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SusieQ

Pittsburgh, PA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Someone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alice McDermott
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (107)

    An ordinary life - its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion - lived by an ordinary woman: this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott’s extraordinary return, seven years after the publication of After This. Scattered recollections - of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old age - come together in this transformative narrative, stitched into a vibrant whole by McDermott’s deft, lyrical voice.

    Annie M. says: "Each word chosen like a jewel"
    "My favorite Alice McDermott to date."
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    Alice McDermott is amazing. She can turn the lives of ordinary people people into compelling reading. I only wish the book had been longer.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    Overall
    (9287)
    Performance
    (8512)
    Story
    (8521)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Great narrator"
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    I think David Pittu did an amazing job of representing all the different characters in the book. HIs voice was spot on for both Theo and Boris. But his interpretation of Hobie and the Barbours was very good, too. All too often, regional and foreign accents are grating and very distracting, but no so for Pittu. I hope he narrates more adult fiction.

    The book itself is not a page turner but very fascinating when read in portions; I would read it for a few hours, then swtich to a different book, and back again to The Goldfinch. Dickensenian in style, I think this title is best read as Dickens's works were published--in serialized format-- so that this jam-packed plot can be best absorbed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11849)
    Performance
    (7225)
    Story
    (7116)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "Great gift for parents-to-be"
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    Where does Go the F--k to Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Along with What to Expect When You're Expecting this is a great gift for parents--first time or otherwise. Samuel L. Jackson's performance is spot on and very funny. My 20 year old son likes it a lot and I'll make sure he has it in his library when he's a father.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Angel's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (245)

    In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martin, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.

    bluebelle says: "My Favorite Book!"
    "Good read"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Anyone who has been to Barcelona will appreciate how well the author describes the city in early 20th century.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story, though complex, was not difficult to follow (easier than in the Shadow of the Wind) and kept my interest throughout.


    What about Dan Stevens’s performance did you like?

    Dan Stevens's wonderful, deep voice was perfect for conveying the dark side of this mystery while bringing out the sensitivity of the main character.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2087)
    Performance
    (1420)
    Story
    (1423)

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    Anita says: "many layered thriller"
    "Splendid mix of writing and narrating"
    Overall

    A great mystery/thriller. This is my first encounter with Nesbo before but it sure won't be the last. Sachs's narration evokes the coldness of the characters and the setting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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