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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 6,738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,221

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

Lisbeth Salander

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

I loved Stieg Larsson's trilogy on Lisbeth Salander because I loved the character he created. I never wanted his books to end.

I don't think David Lagercrantz uses Lisbeth Salander as well as the creator, but I can't get enough. I have to know what she's doing. I would think it's hard to pick up the fifth book; you are not as engaged with the characters.

The performance is terrific.

  • The Gene

  • An Intimate History
  • By: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,524

The extraordinary Siddhartha Mukherjee has written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scientific history blended with humanity

  • By S. Yates on 05-23-16

An Interesting Challenge

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

My daughter, the scientist, asked me, the non-scientist, to read this book. My daughter saw the book on Bill Gates' reading list.

I must say I wasn't anxious to read it, but I am very grateful that I did. I looked at the book in the book store, and I knew that audio was the only option for me.

Shortly after I completed the book, I was diagnosed with cancer. I must say that the background that I obtained from this book has served me well. Physicians are surprised that I understand various treatment options.

  • Wallis in Love

  • The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy
  • By: Andrew Morton
  • Narrated by: Molly Parker Myers
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Everyone has heard of Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom Edward VIII so infamously abdicated his throne and birthright. But although her life has constantly been the subject of much fascination, gossip, and speculation, her whole story has yet to be told. Now historical biographer Andrew Morton uses diary entries, letters, and other never-before-seen records to offer a fresh portrait of Wallis Simpson in all her vibrancy and brazenness.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This one is being returned

  • By Rita T on 02-15-18

How Wallis wasted her life...

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

I didn't know what to expect with this book; I was hooked from the beginning. I feel this book should be mandated reading for young people obsessed with social media. Look where all Wallis' social climbing got her; she lived an empty lie.

I thought the narrator did a wonderful job. I enjoyed her Wallis' voice.

The true story is unbelievable. I thought the author summed it up when he said the British people dodged a bullet when David abdicated for Wallis who really loved Herman.


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  • The Rosie Effect

  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,396
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,393

Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because - surprise! - Rosie is pregnant. Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the first one....

  • By Julie on 09-23-15

The Poor Sequel

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It just didn't have the same passion as the first book, The Rosie Project.

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

Don's friends were interesting characters, but this book made Rosie a shrew. I didn't like the change in Rosie's character from the first to the second book. I don't think pregnancy and such would have done this.

Which character – as performed by Dan O'Grady – was your favorite?

Don

Could you see The Rosie Effect being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

  • The Rosie Project

  • A Novel
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,232

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical romance - so much more

  • By Gretchen on 10-03-13

Fun and Different

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

What made the experience of listening to The Rosie Project the most enjoyable?

This was one of Bill and Melinda Gates' recommendations, so I was curious. I really enjoyed the book. It was fun.

What other book might you compare The Rosie Project to and why?

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

What does Dan O'Grady bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think the Australian accent was very important.

If you could rename The Rosie Project, what would you call it?

The Wife Project

  • The Day the World Went Nuclear

  • Dropping the Atom Bomb and the End of World War II in the Pacific
  • By: Bill O'Reilly
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

Autumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe, but in the Pacific, American soldiers face an enemy who will not surrender despite a massive and mounting death toll. Meanwhile, in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and his team of scientists are preparing to test the deadliest weapon known to mankind. Newly inaugurated president Harry Truman faces the most important political decision in history: whether to use that weapon.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Recycled Text

  • By Andrew on 08-28-17

The Reader's Digest Version

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

Where does The Day the World Went Nuclear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I didn't realize that this was almost an excerpt from Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan. Having reading Killing the Rising Sun and American Prometheus, this was just review.

What did you like best about this story?

I found it interesting that Paul Tibbets Jr. named the plane after his mother, but the plane had been named and flown by another. I didn't know that Paul Tibbets Jr. didn't make the second flight because he wanted another to have the glory.

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

I enjoyed the voice.

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

It was easy to listen to in one sitting.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • American Prometheus

  • The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
  • By: Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 26 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,825
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338

J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A "Blast" from the Past

  • By Roy on 07-10-09

What a life!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

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

Yes, I got bogged down in the print version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

J. Robert Oppenheimer, of course, he was the central character; the reason I wanted to hear the book.

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

So many things about the book shocked me. I just couldn't believe that this man would risk affairs given security issues. I couldn't believe the unjust way this man was treated.

Any additional comments?

J. Robert Oppenheimer's burial was very interesting.

  • Catherine the Great

  • Portrait of a Woman
  • By: Robert K. Massie
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved everyone minute!

  • By Elizabeth on 02-05-12

Wow! What a Life!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

If you could sum up Catherine the Great in three words, what would they be?

Lucky, Patient, Smart

Who was your favorite character and why?

Catherine of course!

What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

That he could pronounce Russian words that I would never know how to pronounce.

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

I found it fascinating. It's a book that a highly recommend to my friends, and those that have read it, love it too.

Any additional comments?

Don't let the size stop you. Make the time to listen to this book.

  • Churchill

  • By: Paul Johnson
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

In Churchill, Johnson applies a wide lens and an unconventional approach to illuminate the various phases of Churchill's career. From his adventures as a young cavalry officer in the service of the Empire to his role as an elder statesman prophesying the advent of the Cold War, Johnson shows how Churchill's immense adaptability combined with his natural pugnacity to make him a formidable leader for the better part of a century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superlative Account of Churchill

  • By Darrell on 12-08-09

Quick Easy History Lesson

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

Where does Churchill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really enjoyed this book. Now I want to learn more about the man.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Winston of course!

What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

He sounded like the way I thought the book should sound.

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

Yes, I was on a flight from Philadelphia to London.

Any additional comments?

I only wish I would have had time to visit Chartwell.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,766

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Not Exactly a Memoir

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

There was more emphasis on the culture in crisis than I liked. It was a bit choppy such as at the end the author talks about lunching with Brian in a fast food restaurant. How did he meet him? Is he helping him?