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J. Wade

Elk Grove, CA
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  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,925

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Mystery with Wonderful Characters

  • By Robert on 12-22-08

Great story, but a little hard to follow at times.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

Amazing story. A little hard to follow since everyone sounded the same. Other than that the story was amazing.

  • The Pillars of Creation

  • Sword of Truth, Book 7
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Jim Bond
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,651
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,836
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,861

Tormented her entire life by inhuman voices, Jennsen seeks to end her intolerable agony. She at last discovers a way to silence the voices. For everyone else, the torment is about to begin. Richard Rahl and his wife, Kahlan, have been reunited after their long separation, but with winter descending and the paralyzing dread of an army of annihilation occupying their homeland, they must venture deep into a strange and desolate land.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Detour!

  • By Don Gilbert on 04-11-09

Great story but boring narration

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

Reviewed: 10-27-15

The title says it all. The narration was extremely dull. It was like listening to NPR

  • My Life on the Swingset

  • Adventures in Swinging & Polyamory
  • By: Cooper S. Beckett
  • Narrated by: Cooper S. Beckett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

For five years, Cooper S. Beckett has written for Life on the Swingset. The website was born out of the feeling that he'd learned enough in his whole year of swinging to tell other people how to live their nonmonogamous lives. His hubris can be seen from space. Here, he has collected personal essays, stories, erotica, and prescriptive how-tos into this memoir of his life, My Life on the Swingset. He may be biased when it comes to swinging, polyamory, and other forms of ethical nonmonogamy (in fact, he most certainly is), but he doesn't sugarcoat it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book was exactly what I wanted

  • By J. Cooper on 08-03-15

A Visceral Experience

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

Reviewed: 09-04-15

If you are expecting an 8 hour version of Life on The Swingset, this isn't what you will find here. What Cooper writes in this book is better in most every way.

This is the life and experiences of a man who lays his soul bare in the most eloquent way I've seen. Cooper's narration and geeky Dickensian writing style makes having to pause for breaks agonizing. Cooper fills this book with his trials and tribulations, exultations and mental meanderings. It's fun. It's sad. At some points it's downright depressing. But it's also thought provoking and mentally liberating.

It was a great read, and I'm sure I'll listen to it again soon. Great work, Coop!

-Josh

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Silver Dream

  • An InterWorld Novel, Book 2
  • By: Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 306

After mastering the ability to walk between dimensions, Joey Harker and his fellow InterWorld freedom fighters are now on a mission to maintain peace between the rival powers of magic and science who seek to control all worlds. When a stranger named Acacia somehow follows Joey back to InterWorld's base, things get complicated. No one knows who she is or where she's from - or how she knows so much about InterWorld.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dull monotone voice acting

  • By J. Wade on 04-20-15

Dull monotone voice acting

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

Reviewed: 04-20-15

The voice acting was subpar for most of the book. The reader went overboard trying to portray an aloof teenage boy. The first book had a much better performance.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • An Unwelcome Quest

  • Magic 2.0, Book 3
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,653
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,446

Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they've been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LIKED YOU TWO BETTER WHEN,

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-24-15

Good but felt like a filler book

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

Reviewed: 02-20-15

This book spent too much time explaining what happened in the first too books. The storyline was great but I felt like it didn't flow as well as the earlier installments. It spent most of the book fleshing out the secondary characters from the earlier books which left me fairly bored throughout about a quarter of it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful