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Shawn

Kansas City, MO, USA | Member Since 2000

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  • Bill Bryson Collector's Edition: Notes from a Small Island, Neither Here Nor There, and I'm a Stranger Here Myself

    • ABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (367)

    In the first of three essays included in this audiobook, Bill Bryson decides to move his wife and kids back to his homeland, the United States, after nearly two decades in Britain. But not before taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. The result is a hilarious social commentary.

    Annette says: "My second of three (so far) Bill Bryson books"
    "Bryson's best with Google"
    Overall

    I rarely write reviews and have been a memeber since almost the begining of Audible (sadly when I upgraded Audible forgot who I was before becoming a Platinum Listener). This was a thuroughly enjoyable listen and I found myself drawn to Google Maps over and over trying to equate the top down view with Bryson's on the street descriptions of the people and places.

    If you need an in office vacation then I reccomend you download this book and spend your lunches listening to this book and mousing around Google Maps.


    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
    (22953)
    Performance
    (9593)
    Story
    (9666)

    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"
    "Brlliant piece of work"
    Overall

    An excellent listen, the book keeps a steady pace and delivers a few twists along the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1667)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (708)

    Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet's government put down a bloody revolution.

    crazybatcow says: "Very very good story, very very "adult""
    "Dark enough."
    Overall

    This book and the one preceding is quite a literary ride. The material is excellent and the voice-acting is superb. I've been a long time fan of Audible and I seek books that I can listen to that require me to pause and think while listening, this book most certainly does.

    There are a few steamy sex scenes in the book but the cyber punk genre is definitely satisfied. My apologies to the author for stereotyping, but this pulpy sci-fi novel fits perfectly in the cyber punk realm. The language is raw, and the descriptions are quite graphic, a 17+ year old crowd recommended (it's the parent in me). I look forward to the next installment of Morgan's envisioned future.

    Both books are excellent listens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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