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Lisbet Salandar Lite

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-19

Lagercrantz has done a nice, but not stellar job of taking over Stieg Larson’s characters to continue the series. The books are entertaining and they somewhat fulfill the desire to continue the reader’s love of Lisbeth Salander. However, they are, in my opinion, a lite version of Larson’s Lisbeth. The books have limited character development. The plots are interesting and I will keep reading them, but I mourn the loss of Larson’s grit and psychological character development. It is sort of a sanitized version of the original Lisbeth, and she seems far less important to the books. Blomkvist figures in more, giving me the impression that Lagercrantz is more comfortable with a male protagonist than females. I hope he will work on this aspect because I hate to lose Lisbeth entirely.

Simon Vance, on the other hand, has improved. His earlier books had Lisbeth sounding like the Geico Gecko, and he had the annoying habit of trailing off in volume at the ends of sentences. I did not notice that with this book at all, making it far more satisfying listening. He is getting a bit better with female characters in general, though there is still room for improvement on that score.

Currie continues to impress us with his marvelous world building.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-19

Evan Currie has a fabulous imagination. His talent for world building— whether sci-fi or fantasy— is exceptional. The settings and characters are vividly portrayed and his action and battle sequences are thrilling. I’m sure we’ll remember them for years to come. I’d rate this a four and a half if it were possible, leaving a half star’s room for putting his space series (On Warrior’s Wings and Odyssey) at a perfect five. Sadly, after the sequel to this book we’ve read almost everything Currie has written. We’ve never been been disappointed with any of his books and recommend all of them wholeheartedly. I think they would appeal to a wide range of readers, since my husband’s taste and mine differ quite a bit, but we both really enjoyed all Currie’s work. Give him a try; you won’t be disappointed!

The reader for this series (Cassandra Campbell) does a wonderful job on the characters, both male and female, making this series all the more entertaining. Her villainess in this story I is particularly delicious! Bravo! We will definitely seek out other audiobooks read by her.

Another enjoyable world building tale from the fertile imagination of Evan Currie

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-19

Another enjoyable world building tale from the fertile mind of Evan Currie. While we enjoy his space set adventures more, this was still quite entertaining with vivid depictions of action and characters. The reader did an outstanding job with vocal variety and dialects.

Wow! Another great Kloos series to devour!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-19

Kloos is wonderful at building interesting and believable worlds in his stories. This is obviously going to follow that pattern. We listened to this on what would have been a tedious trip, and it made it so enjoyable. We can hardly wait for the next book, since we’ve read all his other ones. Great setup and interesting new characters.
Thank you Marko Kloos, wherever you are! You’ve brought us great entertainment.

Wonderful book with a perfect narrator!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-19

What an utterly marvelous book! I am so glad we listened the Audible version because the reader was so perfectly chosen that I can’t imagine it being as enchanting just read to ourselves. This is a very engaging book. You will find yourself willingly sucked into the life of the protagonist and you will enjoy listening to the fluctuations of his fortunes throughout the period following the Russian Revolution and through a good part of the Cold War. (Not to worry though, this is not a political charged treatise, it merely serves as a backdrop and influencer of the story). The book is extremely well written, well plotted and enormously satisfying. We heartily recommend it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great story! Marvelously entertainment. Intriguing plot.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-19

I really enjoyed this book. Refreshingly, Tigner knows the Russian background the story is set in and gets the weapons right. (So many writers of this genre don’t.) He has constructed a very mind-tickling plot around the product (Brilliance), which cannot help but suck you into the possibilities of the product and it’s use and it’s probable misuse. No plot spoilers here, just a 5 star rating for a brilliant story!
Enjoy! (We certainly did)!

Fun, imaginative, and entertaining!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-19

This is a quirky book with an unusual and original plot and interesting characters. Although some of it is computer related, it does not require more than a novice level to follow that aspect. It is very entertaining, and I’ve already bought the sequel to see where the author takes this tale next. I bought it because I wanted something refreshingly original, and I certainly got it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

An entertaining YA book.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-19

Some criticized the reader on this book, but I thought he was fine. I’ve read most of Currie’s series and found this a bit tame and uncomplicated until I realized that this must be a YA novel. That certainly explains the lack of salty language and any element of male-female attraction. If this is the case, I think it should be presented as such so the readers of his more complex and grown up novels don’t buy it with the wrong anticipation that it will be like his other series. If taken as YA, it is an excellent book for that age group. I do enjoy some YA novels, so I can say that this book was entertaining to me and I will read the sequel to see how he ties this up. For a parent seeking an imaginative sci-fi book for their YA reader, with no profanity, goriness, or sexual content this book is a perfect selection!

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What an incredibly wonderful book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-19

I don’t know when I’ve enjoyed a book more in years! You will laugh and cry with this story— though probably far more of the first. I wanted something different to read and I certainly found it. This tells the story of an opinionated and seemingly inflexible curmudgeon, who turns out to be far more complex and adaptive than you’d ever imagine. You will live with him through his highs and lows and come out thoroughly loving this story. I won’t give spoilers, because I want you to enjoy it as I did, with no knowledge where the story was going. I give this book my highest recommendation. I want to share it with everyone I know!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Another delightful mystery from Anne Hillerman.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-19

Another wonderfully atmospheric mystery. As with her dad’s books, part the fun is soaking up the wonderful Southwestern setting and Navaho culture. The plot and subplots weave together like a fine Navajo rug. An esthetically pleasing and well crafted piece. Hillerman fans will enjoy this new addition to the list of Hillerman hits.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful