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Suzanne

menlo park, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Bill Buford
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    From one of our most interesting literary figures, former editor of Granta, former fiction editor at The New Yorker, acclaimed author of Among the Thugs, a sharp, funny, exuberant, close-up account of his headlong plunge into the life of a professional cook.

    Grant says: "One of my favorite food books to date."
    "just okay"
    Overall

    This book is just okay. It tended to move a little slowly. It is a lot of kitchen talk about the behind the scenes workings of a restaurant which is is interesting for a few hours, but not for 12 hours. It's is probably great for those who are really interested in the restaurant business or are really into food.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Black Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (901)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (566)

    It is January 1944 - and as Allied troops prepare for D day, Nazi scientists develop a toxic nerve gas that will repel and wipe out any invasion force. To salvage the planned assault, two vastly different but equally determined men are sent to infiltrate the secret concentration camp where the poison gas is being perfected on human subjects. Their only objective: destroy all traces of the gas and the men who created it - no matter how many lives may be lost...including their own.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "They Might Be Scum, But they were German Scum"
    "Good book"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. I had to read the beginning a few times, because I couldn't really focus, but once I settled down, I enjoyed the book. Definitely a good vs evil story. Jews vs Germans

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10339)
    Performance
    (5247)
    Story
    (5281)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "Pretty good"
    Overall

    Definitely a long book; took me a bit to really get into it. But once I did, I enjoyed it, although you really need to stretch the imagination when reading this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanished

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (359)

    Nick Heller is tough, smart, and stubborn. And in his line of work, it's essential. Trained in the Special Forces, Nick is a high-powered intelligence investigator - exposing secrets that powerful people would rather keep hidden. He's a guy you don't want to mess with. He's also the man you call when you need a problem fixed. Desperate, with nowhere else to run, Nick's nephew, Gabe makes that call one night.

    Earl says: "Excellent weaving and unexpected"
    "Good, but don't like the narrator"
    Overall

    This a a pretty good book, not excellent, but I think my opinion for the book is a bit tainted by the narrator. His voices for Lauren and her son Gabe are terrible. I don't like listening to him and I think it has affected my enjoyment of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Rachel is a computer genius whose personal life is hell. While she continues to climb the corporate ranks, her beloved twin sister is plagued by a chronic illness that will eventually kill her, leaving Rachel all alone.Serendipity in the form of a mysterious email lands in Rachel's lap one day, but not without a price. Thousands of miles away, archeologist John Tanek sits trapped inside a collapsed tomb with a laptop. He knows that Rachel is the only person who can help him, but time is quickly running out.

    Suzanne says: "You can skip this Johansen book"
    "You can skip this Johansen book"
    Overall

    I also listened to this book with it's audio issues, (they have since fixed the problem) but audio issues or not, this is not a very good book at all. In addition, I have never had a problem with any of the narrators, but this narrator was pretty bad too. The combo of audio issues, terrible narrator and boring book make this a definite skip if you are considering this book. Try another one of her earlier works. I feel bad about being so harsh, but it is just not worth the credit or money. Get it from the public library if you must.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (3510)
    Performance
    (2626)
    Story
    (2623)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "BORING!"
    Overall

    I am 5 1/2 hours into this book and it is so boring I can't stand it. I chose it based on all of the great reviews, but I am not seeing it. In the 5 hours I have listened to it, there has been NO action. There has been very minor background info on an old rape case and then one of the accused rapists' body was found dead. The circumstance of this death is given only remotely. It is called in to the sheriff's office, so the reader is not even involved directly with it. So far besides this info, all that I am hearing about is the town sheriff and his love life or lack thereof and the construction improvements on his house. Nothing is happening, I am so bored. The story takes place in Wyoming where things may move a bit slow, but this is ridiculous. I keep trying to give it time to improve, but I am 1 hour from finishing the first half and nothing is happening.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Critical

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (93)

    Angela Dawson, M.D., the well-heeled owner of three New York City specialty hospitals, is devastated when a a surge of drug-resistant staph infections threatens her empire.

    Patricia says: "Critical"
    "Okay, not great"
    Overall

    I much prefer Robin Cook's early books. Over the last several years his books are just okay. It is a decent story line, but it is bogged down by a lot of slow reading. Too much explanation on HVAC systems, engineering of a hospital, and boring conversation. In addition, the mafia guys were more comedic than serious.
    That said, it was not bad and I did keep listening until the book was finished instead of getting a new book. There are a lot of better books out there, but also a lot worse too.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Blue Zone

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Kate Raab's life seems almost perfect: her boyfriend, her job, her family...until her father runs into trouble with the law. His only recourse is to testify against his former accomplices in exchange for his family's placement in the Witness Protection Program. But one of them gets cold feet, and in a flash, everything Kate can count on is gone.

    Sherry says: "Blue Zone"
    "Loved this book"
    Overall

    Perfect summer read. Gross has co-written with James Patterson previously, but this book is better than those books. I really enjoyed listening to it. It is very entertaining and a perfect beach read or as in my case perfect to make my swimming laps pass by quickly. I look forward to more solo books from him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Park: Harry Bosch Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1681)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (485)

    In 1993, Marie Gesto disappeared after walking out of a supermarket. Harry Bosch worked the case but couldn't crack it, and the 22-year-old was never found. Now, more than a decade later, with the Gesto file still on his desk, Bosch gets a call from the district attorney. A man accused of two heinous murders is willing to come clean about several others, including the killing of Marie Gesto.

    Joel says: "Another excellent Connelly novel."
    "horrible"
    Overall

    I am almost 2 hours into this book and it is sooo slow and boring. I usually like Michael Connelly, but this one goes nowhere for the first 2 hours, there is no action, just a lot of slow talking. I will continue to listen, I hope that it picks up, but I am tempted to give up. In all fairness, I am only 2 hours into a 10 hour book, so it may pick up, but if you like your books to get right into the action, it does not happen here.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Mephisto Club: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (325)

    PECCAVI. The Latin word is scrawled in blood at the scene of a young woman's brutal murder: I HAVE SINNED. It's a chilling Christmas greeting for Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli, who swiftly link the victim to controversial celebrity psychiatrist Joyce O'Donnell, Jane's professional nemesis and member of a sinister cabal called the Mephisto Club.

    Ramona says: "Must Read"
    "good book"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the book, if you are looking for a book to help make your run or swim go by quickly this is a good choice. I have read, not listened, to other Tess Gerritsen books and they too are enjoyable, quick reads.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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