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Francoise

Birmingham, AL, United States

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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
    (17761)
    Performance
    (7964)
    Story
    (7998)

    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."
    "Narration ruins book"
    Overall

    Salander with a cockney accent? You've got to be kidding me. All the women's "voices" are breathy and limp. Some books are brought to life by the audible format; this book is totally messed up by the delivery.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1498)
    Performance
    (967)
    Story
    (967)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "Audio Book adds value"
    Overall

    I listened to this book and just loved it. I read the next one (Hangman...) and didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I missed the fabulous narration by Jane Entwistle. Her reading of this book really makes a good book, great. Thanks Jane!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1479)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (463)

    The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark best seller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

    Suzn F says: "Terrific Book"
    "Satisfying"
    Overall

    I watched Presumed Innocent before listening to remind me of the story line and the characters and recommend this approach for those whose memory of P.I. is fuzzy. Overall, a nice sequel. Thought provoking but not life changing. I agree with someone else who posted that Harrison Ford should star again when the movie comes out.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2381)
    Performance
    (1088)
    Story
    (1104)

    In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

    Rebecca says: "Predictable Fun"
    "Well told by a master"
    Overall

    Clearly not written by a new author, this book has all the hallmarks of a master author with some practice under his belt. Plot lines are interesting and characters are well-developed. Very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Teaglass

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Emily Arsenault
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens, Oliver Wyman, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (194)

    The dusty files of a venerable dictionary publisher, a hidden cache of coded clues, a story written by a phantom author, an unsolved murder in a gritty urban park: all collide memorably in Emily Arsenault's magnificent debut, at once a teasing literary puzzle, an ingenious suspense novel, and an exploration of definitions: of words, of who we are, and of the stories we choose to define us.

    Ed says: "Enjoyable Book with Great Characters"
    "Bland"
    Overall

    The isn't anything terribly wrong with this little tale, there just isn't anything terribly right with it. The male narrator sounds way too much like Casey Casom for me to associate this story with anything but blandness. The idea is unique but I want more in a story; there just isn't enough going on. A one credit cure for insomnia.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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