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Susie

Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States Member Since 2012

I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."

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  • "A Story of the Most Un-Christ-like ..."

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    Sheeres shares jaw-dropping stories from her childhood in the mid-1980s when her Bible-obsessed parents moved their family to Indiana. Her two adopted brothers, both African-American, faced cruelty and racism in and outside the home, a 15-acre farm where the children were little more than slaves.

    Christian radio served as an alarm clock at six o'clock in the morning. Spy speakers were installed around the house so that all their conversations could be heard by the mother. The violent father, whose favorite biblical injunction was "spare the rod, spoil the child" beat the sons countless times and left permanent scars.

    Eventually, Sheeres and her younger brother were sent away to an over-the-top Christian boot camp in Latin America that takes a "by-any-means-necessary" approach to getting repentance from the students. You can't help but wonder if the kids are going to be killed.

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    Jesus Land: A Memoir

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    • By Julia Scheeres
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
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    Julia and her adopted brother, David, are sixteen-years-old. Julia is white. David is black. It is the mid-1980s and their family has just moved to rural Indiana, a landscape of cottonwood trees, trailer parks, and an all-encompassing racism. At home are a distant mother more involved with her church’s missionaries than her own children and a violent father.

    Susie says: "A Story of the Most Un-Christ-like Christians"
  • "The Tender Memoir of a Sex Surrogate"

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    This is the book that the film adaption, The Sessions, is based on, starring Helen Hunt and John Hawkes, as her client who lives in an iron lung.

    Cheryl Cohen Greene was the first well-known sex surrogate, a pioneer in the therapy field. What is a sex surrogate? Well, as Cheryl explains, unlike prostitutes, whom she has a great deal of respect for, sex surrogates are different--- they don't want your return business.

    The first chapter takes you apart. Cheryl recounts her experience working as a professional sex therapist with Mark O'Brien, a man who’s been confined to an iron lung for the past 30 years. Those two and their Boston accents! Her patience and tenderness with him is so moving, the actual sex just feels like a tiny part of the overall intimacy.

    Cheryl's memoir goes back and forth between her clients, her childhood, family, and her real romance on the side, not to mention her battle with cancer.

    While the film based on her book, 'The Sessions' focuses mostly on her relationship with O'Brien, Intimate Life delves into a grand variety of the types of clients she had— everyone from 18 to 89 years old, all different situations, issues, and backgrounds.

    Some chapters had me laughing, others were painful. It's a world that few people know about, and such a pleasure to read about it through Ms. Cohen-Greene's eyes.

    This audiobook is an homage to her life's work as well.

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    An Intimate Life: Sex, Love, and My Journey as a Surrogate Partner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Cheryl Cohen-Greene
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
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    For the past 40 years, Cheryl Cohen Greene has worked as a surrogate partner, helping clients to confront, consider, and ultimately accept their sexuality. In this riveting memoir, Cohen Greene shares some of her most moving cases, and also reveals her own sexual coming-of-age. Beginning with a rigid Catholic upbringing in the 1950s, where she was taught to think sex and sexual desires were unnatural and wrong, Cohen Greene struggled to reconcile her sexual identity.

    Susie says: "The Tender Memoir of a Sex Surrogate"
  • "Cupid, Take your Bow and Shove It!"

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    Rachel Resnick picks up her pen in her forties— single, broke, depressed, and childless. What happened?

    Looking back over the years, Rachel peels back one exquisite yet failed relationship after another to discover why she's so far away from her dreams of marriage and family. Shouldn't that be the end result, when all you cared about was love?

    Resnick got her first lesson in passion from her beautiful and addicted mother, who took her children to a brink that few have experienced. It affected Resnick for the rest of her life. I remember meeting Rachel and Janet Finch of "White Oleander" in a green room at a writers festival one afternoon... and we had a goosebumps moment of mutual recognition: the survivors club of filicide.

    LJ is superbly narrated by Lauren Weedman, who brings out the humor and the pathos in each scene, top notch.

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    Love Junkie: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rachel Resnick
    • Narrated By Lauren Weedman
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    Love Junkie is the story of Rachel Resnick's dangerous addiction to sex and love. It's an addiction that has cost her in horrible ways throughout the course of her life - from the time she rear-ended a family van on the freeway because she was obsessively speed-dialing her lover's phone, to when she blew the deadline on her first major newspaper assignment. Love Junkie charts Rachel Resnick's harrowing emotional journey from addiction to intimacy, from despair to hope, and the men - the worst kind of men - who accompanied her on it.

    Susie says: "Cupid, Take your Bow and Shove It!"
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