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Susie Bright

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  • Villages

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann

    John Updike's 21st novel, a bildungsroman, follows its hero, Owen Mackenzie, from his birth in the semi-rural Pennsylvania town of Willow to his retirement in the rather geriatric community of Haskells Crossing, Massachusetts. In between these two settlements comes Middle Falls, Connecticut, where Owen, an early computer programmer, founds with a partner, Ed Mervine, the successful firm of E-O Data, which is housed in an old gun factory on the Chunkaunkabaug River.

    M. Consol says: "Updike at the height of his powers"
    "Updike's Last Major Book, Outstanding"

    By the time Villages came out, Updike was not trendy anymore, just a giant that young people barely knew about. But you take one look at this book, just listen to one chapter, and you're blown away. His powers were as great, greater than ever. What a loss. I miss his books so much.

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  • The Closers: Harry Bosch Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Los Angeles in 1988, a 16-year-old girl disappeared from her home and was later found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. The death appeared at first to be a suicide, but some of the evidence contradicted that scenario, and detectives came to believe this was in fact a murder. Despite a by-the-book investigation, no one was ever charged.

    Wheelman says: "Thoroughly enjoyable....."
    "Staying on the job with Connelly"
    Would you listen to The Closers: Harry Bosch Series, Book 11 again? Why?

    I may listen again, the plot points coming so fast at times that it was easy to miss something important, subtle or exciting.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The turns and twists in this narrative kept me interested all the way a long. Some blind alley leads that would not be reveled until late in the game made making up my mind about who was at fault tricky and fun.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The arrest of the killer was a tense moment of drama. It was not at all clear that the killer would be taken alive, or that our heroic cops would not be hurt or even killed.

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

    No extremes for me in this episode, just the persistent desire to see the "wrong" cops get taken down and the real killer exposed as well. Connelly is a great student of LA contemporary history and uses that knowledge to guide us on his moral meanderings. Tight and true, as usual!

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  • Lizz Free or Die: Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lizz Winstead
    • Narrated By Lizz Winstead
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show and one of today's most hilarious comedians and insightful social critics, pens a brilliant account of how she discovered her comedic voice. In this collection of autobiographical essays, Winstead vividly recounts how she fought to find her own voice, both as a comedian and as a woman, and how humor became her most powerful weapon in confronting life's challenges.

    Diane says: "Loved it!"
    "I Could Listen to Lizz All Day"
    Any additional comments?

    Of course you expect Lizz Winstead to be funny. But she also brought me to tears with her stories of her family-- her late parents were strict Catholics addicted to Fox News-- and yet they loved each other so dearly. Her family are Irish Catholics from Minnesota, and when she channels their voices, I can hear my own relatives...

    If you love the Daily Show, (she was the co-creator... and so much more) if you dig feminist funny, if you love to talk about sex, politics, and how life is ALWAYS stranger than fiction, you will love Lizz's memoir as much as I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • X - The Erotic Treasury

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Susie Bright
    • Narrated By Judith Smiley, Don Leslie

    If you can only have one audiobook of erotica on your listening device, this is it. From Susie Bright, the "grand dame" of erotica and the editor of The Best American Erotica series, comes this compelling collection, featuring 40 of the best and most relished contemporary erotic short stories to date.

    Carolyn says: "Erotic Treasury"
    "Editor's Behind-the-Scenes... The Best I Ever Had"

    I was asked by Chronicle Books to do a slip-cover, giant volume of the best erotic authors I'd published in the past 20-odd years... this was the result, and it includes both favorites of mine as well as stories that erotica fans had raved about for years.

    Authors include Donna George Storey , veteran Florida horror writer Vicki Hendricks, and incredible end of life piece by Eric Albert, "Broads," by Roxane Gay, "Backstroke," the most hair-raising tennis locker room blow out you've ever read, and the late Donald Rawley's "Slow Dance on the Fault Line." He is like Joan Didion gone erotic.

    Bram Stoker nominee Nicolas Kaufmann has a comic/supernatural turn in a porn star "comeback" story, Lisa Montanarelli talks about what kind of trouble two lovestruck girls can get into in a sleepover, and Greta Christina has a truly eeeeeevil story about sex inside a religious cult: "Deprogramming."

    "Fairgrounds" is Peggy Munson's carny trannie opus, Tsaurah Litzky gets in Santa's Lap, and "A Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot"--- thank you,Robert Olen Butler!

    "Low-Cut" is Lisa Palac's classic story about answering online ads in nothing but your pantyhose, Bill Noble has a castaway scene in Kauai that is absolutely poeticand Carol Queen is unforgettable in "Sweating in Merida."

    The audio producers, Stefan Rudnicki and I, poured over who would read each one. Like, "The Man Who Ate Women"... you have to get that right!

    Corwin Ericson wrote Downeaster Maine porn for me, called it "Seagum," and now it's a full-length novel.. I'm so proud of him. "Wish Girls" is written by a really, really famous s/f writer and I promised not to tell!

    I have a story at the end of the collection-- "The Best She Ever Had." That leaves "Valentine???s Day in Jail," "Full Metal Corset," and Rachel Kramer Bussel's
    "A First Time For Everything." I hope you really enjoy it, and please remember, you can always write me about your erotic lit favorites...

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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Zora Neale Hurston
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee

    This recently rediscovered and critically acclaimed 1937 novel tells the story of Janie Crawford, a long-legged, articulate, and fiercely independent African-American woman of the 1930s. Janie's quest for identity includes three marriages and a return to her roots. Despite her struggles, Janie never defines herself by regret, fear, or unrealistic dreams, and refuses to be anything but her own person.

    Jammie says: "A lovely performance!"
    "Excellent, Dreamy, Transcendant"

    This was one of my favorite books in high school, and one of the best women's memoirs ever. Inspired me all my life as a writer and writing teacher. To hear Ruby Dee was like going to a great stage performance. I envy her, I wish I could read it outloud myself! This is just a very, very special book by a kind of person you never hear from otherwise.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stupid White Men...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Moore
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson

    The polls indicate that 60 percent of Americans are "upset or angry" about this land in which we now live - a land where crooked courts select the president and money rules the day. If you're feeling the same way, here's the book for you. Michael Moore, the award-winning provocateur behind Roger & Me, returns to size up the new century - and that big, ugly special-interest group that's laying waste to the world as we know it: stupid white men.

    Irene says: "Frustrated: oversimplifing and diluting of issues"
    "Michael, YOu Must Read Your Own Books!"

    Michael Moore is a natural reader and standup comedian. His writing is funny as hell and great satire on late-stage capitalism. Why didn't he read his book here? Mr. Johnson is fine, but we all know Moore so well, it's surprising not to hear his voice. I tend to be on the side of celebrities and actors reading their own work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michael Gerber
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove

    Warning: This isn't the real's funnier! "Gerber's affectionate, giggle-inducing send-up is one giant step toward restoring the somewhat debased art form known as 'parody,'" says Sean Kelly, former editor of National Lampoon. If you love Harry Potter - or if you have had enough of him! - you've gotta hear this.

    Eddie Beard says: "If Zero stars were an option . . ."
    "Not What I Expected, But A Great Laugh Nonetheless"

    I searched for "harry potter" on audio when it first came out, and it wasn't yet available. This parody was the only thing in the Audible catalog! I got it for my daughter, anyway, who was obsessed,and she loved it. Your precocious twelve year old will love it, too.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "How Can You Say No to Carl?"

    This is a treat for me, b/c I love Carl Hiassen and his tawdry Floridian romps... and, I knew Stephen Hoye because he's done such great work on some audiobooks I've produced myself, for the Best American Erotica series. It was such a treat to discover his work here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone

    Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone brilliantly interpret twenty of Edgar Allan Poe's most chilling stories and poems - an unforgettably intense listening experience!

    tom says: "Excellent performance, poor formatting."
    "Every Once in a While, You Need Classic"

    These recordings are awe-inspiring, really great performances. It's as if Poe was made for the stage, for the echo of the studio. I like to play this on Halloween and other dark occasions!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlock

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated By Jean Smart

    When Chicago Black Hawks hockey legend Boom Boom Warshawski drowns in Lake Michigan, his private-eye cousin, the intrepid V.I. Warshawski, questions the accidental death report and rumors of suicide. Armed with a bottle of Black Label and a Smith & Wesson, V.I. follows a trail of violence and corruption to the center of the Windy City's powerful shipping industry.

    Jean says: "Deadlock"
    "Sara and Jean, My Mystery Wet Dream"

    I can't get enough of this combo. All of them are five stars. Trashy mysteries with kick ass heroines, check check CHECK

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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