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Susan

Lakeville, MA, United States

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  • 5 reviews
  • 34 ratings
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  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • Tigers in Red Weather: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Liza Klaussmann
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (120)

    Nick and her cousin Helena grew up in a world of sun bleached boat docks, tennis whites, and midnight gin parties at Tiger House, the family home on Martha's Vineyard. In the wake of the Second World War, the two women are on the cusp of starting their "real lives": Helena is off to Hollywood and a new marriage to the charismatic Avery Lewis, while Nick is heading for a reunion with her own husband, Hughes Derringer, about to return from the war. The world seems rife with possibility, but the gilt soon begins to crack.

    glamazon says: "Not for Kittens in Fair Weather"
    "Waste of Time --"
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    What would have made Tigers in Red Weather better?

    The narrator grated on me. I think I might have stayed with this book if I had read it rather than listened to it. Oftentimes, I cant' get into a book until mid-point (a la Gone Girl) and then the story grabs me and I'm glad that I persevered. This audiobook was a complete waste of time. "14", by Peter Clunes was next on the list, so I pulled the plug, so to speak, to move on to that book and I'm soooooo glad I did.From now on I will make note of the narrator and if it is Katherine Kellgren, I will not buy the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Liza Klaussmann again?

    Yes.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She was attempting a haughty East Coast upper-class snobbiness in her tone of voice and it was very fake to me -- like fingernails on a chalkboard. Like very bad acting. I could not concentrate on the story line, because I could not get past the narrating.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Tigers in Red Weather?

    I didn't listen to enough of the book to answer this intelligently.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. L. Stedman
    • Narrated By Noah Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1204)
    Performance
    (1061)
    Story
    (1043)

    In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

    Sandra says: "Wonderful story.....terrible narrator."
    "I can't understand a word the narrator says."
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    Would you try another book from M. L. Stedman and/or Noah Taylor?

    I can't rate the story because I do not understand what is happening. I am going to have o read this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by M. L. Stedman again?

    Not enough information to make a judgment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9649)
    Performance
    (8843)
    Story
    (8897)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Pulled"
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    What would have made The Fault in Our Stars better?

    I believe a different performer. She was overly dramatic for my taste and the major reason for pulling the plug on this book. The dialogue was witty, but she overplayed it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Me Before You.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Rudd’s performances?

    No.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fault in Our Stars?

    It would be unfair to answer this question, as I did not get far enough into the story to render a just opinion.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2346)
    Performance
    (2113)
    Story
    (2102)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "Pulled the plug."
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    What disappointed you about Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore?

    Slow and boring. I could not keep my attention on the story. I finally decided that I did not have to torture myself and finish it.


    What could Robin Sloan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Too much detail about computers and the workings of such that slowed the story down and confused me.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore?

    I got as far as the description of the software program that replicates boobs and I decided that I had had it and I quit. Was this book written for 13-year old computer geeks?


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Straight Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Sam Freed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (166)

    Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television.

    Jeffrey A. Sherman says: "Shockingly good"
    "I suffered from withdrawal when the book ended"
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    Would you listen to Straight Man again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to this book again. The narrator is outstanding. He performs rather than reads the books and his performance enhances the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hank was my favorite because of his wit and his laid-back outlook on life. I always fall in love with the lead character in all of Richard Russo's books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was laughing out loud in my car in when Hank was crouched in the ceiling of the conference room covered in dirt and wet pants eavesdropping on his peers discussing whether or not to allow his to retain his chair of the English department. Hilarious!@!!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Noooooo. I wanted it to go on forever. I didn't want it to end.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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