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Susan

Dalkeith W. AustraliaAustralia | Member Since 2007

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  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1862)
    Performance
    (921)
    Story
    (940)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    Terrific story, terrific characters, terrific narrator. Could not put it down. Loved this book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Cartel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ashley & Jaquavis
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (250)

    The port of Miami brings in millions of dollars worth of cocaine every year, and the Cartel controls 80 percent of it. The Diamond family is a force to be reckoned with, but all hell breaks loose when they lose their leader. The most ruthless gangster Miami has ever seen, Carter Diamond, leaves behind a wife, twin sons, a daughter, and a secret - his illegitimate son, Carter Jones. When young Carter learns of his father’s death, he comes to town and is introduced to the legacy of the Cartel.

    Dream says: "Entranced and ready for more"
    "A terrible waste of a credit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Cartel better?

    Stupid story. Unbelievable. Characters shallow. Writing poor. Narrator can't read. The "sound effects" were ridiculous.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ashley & Jaquavis again?

    NEVER


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Can't read. Mispronounces dozens of words.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Regret that I had purchased it and had to listen to it because it was the only book I had on a long airplane trip


    Any additional comments?

    DO NOT BUY THIS

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Salvation in Death: In Death, Book 27

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (939)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (581)

    As Eve pieces together clues that suggest identity theft, gang connections, and a deeply personal act of revenge, she hopes to track down whoever committed the unholy act of murdering a priest. Until a second murder, in front of an even larger crowd of worshippers, knocks the whole investigation sideways.

    Share Faerber says: "Another Winner"
    "Rubbish"
    Overall

    This is the worst book I have ever heard. The characters are unbelieveable, the dialogue too cute for words, the "future" technology is silly, and the plot is hackneyed and the gratuitous sex scenes made me want to vomit.Poorly written, poorly executed - Stay away from this one - a complete waste of time and money.

    1 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (4388)
    Performance
    (1924)
    Story
    (1916)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "The Brass Verdict"
    Overall

    I have been fond of Connelly's books in the past but this one is disappointing. Characters are thin as is the plot. It feels like he just sort of slapped this one together.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The English American

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alison Larkin
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (984)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (339)

    When Pippa Dunn, adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Alison Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.

    Michael says: "Outstanding"
    "Trite"
    Overall

    This book tries too hard and as a result it is trite and silly. The characters are plastic, the reader's voice tiresome and the story itself more than a bit unbelieveable. I was bored.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful

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