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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 34,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,013

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
  • COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN

  • By Pamela M on 03-02-09

Don't understand the complaints about the narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-10

I don't understand the complaints others have posted about the narrator and the production. The narrator is fabulous and his diction and rhythm are perfect for the story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Netherland

  • By: Joseph O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 113

Alone and un-tethered, feeling lost in the country he had come to regard as home, Hans stumbles upon the vibrant New York subculture of cricket, where he revisits his lost childhood and, thanks to a friendship with a charismatic and charming Trinidadian named Chuck Ramkissoon, begins to reconnect with his life and his adopted country. Ramkissoon, a Gatsby-like figure who is part idealist and part operator, introduces Hans to an "other" New York populated by immigrants and strivers of every race and nationality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Get Your Post-Colonial Gatsby ON!

  • By Darwin8u on 04-13-12

Self absorbed wanderings

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-09

I just finished "The Namesake", just barely making my way through its rather depressing lack of a story line. I read the wonderful reviews of "Netherland" thinking that this would be different. In fact, it is same thing. I couldn't make it through. I usually finish books as a matter of principle, in case I was missing something, but after 8 hours, I couldn't go on.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

You'll be awe-inspired by the heroic efforts of the crew of the Endurance, a ship that battled its way for six weeks through thousands of miles of pack ice while ironically only a day's sail from its destination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best You'll Find

  • By Todd on 05-01-03

Good Leadership Lessons

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-08

Another reviewer commented that this story was the Apollo 13 of its time. That is a perfect description. Beyond that, there are lots of leadership lessons one can take from "watching" Ernest Shackleton lead a group through a prolonged and difficult time. As the story is told, he maintained leadership and vision in extraordinary times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Lecture

  • By: Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
  • Narrated by: Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,980

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have... and you may find one day that you have less than you think").

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to Live

  • By Kelli G on 04-21-08

A collection of essays

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-08

Less a lecture as much as a collection of essays. They're all worth the time, but none of them are "wow, I never thought of that" kinds of concepts.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Spymaster

  • By: Gayle Lynds
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 232

Charles "Jay" Tice was a legend throughout the world of international intelligence. But secretly he was also a traitor, reputedly selling information that will seriously compromise the security of the United States for decades to come. Since his treachery was exposed, Tice has been kept under strict surveillance in a maximum security prison. Then one morning, his cell is discovered empty. Jay Tice has vanished - without tripping an alarm or leaving any trace of his passing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fast and furious

  • By Anonymous User on 12-25-08

typical spythriller

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-19-08

Typical spythriller. Fun read, but not much to chew on after you're done.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Namesake

  • By: Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Narrated by: Sarita Choudhury
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,068

The Namesake follows the Ganguli family through its journey from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book - in print and audio

  • By Diana - Audible on 04-16-12

some things to learn, but...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-16-08

Well, I'm pretty sure that this is the kind of book, when turned into a movie, will result me falling asleep on the couch. It is all about relationships and culture of an American-born Indian who lives between the eastern India Bengali heritage of his parents and the Americo-European heritage of the US eastern seaboard. The story doesn't really end, the author just stops telling it. I think I learned a few things about being a 3rd culture kid, but there are more efficient ways to learn. This one doesn't go on my recommendations list.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Rumors of Another World

  • What on Earth Are We Missing?
  • By: Philip Yancey
  • Narrated by: Richard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Philip Yancey investigates the natural world and discovers the supernatural hiding in plain view. He grapples with why God made the world and what our role truly is, and seeks to answer the question, "How do I live in the natural world while expressing the values of the supernatural?"

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yancey pulls no punches.

  • By Mike on 11-25-03

Starts as an apologetic, ends as story telling

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-08

The concept of hints of heaven in our daily life is the central concept of this book and the argument is well made. I have only two critiques:

1) The point is well made in a chapter or two, and the rest of the book seems to be story telling to make the concept book-length rather than simply settling the matter.

2) The narrator with only a few exceptions has a pleasing tone and rhythm, but he has an irritating pattern of modulating his voice when quoting others. The modified tone sounds silly in comparison.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • World Without End

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 45 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,145
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,122

In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 40 hours too short ...

  • By Henrik on 11-03-07

Long but wonderfully woven together

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-08

If you like a quick book, you won't like this one. That is usually my style, but this book is so wonderfully woven together that I fell in love with the protagonists and became vicariously involved in their lives. Among the best fiction I've read this year.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shattered Dreams

  • My Life as a Polygamist's Wife
  • By: Irene Spencer
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

Irene Spencer did as she felt God commanded in marrying her brother-in-law, Verlan LeBaron, becoming his second wife. When the government raided the fundamentalist, polygamous Mormon village of Short Creek, Arizona, Irene and her family fled to Verlan's brothers' Mexican ranch. They lived in squalor and desolate conditions in the Mexican desert with Verlan's six brothers, one sister, and numerous wives and children.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opening... Difficult Listen... Honest

  • By Paul Mullen on 06-24-08

Eye Opening... Difficult Listen... Honest

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-08

Other reviews have called this a long-winded whining. I didn't see it that way. Irene Spencer sprinkles humor in with tragedy. Her account reveals her own weakness as much as the weakness of those she lived with. She is both angry and empathetic. There is a sense of settled understanding even in the midst of chaos.

I wouldn't recommend this as entertainment, but it was a fascinating insight into fundamentalist Mormon poligamy. It teaches broader themes as it recounts the story of one woman.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Team of Rivals

  • The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Doris Kearns Goodwin (introduction), Richard Thomas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027

We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excessively abridged

  • By R. Beauchamp on 10-17-08

Not your typical biography

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-08

Most biographies try to be comprehensive, this one is different. Instead of focusing on every detail of Lincoln's life, it focuses on his political life and the decisions he made that shaped that life.

We desperately need "Lincoln-esk" thinking today. Where our modern society deals with conflict through either conflict or avoidance, Lincoln shows another path.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful