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Suzanne

Chesterfield, MO, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Seeing a Large Cat: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (343)

    Best-selling mystery author Elizabeth Peters has captured the hearts of thousands of readers with her spunky Victorian Egyptologist, Amelia Peabody Emerson. In Seeing a Large Cat, Amelia must ensnare a modern-day killer, a bogus spiritualist, and a predatory debutante in the awesome Valley of the Kings. Someone is sending ominous messages: "Stay away from tomb Twenty-A!" Intrigued, parasol-wielding Amelia won't rest until she finds the forbidden burial site.

    Nancy J says: "Top -Notch Story & Performance"
    "Great Listen!"
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    Where does Seeing a Large Cat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A delightful diversion between other books from other authors.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between the Professor and Mrs. Emerson.
    The adventures of the young people, kept secret from their elders.


    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It's wonderful, as always.
    "The Last Camel Died At Noon" was performed by someone else, and the performance was such a disappointment compared to Barbara Rosenblat's.


    Who was the most memorable character of Seeing a Large Cat and why?

    Amelia Peabody Emerson, as always. The main reason, I guess, is that she is the Narrator of the story. Also, her use of the English language is sophisticated and humorous.


    Any additional comments?

    It's fun to look forward to the next book in the series, especially to learn how Ramses has grown and what he's up to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4346)
    Performance
    (3904)
    Story
    (3982)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
    "Favorite book made new"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they like fantasy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a heroic quest, first of all. It's misterious and compelling, and the characters in the Fellowship are wonderful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to choose.


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

    Yes. When they found Bilbo at Elrond's house. Also when Sam insisted on going into Mordor with Frodo.


    Any additional comments?

    I've always loved "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. But to hear it read aloud, and by such a masterful performer, is marvelous. Things I had skipped over, in reading the book, (like the songs and some of the descriptions), came to life in hearing it read aloud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Emily Bronte
    • Narrated By Janet McTeer, David Timson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (653)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (292)

    When Mr. Earnshaw brings a black-haired foundling child into his home on the Yorkshire moors, he little imagines the dramatic events which will follow. The passionate relationship between Cathy Earnshaw and the foundling, Heathcliff, is a story of love, hate, pity, and retribution, the effects of which reverberate throughout the succeeding generations.

    Stephanie says: "Classic"
    "So much better than the movies"
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    Would you listen to Wuthering Heights again? Why?

    Over and over again. It is such a compelling story.


    Which character – as performed by Janet McTeer and David Timson – was your favorite?

    Heathcliff, definitely.


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

    I was pretty horrified by it. In the films based on this book Heathcliff is presented as lovelorn and obsessed, but in the book he is rather a fiend. The ending was very compelling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3145)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1321)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Never wanted the characters to go away"
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    Where does The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dawsey. He is so warm and steady.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Everything! It made it come to life with a different narrator reading each character's letters.


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

    A different look at World War II


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Cousin Rachel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Jonathan Pryce
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (127)

    Ambrose Ashley, Philip's cousin, guardian, and god, married Rachel in Italy and died there. Jealous of his marriage and grief-stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousin's widow with hatred in his heart.

    Diane says: "The best audio book I ever listened to"
    "An Old Favorite"
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    What made the experience of listening to My Cousin Rachel the most enjoyable?

    Hearing a favorite book read aloud


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ambrose, because he was made so real through Philip's admiration for him and memories of him


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Pryce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I've loved his voice when I've seen him in films.


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

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (391)

    The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement-especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla - his Moscow Centre nemesis - and sets a trap to catch the traitor.

    carl801 says: "Le Carre remains the gold standard"
    "What a Ride!"
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    If you could sum up Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, suspenseful, satisfying


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy?

    Jim Predeaux's recounting of his experience in Czechoslovakia to Smiley.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Jayston’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Haven't listened to any before


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

    No, not until near the end.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol [Alpha DVD Version]

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Paul Albertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Ebenezer Scrooge is a miser who lords over his poor employee, Bob Cratchit, and hates the joys that Christmas affords everyone but himself. After being exceptionally miserable at the office on the day of Christmas Eve, Scrooge returns home to be haunted by three spirits who attempt to motivate a change in the old man's demeanor - lest he continue on his current path and face almost certain eternal damnation.

    Suzanne says: "Wonderful Christmas classic!"
    "Wonderful Christmas classic!"
    Overall

    It is a joy to hear this classic read so beautifully and with an English accent.

    It isn't as scary listening to it read as it is in a movie or the dramatization on record that I remember as a child...and then I realized that it doesn't have any scary music in the background!
    (smile)

    Listening to this audio book will be an ongoing Christmas tradition in our home.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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