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  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel - Millennium Series, Book 4
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,822
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,795

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
  • Fantastic Sequel

  • By Lia on 09-21-17

MEDIOCRE at best

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

I enjoyed the previous 3 Millennium books (all 5 star) and Simon Vance is one of the best but this forth book is not worth your time. The plot is boring and the writing is sub par. Some of the dialogue is terrible. Like the previous books there is a lot of going on and many names to remember but as I lost track I really didn't care. Instead of rewinding back to listen more closely I just wanted it to end. I am not done yet. I am 3/4 through and I doubt I will finish. Also, the subtitle is "A Lisbeth Salander Novel" Right. That is a joke. She has barely been a part of this story.

Don't tarnish your fond memories of Stieg Larsson's novels with this poor attempt to emulate him.

  • American Psycho

  • By: Bret Easton Ellis
  • Narrated by: Pablo Schreiber
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,111

Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fanntastic book but maybe not for everyone....

  • By So Fain on 03-27-11

Of no value to the human race

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

I bought this as a daily deal. I have not seen the movie but did know Christian Bale was the main star. I like him so I thought I would watch the movie, but as is usually the case, I wanted to read the book first. Why not, at a daily deal price, I will give it a try. Well I could not finish it. The depth to which the depraved violence is described was just too much. If you read this book and are compelled to finish it, then you should ask yourself if you have a soul. It really is that bad.

I was under no illusions that this was a book without violence and I knew it would be twisted. I have no problem with adult literature. Sex, language, violence is welcome if it is part of the art of storytelling. This book went over the line and well beyond it.There is no artistic value to be found within this book.

Save you money and possible a scar on your soul and avoid this book.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Rewinder

  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,076
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,847
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,834

You will never read Denny Younger's name in any history book, will never know what he's done. But even if you did, you'd never believe it. The world as you know it wouldn't be the same without him. Denny was born into one of the lowest rungs of society, but his bleak fortunes abruptly change when the mysterious Upjohn Institute recruits him to be a Rewinder, a verifier of personal histories. The job at first sounds like it involves researching old books and records, but Denny soon learns it's far from it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poul Anderson's Time Patrol meets Jumper

  • By Bob on 01-23-15

Beware, YA Fiction

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

Reviewed: 02-26-16

Beware, YA Fiction

Not that there is anything wrong with that but you should really know going in shouldn’t you? I wish I had. I am rating this a 1 because the publisher should have marketed it as such. I purchased this thinking I was getting a book that my somewhat mature mind would enjoy. Since that is what I expected I will hold this book to that standard. As a piece of adult fiction this book is a joke. The characters are simple and not the least bit authentic. Others have said how nice it is to read a book with none of the things an adult world, one based in reality, would have. Crude language or heaven forbid, some reference to sex for example. That is fine; an adult novel does not need that necessarily. I have to draw the line though, to a character that finds himself in a dire circumstance, that is not able to lie or steal in order to save himself. Or has such a battle of conscientious at the prospect of doing so. We are talking about a work of fiction and not the actually deed. Our characters do many things that we may not. Makes them interesting wouldn’t you agree?

The time travel aspect of this book is no better. I did not finish this book but from what I did read there was not a single original idea. It is a rip-off of much better time travel books. One of my favorites is Replay by Ken Grimwood. Couldn’t Brett Battles come up with something a bit different than Rewind? His choice of title is much too close to Grimwood’s. Maybe he is trying to leech off of that much better book?

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being

  • A Novel
  • By: Milan Kundera, Michael Henry Heim (translator)
  • Narrated by: Richmond Hoxie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 815

A young woman is in love with a successful surgeon, a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing. His mistress, a free-spirited artist, lives her life as a series of betrayals—while her other lover, earnest, faithful, and good, stands to lose everything because of his noble qualities. In a world where lives are shaped by irrevocable choices and fortuitous events, and everything occurs but once, existence seems to lose its substance, its weight. Hence we feel “the unbearable lightness of being."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love, Politics, and Strange Bedfellows

  • By Mel on 07-01-12

A good idea poorly executed.

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

No spoilers.

The philosophical aspect of this book I found intriguing. The author did a mediocre job writing a story around it. I did find myself interested in Tomas, Tereza and Sabina and wanted to hear their story but every time I got into any rhythm, the author decided it was time to lecture. These lectures became tedious. There may have been kennels of wisdom within but there was also a lot of nonsense. Near the end of the book when the subject of "Kitch" was introduced I decide I had enough and did not want to find out what became of the characters. I quit the book without finishing.

The author is highly regarded. Why is it I feel he does not deserve this acclaim? Possibly too much is lost in translation? Or, could it be he is regarded more for ideas and not so much for his prose?

It is rare but in this case the movie version, dated as it is, is better than the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Mercedes

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,740

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • King and Patton create a winning combo

  • By David Shear on 06-04-14

Contrived...predictable...formula

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

Reviewed: 03-18-15


No spoilers.

This book started strong. Early on I would have given it a 4. King has a way of writing a story that keeps you reading/listening. Midway through my impressions fell to a rating of 3 and by the time it ended my overall impression dropped to a 2. I usually quit a book that is no better than a 2 but King’s writing kept me in this one longer and before I knew it, the end was near. I decided to finish it even though by this time I was not enjoying it. I have read a half dozen King books in my life. Most I could have taken or left. The ones I have read, for the most part, have had poor endings. The exception, and one of my favorite books of all time, is 11/22/63. I mention this so you don’t think I am a complete King hater.

Why this novel suffers.
There was no subtlety to this book. It was not full of info-dumps but it was not delicate in its telling. There was too much retelling of previous information. SD seems to do that, over and over and over again. One of the characters, Holly, is poorly conceived and written. The pairing of the 3 crime solvers seemed to be more Scooby Doo than realistic crime fiction. The story was contrived and predictable.

A good crime/thriller novel requires cleverness. There was none to be found. The entire book hangs on the dumbest of points, the entire business of the car key. I won’t say more for those that choose to read it other than, “Really, that was the best you could do Mr. King?” Very lame.

My criticisms may partly be that a little SK goes a long way. As I read over this review I realize some of my criticism for this book could apply to 11/22/63. For example, the way he retells what he has previously told you. That book was the first by him that I had read in some time. It felt fresh while this one felt like a formula.

Unless you are a diehard SK fan (and if you are you likely have already read this book) I would recommend not reading it. He has better books. My suggestion, 11/22/63 (no surprise there huh?)

Will Paton is a favorite narrator. As I consider his performance on this book I wonder if I have listened to others by him with a female character. I am coming up empty. The reason I mention this, I really didn’t like his performance of the character Holly. I have not noticed on other books he has narrated any objections to his narration. Might be because the ones I have listened to had no significant female characters.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Awakening

  • By: Kate Chopin
  • Narrated by: Kim Basinger
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 268

Kate Chopin’s novel, a landmark work of early feminism, is seen as a pre-cursor to the works of American novelists such as William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. The upper-class Creole society of New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the 19th century is brought to audio in a stirring performance by Academy Award-winning actress Kim Basinger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like Seeing a Movie with Your Eyes Closed

  • By Deborah Jacob on 05-05-13

Painful narration

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

Reviewed: 09-23-14

Any additional comments?

Listening to a book usually makes the experience more enjoyable, better. Not in this case. Unlike some of the other books read by actors (Ethan Hawk, Slaughterhouse Five or Colin Firth, The End of the Affair, both excellent) Kim Basinger does a lousy job. She puts nothing into it. She reads each word as if it is the first time she has read it. I feel that the narrators, the goods ones anyway, have prepared themselves before hand. Likely reading the book at least once through. I got the impression that Ms Basinger was reading it for time.It shouldn't be a surprise that she does so poorly. She really isn't a quality actor to begin with.

I have no idea if the story is any good. I will not finish it. To be fair, this book is not really one I would like. It was a daily deal so I thought why not.

I would have forgone rating the story (rating only the narration) but Audible forces one to set ratings for all catagories before the review can be written.

Narration - less than 1 star
Story or overall, indeterminate

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • In a Sunburned Country

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,057
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,445

Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud funny

  • By Larry on 06-09-03

Bill Bryson fan? Read this book.

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

Reviewed: 06-26-14

Any additional comments?

This is my forth Bill Bryson book and it is as good as any of the others I have read. So if you like his books, you are sure to like this one.

If you have never read one of his books, this is as good a place to start as any.

Why read his books? He has a way of making just about anything, interesting. In the case of this book, he has the whole of Australia to entertain us. Easy pickings if you ask me.

If I have any complaint, it is only that the book could have been longer. There is so much more that he could had told us about. Dam his schedule, apparently he couldn't spend as much time in Australia as I would have liked. Ha Ha.

The author narrates his book and does a very good job. His books always have a good dose of humor and this more than the usual. Because he is the author and the narrater, the humor shines. I have rated this book a solid 4 stars but if there were a category for humor it would get 5 stars.

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,169
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,737

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HHTGH - Lightly Fried

  • By J. Medany on 05-08-05

Hmmm...What happened?

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

Reviewed: 06-26-14

Any additional comments?

I read this as a kid and loved it. I found it so funny. Now, all these years later I decided to give it a listen. I couldn't finish it. It wasn't funny. The words are the same. The narrater did a decent job. But I wasn't laughing. It was tedious and boring. I find this so odd. I usually like my humor read out loud but for this book maybe the paper version is best.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Slumdog Millionaire

  • By: Vikas Swarup
  • Narrated by: Christopher Simpson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764

Vikas Swarup's spectacular debut novel, the inspiration for the award-winning film, opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all 12 questions on India's biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales, Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful

  • By JoeWig on 04-06-10

Even if you have seen the movie, read this.

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

Reviewed: 06-26-14

Any additional comments?

This book has a lot going for it. It has a unique plot, the main character is someone you really want to root for and it is an education of a way of life very remote for most of us.

I knew the story, I had seen the movie, but even so I couldn't put the book(headphones) down. As usual, the book was much better even though the movie was good as well.

If you enjoyed the movie and want to prolong the experience, give this a listen.

Narration was good.

  • Twelve Angry Men

  • By: Reginald Rose
  • Narrated by: Dan Castellaneta, Hector Elizondo, Armin Shimerman
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409

Over the course of a steamy and tense afternoon, 12 jurors deliberate the fate of a 19-year-old boy alleged to have murdered his own father. A seemingly open and shut case turns complicated, igniting passions and hidden prejudices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG....I loved this dramatization!

  • By Debi Ursery on 04-06-12

Well done.

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

Reviewed: 06-26-14

Any additional comments?

Many years ago, I watched the 1997 film version of this story and liked it very much. This short audio version allowed me to enjoy it again. All the narrators preformed well.

Something to be gained.
We all have the ability to be so certain about what we know. It is important to see that the other side of the story, if we allow it, may in fact be the truer. I guess that is a lesson to be found with this short story.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful