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  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,536
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,522

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others - even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By cristina on 10-03-17

A good read except the ending

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

Everyone wants Larsson's Millenium, but it's not to be; he's gone. Lagercrantz does do a decent job though he'll never be Larsson. So why not review Lagercrantz without berating him for not being Larrsson?

Eye for an Eye was a good story, worth the read. What bothered me though, was that Lagercrantz made an overly noticeable effort to bring in everybody from Larsson's books and then tossed many of them aside. Take the hackers - they were enlisted to save Salander and did so with gusto, and then no mention of them at the end. The ending was rushed compared to the rest of the story. It began heavily detailed, but the ending had Salander near death one second and miles away with no explanation of how she got out the next.

Otherwise, it was a well-woven tale similar to the earlier books. It shed more light on the backstory and also fleshed out other victims and oppressors. Narration was terrific.

  • Friction

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,274

Crawford Hunt wants his daughter back. Following the death of his wife four years ago, Crawford, a Texas Ranger, fell into a downward spiral that left him relegated to deskwork and with his five-year-old daughter, Georgia, in the custody of her grandparents. But Crawford has cleaned up his act and met all the court-imposed requirements, and now the fate of his family lies with Judge Holly Spencer.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Clint Eastwood in cheesy, vulgar soap opera

  • By Mrs. Nicole on 11-21-15

Not what the summary leads you to expect

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

The Audible summary lead me to expect a good mystery, a story with several facets. And it did start out well. But after several hours of it going nowhere other than the two's sexual thoughts, I got fed up. Sex, believably written, enhances the story. This wasn't believable and it just got in the way. I just reread the summary. Not one word was mentioned about this aspect of the story and yet it takes up about half the book. Pointless. I'm checking Sandra Brown off my list.

  • The Trespasser

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,191

Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A literary mystery

  • By oc_artist on 10-08-16

French Never Disappoints

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

Tana French novels are at the top of my list and The Trespasser confirms she stays there. Hilda Fay's reading of it is by far, one of the best narrations I've ever listened to.

When I began the story, I couldn't quite grasp why French would write this. I thought, "Oh no, not another tough female detective with a chip on her shoulder, proving she's better than the men." I confess to being a bit disappointed because it seemed so cliché. But the story, and especially the telling of it drew me in and I realized Conway was no cliché, but a very complex individual whose solving of the case brought her to grips with the 'chip'. She grew from the experience.

The ending, too, was complex. Nothing really clean about it, just as it would be in real life. My only complaint was that French didn't revisit Ruari at the end. The poor guy was ripped to shreds by all these cops. No one bothered to tell him that, in the end, Aislinn was ready to drop her plan for him.

  • Darling Jim

  • A Novel
  • By: Christian Moerk
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye, Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

When two sisters and their aunt are found dead in their suburban Dublin home, it seems that the secret behind their untimely demise will never be known. But then Niall, a young mailman, finds a mysterious diary in the post office's dead-letter bin. From beyond the grave, Fiona Walsh shares the most tragic love story he's ever heard---and her tale has only just begun.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Book Worm on 05-28-09

Wanted to like it

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

I really did expect to like it but the sisters were too predictable, too type-cast. I only got as far as Jim's second chapter with the gratuitous violence to animals. Just wasn't worth wasting my time on it.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Suspect

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,350

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Page Turner!!

  • By Jacqueline on 01-22-13

I'm a cat person but

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

...but I had German Shepherds when I was young and I could tell Crais knows them; he's a Dogman. Maggie standing on the console, leaning into Scot, his grabbing her neck fur and running his hands through it...yeah, he's a Dogman. And now I want a shepherd again!

I rarely give an overall 5 stars but this was a wonderful read in all aspects. Interesting from the start and gripping throughout. But it was the dog element that truly made the story. Crais provided a superb balance of his characters, plenty of Maggie without going overboard and, thankfully, just enough Conroy.

But the overall 5 is thanks to Andrews. His vibrance and energy in the characterizations are what audio is all about. Some people say listening to a book isn't as good as actually reading it. But for me at least, listening to a good storyteller like Andrews brings a book to life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When Crickets Cry

  • By: Charles Martin
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860

A man with a painful past. A child with a doubtful future. And a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts... It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonade stand. But the little girl’s pretty yellow dress can’t quite hide the ugly scar on her chest. The stranger understands more about it than he wants to admit. And the beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My all time favorite read!!!

  • By JimG on 10-04-13

Schmaltzy at times but definitely worth the read

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

I alternate types of books I read, this one falling into the tear-jerker category that I usually don't like so much. However, throughout most of Crickets, Martin was able to pull it off. Much of this can be attributed to Verner, one of the best readers I've heard in a while.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Case of Redemption

  • By: Adam Mitzner
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,857
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,507
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,531

A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By cristina on 05-20-13

OK story, poor naration

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

Once the story got past all the rap slang, it was pretty good. The love angle bothered me but Mitzner made up for that near the end. There were holes in the legal parts of the story for which he tried to give quick fixes during the trial, but he also attempted to teach the reader how the legal system worked throughout the book - as if readers of such novels didn't have a clue.

At first Collins, the narrator, seemed pretty good. His best moments come in his voices for different characters. However, I soon noticed that every sentence was spoken with the same emotional intensity whether it had to do with missing his family, arguing a legal defense, or going for a jog. The hardest thing for me, which really grated on my nerves throughout the entire reading, was Collins' method of pronouncing the possessive of any noun that ends in the letter S. I'm sure both ways must be correct today as grammar and spelling rules have come to forgive just about anything anymore but I believe that "Colin's method" is pronounced as it is spelled, NOT as "Collinses method." "Brooks' attitude" should not be read to sound like "Brookses attitude."

I don't regret reading it but it's far from being on my favorites list.

  • Shattered

  • By: Karen Robards
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,542
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,209

With an ailing mother to care for, Lisa Grant takes the first job she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. What Lisa expects to be a mind-numbingly boring task turns into anything but when a missing-persons case draws her attention. The details of the case are engrossing: an entire family — father, mother, and two children — disappeared without a trace more than 28 years ago. Except that’s not all: the mother in a photo Lisa finds could be her own twin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Would give it 10 stars if I could!

  • By LeftyMom on 04-11-10

Romance Novel

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

Reviewed: 06-18-14

This book was misclassifed as a thriller; it is a romance novel. I was bored out of my scull. Oooh...his abs, oh, I have too much skin showing, ahhh, his big strong arms. Good grief, woman, get on with it. I gave it slightly higher marks than I should have because, the plot itself had great potential, but the writing of it was so bogged down in Lisa's never-endingly-analyzed emotions. A waste of a good credit - unless you like that sort of fluff.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Glass Castle

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jeannette Walls
  • Narrated by: Jeannette Walls
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,448

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A CAPTIVATING READ

  • By Jennifer on 09-25-12

What's normal?

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

Reviewed: 11-30-13

When I began listening to this memoir, I became disgusted and enraged; I almost stopped a couple of hours in, but I kept at it and I'm very glad I did. Like many other people who've commented on this book, I thought of the parents as selfish and the treatment of the children as child abuse. But you get a little further in and you start thinking mom is bipolar and dad is a genius whose brain got pickled in the womb. This doesn't justify their behavior; it simply helps to explain some of it. They both had a screw loose.

Some people did not like Walls' narration. I felt that she read it much the way she felt it as a child. Again, it took me a while to come to this realization, but I think this helped make it feel more true.

I found it amazing that Rex and Rose Mary found each other. The life they created was normal for them, maybe not so for you and me, but it was their life and unfortunately their kids had to go along with it. Even if they'd sold the land in TX, They would have found a way to burn through the $ with little benefit to the kids. I do think, though, that Lori, Jeannette, and Brian got more from their parents in some ways than many of us do in "normal" families. My dad never gave me a planet. Maureen, on the other hand, came along too late to reap the good stuff; the parents were burned out by then.

Just as Jeannette's sociology teacher thought she knew it all, so too,do some of the "normal" people of this world. It does really take all kinds. Not everyone follows the same set of rules. I really appreciate Walls giving us the opportunity to see her world from her viewpoint, from her normal.

72 of 76 people found this review helpful

  • Sharp Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,893

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

Apologies

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

Reviewed: 11-03-13

I first read Gone Girl to find out what all the hoopla was about. I had gotten 4 or 5 hours into it and couldn't stand it because the characters were such awful people in so many ways. I wrote a terrible review about Gone Girl at that time, however, I eventually went back and finished it and it was a terrific, different, story. I ended up liking it so much that I purchased Dark Places & Sharp Objects. Unfortunately, I can't find a way to edit that scathing review so I'm here to hopefully make up for it.

I just finished Sharp Objects and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was pretty sure I had it figured out half way through, but never think you're a step ahead of Gillian Flynn. She delivers. The story was laid out well, my only problem was with the timing. I may be wrong - it's hard to flip back in audio - but Curry sent her to Windgap for 4 or 5 days and it appears she was there from May through August. But that's a small issue compared to the whole story.

All her characters, including those on the periphery, are so well described that you feel you know them. Timelines are well kept. Emotions and inner turmoil are deeply felt.

Flynn, I apologize; please write another book!