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  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,468

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Sci Fi ideas and beautifully told

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

Reviewed: 05-08-16

This novel did not disappoint. Yes there are mindless flesh eaters, and yes, civilization has broken down, yet I found myself engaged with this refreshing innovation on familiar themes.

I enjoyed the language very much, gracefully written and beautifully brought to life by the narrator. Never once over written or over played, and events are told without excessive gruesome detail. I respect a narrator that respects my intelligence and trusts my ability to imagine vividly, not over dwelling on gore or whatever. A quieter gem in the apocalyptic genre. Not perfect, but certainly more than worth the effort. I'll be checking out other books by the narrator as well.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Caves of Steel

  • Robot, Book 1
  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,988
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,987

A millennium into the future two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Isaac Asimov's Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together. Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley had little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci-Fi Mystery at its Best!

  • By HL on 09-16-14

Dry story overly narrated

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

Reviewed: 02-25-15

I prefer narrators whom distinguish characters with nuance. If only Brick narrated the entire Robot series. He'd bring out the wit in Asimov's writing.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Keeper of Lost Causes

  • Department Q, Book 1
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,493
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,005

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic New Scandinavian Series!!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 09-12-12

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 09-03-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone looking for a contemporary, grisly police procedural where, once again, a woman is being held prisoner under inhuman conditions.

Has The Keeper of Lost Causes turned you off from other books in this genre?

This book has increased my circumspection regarding Scandinavian crime fiction. A novel in this category can be as gratuitously gory and lazy as the next. I started out with "The Girl With the Golden Tattoo" series, then found Sjowall and Wahloo, and these are touchstones in my exploration of the genre.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Erik Davies?

His narration would not keep me from listening to a book I wanted to ear read.

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

Disappointment regarding the pointless, lurid detail over which the novel lingered.

Any additional comments?

This points to an entire sub genre of Scandinavian fiction to avoid.

  • The Perfect Storm

  • A True Story of Men Against the Sea
  • By: Sebastian Junger
  • Narrated by: Richard Davidson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459

Man’s struggle against the sea is a theme that has created some of the world’s most exciting stories. Now, in the tradition of Moby Dick comes a New York Times best seller destined to become a modern classic. Written by journalist Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm combines an intimate portrait of a small fishing crew with fascinating scientific data about boats and weather systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fact is better than Fiction

  • By Ryan on 11-26-14

Riveting Book, Mediocre Narration

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

Reviewed: 08-01-14

Would you try another book from Sebastian Junger and/or Richard Davidson?

I recommend other work by Sebastian Junger. I would have to take Davidson on a case by case basis.

What other book might you compare The Perfect Storm to and why?

In the Heart of the Sea for the historic background to Atlantic coastal fishing and as a compelling story in it's own right.

Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Davidson’s performances?

I'd be hesitant.

Any additional comments?

Please do not prejudge the book if you have seen the movie. The two do not compare.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,938

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

Compelling Beginning to an Outstanding Trilogy

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

Reviewed: 08-01-14

What made the experience of listening to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo the most enjoyable?

The narrator was excellent. He read with an even restraint, and while his voice was sensitive to content, he never overplayed a scene. I consider the audio experience of this book superior to reading it in print format.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Oh yes. Very much so.

Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

Mikael Blomkvist.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, but I enjoyed the anticipation of my daily listening sessions. in the car, waiting for appointments, at bedtime....

  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

  • The Millennium Series, Book 3
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,426
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,012

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect.

  • By B.J. on 06-15-10

Satisfying Ending to a Superb Trilogy

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

Reviewed: 08-01-14

Where does The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The entire trilogy ties with two other audiobooks.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I felt oddly triumphant.

Any additional comments?

I wish Larsson had lived to write more novels and nonfiction as well. I don't think I could get enough of the main character, Elsbeth Salander.

  • The Girl Who Played with Fire

  • The Millennium Series, Book 2
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,569
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,788

Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • irritatingly engrossing

  • By David on 03-16-10

Excellent and Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 08-01-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I found the narration superb, simultaneously even and sensitively charged when necessary. The trilogy's popularity speaks for itself, and there are interesting details on Swedish culture.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Elsbeth Salander. Despite her foibles and criminal activites, she is the lucid center of this trilogy.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh, yes!

  • Every Man Dies Alone

  • By: Hans Fallada, Michael Hofman (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

Hans Fallada wrote this stunning novel in only 24 days—just after being released from a Nazi insane asylum. Based on a true story, Every Man Dies Alone tells of a German couple who try to start an uprising by distributing anti-fascist postcards during World War II. But their dream ultimately proves perilous under the tyranny that dominates every corner of Hitler’s Germany.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a difficult masterpiece

  • By Heimo on 04-06-10

narrator ruins great historical novel

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

Reviewed: 08-01-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Replace the hysterical, overwrought narrator with a nuanced reader.

Would you be willing to try another one of George Guidall’s performances?

No.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The novel itself is very worthwhile. I'll read it in print format.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Sleep

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,645

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The sequel to the book; not the movie

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-28-13

King at his least?

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

Reviewed: 05-16-14

Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Will Patton?

Based on my listening experience, I would have to say no. There would need to be a compelling reason to listen to either the author or narrator again.

What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

As a follow up to The Shining, which admittedly sets a high bar, there was not much of character development, and the plot was unsuccessfully intricate and tiresome. As times the events took on a lurid, cheesy quality, and at these times the narrator's voice became a bit over wrought and breathy.

How could the performance have been better?

A more story neutral and evenly cadenced voice would have been better.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Doctor Sleep?

Oh, dear. Let's say, in my opinion, many of them.

Any additional comments?

After The Shining, this book is a disappointment, and I felt it wasted my time. I pulled through it hoping it would turn a corner and improve. Finally, it was curiously as to the fate of certain characters that compelled me to complete the book. A joyless read.

  • The Shining

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,452

Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE FOG OF ANGER

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-08-16

a well wrought psychological ghost story

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

Reviewed: 02-27-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Shining to be better than the print version?

I think the audio version better than print because of the narrator's performance. He never overplayed a scene. His voice had a spare, grim quality which I found bracing and well-suited to the events that marched relentlessly to their tragic end.

What other book might you compare The Shining to and why?

"The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson is similar to "The Shining". Both are ghost stories that adeptly rely on character study. In efforts to achieve a separate sense of self, each protagonist is drawn to an unfamiliar place where they face the very uncanny malevolence they tried to flee.

What does Campbell Scott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

For one, his voice suited the narrative. I'm not sure how to describe his voices qualities. There is a bare bones quality--grim even. He read evenly, never overplaying a scene.