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Susannah

I am musician and mom of several little musicians. Love good narrators. Love good stories. Love Audible.

Corona, CA, United States

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  • Speak Memory: An Autobiography Revisited

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (69)

    Speak, Memory, first published in 1951 as Conclusive Evidence and then assiduously revised in 1966, is an elegant and rich evocation of Nabokov’s life and times, even as it offers incisive insights into his major works, including Lolita, Pnin, Despair, The Gift, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, and The Luhzin Defense.

    Darwin8u says: "Speak, Mnemosyne!"
    "Fascinating Listen"
    Overall

    I was traveling to Russia and thought I'd take this along since much takes place in St. Petersburg. This is not an easy book nor everyone's cup of tea. That said, it is a stunning account by the author of his early years prior to 1940; he examines the question of "who am I?" through stories, fragments of memories and a robust portrait of his father. The writing is addictive, despite, or maybe because of the author's attitude being quite humorless, definitely arrogant and sometimes didactic. I watched a youtube video interview of Nabokov, and the real man was quite bristly and he had an odd, odd accent (despite his Cambridge education.) The narrator (Rudnicki) does a clever job of capturing the real man, without alienating us. I don't think I would have read this book on paper; listening to it was made easy by this production. The narrator handles the long, winding passages with ease. It was a delicious listen.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "Wonderful first novel"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Profiler's Daughter to be better than the print version?

    Well, sometimes the writing ran a bit long; so I think it's better on audio.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Profiler's Daughter?

    When Sly dons the Balenciaga gown that belonged to her grandmother. Magic.


    What about Gabrielle de Cuir’s performance did you like?

    Just about everything. I really enjoyed the sections where she talked about Sly's panic attacks and insecurities; the narrator is good at handling these emotional moments without going over the top, and yet she fully explores the emotions. Her accents were very good; having to juggle 5 male Boston cops was amazing; I loved the Grandmother, too. Great Brahmin attitude.


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

    The grandmother made me laugh; as did her sidekick cop who keeps calling her "Darlin." I very much disliked "Jake" her former husband, and really think Sky should move on. But then again, a lot of us want the "bad" guy or gal.


    Any additional comments?

    This should be a TV series. When's the next one?!?!? ;0) So rarely do we get a strong female lead in a novel who has personal issues, too. Knocked one star off story because in the writing there were sometimes there were repetitive phrases (i..e Sly kept putting things in her pockets.) Also, I really disliked Jake. I hope she gets a new boyfirend in the next installment.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow in Serenity

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    Carny Sullivan grew up in the zany world of a traveling carnival. Quaint and peaceful Serenity, Texas, has given her a home, a life, and a child. Logan Brisco is the smoothest, slickest, handsomest man Serenity has ever seen. But Carny Sullivan knows a con artist when she sees one—and she’s seen plenty, starting with her father. As far as Carny Sullivan can tell, she’s the only one in town who has his number. Because from his Italian shoes to his movie-actor smile, Logan has the rest of the town snowed.

    Susannah says: "A nice revamping ..."
    "A nice revamping ..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Shadow in Serenity the most enjoyable?

    I loved the lead character; as always, this author's characters and dialogue are wonderful and believable. I knew pretty much where the plot was headed, but it was a great ride.


    What other book might you compare Shadow in Serenity to and why?

    Well, it's a stand-alone. It's actually a rewrite of an earlier novel, before the author stopped writing secular novels. It reminds me of a modern day Music Man; the charming crook who comes to town and tries to con all of Carny's family. Great fun listen, without being too sweetie-sweetie.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to count.


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

    Yes. I had listened to this narrator in Truth Stained Lies, and was so surprised when she comes on with this fun, country accent. I was so surprised! She was so good at both books, I don't know if the real narrator is Southern, or not.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't care for books where the characters keep talking to God and he answers. Terri manages to maintain the spirituality of the characters without losing a good plot and romance. Love the narrator. I think she's a perfect match for Terri's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Long Time Coming

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Edie Claire
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Years and distance kept the memories at bay. But back at home, the past is ready and waiting to haunt her... Eighteen years have passed since Joy's childhood best friend, Jenny, met her death in a tragic car accident just a few days after their senior prom. A broken Joy left their small Kentucky hometown shortly after - determined never to come back. But when her father's illness forces her to return, she realizes that neither time nor distance have truly healed her troubled soul.

    TJM says: "just ok"
    "Romance and Mystery!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Long Time Coming in three words, what would they be?

    Well Told Tale.


    What other book might you compare Long Time Coming to and why?

    I am new to romance stories. I am a great mystery fan. The author has combined the two elements to good effect. It reminded me of Truth Stained Lies by Kingsbury but without the Christian slant.


    What about Gabrielle de Cuir’s performance did you like?

    I think the reader's performance actually improved the novel. I enjoyed the character of the Southern mother and the Sheriff suitor. The story did go on and on at times, but the reader made it very personal, so I kept listening.


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

    The opening chapter was very good and moody, when the protagonist first encounters the ghost of her friend.


    Any additional comments?

    Book could have been sized down a bit, and I feel the ghost elements could have been turned up a bit. But then, I prefer mysteries over romance, as a rule. I would listen to more by this author, but I don't see other of her works listed in audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Ender’s Game Alive: Chapter 4

    • ORIGINAL (22 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that re-imagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Susannah says: "Outstanding new interpretation"
    "Outstanding new interpretation"
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    Would you listen to FREE Ender’s Game Alive: Chapter 4 again? Why?

    Yes; with friends. And on my stereo system instead of headphones.


    What other book might you compare FREE Ender’s Game Alive: Chapter 4 to and why?

    Maybe Dracula? But not really. This is more like theatre or film.


    What does Full Cast Recording bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    We get a lot of new background material about what the adults are scheming.


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

    I'm not good at brevity, sorry.


    Any additional comments?

    Leave me alone, so I can listen to the rest!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Ender's Game Alive, Chapter 3

    • ORIGINAL (18 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (94)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that re-imagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Susannah says: "Loving it! Theatre of the Mind, is right!"
    "Loving it! Theatre of the Mind, is right!"
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    If you could sum up FREE Ender's Game Alive, Chapter 3 in three words, what would they be?

    Best Version Yet!


    What other book might you compare FREE Ender's Game Alive, Chapter 3 to and why?

    None. I've never heard anything like it.


    Have you listened to any of Full Cast Recording’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, but not this intricate. I liked Zorro a few years back with Val Kilmer, but it was a much shorter program. This is an event.


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

    Absolutely. Thinking of doing an Ender's Game Alive full day PARTY!


    Any additional comments?

    Keep doing these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Ender's Game Alive: Chapter 2

    • ORIGINAL (19 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (102)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that re-imagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Kevin d. says: "This Far and No Farther"
    "Awesome!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does FREE Ender's Game Alive: Chapter 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    See my previous review of Chapter One.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Graff and Ender. Oh, and Valentine. And mazer. And let's see .... just about everyone!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So far? DAP yelling at the launchies.


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

    YES!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent drama and fun effects. My kids are in a trance. They skipped TV tonight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Ender's Game Alive: Chapter 1

    • ORIGINAL (21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (148)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that re-imagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Ian says: "Great preview for a great story"
    "Works for me!"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to FREE Ender's Game Alive: Chapter 1 the most enjoyable?

    The ease and speed of download. The audioplay itself sounds spectacular. Top audio quality and sound effects.


    What other book might you compare FREE Ender's Game Alive: Chapter 1 to and why?

    World War Z, MAYBE. But Z wasn't as complex as this production.


    What does Full Cast Recording bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well, if you want the book, listen to Rudnicki's original recording. This is an expansion of the book and is great for families and kids (although it's by no means all kiddie stuff)


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

    When Ender gets taken away to Battle school and the Mom and Valentine cry. KLEENEX!


    Any additional comments?

    Make more like these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (792)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fresh new way to enjoy the story"
    "Well done! Something Very Different!"
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    Where does Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    First place, if we're just talking about audioPLAYS (like Zorro and the recent Gaiman). It's the most sophisticated audioplay style drama I have heard. The length (7 hours!!) itself puts it in a whole other category from basic radio drama, the sound effects and the rock solid performances make it a new kinda audio high for me. I love the fact that the author wrote this himself. It's different from the book cause the book is very internal, while this is very EXTERNAL. And yet, it retains the intimacy of the story; it's like you're a fly on the wall, eavesdropping on the whole story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They were all very solid. Of the adults, Col. Graff was the best (he was the original Ender on the audiobooks I think). Ender (Kirby?) showed astonishing range; made me cry. Valentine was very moving, too. The villains were delightfully evil: Peter and Bonzo. My kids loved the villains. I loved the new British lady character. No one has mentioned the sound effects, which are AMAZING. OMG. When that door to the Battle Room opens, and you can actually FEEL the space. (Grammy winnerJanis Ian's Valentine theme is haunting, and all the music is very moving (not that synthesized stuff.) I looked up John Rubinstein (I'm a music teacher) who did the score; he's the son of freakin' ARTHUR Rubinstein!! BTW, I downloaded this at top quality, and on headphones, the sound is stunning. We have a family date night tonight to start listening to it together as a family, episode by episode. Popcorn and Ender!


    Which character – as performed by Full Cast Recording – was your favorite?

    Yes, yes, yes, as others have said, there are adults and women playing kids. But I suspect Card's writing is too sophisticated to find a dozen little kids to play them. Unlike other reviewers, I had no problem with women/adult voices. I thought they sounded wonderful. Like a musical ensemble; sort of Greek chorus mode. I thought the accents were well done, especially Alai and the head honcho East Indian Admiral. Can you imagine a bunch of real 12 year olds bungling Card's amazing dialogue? Please. And it's not like Bart Simpson acting, because that's a super hyped cartoon fake voice. This is drama. Plus, how do we know what kids will sound like in the future? I felt this was story-telling at it's best. It was awesome. YMMV.


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

    And now, for something completely different.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't expect this to be the book. Don't expect it to be the original audiobook (I loved and still love the original audiobooks, too). Purists may have problems with this version. I foresee that there will be mega review "trolls" who hate it. I say, throw out all the 5 stars (like mine) and throw out all the one stars, and consider this audioplay as a nice solid 4 star. And don't compare it to anything else you've ever heard. It's a different animal. And a very sleek and sexy one. When's the next one??? ;0)

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Seventh Gate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Richard Zimler
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Berlin, 1932. Sophie is a smart and sexually precocious 14-year-old coming of age during Hitler's rise to power. Forced to lead a double life when her father and boyfriend become Nazi collaborators, she reserves her dreams of becoming an actress for her beloved elderly neighbor, Isaac Zarco, and his friends, most of whom are Jews working against the government in a secret group called the Ring. When a member is sent to Dachau, she realizes there must be a Nazi traitor in the group - but who?

    Susannah says: "Beautiful literary tale of 1930s Berlin"
    "Beautiful literary tale of 1930s Berlin"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Seventh Gate to be better than the print version?

    For me, yes. The book is long and there are many characters and a lot of foreign phrases (German and Hebrew) so it was very helpful to be "read to" on this occasion. Also, the characters came to life for me very vividly by the reader. Also, there were some very confusing transitions between past and present and flashback, and have the reader guide me there was illuminating.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Seventh Gate?

    They are all spoilers so I hesitate to say. I can say though, that it's not a cheery little story; it's deep and intricate and very, very tragic at several points.


    What does Gabrielle de Cuir and Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She did a good job of reading it. She goes from a first-person dying 89 year old woman recounting her youth: to a 14 year old girl just by adjusting tone and attitude. She handles aging Jewish men, dwarves and deaf circus performers. (The man narrator only read little bits of the chapter breaks and the introduction.) She doesn't do 7,000 different voices, but she tells the story with author intent, which is my preferred kind of narrator.(I am sometimes very puzzled by the divergent opinions about readers; and sometimes shocked by the piercing comments. I guess it's a matter of taste and a very personal choice. 'Nuf said.)


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

    Again, spoiler. There were many, many such moments in the novel. How could there not be


    Any additional comments?

    The book is long and I felt Zimler could have pared things down a bit It gave me amazing insights into not only the specific horrors of WWII, but an amazing portrayal of Berlin, the city. I knocked off points because of the excessive length and because of a somewhat anticlimactic end to the solving of the "mystery" part of the story. But then, I like my "mysteries" tied up neatly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Truth-Stained Lies: Moonlighter, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    Cathy Cramer is a former lawyer and investigative blogger who writes commentary on local homicides. When she finds a threatening note warning her that she’s about to experience the same kind of judgment and speculation that she dishes out in her blog, Cathy writes it off as mischief…until her brother is caught in the middle of a murder investigation - the victim is his ex-wife. As her brother is tried and convicted in the media, and bloggers have a field day, Cathy wonders if she should have taken the threat more seriously.

    Susan Fryman says: "Truth Stained Lies"
    "Good book, good reader"
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    What made the experience of listening to Truth-Stained Lies the most enjoyable?

    The author writes very well; her characters are real, and suspenseful. Her Christian message, though clear, is not heavy handed like many others in the genre. I like a good mystery, and though the story started a bit slow, the narrator kept me interested until it picked up. From then on, I couldn't stop listening. Good job.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Truth-Stained Lies?

    If I told you, it would be a spoiler! ;0) It's toward the end. That is all I will say!


    Have you listened to any of Gabrielle de Cuir’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I think I have listened to her on Coming Home by Karen Kingsbury, and enjoyed her and the male narrator very much. I loved the way she did the sisters in this one, especially Holly, who is a hoot. And not many readers can do little kids well. I also liked her reading of Shadow in Serenity by Terri Blackstock. She does emotional things that are very moving. Made the story very scary and exciting to me.


    If you could rename Truth-Stained Lies, what would you call it?

    Oh, that's a good question. Maybe "White Lies."


    Any additional comments?

    No. Just God Bless!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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