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susan b

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  • Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Thor Knai
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (416)

    Captured on closed-circuit television: A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier’s head, and tells her to count to 25. When he doesn’t get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. The young woman dies—and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace.

    Richard says: "What a difference a narrator makes"
    "Warning: terrible narrator"
    Overall
    Story

    I read The Snowman (audio-fantastic narrator!!) and The Redbreast (on paper) and loved them both. Nesbo's plots are sophisticated, imaginative, well-developed, and suspenseful. Harry Hole is a well-developed character you like in spite of (or because of?) his flaws. I couldn't wait to start Nemesis, but the narration is horrific. I'm about halfway through, but may just buy the book and read it. Thor Knai is all over his map with his accents --all of them inconsistent and bad! Since when does Harry Hole's boss Bjarne Moller talk like a Texan? And why does his voice keep cracking? So, all this to say that Nemesis is probably as wonderful as the other books, but with this narrator you'll never know.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (245)

    This is a darkly hilarious coming-of-age novel and a richly plotted suspense tale told through the distinctive voice of its heroine, Blue van Meer. After a childhood spent moving from one academic outpost to another with her father, Blue is clever and possessed of a vast lexicon of knowledge. But when a drowning and the shocking death of a teacher lead to a confluence of mysteries, Blue is left to make sense of it all with only her gimlet-eyed instincts and cultural references to guide - or misguide - her.

    Jeanie says: "Over 21 Hours of Bliss..."
    "Probably better in print"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    most interesting aspect was the story once it got going. Least interesting was the lengthy quotations.


    What three words best describe Emily Janice Card’s performance?

    grating
    mispronounced words


    Was Special Topics in Calamity Physics worth the listening time?

    first part was pretty slow going. Picked up at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Some random comments: This book was probably better read on paper than listened to. The narrator refers to the visuals that are in the print copy, so listeners miss that aspect. Author went overboard on the citations: I realize they play a part in the structure of the book, (the chapter titles were literary references too), but I just felt there was so much use of the references that it became much too heavy-handed. I also got pretty tired of the constant use of idiomatic expressions. Instead of adding to the narration it ended up really bogging it down. The story seemed to go nowhere at all until the last third, when it suddenly developed a plot, as though the author had finally figured out where she was going with it all.

    0 of 0 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
    (23681)
    Performance
    (10268)
    Story
    (10349)

    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"
    "Terrific book !!!"
    Overall

    Captivating, riveting, completly addicting! I couldn't put it down, and am now listening to the second book. The third one comes out on audio today and I can't wait to download it.
    The characters are wonderful because they are quirky and unusual: unlike those in many books, they actually have distinctive personalities. Larsson builds suspense in a masterful way, and creates a plot that is solid and believable, and his style is fluid, readable, and intelligent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Scat

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Edward Asner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    Mrs. Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, was last seen during a field trip to Black Vine Swamp. The school's headmaster and the police seem to have accepted the sketchy, unsigned note explaining that her absence is due to a family emergency. Theres no real evidence of foul play. But still, Nick and Marta don't buy it. Something weird is definitely going on.

    Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald and is the author of many best-selling titles, including Sick Puppy, Nature Girl, and The Downhill Lie.

    Vicky says: "not just a kids book"
    "good book, bad reader"
    Overall

    The book itself is very very good. The narrator....well, that's another story. He sounds like he's just had multiple shots of novocaine (or vodka). With so many great readers around, why this one?

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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