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  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18,291

In this adrenaline-charged, up-to-the-moment political thriller, Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. The troubled genius hacker and crusading journalist thrilled the world in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So thankful we still have Lizbeth!

  • By AudioAddict on 09-04-15

I love this series!!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

I find these books excellent, engaging and worth repeat listening. love them (I a m picky)

  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,894
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,088

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty

  • By Anna-Bo-Banana on 04-28-14

A Terrific Story

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

Reviewed: 02-12-16

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

What wide scope and fascinating information -- I found this book compelling but also a bit too long and political

What did you like best about this story?

The rich cultural references and excellent narrator - The understanding I gained

  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,417

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational yet Existential Crisis Inducing

  • By Celia on 05-31-16

An Amazing Account of Tragic Illness

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

Reviewed: 02-12-16

If you could sum up When Breath Becomes Air in three words, what would they be?

An excellent book in the tradition of Atul Gawande and others who write currently about appreciating life every day. I was spellbound as I listened to this amazing young doctor's autobiography of his cancer; I carried my smartphone around to hear it to the end.

  • Wuthering Heights

  • By: Emily Brontë
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Seymour
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Wuthering Heights is the sole novel of Emily Brontë, who died a year after its publication at the age of 30. A tale of exceptional emotional and imaginative force, it is an arresting vision of metaphysical passion, in which nature and society, heaven and hell, and dynamic and passive forces are powerfully juxtaposed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • totally immersed!

  • By regina on 05-25-16

What an awful story!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-16

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

I'd read this book as a teenage English Major and nostalgically thought it would be good to hear it again. Was I wrong! It is nuts!

What do you think your next listen will be?

A more enjoyable current work of fiction!

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

None that I can easily think of - except to realize that the 'good old days' in England were pretty brutal - and that we've come a long way from the cruelty of family relations that Bronte writes about.

  • Deep Down Dark

  • The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free
  • By: Héctor Tobar
  • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735

The exclusive, official story of the survival, faith, and family of Chile’s 33 trapped miners. When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped 33 miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking 69 days. Across the globe, we sat riveted to television and computer screens as journalists flocked to the Atacama desert. While we saw what transpired above ground during the grueling and protracted rescue, the story of the miners’ experiences below the Earth’s surface - and the lives that led them there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Profound

  • By Deborah on 12-18-14

Deep Down Dark is griping!

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

Reviewed: 08-25-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Deep Down Dark to be better than the print version?

I loved the narrator - he has such a great voice and there's a lot of Spanish in the book, which he reads so well

What did you like best about this story?

I felt it was an excellent look at the different miners

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

A warm captivating voice

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

Yes, but sadly that's not possible

Any additional comments?

I carried my amplifier and smart phone around so I could listen while I drove, cooked and did housework

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