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  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

  • The Millennium Series, Book 3
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,929
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,473

Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect.

  • By B.J. on 06-15-10

GOOD...but tighter editing needed.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-12

If you could sum up The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest in three words, what would they be?

Clever. Surprising. Under edited. Oops that is four.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most- Salander's strength, intelligence, and her connections. Least- the excessive details regarding Swedish secret service. If I was reading this book and not listening, I would have put it down.

What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings more depth to the characters. I am still amazed with many of the performers and how they change their voices to portray so many characters, and with so many accents and dialects, ages and sexes! What a gift, and Vance does a great job with these books. I would look for more of the books he has performed.

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

No

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the first two books more, but I was satisfied with the resolution.

  • Home Front

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Maggi-Meg Reed
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818

From a distance, Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all: a solid marriage, two exciting careers, and children they adore. But after twelve years together, the couple has lost their way; they are unhappy and edging toward divorce. Then the Iraq war starts. An unexpected deployment will tear their already fragile family apart, sending one of them deep into harm’s way and leaving the other at home, waiting for news. When the worst happens, each must face their darkest fear and fight for the future of their family.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very Disappointed

  • By Elizabeth on 03-17-12

Thoroughly enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-12

What did you love best about Home Front?

I loved that Hannah portrayed a point of view of war that I had not really considered, and it really touched my heart. I also loved that the general story line with regards to the relationships of the characters was soemthing everyone could relate to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It ended up being Michael because I admire that he stepped up to the plate as a father and husband. I could not stand him at first, but was proud that his eyes were opened, as well as his heart.

What does Maggi-Meg Reed bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brought more life and animation to the characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A family's life is saved through the consequences of war.

  • The Eyre Affair

  • A Thursday Next Novel
  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,639
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,641

In Jasper Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • six stars

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-13-11

Strange, silly humor...just ok.

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

Reviewed: 10-23-10

I think you need to be in the right silly mood for this quirky, somewhat twisted tale. I enjoyed it as far as all the goofiness, and the premise behind the book, but it was a little weak and a bit too round about as far as the plot is concerned. Not sure if tried and true Jane Eyre fans will appreciate this one, but if they have a bit of a love for tongue in cheek, then maybe they will.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Firefly Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,686

Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Chick lit meets Forrest Gump

  • By Lisa on 12-29-10

Very good book!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-10

Wow! I really feel connected to these characters - like I grew up along with them! I could see myself in both of the main characters. I found so many life lessons in this book! I can't wait to read more by Kristin Hannah!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • True Colors

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606

The Grey sisters had only each other when their mother died years ago. Their father provided for them physically on Water's Edge, the ranch that had been in their family for three generations, each of them however, longed for their father's love.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, POORLY narrated... :(

  • By Brenda on 07-14-10

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-23-10

This was my second book by Kristin Hannah, and again I was not disappointed. I like how Hannah builds relationhips . Although I have not experienced many of her works, I seem to find parts of myself in her characters, and that makes it more enjoyable for me. The story seems more personal on some level. I would definitely recommend this one!!

  • Safe Haven

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170

When Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community..

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Safe Haven

  • By Tina on 11-09-10

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-10

This was probably my favorite Nicholas Sparks book yet! I can't imagine how crazy it must have been to get into the head of the story's villain. Very entertaining read!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful