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Susan S.

San Francisco, CA United States | Member Since 2006

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  • True Believers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated By Vanessa Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    Karen Hollander is a celebrated attorney who recently removed herself from consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Her reasons have their roots in 1968 - an episode she’s managed to keep secret for more than 40 years. Now, with the imminent publication of her memoir, she’s about to let the world in on that shocking secret - as soon as she can track down the answers to a few crucial last questions. A resonant coming-of-age story and a thrilling political mystery, True Believers is Kurt Andersen’s most ambitious novel to date, introducing a brilliant, funny, and irresistible new heroine to contemporary fiction.

    connie says: "very listenable political mystery/ romance"
    "Captivating thriller & characters well researched"
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    Would you try another book from Kurt Andersen and/or Vanessa Hart?

    I have enjoyed two other books by Kurt Andersen. Vanessa Hart was good, and glad they used only one narrator.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kurt Andersen again?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I decided on this book knowing nothing about it. And within a few minutes, discovered that the main character was my age, from the same state, and like me attended an East Coast college in 1968, and a diabetic. It is not often you read a thriller about people you could have been given the inclination. It is fiction but the history is well-researched.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gods and Beasts: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Denise Mina
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    It's the week before Christmas when a lone robber bursts into a busy Glasgow post office carrying an AK-47. An elderly man suddenly hands his young grandson to a stranger and wordlessly helps the gunman fill bags with cash, then carries them to the door. He opens the door and bows his head; the robber fires off the AK-47, tearing the grandfather in two. DS Alex Morrow arrives on the scene and finds that the alarm system had been disabled before the robbery. Yet upon investigation, none of the employees can be linked to the gunman.

    D. says: "Wonderful writing, not-so-wonderful performance"
    "Great detective story"
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    I did not guess the ending in this story, it entertained throughout. Mina can paint the depressing Scottish economy quite well and you can understand why the crime happens. However, the narrator's voice was not right for this book--too bouncy or young or stylized Scottish accent-- except for the short period she was doing the American character's accents.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • After I'm Gone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (304)

    Dead is dead. Missing is gone. When Felix Brewer meets nineteen-year-old Bernadette "Bambi" Gottschalk at a Valentine's Day dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises, some of which he actually keeps. Thanks to his lucrative - if not all legal - businesses, she and their three little girls live in luxury. But on the Fourth of July in 1976, Bambi's comfortable world implodes when Felix, facing prison, vanishes. Though Bambi has no idea where her husband - or his money - might be, she suspects one woman does: his devoted young mistress, Julie.

    C. Vincent says: "Cannot rate this highly enough!"
    "A great new character for Laura Lippman"
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    Great story line. Many of Lippman's attempts to create characters other than Tess Monaghan were never as good as Tess. But Sandy Sanchez is wonderful and so are the other characters, I never guessed the ending. However, she should get rid of the phrase, "he or she is good police" in all her books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be Alone: Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By Jonathan Franzen, Brian d'Arcy James
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Passionate, strong-minded nonfiction from the National Book Award-winning author of The Corrections. Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections was the best-loved and most-written-about novel of 2001. Nearly every in-depth review of it discussed what became known as "The Harper's Essay," Franzen's controversial 1996 investigation of the fate of the American novel.

    Susan S. says: "The first story is the best"
    "The first story is the best"
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    The first story, " My Father's Brain" is outstanding and great for anyone going though dementia with a parent. The other stories, both the narrator and the text sounded whiny and cranky.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Los Alamos

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Joseph Kanon
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Spring 1945. As work on the first atomic bomb nears completion on a remote mesa in New Mexico, Karl Bruner, a Manhattan Project security officer, is found murdered in nearby Santa Fe. Is Bruner the victim of a violent sexual encounter, as the local police believe, or is his death a crime that threatens to jeopardize the secret of the Project itself?

    Gena says: "Poor sound quality"
    "Horrible recording sound, but story is interesting"
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    This audiobook was most likely recorded on tape many years ago, so the sound is like being in a tunnel or submarine. Story similar to Kanon's other books, and because I have head other books--I could guess the ending. Still, all in all, for a murder mystery it did keep me interested.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mission to Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (198)

    At the center of the intrigue is Hollywood star, Frederic Stahl. September 1938. On the eve of the Munich Appeasement, Stahl arrives in Paris, on loan from Warner Brothers to star in a French film. He quickly becomes entangled in the shifting political currents of pre-war Paris - French fascists, German Nazis, and his Hollywood publicists all have their fates tied to him. But members of the clandestine spy world of Paris have a deeper interest in Stahl, sensing a potential asset in a handsome, internationally renowned actor.

    Darwin8u says: "Cary Grant Goes to Paris"
    "Great good and Evil Chase Suspense"
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    Story

    Of course Nazi's are evil, but who else is, and running away from them makes this an intriguing story. The narrator was very good and did the male and female parts well. I am glad they used only one narrator because books that use several can be distracting. I would read other books by this author if he changed topics--in the Audible listings it looks like his subject is similar but takes place in other countries. .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Waltz

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Anne Enright
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Irish novelist Anne Enright won the coveted Man Booker Prize for her eloquent novel The Gathering. In The Forgotten Waltz, Enright crafts a stunning tale about a Dublin woman’s affair and its heartrending consequences. Gina Moynihan is already married when she meets Seán Vallely. But longing and desire soon overtake them - and their lives begin to crumble shortly after.

    Susan S. says: "Good and realistic, but out of sync"
    "Good and realistic, but out of sync"
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    Although this story documents an affair and is very bittersweet and realistic, it starts as one story and ends up as another. This story construct does not really work.. Most interesting and bittersweet is how people making decisions to leave a relationship cannot really let go of the last relationship.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1850)
    Performance
    (1478)
    Story
    (1460)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "Great read"
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    Would you listen to Rules of Civility again? Why?

    I rarely listen to books twice.


    Which character ??? as performed by Rebecca Lowman ??? was your favorite?

    She did them all well, but was better with the women, but did do a great Tinker Grey.


    Any additional comments?

    I avoided this book because it was a debut novel, and am sorry I waited so long. It is interesting that a male author has much better developed female characters than male characters, but it is still a wonderful story. I will look for more of Towles books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Piece of Work

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Laura Zigman
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Julia Einstein knew that being a stay-at-home mom had a lot in common with her former job as a celebrity publicist - endless, irrational demands, little to no appreciation, and constant hustle. But it isn't until her husband is laid off from his job and she's forced to go back to work and resurrect screen legend Mary Ford's career that Julia realizes how very much she prefers an actual child to a formerly famous client.

    Susan S. says: "Great story but too much Mommy stuff"
    "Great story but too much Mommy stuff"
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    Would you listen to Piece of Work again? Why?

    I liked the PR stuff and the getting back into work aspect for once successful people.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was good.


    What does Emily Durante bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Her narration was great and she could do many voices. I am listening to another book by someone else right now and may stop because of the narration.


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

    The first 90 minutes was a snooze with the Mommy and baby stuff. It then started to pick up and I am glad I continued.


    Any additional comments?

    If she has cut the mother and baby stuff, the book would have been much better. But I still really like the working story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Butchers Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Deborah Hazlett
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (72)

    Tess Monaghan has finally made the move and hung out her shingle as a PI-for-hire, complete with an office in Butchers Hill. Maybe it's not the best address in Baltimore, but you gotta start somewhere, and Tess' greyhound Esskay has no trouble taking marathon naps anywhere there's a roof. Then, in walks Luther Beale, the notorious vigilante who five years ago shot a boy for vandalizing his car. He wants to make reparations to the kids who witnessed his crime, so he needs Tess to find them.

    Linda says: "Enjoyed very much"
    "Great story that kept me interested the entire tim"
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    Would you listen to Butchers Hill again? Why?

    No, I don't have enough time to listen to a book twice.


    What other book might you compare Butchers Hill to and why?

    Lippman's other Tess Monahan books are quite good too, this might be my 5th book in the series.


    What about Deborah Hazlett???s performance did you like?

    She is very good with all the different voices for the many characters.


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

    Very touching including the facts of the foster care system. However, the ending might be rosier than anything in life.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry to say this. I have listened to a number of Laura Lippman's books, and she is great with Tess Monahan--but not so good when she tries to write fiction with characters where Tess is not part of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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