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  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • Millennium Series: Book 4
  • By: David Lagercrantz, George Goulding - translator
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 273

Mikael Blomkvist is contacted by renowned scientist Professor Balder. Fearing for his life, but more concerned for his son's well-being, Balder wants Millennium to publish his story. More interesting to Blomkvist than Balder's advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection with a certain female superhacker. It seems that Lisbeth Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters that will soon bring terror to the streets of Stockholm, the Millennium team....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Ripping Yarn

  • By Greg on 10-19-15

Not Stieg Larsson but not bad!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Overall I really liked the book! Well once I got over Reichlin pronouncing Sal-an-Dar as Sa-lan-dar.
There were shades of Larsson’s footprints scattered throughout the book and yes better had they not been of the fading ephemeral type, but at least they were there in the writing of Lagercrantz.
I much prefer Simon Vance’s reading of the first 3 books, doesn’t mean Reichlin was terrible, just not Vance!
One bit of criticism I have to add is that there was a significant lack of the energy and play offs generated from Lisbeth and Mikael....the underlying sense one got from having them together in the same book and their almost “real life” presence Larsson birthed them with in his former books. It was somewhat there but the chemistry from the written word rather than on screen I just didn’t feel!

Nonetheless the book is well worth it and I’m looking forward to seeing the movie. I wanted to listen to the book first before seeing movie so I had an idea what to expect.
I’m now ready for that.
In the Russian/Chinese/USA/Facebook/Twitter days of hackers not so anonymous it gives one pause to wonder just how much we the people don’t know!

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,364
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,072
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,063

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing book

  • By Bradley Janse van Rensburg on 06-13-17

Required Reading

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

As a scientist after hearing this book the fact that I can still be shocked into awareness of where, who, how and what the human race may become or is fast becoming if one only opens their eyes and mind should stand for this review!
Buy this book!

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

The inside story on President Trump, as only Bob Woodward can tell it. With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More questions than answers

  • By Anthony on 09-18-18

More questions than answers

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

This book had so much hype that I thought I knew where it would go.
I’m now more confused than before I listened to it.
Trump should be happy with the ending, with his attorney pretty much making the case for his exoneration for anything Mueller might have.....or did he?

That’s the question.

If you have the ability of rational thinking than you know he’s not fit to be president if for no other reason but his ignorance of how to run a country. Woodward made that case though trump has made it for him really. But as far as any charges that I may once thought might be forthcoming from the entire investigation...well I’m not so sure.
That doesn’t make me one bit happier that this egotistical maniacal pathological liar is the president of my country. But to tell you the truth I almost feel sorry for him!...almost that is. However when you throw into the mix his treatment of women that so many others are now either fired because of or are serving time for, his rash dealings with North Korea, his treatment of others to include Australia, blah blah blah, my pity turns again to anger.
That the people who are his base were so determined to get someone in office that could validate their mostly self-serving bigoted ideas, their championing any rogue so they need not be politically correct and roll the clock back to our countries dark ages of women as second class citizens, inequality, racist attitudes, intolerance of anyone not white, straight, anglo-saxon, male dominated world because that’s the way it should be cause we wear the pants...I am left at a loss.
Obviously not of words as this badly written review exemplifies, but of any illusion I might have had that I had a good understanding of human nature.

So yes I would recommend this book if for no other reason that it will definitely give you a perspective that you just might not know lurks under your radar!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,445
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,209

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • RC Bray as Hispanic Woman - Just Wow!

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 05-03-18

Just another one

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

A bit naive. Heck of a way to start out a review of a book but I actually couldn’t come up with a better line! I suppose it’s the 1st book for Gayou so maybe he will mature as a writer. Since I can hardly write a sentence he’s already better than I am, but at least I know it.

I’m not going to try to compare this guy to others I’ve read in the same genre, I will say that to me this book was just mediocre to bad. R. C. Bray I’ve heard a few times but this wasn’t his best.
I won’t be getting the next one. Should say it all I reckon. As I think it is his first novel I was liberal with 3 stars, if seasoned, it would have been 2 for him and 1 for me for finishing the
Book.

  • The Buried Book

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,749
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,742

It's 1952, and Jasper isn't allowed to ask questions or make a fuss. He's lucky to even have a home and must keep his mouth shut and his ears open to stay in his uncle's good graces. No one knows where his mother went or whether she's coming back. Desperate to see her again, he must take matters into his own hands. From the farm, he embarks on a treacherous search that will take him to the squalid hideaways of Detroit and back again, through tawdry taverns, peep shows, and gambling houses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Truth Hurts

  • By Charles Atkinson on 01-30-18

Apropos for the period piece.

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

I almost stopped listening. I know people like Luke Daniels as a reader, sometimes even I can take him in the sci-fi genre, but I had to get ‘past’ his style to continue with this book.

To render a review I have to write more about the dynamics of life during the time period for it to make sense, at least to me:
It takes place a bit before my time but even growing up in the 50-60’s enough of rural America with its prejudices were still alive and thriving. If this weren’t the case maybe I would have more difficulty with believing this story however, having had a career in law enforcement I’ve seen a different side of people, their families, and their secrets. Many would rather believe the book is far fetched, it’s more comfortable, but it really isn’t.

Jasper is a special boy, smart as a whip, head strong and with an inner strength he grows into through his tumultuous life. The steadfast love and belief in his “wild flower” mother stays true to course and exemplifies that bond that can exist between mother and child, and during this time in the U.S. between a mother and her son.
I don’t really think that can be more profound than it is between mother and daughter, but due to the structure of the “American family” during the early part of the 20th century it is apropos: boys would be boys sentiment and girls should stay home and maybe knit one pearl two....which is where the ‘wild’ mother Althea comes into play.
Taking place in today’s world I really don’t know what this author could have done with this story, but taking place when life was looked at pretty much in black and white, completely separated gender roles, prohibition, gangsters and ostracised Native American, it fits.
I think Pulley has a keen insight into this time period and has done her homework. She turns this novel into one that does tug on your heart strings as well as your sense of justice. You really want to see this “family” especially mother and son given a chance of finally finding peace and a happy life!

Do they attain that? Reckon you’ll have to read it to find out, no spoilers here.

  • The Man of Legends

  • By: Kenneth Johnson
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436

New York City, New Year's weekend, 2001. Jillian Guthrie, a troubled young journalist, stumbles onto a tantalizing mystery: the same man, unaged, stands alongside Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, and Gandhi in three different photographs spanning eighty-five years of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed every minute.

  • By G. Nightingale on 07-12-17

A different path

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

A different take on an old concept.
One that I hope many will choose to listen. The fact that it covers a “God” theme throughout without shoving anyone’s religion down your throat is refreshing.

It is truly amazing what a little blood from a very good man can accomplish, or in this case, what a few good words ‘could’ accomplish if people would just practice the authors main premise in this well performed audio book.

Don’t think you’ll be sorry you spent the credit, so just do it......,.

  • Stillhouse Lake

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,205

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband's crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace. But just when she's starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake - and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too much

  • By Patti L Langston on 07-18-17

Serial killers wife

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

I was surprised. Thought the narrator would ruin it but I got use to it.
Turned out to be a decent book. Maybe....a bit hard to believe that after 4 years people would still be writing 14 pages of hate mail about her, but if her hubby was a Dahmer or Bundy, Gacey...maybe especially when you know someone might be keeping the interest alive.

All in all it was suspenseful, fast paced and full of good characters and if a credit can deliver that I’m usually happy to spend it!
Oh BTW, yes there is a sequel but....you can stop at the end of this book if you really want. It’s not the cliff hanger other reviews have made it. You want to hear more then go for sequel, if you don’t this book still brings ‘this’ episode to a conclusion.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Artifact

  • By: Vaughn Heppner, Logan White
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016

Deep in the Indian Ocean, Dr. Selene Khan enters an underwater dome thousands of years old, one that is fully operational. She barely escapes to the surface, only to discover that her research vessel has vanished. Can she make it to shore 100 miles away? On the other side of the world, Agent Jack Elliot uncovers an impossible 900 grams of antimatter. The trail leads him to Egypt, betrayal, and a sinister brainwashing facility. There, in a desperate move, he rescues Dr. Selene Khan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An easy listen.

  • By Copper Minehart on 04-05-17

Juvenile writing

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

I suppose when you are used to great writers, character development, and solid plots, then you listen to a book that may have been a first book for a young uh very young (in experience), beginning writer, you notice it more readily.
This book in the hands of maybe Sanderson or Jordon, even Bray (and these are by no means the only ones that come to mind), may have been a good beginning to an exciting new series. But it isn’t. And if there is or may be a book 2, I can assure you I won’t read it.
The characters who you care nothing for well except a canine that is genetically enhanced, speak their lines to themselves at the most inane of times. It’s a predictable book from beginning to end.
Just save yourself the trouble and pass this one up unless you’re maybe 11 years old! I bought it with real money in one of the Audible sales, otherwise it would definitely be a return!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

  • 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President
  • By: Bandy X. Lee - editor M.D.
  • Narrated by: Nanette Gartrell, Luba Kessler, Bandy X. Lee, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump describes the consensus view held by two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists that Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and that he presents a clear and present danger to the nation and our own mental health.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointng

  • By Mark Andreadis on 12-29-17

Scary, uh yeah!

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

What to say really....”Damned if you do, damned if you don’t comes to mind.”
Is it so difficult to understand those who will say this Audible book is just another attempt at dividing our nation? Is it so difficult to understand those who will say this Audible book is a powerful call to the American people’s to pull their heads out of the sand and heed the warnings? Well yes to both questions.

I believe that the people who elected this president and continue to support him will do so no matter what he does. As Trump said himself, “I could shoot someone in the streets in New York and still not lose support.” (Paraphrased) it seems for now, he was correct.
Can or will rational thinking adults even listen to this book with an open mind? Or perhaps linking rational thinking with Trump supporters is a stretch. I don’t think it is entirely because many were and still are my friends. It’s given new meaning to my allegiance however to understand and accept friends who I now know think so differently from me.
Is it unreasonable to ask, indeed require the president to undergo rigorous psychiatric evaluation. Police officers have to have evaluations before the hiring process because you will be carrying a weapon and have authority to temporarily take away someone’s freedom. Yes, there are flaws in as much as we know there are police officers who somehow slipped through, but the important difference is that we (I am a retired law enforcement officer), don’t have the nuclear arsenals at our disposal should we have a severe psychotic moment(s). Same goes for military intelligence personnel and many other employees in high risk positions.

We can only hope that the instability of this president that is so obvious to millions of people yet somehow disbelieving of millions others, will not have to take us to the precipice of a nuclear holocaust before we finally agree on “The Dangerous Case of Donald J. Trump”

11 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Gray

  • The Complete Collection
  • By: Lou Cadle
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,225

Pre-med student Coral is on vacation in Idaho when something terrible happens. The black cloud is followed by a wildfire and searing heat that lasts for days. She survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her. So begins her desperate journey to find water and food and other survivors...and the answer to the mystery of what happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story - Superb Value

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 11-05-17

I stand for freedom, but won’t stand for hate.

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

This series so far is interesting and I am enjoying it. However there’s one review in my Audible app that just had to politicize even our private leisure time. I am in sensed by that. Saying Trump is the “only” person who fights to keep us strong and sovereign is akin to saying the KKK fights for the abolishment of slavery. Ludicrous!
As for this author he too is entitled to his own opinion and to put down his artistic ability for him expressing that right is in and of itself telling about those who would deny him.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful