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RuthAnn

Knoxville, TN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Troubled Man: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson (translator)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (297)

    Håkan von Enke, a retired naval officer, disappears during a walk in a forest near Stockholm. Wallander is not officially involved in the investigation, but he is personally affected—von Enke is his daughter’s father-in-law—and Wallander is soon interfering in matters that are not his responsibility. He is confounded by the information he uncovers, which hints at elaborate Cold War espionage.

    Rebecca says: "I'd expect nothing less..."
    "thank heavens it's not narrated by Dick Hill..."
    Overall

    Have no idea how I'll feel about this book by the time I'm done listening but just knowing someone besides Dick Hill is narrating gives me hope. I want my Scanidinavian narrators to have a Scanidinavian accent.

    20 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Girl in Translation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jean Kwok
    • Narrated By Grayce Wey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (214)

    When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life-like the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family's future resting on her shoulders, or her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition-Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.

    Susan B. Johnson says: "This is a keeper"
    "Great story and narration"
    Overall

    Girl in Translation is a wonderful story and I thought the narrator did an excellent job. Highly recommend.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Fire Engine That Disappeared: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    The cunning incendiary device that blew the roof off a Stockholm apartment not only interrupted the small, peaceful orgy underway inside, it nearly took the lives of the building's 11 occupants. And if one of Martin Beck's colleagues hadn't been on the scene, the explosion would have led to a major catastrophe because, for reasons nobody could satisfactorily explain, a regulation fire truck has vanished. Was it terrorism, suicide, or simply a gas leak?

    robert says: "police procedural"
    "not a fan of the reader"
    Overall

    While I enjoy the books by Maj Sj?wall, Per Wahl?? the reader is not my favorite. Wish someone else narrated the books

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2591)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1284)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    Sara says: "A Surprising Treat!"
    "delightful!"
    Overall

    While the story does start off slowly it is worth staying with. I found it absolutely delightful and was sorry when it came to an end. And the reader was perfect for the story.

    9 of 10 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
    (24840)
    Performance
    (11295)
    Story
    (11372)

    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"
    "doesn't get much better than this..."
    Overall

    I loved this book! Except for a brief bit of background at the beginning of the book I never found it to be boring during it's 15 hours. Hated to have it end. This and The Thirteenth Tale are two of the best books I've enjoyed in a long time.

    31 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Judith Boyd
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    In this remarkable book, Alison Weir recounts one of the greatest and most remarkable love stories of medieval England. It is the extraordinary tale of an exceptional woman, Katherine Swynford, who became first the mistress, and later the wife, of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. But Katherine Swynford was much more than that.

    Marsha E. Wood says: "Enthralling"
    "Boring with a capital B"
    Overall

    If I could give this a zero I would... simply dreadful

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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