This was sooooooo much better than I thought it would be. I only read chick-lit occasionally, because I get tired of some of the clueless women so of★★★★½ This was sooooooo much better than I thought it would be. I only read chick-lit occasionally, because I get tired of some of the clueless women so often depicted in the genre. That isn’t the case here. I found myself looking forward to squeezing it into my reading time. Glad my GR friends June and Hayley insisted this “new-to-me” author was worth checking out. ...more
(This is a review of the audiobook.) This was narrated by Gildart Jackson, who does a decent job of reading this memoir. However, he pretty much soun
★★★½✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) This was narrated by Gildart Jackson, who does a decent job of reading this memoir. However, he pretty much sounds like he is talking from a lectern, if somewhat informally. In his defense, this is in large part due to the way the author wrote the story.
I can see why this book would make a good movie. Nevertheless, the book spends a lot of time on Mr. Mee’s troubles with wills, bank loans, finances, and his wife's illness and death, when - sorry to say - I wanted to hear more about the animals and the human interaction between them. I also couldn’t help feeling that the author was a “want-to-be-famous-writer” and was just using this adventure as a vehicle for that agenda. Maybe I’m being too harsh. *sigh** ...more
Didn’t realize this was a Juvenile book when I got the audio from the library for a challenge on “Southern Belles” -- but I’m glad I listened to tale★★★★★ Didn’t realize this was a Juvenile book when I got the audio from the library for a challenge on “Southern Belles” -- but I’m glad I listened to tale of a motherless preacher’s daughter who adopts a big mangy dog. Loved this short story and Cherry Jones' narration is wonderful. She is so good, I may even listen to it again!
Update: I did lisen to it twice - it was that good....more
Audio Review Note: While well narrated by Simon Vance, even he couldn’t save the first part; however, he was veryLeptospermum rubinette ~ Desert Snow
Audio Review Note: While well narrated by Simon Vance, even he couldn’t save the first part; however, he was very entertaining for the rest and does a good job differentiating the voices.
★★★★✩ I have made several aborted attempts to read this international bestseller without success, so finally, when it became Book of the Month in one of my GoodReads groups, I decided to listen to it on audio. Ha! I still ended up referring to the paperback copy so often that now I feel as if I’ve read the book twice. There were Vanger Family Tree flowcharts, time lines, chronological order lists, and back and forth emails that do not transfer well to audio, IMHO. In addition, the difficulty I had in getting into the story was not only with the foreign names and characters; there were the corporate world vernaculars and political implications that bogged the first part down for me. I had to really concentrate on this story and I didn’t find the beginning very exciting. GoodReads friends told me I had to persevere through the first part to get to the great middle. And, they were right. There is a great mystery in the middle of this book.
Stockholm, Sweden Warning: There was a brutality toward one of the characters that I wasn’t expecting, but luckily it was short-lived – and she gets delicious revenge! The protagonist, Mikael Blomkvist, while not 100% loveable, is well-developed with a realism that is rings true. I certainly was cheering for spell-binding outcast, Lisbeth Salander, all the way. I’m glad I stuck with this mystery and I will definitely go on with the Millennium series. Why not? I have all the paperbacks and my library has all the audiobooks. Plus, I want to see what happens to these characters!