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  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,029

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Mystery with Wonderful Characters

  • By Robert on 12-22-08

GREAT!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-16

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I had already read the book, but it added so much to have the story read to me. What a story it is!

  • Time Enough for Love

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 25 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 972
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627

Lazarus Long, the main protagonist and Heinlein's alter ego, is so in love with life he refuses to die. Born in 1916, he lives through multiple centuries. Time Enough for Love is the telling of his journey, lovingly detailed, through a vast and magnificent timescape of centuries and worlds.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Content Wonderful - Audio Product Dubious

  • By Frederick on 12-21-07

The book has not changed, but I have

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-16

Any additional comments?

When I read it in college, I thought it was such a GREAT book. I was excited to purchase it as an audio book more that 35 years later, but time has changed me and left the book the same. I found myself doing a lot of sighing and eye-rolling.

  • Noah's Compass

  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63

Liam Pennywell, who set out to be a philosopher and ended up teaching fifth grade, never much liked the job at that run-down private school, so early retirement doesnt bother him. But he is troubled by his inability to remember anything about the first night that he moved into his new, spare, and efficient condominium on the outskirts of Baltimore. All he knows when he wakes up the next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Low key and thought provoking

  • By Eileen on 04-10-10

Didn't do it for me

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-16

Any additional comments?

When the book ended I remember feeling relieved that the characters are not real people that I am related to or have as neighbors. I never have to think about them again. I have enjoyed other titles by Ann Tyler, but not this one.

  • Secrets of Eden

  • A Novel
  • By: Chris Bohjalian
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, Susan Denaker, Rebecca Lowman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

"There," says Alice Hayward to Reverend Stephen Drew, just after her baptism, and just before going home to the husband who will kill her that evening and then shoot himself. Drew, tortured by the cryptic finality of that short utterance, feels his faith in God slipping away and is saved from despair only by a meeting with Heather Laurent, the author of wildly successful, inspirational books about ...angels.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good beginning Good end. Stupid Middle..

  • By Kristi Warriner on 04-06-10

Kept my interest

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-16

Any additional comments?

I've been re-listening to my purchases from 6 years ago, and this one flew by (on fast playback) as I did projects around the house. I enjoyed having the different characters each take a section of the book. A few brief stories the State's Attorney told about her young children were amusing, but the majority of the book was dealing with abuse, alcoholism, murder-suicide, loss of faith...so be ready for that.

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  • House Rules

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,099
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,117

One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book until the ending

  • By Charlotte on 03-12-10

Interesting book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-16

Any additional comments?

It is a given that each Jodi Picoult book will contain an interesting story woven together with real-life situations and social issues that stay with you after the story is forgotten. Each book has something to offer. This one is not perfect, but it was worth the listening time for me.

  • U Is for Undertow

  • A Kinsey Millhone Mystery
  • By: Sue Grafton
  • Narrated by: Judy Kaye
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 845

It's April, 1988, a month before Kinsey Millhone's 38th birthday, and she's alone in her office doing paperwork when a young man arrives unannounced. He has a preppy air about him and looks as if he'd be carded if he tried to buy booze, but Michael Sutton is 27, an unemployed college dropout. Twenty-one years earlier, a four-year-old girl disappeared, and a recent reference to her kidnapping has triggered a flood of memories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant departure from the familiar

  • By BSquaredInOz on 01-02-10

Always happy to hear a Sue Grafton book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-16

Any additional comments?

U is for "U and I enjoy our time with Kinsey Milhone and are glad that there will still be 6 more books after this one."

  • Your First Listen

  • Length: 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33,589
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17,910
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18,069

Your Audible adventures begin right here.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It was great

  • By aareal on 11-23-08

A funny start

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-16

Any additional comments?

I have just re-listened to this 4-minute excerpt for at least the 5th time, and I still enjoyed it. This is classic Steve Martin humor...such a great choice for a 1st listen.

  • The Happiness Project

  • By: Gretchen Rubin
  • Narrated by: Gretchen Rubin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,518
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,787
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,770

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The gift that keeps on giving...

  • By Tarabella on 02-14-10

Listened again after 6 years

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-16

Any additional comments?

I'm re-listening to my early choices and writing reviews. In early 2010 I chose this title because someone in my book club wanted to talk about it. I don't remember what I thought back then, but I can report that I needed to speed up the playback in order to stay focused. Although there were interesting moments, it was not unlike taking a long-distance flight seated next to a woman who cannot sleep and decides to tell you WAY too much about her life.

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