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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 7,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,517
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,503

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

Would Stieg Larsson approve?

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

No one can replace Stieg Larsson's writing and creativity. Lisbeth's character might not have carried on for so many books if he'd lived, but she certainly wouldn't have had needed to rely on such convoluted twists and turns and leaps of unconnected faith as Lagercrantz writes. Just not a clean or interesting as the original books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beartown

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,420

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semifinals, and they actually have a shot at winning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Barrel To The Head, A Slug To The Gut--

  • By Gillian on 04-28-17

Frederick Backman writes another winner

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

Complex characters and an interesting plot made me want to listen straight through. A satisfying conclusion topped off this well written story.

  • Celine

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Heller
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 291

From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars and The Painter, a luminous, masterful novel of suspense - the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • <br /><br />Setting, characters, better than plot

  • By G. Minott on 04-12-17

Hooray for Celine - one spunky lady!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Celine to be better than the print version?

I didn't read it in print but I could not stop listening to it.

What did you like best about this story?

Moves at a great pace. Writing is very visual and lends itself well to the audible medium. Great characters and GREAT narrator.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

nope - just really liked it.

Any additional comments?

Great to see active, engaged characters beyond "a certain age" this was a wonderful book!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Sleepwalker

  • A Novel
  • By: Chris Bohjalian
  • Narrated by: Cady McClain, Grace Experience
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 472

When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst. Annalee is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests in ways both bizarre and devastating. Once, she merely destroyed the hydrangeas in front of her Vermont home. More terrifying was the night her older daughter, Lianna, pulled her back from the precipice of the Gale River Bridge.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Awful narration

  • By Janet on 01-12-17

Interesting story but give the narrator a vitamin!

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

Reviewed: 02-21-17

What did you love best about The Sleepwalker?

Liked learning about sleepwalking. Knew nothing about its wiley ways before this book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sleepwalker?

At the end - spoiler alert - nah - but Bojhalian puts in a great plot twist with very little foreshadowing.

Would you be willing to try another one of Cady McClain and Grace Experience ’s performances?

Absolutely NOT - she over pronounced every single word - I even tried listening to it at 2X the speed to get some mercy from the beating that was listening to her reading - no luck - it just distorted everything - so had to slog through a good story at the pace of a Galapagos turtle walking backwards.

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

Who had the time at that pace? But I was curious to see what would come next.

  • The People in the Trees

  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey, William Roberts, Erin Yuen
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 263

In 1950, a young doctor, Norton Perina, signs on with the anthropologist Paul Tallent for an expedition to the remote island of Ivu'ivu in search of a rumored lost tribe. They succeed, finding not only that tribe but also a group of forest dwellers they dub "The Dreamers," who turn out to be fantastically long-lived but progressively more senile. Perina suspects the source of their longevity is a hard-to-find turtle but he soon discovers that its miraculous property comes at a terrible price.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A dazzling, fundamentally flawed excursion into the grotesque

  • By Danimike on 05-09-15

Why won't this book end?

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

Reviewed: 12-12-15

Would you try another book from Hanya Yanagihara and/or the narrators?

Probably not by Yanagihara

Would you ever listen to anything by Hanya Yanagihara again?

Not unless I'm in a coma

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Yikes the story was a beating - the premise was interesting and then the story ruined it! Seriously, keeping people who won't die in a room in a research center forever - please!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment that it could have been pretty good - craziness of all the child abuse without punishment until the end. Why portray the main character as a "part good guy" at all - he was a narcissistic train wreck start to finish.

Any additional comments?

Spend your time listening to something else! You can't get those hours back and it really doesn't get any better.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Architect's Apprentice

  • By: Elif Shafak
  • Narrated by: Piter Marek
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 205

In 1540, 12-year-old Jahan arrives in Istanbul. As an animal tamer in the sultan's menagerie, he looks after the exceptionally smart elephant Chota and befriends (and falls for) the sultan's beautiful daughter Princess Mihrimah. A palace education leads Jahan to Mimar Sinan, the empire's chief architect, who takes Jahan under his wing as they construct (with Chota's help) some of the most magnificent buildings in history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I feel like I should like it more than I do

  • By nyog on 04-19-17

No such thing as a happy ending here.

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

Reviewed: 08-16-15

If you could sum up The Architect's Apprentice in three words, what would they be?

fascinating tale unfolds

Which character – as performed by Piter Marek – was your favorite?

Master Sinan and Chota - a toss up.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Why on earth didn't he get on the boat and go to Spain - seriously!

Any additional comments?

Perhaps one too many plot twists and turns. Hard to believe one guy could have that much bad luck. Interesting historical information.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Gironimo!

  • Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy
  • By: Tim Moore
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Twelve years after Tim Moore toiled around the route of the Tour de France, he senses his achievement being undermined by the truth about "Horrid Lance". His rash response is to take on a fearsome challenge from an age of untarnished heroes: the notorious 1914 Giro d'Italia. History's most appalling bike race was an ordeal of 400-kilometer stages filled with cataclysmic storms, roads strewn with nails, and even the loss of an eye by one competitor - and it was all on a diet of raw eggs and red wine.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A long slog of punisihing whimsy

  • By Andrew on 04-06-16

Really? Are you still on that bike?

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

Reviewed: 08-16-15

If you could sum up Gironimo! in three words, what would they be?

one long ride

Would you be willing to try another book from Tim Moore? Why or why not?

Maybe - I still want to know why on earth he decided to go on that ride.

Which scene was your favorite?

The very last one - he's finally back, badly decayed bike and all. I hope he burned those clothes. Finally someone who understood what on earth he was doing was there to appreciate it.

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

Heavens no - what a beating that would have been.

Any additional comments?

Where was his family all during this ride? Really - only his parents came to see him along the way? Something tells me his wife was back home wondering why on earth he was doing this ride too.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • At the Water's Edge

  • A Novel
  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,401
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,266

After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year's Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son’s inability to serve in the war. Ellis and his best friend, Hank, decide that the only way to regain the colonel's favor is to succeed where the colonel very publicly failed - by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Julie Angles on 04-20-15

Why should you feel sorry for this woman?

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

Would you try another book from Sara Gruen and/or Justine Eyre?

I think maybe Sara Gruen used her best story idea to date in Water for Elephants. The next two books have not measured up to the first.

What was most disappointing about Sara Gruen’s story?

Whining, mewling characters that were so stereotypical as to be humorous if they hadn't been so annoying.

Would you be willing to try another one of Justine Eyre’s performances?

It was the WORST thing I have ever listened to. Almost unable to listen. Like breathy cats mewling. It was whiny and awful. Will NEVER listen to another book she reads again.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from At the Water's Edge?

The crazy sex scenes that were written as if there should be a shirtless scotsman in a kilt on the cover of the book. Way too "romance novelly" and added absolutely nothing to the story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Some Luck

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Smiley
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 378

From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize: a powerful, engrossing new novel - the life and times of a remarkable family over three transformative decades in America. On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different children: from Frank, the handsome, willful first born, and Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him, to Claire, who earns a special place in her father’s heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Takes Times To Develop But Is Really Worth The Effort

  • By Sara on 10-12-14

Listening to this book is like watching paint dry

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

Reviewed: 04-15-15

What would have made Some Luck better?

Oh my goodness just get on with the story. I was afraid it would last 10 years. So slow paced I wanted to grab the book out of the narrator's hand and read faster!

Would you ever listen to anything by Jane Smiley again?

None of her subsequent books have ever been anywhere near as good as A Thousand Acres - maybe I should have just stopped after that one. Think I'll pass on the next one.

How could the performance have been better?

Read faster - read at warp speed. Nothing worth slowing down for at all.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boring and my husband is from Iowa - it's not really that boring there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Paying Guests

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,395
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,403

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By Loretta R. Cooper on 10-14-14

YAWN! Who cares about these dreary women?

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

Reviewed: 11-24-14

Would you try another book from Sarah Waters and/or Juliet Stevenson?

Have listened to another Sarah Waters book with interest - that's why I picked this one. What a mistake.

What was most disappointing about Sarah Waters’s story?

Dreary, dependent women without a clue - who feels the least bit of empathy for them? Not me.

How could the performance have been better?

Have something better to read.

What character would you cut from The Paying Guests?

The mother, the daughter, the crazy dependent wife - yuck all around.

Any additional comments?

Enough said.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful