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Susie

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."

Santa Cruz, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Yes, Sir: Erotic Stories of Female Submission

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rachel Kramer Bussell
    • Narrated By Tillie Hooper
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    How bad do you want to be bound, gagged, spanked, or slapped? How bad to you want to have your hair pulled, your nipples clamped, your body strung up? How bad do you want to pant, gasp, scream, and squirm? How bad do you want to turn over some part of yourself to a man just dying to strip you bare and take you somewhere you've never been? Here you'll find all sorts of women for whom their own personal "Sir"s (or Masters or Daddies) hold the reins to their erotic pleasure. For them, saying yes (or a bratty, defiant "no" for which they'll be duly punished) is as powerful as a good, hard smack on the ass.

    Bonnie says: "Another Anthology by RKB"
    "Rachel Kramer Bussel Knows How to Make You Kneel"
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    Rachel Kramer Bussel has done it again. The reigning queen of feminist porn has brought together some of the hottest, most compelling stories of female submission. From BDSM virgins, to women who've been "in the life" for years, these stories of women who want to “shine on the bottom’s throne” will have you on your knees.

    Don’t worry, no animals were harmed in the making of this book. As Bussel writes in her introduction, “These writers make clear just how much their characters get off when they say, ‘Yes, Sir.’”

    You will listen to this book, sweet pea. (...Now what do you say?)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ben Franklin: Unplugged: .... And Other Comic Monologues

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Josh Kornbluth
    • Narrated By Josh Kornbluth
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    Gazing into the bathroom mirror one morning while shaving, Josh Kornbluth realizes that he looks remarkably like the guy on the $100 bill. Like any good Jewish son, he immediately calls his mother. From there he becomes obsessed with what it means to be a founding father, especially when your own father/son relationship (Ben had an illegitimate son named William who was a British loyalist during the Revolutionary War) is more than a bit strained.

    Susie says: "Satirical Disembowelment"
    "Satirical Disembowelment"
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    Please Don’t Tickle Me, Ben Franklin, You Crazy Diamond! ​

    If you haven't peed your pants listening to Josh Kornbluth, you haven't LIVED.​ Kornbluth is a master storyteller and his comic timing is peerless.​

    After noticing a passing resemblance to Ben Franklin in the mirror, Josh Kornbluth embarks on a journey of—well not exactly ​SELF​-discovery. ​More like satrical disembowelment. ​

    I laughed til I cried.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cinderland: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Amy Jo Burns
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
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    Amy Jo Burns grew up in Mercury, Pennsylvania, an industrial town humbled by the steel collapse of the 1980s. Instead of the construction booms and twelve-hour shifts her parents’ generation had known, the Mercury Amy Jo knew was marred by empty houses, old strip mines, and vacant lots. The year Burns turned ten, this sleepy town suddenly woke up. Howard Lotte, its beloved piano teacher, was accused of sexually assaulting his female students.

    Susie says: "Small Town Burning"
    "Small Town Burning"
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    Amy Jo Burns makes vivid the confines of small town life. That the choices involved in defining a girl's own self will have consequences in her treatment by the town—long after she should have outgrown any labels.

    When the town's piano teacher is accused of molesting his students, she's perceptive enough to know that the girls who come forward will be branded and ostracized. She says, "In a small town, innocence can never be overrated. Innocence is a small town girl's currency. It's better not to know what you don't know and to un-know what you already do."

    But her own choice of staying quiet burns her up on the inside.

    Amy Jo Burns is observant and self reflective without being self-centered. Her writing is fluid and beautiful while being as real as it gets.

    Narrator, Jorjeanna Marie gives such an unaffected performance that there is no divide between story and reader. It sounds like she's telling her own secrets.

    This book deserves to be heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Porn Clerk Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ali Davis
    • Narrated By Ali Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Queue up these hilarious real-life stories from the video clerking trenches. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll wash your hands. No rewinding required!

    Susie says: "So. Funny."
    "So. Funny."
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    Ali Davis keeps a straight face and a kind heart.

    For anyone who's been in the retail trenches, or spent time in the sweat-scented aisles of an old fashioned video store, Ali Davis is your voice.

    Ali has so much compassion for her customers, while still recognizing the shiftiness and downright unlikability of others. My favorite story is of Ali finding her moment of power, channeling her inner High School Principal and expelling a "jerker" from the porn basement—but things were not what they seemed.

    Human nature is laid bare; the politics of singles, couples, and groups; and the "drift" from vanilla to kink. Ali records the faces that people present versus what they rent.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Critical Mass: Four Decades of Essays, Reviews, Hand Grenades and Hurrahs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Wolcott
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
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    Critical Mass is a treasure trove of sparkling, spiky prose and a fascinating portrait of our lives and cultural times over the past decades. In an age where a great deal of back scratching and softball pitching pass for criticism, James Wolcott’s fearless essays and reviews offer a bracing taste of the real critical thing.

    Susie says: "Forty Years of Astute, Opinionated Criticism"
    "Forty Years of Astute, Opinionated Criticism"
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    James Wolcott's writing still packs a punch and a guffaw. It's forty years of astute, opinionated cultural criticism. There aren't many writers around who have such a wide range of interests and can keep you eating it up subject by subject.

    Here, I was introduced to the slyly subversive humor of Mort Sahl, and reminded that Rock Hudson and Doris Day have a lot more to offer than a punchline to a joke about squares.

    Critical Mass is chock-full of cultural milestones, from the infamous Norman Mailer v. Gore Vidal smack-down on the Dick Cavett Show to a fresh new band performing at CBGBs: The Talking Heads. Where else are you going to get such an immediate account of the New York art scene as it happened, as if it were happening RIGHT NOW?

    Kevin T. Collin's narration has the air of seen-it-all, intellectual superiority and braggadocio of a long-time writer and critic. Wolcott holds some strong opinions, and Collins delivers them with conviction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Disappointed in You

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler
    • Narrated By James Urbaniak
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    God Is Disappointed in You is for people who would like to read the Bible...if it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and interminable passages, every book of the Bible is condensed down to its core message, in no more than a few pages each. Written by Mark Russell with cartoons by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, God Is Disappointed in You is a frequently hilarious, often shocking, but always accurate retelling of the Bible, including the parts selectively left out by Sunday School teachers.

    arthur m ball says: "The Bible without all the fluff."
    "Funny as Sin"
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    The story of God's dysfunctional relationship with his chosen people.

    "Like most marriages, it was a non-sexual affair, but unlike most marriages, it was anything but snoozy and passionless. God's marriage to the Jews was a tempestuous, rancorous affair."

    The deadpan, impeccable comedic timing of James Urbaniac had me literally laughing out loud as I listened.

    After years of research and translation to pithy modern language,
    ​the authors point out that although so many people are saturated in Bible stories, few remember the absolute zaniness that goes on inside.

    ​If you love the Bible or you love a good Bible satire, it’s just as satisfying. ​

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Submergence

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By J. M. Ledgard
    • Narrated By Julian Elfer
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    In a room with no windows on the coast of Africa, an Englishman, James More, is held captive by jihadist fighters. Posing as a water expert to report on al-Qaeda activity in the area, he now faces extreme privation, mock executions, and forced marches through the arid badlands of Somalia. Thousands of miles away on the Greenland Sea, Danielle Flinders, a biomathematician, half-French, half-Australian, prepares to dive in a submersible to the ocean floor. Both are drawn back to the previous Christmas, where a chance encounter on the beach led to an intense and enduring romance.

    Susie says: "Terrorism, Captivity, Love, and Going Deep"
    "Terrorism, Captivity, Love, and Going Deep"
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    Vividly written, with thoughtful, perfectly timed narration from Julian Elfer, "Submergence" will stick with me for a long time.

    The theme here is depth. Whether it's inward and personal, or literal oceanic depths, the characters are in a constant reckoning; the firsthand experience of global terrorism, love, marine biology, the past and the now.

    We first meet James in a windowless room in Somalia, keeping as far from his cardboard covered latrine as he can. His claustrophobic space forces him deeper into his thoughts and memories and his quest to keep a grasp on both dignity and reason.

    His great love is Danny, a multi-national Biomathematician. Confident and alone, she's singled out by her background and her intelligence.

    Their memories of their fateful meeting in a French hotel keep the book buoyant and is truly thrilling to listen to.

    J. M. Ledgard sets the scenes craftily. He conveys the sights and social nuance of place with historical accuracy to build philosophical questions brought up by the intricacies of global life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nowhere in Africa: An Autobiographical Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Stefanie Zweig
    • Narrated By Max Roll
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    Nowhere in Africa is the extraordinary tale of a Jewish family who flees the Nazi regime in 1938 for a remote farm in Kenya. Abandoning their once-comfortable existence in Germany, Walter Redlich, his wife Jettel, and their five-year-old daughter, Regina, each deal with the harsh realities of their new life in different ways. Attorney Walter is resigned to working the farm as a caretaker; pampered Jettel resists adjustment at every turn; while the shy yet curious Regina immediately embraces the country - learning the local language and customs.

    Susie says: "Book Even Better than Oscar-Winning Movie"
    "Book Even Better than Oscar-Winning Movie"
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    This autobiographical novel operates on several levels: a holocaust memoir a thrilling adventure, and a family drama.

    Driven from Nazi Germany to Kenya, the family must adjust, with varying levels of success, to life in a completely foreign land. They were glad to be safe from the Nazis, but now had to contend with the racism and anti-semitism of their host nation, and the English colonizers, and also the guilt and worry of what was happening in Europe.

    Family dynamics, and the horror and confusion of displacement, are at the heart of this audiobook. The father's haunting guilt, the mother's resistance to change, daughter Regina's embrace of her new land. Africa, from the viewpoint of Regina, seems almost magical and full of possibility, but also completely destabilizing.

    Narrator, Max Roll has a wide variety of accents and personalities to contend with, and he does a superb job of making each voice distinct and alive. He brings pathos to the reading that adds tremendously to the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By August Turak
    • Narrated By August Turak
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    In addition to his work as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, and consultant, for the last 16 years August Turak worked alongside the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey, watching firsthand as they undertook new enterprises and sustained an incredibly successful business practice. Service and selflessness are at the heart of this 1,500-year-old monastic tradition’s remarkable business success, an ancient though immensely relevant economic model that preserves what is positive and productive about capitalism while transcending its ethical limitations and internal contradictions.

    Susie says: "Succeed in Business without Losing your Soul"
    "Succeed in Business without Losing your Soul"
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    Do you consider business writing heartless at worst, and boring at best? August Turak will change your mind. The rather wildly successful Turak takes his lessons from the monks of the Mepkin Abbey and shows how he brought them to work in his business... Fascinating.

    What I found especially gratifying were the peeks into the cycles of monastic life. Turak has a keen sense of what motivates and drives people and you see it in his observations here; planting, harvesting, meditation, meals, and also the personalities of the monks who lived there.

    Turak narrates himself and does a wonderful job of conveying his interest in the subject and regard for the people he's written about.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • House of Sable Locks

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Schechter
    • Narrated By Priscilla Carson, Roger Frisk
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    In a respectable neighborhood, on the top floor of a beautiful house, crouches the Succubus; by design, and by temperament, she is all that men crave and fear. To the wealthy and privileged men of London, the Succubus is a test they must pass to gain access to the House of Sable Locks, the most exclusive brothel in town. However, to William, a wealthy young man born and raised in India, she is the very essence of his desires.

    Susie says: "An Astonishing Steampunk Fairy Tale"
    "An Astonishing Steampunk Fairy Tale"
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    Elizabeth Schechter has written a stunner of a an erotic steampunk tale. She explores the roots of eroticism in our psyches, and our turn ons in our fears and in our playfulness. She takes her time revealing nuance and plot, but her confident, sensual prose immediately intrigues.

    The idea of exploring the intersection of man and machine is crucial today. Schechter makes us think about it afresh by placing the question in Victorian England. It's part ghost story, part sic-fi, and thoroughly romantic.

    Priscilla Carson and Roger Frisk add brilliant performances. Carson's mastery of languid pacing in her voicing of the Succubus gave me chills, and Frisk inhabited his characters. Right away, you could here the authority of class, and the insecurity beneath it. I couldn't wait for his capitulation and release.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elisabeth Eaves
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
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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"
    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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