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Frank

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  • Trace: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (132)

    In Trace, Kay Scarpetta travels to Richmond, Virginia, at the odd behest of the recently appointed Chief Medical Examiner, who claims that he needs her help to solve a perplexing crime. When she arrives, however, Scarpetta finds that nothing is as she expected: her former lab is in the final stages of demolition; the inept chief isn't the one who requested her after all; her old assistant chief has developed personal problems that he won't reveal; and a glamorous FBI agent meddles with the case.

    Eileen says: "A little harsh?"
    "I'm too old to waste this much of my life"
    Overall

    In the old days I liked Cornwell's Scarpetta books. After a while however, I felt they became forced and less interesting and I gave up on them. Last month seeing Trace listed I decided to see if Cornwell had improved. Nope. After 12 hours 26 minutes I was hoping Kay, Pete, Benton and Lucy would all climb in one of Lucy's Ferraris and drive it off a cliff. What a depressing lot of troubled people (the good guys) plagued with, for no discernable reason, the total inability to maintain any kind of open communications with one another. The ending fit with the rest of the novel, boring and unfulfilling.
    The publisher's note stating "Trace is the heart-stopping new Dr. Kay Scarpetta thriller" is correct; it almost killed me to finish this thing.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (17922)
    Performance
    (8123)
    Story
    (8155)

    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."
    "Warning: read the series in order"
    Overall

    I was new to Larsson's "The Girl" series when I bought and listened to this, the third installment. I liked it very much so I then listened to the one that came before and eventually I will hear the first one. It turns out that had I taken the time to check I would have found that the books make up a trilogy and thus each book builds towards the next and should be taken in order. Listen or read tattoo first and then fire and last hornet's nest and you will enjoy the series, at least in my opinion, much more. The books are well written with interesting storylines and the narration is great. There is a good amount of explanation of certain aspects of politics and historical events but not being Swedish I had no clue and found the information educational and providing a framework for the storylines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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