Narrator: Simon Vance

Audiobook Quickie Reviews: Jacob Grimm, Sue Klebold, Melanie Karsak, Christopher Farnsworth

Audiobook Quickie Reviews: Jacob Grimm, Sue Klebold, Melanie Karsak, Christopher Farnsworth

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NOTE: These “reviews” are as simple as it gets (and mostly for tracking purposes)! They will have a rating, first thought, narrator thought (quick), and will officially be filed 🙂  Listened for Fun (Audible) Overall Rating: 4.00 Story Rating: 3.75 Character Rating: 4.25 Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating) First Thought when Finished: The Harvesting is a story that grew on me over the course of the story and I am very curious as to where it is heading! Quick Thoughts: This was a Dewey’s Read-a-Thon listen and I was scared in the beginning that I had selected wrong. I didn’t particular like the characters and quite frankly was hoping some of them would die (like major ones). However as the story progressed and the “world” got worse–the writing really hooked me. I can’t say that I love any of the characters but they are fitting for what is going on. This book took 3 turns that I didn’t expect and the end had me wondering where exactly they were going now. I will continue the series because I just have to know! Audio Thoughts Narrated By Kristin James / Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins I thought Kristin was a good fit for this story. She was able to bring the characters (and their flaws) to the surface. She was able to hook me into the story and keep me on the edge of my seat. I do really think her narration coupled with Melanie’s writing was a great match.     Listened for Review (Tantor) Overall Rating: 4.00 Story Rating: 4.25 Character Rating: 3.75 Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating) First Thought when Finished: Well I didn’t see that coming in the end but The Eternal World was a fascinating read/listen! Quick Thoughts: I am a fan of Christopher Farnsworth’s Presidential Vampire series. I know he can write really interesting worlds that are different yet familiar. You can almost see these things happening right under our noses. The Eternal World was another story that just made me go OMG that is brilliant yet scary. He took a pretty popular mythology and said well what if this happened? What would you do if you held the secret to ever lasting life? How would you treat it? What would it corrupt in you? How would you stop it? Needless to say this was part thriller, part thinker, and all really good! My personal answer? I am glad I am not responsible for that kind of power! Audio Thoughts Narrated By Tom Perkins / Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins I thought Tom was a good fit for most of the characters except for two: David and Shako. Overall though still an enjoyable listen and I would listen to Tom again.       Listened for Fun (Library) Overall Rating: 4.50 (only rating since non-fiction) Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating) First Thought when Finished: A Mother’s Reckoning was heartbreaking to listen […]

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Audiobook Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson

Audiobook Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson What I loved:  The mystery/thriller part of this book was fascinating, engaging, and quite a ride. I had a hard time figuring out who did it and why. When I found out, it was a great journey to the end, which is far away at that point in the book. What I liked:  Most of the characters were really well thought out.  Each one flushed out just enough by the author that you could understand their motivations and personalities.  You weren’t sitting there at any point going “no way he/she would have done that”.  Some of the characters are quite shocking though, so be prepared for that. What I thought was “sorta ok”: The financial part of the story was not all that thrilling, at least from my point of view.  It was kind of like 2 books in one, like it was hard to decide which one the author really wanted to write.  I could have done without “LS” rape scene, it was a little too graphic for me but it was a significant reason she does a lot of things. What I didn’t like:  Nothing really.  Thought the beginning dragged a bit (first 5 chapters or so) but you quickly forget that as the story starts rolling. Why I gave it a 4:  This was a really well rounded story with intriguing plots, storylines, and characters. There were definite “edge of your seat moments” followed by “let me devour the information presented moments”.  Had the beginning been a bit more catchy and the financial storyline been a little less detailed, it would have gotten a 5. Author Website: http://www.stieglarsson.com/

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