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Susan

Blounts Creek, NC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Silver Borne: Mercy Thompson, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2670)
    Performance
    (1719)
    Story
    (1731)

    When mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson attempts to return a powerful Fae book she'd previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down. It seems the book contains secret knowledge - and the Fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands.

    Meghan says: "Highly recommend"
    "My Favorite of the Series"
    Overall

    I enjoy listening to series so that the characters can develop over the books. I have enjoyed all of the Mercy Thompson books, and this one is my favorite. The relationship development between Mercy and the pack members was interesting as well as Samuel's relationship development! Lorlei King is the perfect narrator for this series. Her voice changes so much that I never have trouble knowing which character is speaking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1417)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (718)

    As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last 25 years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, while immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

    Annette says: "Enchanting"
    "Enchanting and Spell Binding"
    Overall

    I haven't read a lot of OSC in recent years, but was tempted to try him again by the price and the reviews. It was wonderful!!!! I have listened to it almost non-stop. It reminded me of reading the book "Wicked" in that OSC takes a very well known tale and tells it with a new twist and details while remaining true to the story - in this case Sleeping Beauty. The story is fun, if predictable at times (yeah we all know the story). I enjoyed the tongue in cheek humor while the characters are well developed. The narrators are excellent. They give the emotional content of the words the right weight and help maintain the tempo of the story. I think that due to their skill I enjoyed the text more than I would have reading the words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    Overall
    (2103)
    Performance
    (1402)
    Story
    (1405)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "Tears and Laughter"
    Overall

    This book is a great listen for any dog lover. I think my canine kids provided some of the material! It is touching and funny just like our dogs - at times I cried and other times I laughed out loud. The story twists and turns enough to keep you interested yet it never loses its focus of a dog's world as we humans can only imagine it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Virgin River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1590)
    Performance
    (1089)
    Story
    (1103)

    Recently widowed, grieving Los Angeles midwife/nurse Melinda Monroe answers a small upstate town's ad for help. Nestled amongst California's giant redwoods, quaint Virgin River is host to many quirky characters - including bar owner Jack Sheridan, who may be just the man to make Melinda smile again.

    Houston mom says: "Great author if you like Nora Roberts!"
    "Good easy listening and nice characters"
    Overall

    I downloaded this book just as my mother passed away. It was a great escape from the challenges I was facing as we said goodbye to a wonderful Southern lady.
    While, the story line is straighforward, the characters are fun to meet and get to know. I live in a rural area (10 miles from the nearest gas station, and 15 miles from the nearest grocery store). Carr does a great job of highlighting the trade offs between the advantages of the 'boonies' and the logistical nightmare it can be at times.
    Another bonus of this book was the romance scenes. I find some romance 'bedroom scenes' hard to listen to. The author and the narrator both did a great job of communicating the situation without my feeling like I'd been connected to "1-800-phone-sex"
    I'm headed to the second book - can't wait to learn more about "Preacher"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34655)
    Performance
    (25757)
    Story
    (26119)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Great Listen for Young Adults & those of us 50+"
    Overall

    When my Book Club (the vast majority of us are 50+) picked this book, I didn't know anything about it. I was a little dismayed when I saw it was classified as Young Adults and even more so when I read the summary. My fears were ungrounded.
    What a great listen! The premise is a little 'dark' and certainly there is a fair amount of violence, but I really enjoyed the characterization of the districts and the tributes. Plus the plot never went quite like I was expecting...
    The narrator does an excellent job of keeping all the players distinct in the narration. I understand there is a sequel and look forward to it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rhoda Janzen
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (122)

    The same week her husband of 15 years ditches her for a guy he met on Gay.com, a partially inebriated teenage driver smacks her VW Beetle head-on. Marriage over, body bruised, life upside-down, Rhoda does what any sensible 43-year-old would do: She goes home. But hers is not just any home. It's a Mennonite home, the scene of her painfully uncool childhood and the bosom of her family.

    Dotty says: "It's OK"
    "Unexpected and funny"
    Overall

    I am not sure what I expected but this was a fun listen and at times laugh out loud unexpectedly funny. The narration added a great deal to what otherwise might have been a disjointed "memoir". Somehow her voice and tempo made the transitions easier. I always enjoy hearing words that I know I don't know how to pronouce...half of the food consumed in this book met that definition.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Horse Boy: A Father's Quest to Heal His Son

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Rupert Isaacson
    • Narrated By Rupert Isaacson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (113)

    When his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson was devastated, afraid he might never be able to communicate with his child. But when Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, rode their neighbor's horse with Rowan, Rowan improved immeasurably. He was struck with a crazy idea: why not take Rowan to Mongolia the one place in the world where horses and shamanic healing intersected?

    Linda says: "Magical"
    "Heart Warming Story and Wonderful Travel Journal"
    Overall

    The book was well written, narrated, and absolutely inspiring without being maudlin or sugery sweet. These are real people (and horses) that I liked a lot and wish well. The descriptions of Siberia and Mongolia helped me feel like I was seeing it with my own eyes.
    I have volunteered with a NARHA equestrian program (form of therapy on horseback) which made the story even better and am delighted that some of the proceeds will go to the equestrian therapy program started by Rupert. Yes I listened all the way through to every word - even the acknowledgements were fascinating.
    This is the 2nd audio book read by the author that I felt made it a better (rather than worse) experience.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Seaside Practice: Tales of a Scottish Country Doctor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Tom Smith
    • Narrated By Tom Smith
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (46)

    Heartwarming and gloriously eccentric, Dr Tom's stories capture the beauty of the Lowlands, the joys and sorrows of its inhabitants and the richly rewarding experiences of life as a Scottish country doctor.

    Nicola says: "If you like James Herriot you'll like this too"
    "Delightful - just too short"
    Overall

    What a wonderful listen! I normally avoid books that are narrated by the author, but I enjoyed listening to Dr. Smith's inflecitons...and reading between the lines. My only regret is that it wasn't longer.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Seeker: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Jack McDevitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (908)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (397)

    Thousands of years after an entire colony mysteriously disappears, antiquities dealer Alex Benedict comes into possession of a cup that seems to be from the Seeker, one of the colony's ships. Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, follow a deadly trail to the Seeker, strangely adrift in a system barren of habitable worlds. But their discovery raises more questions than it answers, drawing Alex and Chase into the very heart of danger.

    Shannon Peterson says: "Great mix of sci-fi, mystery and adventure."
    "Fun and Familiar"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the pace of the book - it was never dull even when describing the astrophysics involved. I like the fact that the future was familiar and strange at the same time. I listen during my daily commute and always know an audiobook is a winner when I start slowing down as I get closer to work/home so I can listen a few extra minutes. I found myself doing that every day I listened to this one

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5086)
    Performance
    (2877)
    Story
    (2915)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Comfort food for my ears"
    Overall

    This book is like a bowl of wonderful homemade vegetable soup on a cold winter day. A little predictable but warms you from head to toe!
    The narration was excellent and easy on the ears. I enjoyed the musical notes between chapters.
    The shift between periods and locations was handled nicely. There is enough subtle orientation so that you easily remember what was happening when you were last in this time and place.

    42 of 44 people found this review helpful

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