I hoped that it would improve but now understand that my instincts about halfway through part 1 were correct. What is bothersome to me is there was true potential for this to be a great book. Maybe that's true for all books...

    I would not recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a captivating and fast moving story that hooks you in early and holds you to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3252)
    Performance
    (1468)
    Story
    (1476)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Worth the Listening Time"
    Overall

    This is not necessarily the type of book that makes the top of my list but I felt it was worth the time. I enjoyed creation of an alternate/future world in which human minds can be transferred from body to body and bodies can be grown to specifications. That world vision is not as outlandish as it would have been 25 years ago. It allows the reader to think about the new challenges raised by longevity being measured by a whole new standard. The other aspects of this possible future are redefined sexuality, ethics, and morality. I thought the author did a good job of crafting an appropriately new view of existence. In the end, however, what motivated these characters were the same things that have motivated people forever--greed, power, revenge, love, and hate. I think that anyone who enjoys a real escape from reality would enjoy this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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