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Susan Reiser

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SAN ANSELMO, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Exclusive Interview: James Atlas with John Irving

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By James Atlas
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (352)

    James Atlas interviews John Irving about his life and works.

    John Lane says: "A Little Dull"
    "pre reading warning"
    Overall

    Do not listen to this until you have finished A Prayer For Owen Meany.The major suspenseful event of the book is told in the first few minutes of the review.I had listened for 20 hours and then decided to hear the interview and the idea that was just becoming clear to me was discussed in the interview. It didn't ruin this wonderful book but I wish I had been able to discover it in the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley of Amazement

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1164)
    Performance
    (1029)
    Story
    (1045)

    Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

    Pamela J says: "Just could NOT get past the ugliness"
    "the worst"
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    If you like to have books read to you as if one is reading down a bullet list,this may be for you. What a disappointment. Of course, as many ,I have read Joy Luck Club and her subsequent novels but I was so utterly disappointed,I actually could not listen after Chapter 4. Maybe it needs a better chance, but I felt I was listening to a fourth grader's outline of a story.
    There is no detailed description of Shang hai which is a given but no description of any characters inner thoughts, no inner thoughts on anything. i could not feel I was in the writers mind or imagination which toime is the whole magic of books. I was so bored and actually frustrated,I stopped and went back to a story I had already heard. It was that horrible.
    I do not remember huge love of Tan's books after JLC but they were good.
    Sorry to say, this is the first of over 200 books that I could not get through. Usually I feel, I paid for this ,I can listen. With this book,I could not even do that.
    Total disappointment and a true waste of a credit! Beware.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (968)
    Performance
    (835)
    Story
    (824)

    Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Probably the best of this remarkable series."
    "Great to read number one in English"
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    I have read this series in English and the first few had not been translated. It was great to be able to read earlier stories if only to see the improvement in Jo Nesbo's development of character and depth of plot. Great idea to start at the beginning, as with any series, but standing alone this one is not his best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • V Is for Vengeance: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1371)
    Performance
    (1130)
    Story
    (1123)

    A woman with a murky past who kills herself-or was it murder? A dying old man cared for by the son he pummeled mercilessly. A lovely woman whose life is about to splinter into a thousand fragments. A professional shoplifting ring racking up millions in stolen goods. A brutal and unscrupulous gangster. A wandering husband, rich and powerful. A spoiled kid awash in gambling debt thinking he can beat the system. A lonely widower mourning the death of his lover, desperate for answers that may be worse than the pain of his loss.

    Gayle says: "Worth The Wait!"
    "Disappointingly outdated"
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    I love this Kinsey series. I have waited for this book and was delighted to see it on Audible. I have been listening for about 8 months usually about a book a week.This mystery was so outdated it was almost impossible not to laugh at the silliness. Normally one can get by the fiction of the 80's and its lack of technology with a great plot and real thrill. This series is not read by me at least for great plot or amazing twists but rather for the main character herself and bumbling along with her.It just doesn't work anymore. It feels like A-Z was written thirty years ago and if she is to stay in the same decade, she has to at least gear up the interest level. I knew from the start what was going to happen,the narrator who is suppose to be a 38 y.o woman sounds eighty. I was bored and it seemed silly. It's time to update and actually give Kinsey a cell phone or add some thrills, bumps and twists to this dated bumper car.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Cupboard Full of Coats

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Yvvette Edwards
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    It's been fourteen years since Jinx's mother was brutally stabbed to death in their home in East London. Then, out of nowhere, Lemon arrives on her doorstep. An old friend of her mother's, he wants to revisit the events leading to that terrible night. Over the course of one weekend they strip away the layers of the past to lay bare a story full of jealousy and tragic betrayal. Narrated with a distinct and fiery spice, Jinx and Lemon must find their own paths to redemption in this stunning debut novel.

    Kd says: "WOW!"
    "Engaging story,mesmerized throughout"
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    I loved this book. It seems quirky at first but I grew to love the characters. Their feelings, conversations and the storyline drew me in. This is rare in audible readings.I am listening to it all again because it is a beautiful story of love, loss and missed opportunities. The 3 star performance rating is because I found the West Indies dialect, helpful to the story feeling authentic, was very hard for me to understand. I listen at night on an Ipod and the rewinding to catch phrases was a pain. Otherwise, a great selection.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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