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Susan

Vicksburg, MI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 19 purchased in 2014
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    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10592)
    Performance
    (9613)
    Story
    (9633)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Oh for heaven's sake"
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    This is the first time the audible reader reviews fooled me into getting a real clunker.

    Just bad. Ridiculous story line.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4944)
    Performance
    (1651)
    Story
    (1640)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Pee you"
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    You know how Stephen King has moments of brilliance, and then he comes up with a total dud? This would be the dud. Like Insomnia and Under The Dome, this was a ridiculous story that I just could not give license to. Yeah, yeah, he writes supernatural stuff, sure. I was just never able to get on board with this. As with Under The Dome, I am unsure why I stuck with it til the end. I listened to 11-22-63 right before this, an example of King's very best. This one? Not so much.

    The reader was unemotional and flat, and, well, yeah. Pee you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4758)
    Performance
    (2167)
    Story
    (2175)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Audiophile says: "An Epic Medical Novel"
    "I didn't want it to end"
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    I loved everything about this book. It was a long journey that was riveting from the start to the finish. I loved the characters and their stories. I laughed, I cried, I could not put this down. For some reason, it took me a long time to pull the trigger on this one, but I am glad I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4152)
    Performance
    (2985)
    Story
    (2981)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Way too many holes in the story"
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    I'll start out by saying this was entertaining and engrossing, and the reader was excellent ...but..
    Maybe it's just me because I am a scientist and develop drugs. The entire premise was completely inaccurate, and illogical to boot. Okay, so there's artistic license. This is far beyond that. NO company is going to fund something and not require a detailed regular report from the researcher. And no company would consider letting a funded researcher develop a drug's efficacy and safety in a makeshift lab and not know all the details. To say that drug development is so much more involved than that is an understatement.
    And the feasibility of "the drug" that they kept referring to was ludicrous. They did all this work for years and then decided all of a sudden that it wasn't something people wanted? Without discussing that with the funding company!? Isn't that what happens BEFORE all the research even begins? (hint: It is).I kept hoping it wasn't going to be that simplistic and, well, dumb, but alas. Plus, their use of the term "vaccine" wasn't really kosher, but that artistic license I'll grant.
    I don't want to seem pedantic, but COME ON.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1299)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (690)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "Riveting--to a point"
    Overall

    I found myself completely engrossed for about 3/4 of the book. The accounts as told to the therapist were believable and extremely chilling. It really fell apart and crossed the line past the believable point toward the end, however. Over all, a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4690)
    Performance
    (1337)
    Story
    (1348)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "I should have trusted my instincts"
    Overall

    So many women told me that this was the best book EVER and that I HAD TO READ IT!!!
    After choking down half of it, I'd had enough (and I did actually slam the book down with that exclamation), I am still left to wonder why it has been so often hyped. The main character is a self-centered, exhausting, needy person, aren't there enough of those people in everyday life without having to read about it? It could have been written by a teenager with good writing skills. She is unlikeable and emotionally immature.

    If it helps people on their spiritual journey, fabulous. I know I probably come off as a jerk, but although I have had my own share of life's ups and downs, I just cannot identify with the author. It's just not the book for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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