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Susan

edgewater, NJ, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 12 reviews
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  • And When She Was Good

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (462)

    Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who seldom attracts attention. In her suburb, she's just a mom, the young widow with the forgettable job, who somehow never misses a soccer game. In the state capital, she's the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record. But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she's the woman of your dreams - if you can afford the hourly fee. For more than a decade, Heloise believed she was safe, managing to keep up this rigidly compartmentalized life. But her secret life is under siege. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, an apparent suicide.

    kate says: "Thank goodness for Heloise and excellent narration"
    "A suspenseful, well written book"
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    I was very happy to discover Laura Lippman. She is an excellent writer, tells a good story, and sends an intelligent message. Easy reading. Not intellectual, but a real pleasure. The narrator was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Swan: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By Timothy Dalton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (92)

    Two years have passed since the events of the best-selling Christine Falls, and much has changed for Quirke, the irascible, formerly hard-drinking Dublin pathologist. His beloved Sarah is dead, the judge lies in a convent hospital paralyzed by a devastating stroke, and Phoebe, Quirke's long-denied daughter, has grown increasingly withdrawn and isolated.

    David says: "A great sequel!"
    "Darkly Irish mystery"
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    This is an engrossing and darkly moody mystery, very well narrated. Several surprising turns of event, and interesting characters. I will read more of Black's books, for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is How You Lose Her

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Junot Díaz
    • Narrated By Junot Díaz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (390)

    The stories in This Is How You Lose Her, by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. They capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through - "the begging, the crawling over glass, the crying" - to try to mend what we've broken beyond repair. They recall the echoes that intimacy leaves behind, even where we thought we did not care.

    josh says: "Good collection of short stories"
    "A wonderful writer with a unique voice"
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    Junot Diaz is a wonderful writer who gives a strong voice to Dominican culture. He writes about a world I've not experienced, but it rings true. The stories are sad and funny, mean and generous, and to hear Diaz read them himself is a special treat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2118)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1783)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    John says: "Exciting Nelson DeMille novel with great narration"
    "exciting story, bad writing"
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    I had forgotten what a bad writer Nelson DeMille is. he spins a good yarn, lots of suspense, but after a couple of hours i couldn't stand hearing "she informed me," "I advised him," etc., all in the misguided attempt to avoid "I said" (which isn't even noticeable and moves a story along), I gave up. There are other aspects to his bad writing, which i won't list, except to say that he writes the same book over and over, longer and longer.

    The narration was fine.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21024)
    Performance
    (18854)
    Story
    (18921)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Engrossing and exciting but a let-down ending"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I found the ending unsatisfying.


    If you’ve listened to books by Gillian Flynn before, how does this one compare?

    Haven't listened to others.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. but they were very good performers here. I would definitely listen to more books narrated by either of them.


    Did Gone Girl inspire you to do anything?

    Very funny. No.


    Any additional comments?

    As a story about a psychopath and her victims, it was very engrossing, but the story fell apart for me when, at the end, the book became a version of "No Exit."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4273)
    Performance
    (2800)
    Story
    (2829)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "fascinating, horrifying story, very well narrated"
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    If you could sum up The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in three words, what would they be?

    fascinating, horrifying, long.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I can't say this was likable story. The medical/scientific history was the most interesting. The human story was very disturbing.


    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think i have heard other performances by these people, but i would be happy to. they were very good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several moments, especially those about Henrietta's incarcerated daughter.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm very glad to have listened to this book. Tho it was awfully long, and at times terribly painful to read about, it was full of history and human interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lifeboat: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlotte Rogan
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life. In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband, Henry, across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die. As the castaways battle the elements, and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met and the new life of privilege she thought she'd found.

    Amazon Customer says: "Lord of the Flies on the Water"
    "boring and slow"
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    Would you try another book from Charlotte Rogan and/or Rebecca Gibel?

    The narration was fine but the story was boring and slow and i stopped listening about halfway through.


    Has The Lifeboat turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't know what you mean by "this genre." Historical fiction? Lifeboat stories?


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was fine.


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

    Boredom


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In a Sunburned Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2207)
    Performance
    (763)
    Story
    (760)

    Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

    Larry says: "Laugh out loud funny"
    "a delightful romp down under"
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    What did you love best about In a Sunburned Country?

    i loved learning about the country. Full of nature raw and open spaces and interesting people and places. made me want to go there very badly. also enjoyed Bryson's sense of humor.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In a Sunburned Country?

    All the encounters with nature.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    i like hearing the author's voice, even tho i'm not crazy about Bryson's.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    i would not make a film about it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • School Days

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    Lily Ellsworth, erect, firm, white-haired, and stylish, is the grand dame of Dowling, Massachusetts, and possesses an iron will and a bottomless purse. When she hires Spenser to investigate her grandson Jared Clark's alleged involvement in a school shooting, Spenser is led into an inquiry that grows more harrowing at every turn. Though seven people were killed in cold blood, and despite Jared's being named as a co-conspirator by the other shooter, Mrs. Ellsworth is convinced of her grandson's innocence.

    Anthony says: "Spenser at his Best"
    "Reliable Robert Parker"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of School Days to be better than the print version?

    No.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of School Days?

    Always Spencer's humor is the best part.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Mantegna – was your favorite?

    Spencer


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

    no extreme reaction. but i laughed a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Parker were still alive. i very much enjoy his books and i've been listening to the Spencer series in order. i will be very sad when i'm finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Michael Cochrane
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold is a semi-autobiographical story, which tells of the mental breakdown of an ageing writer. Gilbert Pinfold takes a cruise to try to rebuild his shattered life, but what should his life be, and is he important to the world, anyway?

    Erez says: "What a gem"
    "i can't believe i listened to the whole thing."
    Overall
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    What would have made The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold better?

    Waugh is a wonderful writer but this was an ordeal to listen to. obvious from the beginning and way too long.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    it is Kate Atkinson,


    What about Michael Cochrane’s performance did you like?

    he's a good narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    not really, except the idea.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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