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  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,434
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,852

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Part of Saturday

  • By George Knight on 12-16-14

Deeply moving

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

Reviewed: 02-27-16

Alan Cummin's brogue and rich storytelling is a wonderful vehicle for covering this painful but beautiful story.

  • Papa Hemingway

  • By: A. E. Hotchner
  • Narrated by: Robert Stack
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Between 1948 and 1961, Ernest Hemingway and A. E. Hotchner traveled together, fished the waters off Cuba, hunted in Idaho, and ran with the bulls in Pamplona. Everywhere they went, they talked. For 14 years, Hotchner and Hemingway shared their thoughts and as Hemingway reminisced about his childhood, recalled the Paris literary scene of the 20s, and recounted the real events that lay behind his fiction, Hotchner took it all down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Drastically abridged

  • By Conrad Wesselhoeft on 11-29-12

Rich literary history, narration

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

Reviewed: 01-14-16

amazing insight into Hemingway's late life, but narration wasn't optimal. Stack's voice was superb, production was just ok

  • 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 26,636
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,203

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

I wish this wasn't the end...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-28-10

Truly an excellent trilogy, and this third book is as good if not better than the first two. The characters are original but relatable, and the plot twists are gripping and inventive. I've also loved the Swedish setting--it's fresh for an American audience, yet familiar enough that it underscores how human experience (and shocking stories) are the same everywhere. And Simon Vance's narration is terrific.

  • The Girl Who Played with Fire Part 1

  • The Millennium Series, Book 2
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,211
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

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
  • Great listening!

  • By Curatina on 08-09-09

My favorite crime thriller so far

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-09

Both books in Larsson's trilogy have been so powerful and entertaining. I think what makes them stand out for me are the even balance between clear reportage of minute yet important (and often shocking) details along with compelling, human characters. I also love that most of the action takes place in Sweden about Swedish people, so I feel like I'm getting an insider's view of a different culture, but it's entirely relatable. Like the first book, I didn't want this one to end, and I'm anxious for the third to come out.