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Susan

Looking for riveting fiction with well developed characters, close to real life stories and a compelling narrator who feels the story.

Caledon, ON, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • A Week in Winter

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Kate Binchy
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    High on the cliffs of the west coast of Ireland, overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean, is Stone House. Once falling into disrepair, it is now a beautiful hotel specialising in winter holidays. With a big, warm kitchen, log fires and understated, elegant bedrooms, it provides a welcome few can resist, whatever their reasons for coming...Henry and Nicola are burdened with a terrible secret, and are hoping the break at Stone House will help them find a way to face the future.

    Susan says: "Not her best"
    "Not her best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    While Maeve's sister Kate does a good job at telling the story, the story itself isn't Maeve's finest. It feels like a rough draft which needs a fair bit of polish.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Maeve Binchy again?

    As I have read every Maeve Binchy book, I don't think I would listen to another.


    Did Kate Binchy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I don't think the characters themselves were very well written.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    At points I was sad but overall, everything was ho hum.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gods in Alabama

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    Overall
    (1090)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (520)

    When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell", her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found.

    Nicole says: "I couldn't turn it off!"
    "Well rounded book and reading!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Gods in Alabama?

    The story is really well written - giving the reader/ listener most of the pieces of the story but not everything so you wonder how things will end. Very well done. So many layers to this story that you didn't know what was coming next.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gods in Alabama?

    The scene in the mall when the reader finds out about the relationship between the main character and her "sister" and is given a much better understanding of why the main character acts the way she does.


    Have you listened to any of Catherine Taber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love this reading by Catherine Taber. She reads with such passion. I could listen to her all day.


    If you could rename Gods in Alabama, what would you call it?

    What's in my pockets?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1865)
    Performance
    (1490)
    Story
    (1473)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "Transported Back In Time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Rules of Civility in three words, what would they be?

    The story, the characters and the narrator are fabulous. Love the narrator's accent and passion as she brings to life the characters and the scenes. I felt like I was there experiencing everything first hand.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character is outstanding - really well written and very strong believable woman.


    What does Rebecca Lowman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Rebecca brings the characters to life - wonderful accents and personality.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    In parts I laughed in others, I held my breath until I found out what was going to happen next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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