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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 Stranger Alone in a Strange Land"

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    Audible had a tall order for this narrator: A Scotsman who can realistically inhabit the mind of a an 18th century explorer who is virtually the first “white man” to explore inland Africa, on foot and canoe with a couple of companions, and soon, alone, encountering the roots of the slave trade—and its moral consequences. He also barely survived.

    I am in awe of Steven Brand’s performance and interpretation, as well as the tremendous care he took with all the African languages and antiquated English he was given in the text.

    "Travels" inspired the imaginations of audiences since its first publication in 1799 . Writers like Wordsworth, Melville, Conrad, Hemingway, and T. Coreghessan Boyle have all acknowledged the influence of Park’s diary on their work.

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    Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa

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    • By Mungo Park, Kate Ferguson Marsters
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    Mungo Park’s Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa has long been regarded as a classic of African travel literature. In fulfilling his mission to find the Niger River and in documenting its potential as an inland waterway for trade, Park was significant in opening Africa to European economic interests. His modest, low-key heroism made it possible for the British public to imagine themselves as a welcomed force in Africa. As a tale of adventure and survival, it has inspired the imaginations of audiences since its first publication in 1799 and writers from Wordsworth and Melville to Conrad.

    Susie says: "A Stranger Alone in a Strange Land"
  • "Travel for Love and Love of Travel"

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    Elizabeth Eaves takes you all over the world in this very personal account of her love affair with travel. We see the world through her eyes, but we also see the phenomenon of who we become when we explore a new place alone.

    "I traveled for love, and loved to travel, making it hard to disentangle cause from effect." Eaves's motivation is often love, or lust, and really, there is no "right" way to take a personal journey. She fell in love with who she became when she travelled, and the fulfillment she gained from her affairs along the way.

    Unguarded and truthful, this audiobook helps reveal the siren's song of travel that's been calling all along. I'm ready to ditch my attachments and set out to find the world.

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    Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents

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    • By Elisabeth Eaves
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    Spanning 15 years of travel, beginning when she is a sophomore in college, Wanderlust documents Elisabeth Eaves’ insatiable hunger for the rush of the unfamiliar and the experience of encountering new people and cultures. Young and independent, she crisscrosses five continents and chases the exotic, both in culture and in romance.

    Susie says: "Travel for Love and Love of Travel"
  • "On the Road Exploring Wine History"

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    Asher takes the reader on a spectacular history-road-trip of wine in France, Spain, Italy, California— going back ages. This is not a "where-this-wine-comes-from-blah-blah" kind of book— no, there are all sorts of dirty politics and criminal activities.

    I hope the author was enjoying a glass while he wrote this book.

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    A Carafe of Red

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    Every wine has a story. In this collection of elegantly written essays from the past 30 years, updated with a new introduction and endnotes, renowned author Gerald Asher informs wine enthusiasts with insightful, engrossing accounts of wines from Europe and America that offer just as much for those who simply enjoy vivid evocations of people and places. Asher puts wine in its context by taking the reader on a series of discursive journeys that start with the carafe at his elbow.

    James Bishop says: "Nice writing, shame about the accents"
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A Peek at M. J. McCamish's Bookshelf

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    "I Missed The "Fiction" Label on This Book"

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    What disappointed you about Carsick?

    I, foolishly, thought the book would be about the adventures of an older man hitch-hicking across America. This is obviously a complete work of fiction and no real adventures happen. Oh, there are several adventures, but they are quite obviously fantasy. I think this book should be clearly noted as fiction. I deleted it after "Good Ride #12."


    What could John Waters have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make sure people purchasing it realize it's totally tounge-in-cheek fiction. I was looking for a non-fiction adventure.


    Have you listened to any of John Waters’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    A touch of anger at being mislead by the publishers regarding the genre.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have given it a zero overall rating had that been available.

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  • "another great piece of filth from j..."

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

    have not read the print version, but john waters DOES narrate!


    What other book might you compare Carsick to and why?

    role models. it is also read by john waters.


    Which character – as performed by John Waters – was your favorite?

    john waters as himself


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

    the book, of course, made me laugh out loud several times, and like john waters other books, really lifts my spirit


    Any additional comments?

    loved it! this is a must for any dreamland fan!! i felt like i was on the road with right next to john the whole time! i hope mr. waters is working on his next idea for his next book! can't wait!

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    John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I’m Not Psycho", he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash?

    randy says: "another great piece of filth from john waters!"

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    What could go wrong when two young couples join a charter boat full of senior citizens on a trip to visit Fort Jefferson in the Florida Keys?

  • Under Asian Skies: Australia to Europe by Motorcycle - an Enthralling Journey Through One of the World's Most Colourful and Diverse Regions (






UNABRIDGED) by Sam Manicom Narrated by Sam Manicom

    Under Asian Skies: Australia to Europe by Motorcycle - an Enthralling Journey Through One of the World's Most Colourful and Diverse Regions

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    In Sam’s second book, Under Asian Skies, you'll find yourself immersed in an enchanting mix of drama, majesty, laughter, mystery, love, and his usual disasters. Sometimes a traveller's plans simply don't work out as intended, but for Sam every mishap is the beginning of a unique adventure; silver linings do exist. You'll travel on a journey across the vastness of Australia, through the twists and turns of New Zealand, and on up into the exotic lands of Southeast Asia.

    Jim Foreman says: "A charming and insightful tale of motorbike travel"
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  • Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park: Rancho of General Mariano Vallejo  by Patricia L. Lawrence Narrated by J. D. Streeter

    Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park: Rancho of General Mariano Vallejo

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    Audio Journalist Patricia Lawrence explores Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park in Petaluma California, the early 19th century Mexican rancho and primitive factory of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. General Vallejo is a prominent figure in California's Mexican history. A California State Historical Landmark and a National Historic Landmark.

  • Big Horn County Historical Museum and Visitor Center in Hardin, Montana: 19th -Century Life in Rural America  by Patricia L. Lawrence Narrated by J. D. Streeter

    Big Horn County Historical Museum and Visitor Center in Hardin, Montana: 19th -Century Life in Rural America

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    Audio Journeys from Travel Radio International, exploration into destinations around the world. Patricia Lawrence is exploring Big Horn County Historical Museum and Visitor Center in Hardin, Montana. Located in what was once a major wheat producing region, the expansive living museum keeps history alive with 26 historic buildings, tools, farm equipment, barns, and thousands of other artifacts from 19th-century Anglo-Saxon life in rural America.

  • Blue Mountain Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center: Where Rescued Wildlife Receives Care  by Patricia L. Lawrence Narrated by J. D. Streeter

    Blue Mountain Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center: Where Rescued Wildlife Receives Care

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    Audio journalist Patricia Lawrence tours the Blue Mountain Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center near Pendleton, Oregon, with Lynn Tompkins, founding director of the educational nonprofit, where injured wildlife are given veterinarian treatment and lovingly cared for. The center is an important source of education and information about western wildlife.