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Susan

Putnam Valley, NY, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • River's End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (192)

    Olivia's parents had been one of Hollywood's glittering golden couples...until the night the monster came. The monster who destroyed their beautiful home and took her mother away from her forever. The monster with the face of her father. Now a young woman, Olivia has a chance to confront her tragic past - and the longings of her own lonely heart. But before she can confront her past, she must safeguard her future.

    Susan says: "River's End"
    "River's End"
    Overall

    Great book! I was sorry when it ended. The narrator did an excellent job with the different voices. I love Nora Roberts to begin with and haven't listened to (or read) a good Nora Roberts book in a while. I am going to order another one next. I totally recommend this book for those who like a good mystery, love story.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Ride the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lucia St. Clair Robson
    • Narrated By Laurie Klein
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    In 1836, when she was nine years old, Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanche Indians. This is the story of how she grew up with them, mastered their ways, married one of their leaders, and became, in every way, a Comanche woman. It is also the story of a proud and innocent people whose lives pulsed with the very heartbeat of the land. It is the story of a way of life that is gone forever.

    mamaD says: "nice book but the narrator could be better."
    "Nope, didn't like it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This book was recommended by a friend. She reads, not listens. I listen to books. I love audio books. I am up to Chapter 13 and am so bored, that I am not going to continue. I can't pay attention while I am listening and my mind wanders. The narrator is not good at all. Her voice just irks me. I don't mean to be so harsh, but that's just how I feel about this book. I'm waiting for it to get better, and it just doesn't seem to be doing that for me. So I am putting it down for now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guilty Wives

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (742)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (601)

    Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo, and they surrender: to the sun and pool, to the sashimi and sake, to the Bruno Paillard champagne. In the morning's harsh light, Abbie awakens on a yacht, surrounded by police. Something awful has happened - something impossible, unthinkable. Abbie, Winnie, Serena, and Bryah are arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable.

    Betsy says: "Ditto - Don't waste your credit."
    "Loved it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Guilty Wives rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up the top of my favorite books


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. It just kept moving and I hated to put it down.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end, when the main character became the hero.


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

    Yes, but I prolonged it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Road Home

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Danielle Steel
    • Narrated By Anthony Fusco
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    From her secret perch at the top of the stairs, Gabriella Harrison watches the guests arrive at her parents' lavish Manhattan town house. At seven, she knows she is an intruder in her parents' life. Later, hiding in a closet, the click, click, click of her mother's high heels will strike terror in her heart. Gabriella believes, as she is told, that she is to blame for her mother's rage -- and her father's failure to protect her. Her world is a confusing blend of terror, betrayal, and pain. Her parents' aristocratic world is no safeguard against the abuse that knows no boundaries, respects no person, no economic lines. Gabriella knows that, try as she might, there is no safe place for her to hide. Even as a child, her only escape is through the stories she writes. Only writing can dull the pain of her lonely world. And when her parents' marriage collapses, Gabriella is given her first reprieve, as her father disappears, and then her mother abandons her to a convent. There, Gabriella's battered body and soul begin to mend. Amid the quiet safety and hushed rituals of the nuns, Gabriella grows into womanhood in a safe, peaceful world. Then a young priest comes into her life. Father Joe Connors never questioned his vocation until Gabriella entered the confessional and shared her soul. Confession leades to friendship. And friendship grows dangerously into love. Like Gabriella, Joe is haunted by the pain of his childhood, consumed by guilt over a family tragedy, for which he blames himself. With Gabriella, Joe takes the first steps toward healing. But their relationship leads to disaster as Joe must choose between priesthood and Gabriella, and life in the real world where he fears he does not belong, and cannot cope. Exiled and disgraced, and nearly destroyed, Gabriella struggles to survive on her own in New York. There she seeks healing and escape through her writing again, this time as an adult, she is beyond hurt.

    Deborah says: "Exciting!"
    "Typical"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe. If they like Danielle Steel


    Would you be willing to try another book from Danielle Steel? Why or why not?

    I'v read many books of Danielle Steel. I typically like them for light quick listening.


    What aspect of Anthony Fusco’s performance would you have changed?

    I think a woman should have been the narrator.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, but I might rent it when it comes out on DVD


    Any additional comments?

    The book was okay. It was interesting, but too short. I think I more lean towards longer books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2057)
    Performance
    (1820)
    Story
    (1827)

    The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

    krista says: "A cozy romance"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Some action, I guess.


    Has The Next Always turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of MacLeod Andrews?

    I don't know, but he was boring also.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It got good at the end. But the whole first part was just boring. And I love Nora Roberts books.


    Any additional comments?

    It was just a big disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born in Fire: Born In Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Fiacre Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1340)
    Performance
    (860)
    Story
    (856)

    Maggie Concannon is a glassmaker whose exquisite works are more than mere objects of beauty: they are reflections of her own true nature. One man has seen the soul in her art, and vows to help this complex woman build a lucrative career.

    Robbie says: "Ho hum"
    "Ugh!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Born in Fire?

    The narrator sounded like he was on speed. Could he have talked any faster? Half the time I couldn't keep up. The story was boring. A typical romance novel. Drivel. Sorry.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    James Patterson


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I like Nora Roberts books thats why I picked this one. But I was totally disappointed in the narrator and the story line. I'm going to finish the book, but I won't get the rest of the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Now You See Her

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Elaina Erika Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (848)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (509)

    A successful lawyer and loving mother, Nina Bloom would do anything to protect the life she's built in New York - including lying to everyone, even her daughter, about her past. But when an innocent man is framed for murder, she knows that she can't let him pay for the real killer's crimes.

    Cheryl says: "Now You See Her"
    "Loved it."
    Overall

    I really liked this book..As usual James Patterson knows how to keep your attention. I couldn't put this book down. Or, rather stop listening to it. It was a definite page turner. I wasn't crazy about the Narrator, though. Didn't like her accents or the way she narrated it, but nonetheless, it was a great listen. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9992)
    Performance
    (6068)
    Story
    (6097)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    My father was in the Coast Guard in WWII. I now understand why he always asked me "why are you buying a Japanese car?" I never realized what the POW's in Japan went through or what our servicemen in those days went through. I have a hightened respect for our military now and what war is really like. It was horrendous. For this man who survived all that he did is truly a miracle. Edward Herrmann is a fantastic narrator of this story. No one could have done it better than him. This was a great listen and I would highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3352)
    Performance
    (1083)
    Story
    (1100)

    An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

    Suzn F says: "I confess, I loved it!"
    "Didn't like it"
    Overall

    I love John Grisham books, but this one was boring. I wasn't crazy about the narrator either (sorry, Scott). There seemed to be only a few parts, that had you in it's grip, but all in all it just did not do it for me. I will still listen to Grisham books and I have read or listened to mostly all of them, but my all time favorite was The Client.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26032)
    Performance
    (12687)
    Story
    (12728)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I loved this book. Especially in Audio...The narrators were excellent. Their accents were spot on...Really made you feel like you were listening to their stories in person. The book was fabulous. It was heartwarming, funny and interesting to know what it was really like in the south (I'm from the North) in the 60's in the eyes of the characters. This is a must read. You won't be sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    Overall
    (4370)
    Performance
    (1851)
    Story
    (1841)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "This was recommended"
    Overall

    At first when I heard the voice of Jack, I thought, "Oh No" I'm not going to be able to listen to this voice, but after a while and then throughout the book I liked Jack and thought he was cute and funny. I thought the other voices were horrible. But, I did enjoy the story. It was different from what I usually read or listen too and I wonder if it would have been different if I read it. I would recommend this book. It was seeing things through the eyes of a very smart 5 year old. Wasn't crazy about the ending. Would have liked to see how Jack made out in his life. Maybe there will be a sequel.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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