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M Jane

Anchorage, AK, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5042)
    Performance
    (1744)
    Story
    (1734)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Vintage Steven King"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were well developed, the story gripping, and the scifi in keeping with King's other greats. I see that some complained about the story getting off to a "slow start." Not only is the first third to half of the book about character development and building suspense, it is also a drama that is a great read even if the book never moved to the supernatural thriller that ensues. The narrative is high quality and not at all distracting, with multiple true characters done well. The only reason I give this 4 rather than 5 stars is that Steven King is a guilty pleasure rather than a great novelist. He relies heavily on the ingredients found in so many of his previous works, so this is in part a formula horror/scifi book of his. Well worth the listen and the price!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roadside Crosses: A Kathryn Dance Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Michele Pawk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (133)

    The Monterey Peninsula is rocked when a killer begins to leave roadside crosses beside local highways -- not in memoriam, but as announcements of his intention to kill. And to kill in particularly horrific and efficient ways: using the personal details about the victims that they've carelessly posted in blogs and on social networking websites.

    B. Riddick says: "Okay....but not 20 hours and not Deaver's best"
    "Passes the Time, BUT...."
    Overall

    I found this book and the bonus that follows rather average. It was entertaining enough that I didn't stop listening, but did not find it as engrossing as some of the better audiobooks on Audible. I've truly enjoyed Deaver's work in the past, so was caught off guard by the **yawn** content. If I were an editor and this was a first effort, not even sure I'd publish this story that never makes the reader care much about the characters. If you're in for a long commute or otherwise need diversion, it will do. If you're hoping for great, gripping prose or intellectual stim -- nope!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (23238)
    Performance
    (9861)
    Story
    (9932)

    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"
    "Delicious and Quirky Mystery"
    Overall

    I highly recommend this novel. The characters are vivid, thanks in part to the performance given by Simon Vance; they linger with me well beyond the book's end. The story has plenty of surprises. I also enjoyed the setting in Sweden, which adds an exotic flavor for those of us who'd like to travel more than we do. Murder mystery at its finest!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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