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Susan

Alexandria, VA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Forty, Counting Down & Twenty-One, Counting Up

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    In the Hugo Award nominee Forty, Counting Down, computer genius Justin Kloster travels to the past to stop himself from making a terrible mistake. But all actions have their consequences. Then, in Twenty-One, Counting Up, Kloster's college life and romantic dreams are rudely interrupted when the 40-year-old Justin arrives from the future to save him from himself.

    phelixdakat says: "Familiar yet a nice twist"
    "Enjoyable, don't know if I need both viewpoints"
    Overall

    "Forty counting down" was an entertaining and thought provoking story. But after reading it, I wasn't sure I wanted to hear the same story from the younger protagonist's point of view in "20 counting up"--the first story already explained what would happen to him.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (794)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (732)

    New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson is widely celebrated for his Mistborn Trilogy and contribution to the final three books of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. In The Emperor's Soul, a Forger named Shai can copy and re-create any item by using magic to rewrite its history. After being condemned to death for attempting to steal the emperor's scepter, Shai is given one final chance. She' ll be allowed to live if she can create a new soul for the emperor, who hovers near death.

    debbie says: "A Great Short Novella that is Long in Story"
    "I love, love, love Sanderson but this was BORING!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    He told us what would happen to the character in the first chapter and it does--no plot twists, no particular tension. He tells us that the character is having a hard time accomplishing her goal, but nothing really impedes her--I could barely believe this was a Sanderson book. And it was so short--like a subplot taken out of a larger book (but it wasn't).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
    Overall
    (3015)
    Performance
    (2501)
    Story
    (2512)

    We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

    Lee says: "Was this our holiday present?"
    "The story is great but annoying in one sense..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ann tells us she made every wrong choice in love, but hits the jackpot anyway. Her story is fun, but if you a a person who has had to live with the long-term consequences of your bad decisions, her luck gets grating after awhile... Listen and see if you agree.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Free Short Story: The Elephant Vanishes

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    Overall
    (1017)
    Performance
    (863)
    Story
    (867)

    “The Elephant Vanishes” is a free short story found in the short story collection The Elephant Vanishes: Stories, from Haruki Murakami – Japan's leading contemporary novelist and one of the world’s most important figures in postmodern literature.

    Darwin8u says: "A Good Introduction to Murakami"
    "Proof that a story needs a plot..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was just a collection of words--maybe it was cool in some Asian sense that I didn't get, but anyway...yawn!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4230)
    Performance
    (1921)
    Story
    (1945)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "Wish I'd read the reviews first...."
    Overall

    I always wanted to read this book, so I didn't bother to check the reviews. But as the others said, I'm several chapters in to the book and it's chapter after chapter of the main characters having sex or talking about having sex, described in the cheapest, lowest way--this is NOT a romance novel. It's more like a junior high locker room novel (like Bennie Hill), with no plot. After all this time we are only up to the main character saying her first word. Don't know if I will bother to finish it--probably won't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Time Left

    • UNABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (144)

    Frank Becker is a highly sought after, expert assassin. When Becker takes a mysterious job, he has no idea that it will force him to delve deeply into his own past. Undeterred by obstacles he is determined to complete his assignment. But he may realize too late that his success will permanently alter his future.

    Scott says: "I don't understand how people feel ripped off"
    "Scott Brick is incredible, as always"
    Overall

    The ending to the story is somewhat foreseeable, but Scott Brick a tour de force! He was one of the first narrators I ever heard in Audible, and I still think he is among the greats! His reading is so superb, he actually makes the story better than it might have been. He is completely believable as the character.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26716)
    Performance
    (13351)
    Story
    (13395)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "The cliques are cliqued...."
    Overall

    With the wonderful ratings this book has gotten, I feel like I'm going to be an outcast for saying this, but to me every character in this book is a "been there, done that" clique. Aunt Jemima meets Scarlet O'Hara. The sassy black maid/slave with the heat of gold for the white master's children. The overly difficult and clueless white southern women. The youth girl who's against racism, but who's hopeless naive. I'm partway through the book thinking, "I'm SO bored!"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1383)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (686)

    As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last 25 years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, while immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

    Annette says: "Enchanting"
    "Slow starter, but an entertaining ride later"
    Overall

    The first few chapters seemed deathly dull, and to be going nowhere, but then the book takes off with a clever plot, wry jokes and a behind the scenes examination of Christianity's differences from paganism.

    FUN--And highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Crimson Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Eric A. Radulski
    • Narrated By Eric A. Radulski
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    Yaran Blackencloak, a bard with bad luck and a poor reputation, is ripped violently from his mundane existence when he is tempted into the service of a demon goddess.He gets more than he bargains for, though, for when Yaran tries to return to the life he knew, he finds it permanently, tragically changed.

    Susan says: "A wonderful free gift from Audible"
    "A wonderful free gift from Audible"
    Overall

    That was the best narration I ever heard! It amazed me when I realized it was the author's reading--it sounded like he had professional training. The novella was very suspenseful and the really drew me in. It was nice to finish the story in a little over an hour, too.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3672)
    Performance
    (2223)
    Story
    (2245)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "Scifi Masterpiece?"
    Overall

    I've heard that this book and series is considered an award-winning masterpiece but the only word I can find for it is "weird". Weird scenery (like giant flying trees) and weirder characters without motivations explained. For example, one character finds out his friend suffered an excruciating death because of contact with an alien life form. Then, in the next scene, we find out somehow the character has suffered the same fate as his friend--but the how and why of this occurrance is not explained at all.

    As the recording went on the story just got both more weird and more boring. And one of the narrators (female) didn't seem to be able to act.

    I couldn't finish it--don't waste your time.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful

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