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Susan

ALLENSTOWN, NH, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Nathan Wolfe
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (134)

    In The Viral Storm, award-winning biologist Nathan Wolfe tells the story of how viruses and human beings have evolved side by side through history; how deadly viruses like HIV, swine flu, and bird flu almost wiped us out in the past; and why modern life has made our species vulnerable to the threat of a global pandemic. Wolfe's research missions to the jungles have earned him the nickname "the Indiana Jones of virus hunters," and here Wolfe takes listeners along on his groundbreaking and often dangerous research trips - to reveal the surprising origins of the most deadly diseases....

    Raymond says: "Well Researched and Explained by a True Expert"
    "Not as fascinating as I expected"
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    What did you like best about The Viral Storm? What did you like least?

    Maybe the second time around will be better.


    Did The Viral Storm inspire you to do anything?

    To head warnings about animal to human virus transmission.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (4008)
    Performance
    (1642)
    Story
    (1691)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Good story with both tragedy and redemptive power"
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    Would you listen to The Shack again? Why?

    I have listened twice already. Once alone and the second time with my husband. He enjoyed it as much as I did.


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

    His story telling style communicated his fondness for the main character. His voice was a good match for the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There definitely was a very redeeming and memorable moment for me. I'm afraid that revealing it would require a strong spoiler alert.


    Any additional comments?

    The last 1/2-1/3 of the book I would describe my listening experience as "soaking it all up" due to the very hopeful message it gives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3974)
    Performance
    (3393)
    Story
    (3386)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "great book"
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    Would you listen to Defending Jacob again? Why?

    Yes, maybe in a couple of years, because it held my interest.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the father of Jacob because he both loved him and was realistic


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

    yes, equally great


    Who was the most memorable character of Defending Jacob and why?

    Jacob-because he was perplexing and so like mass shooters we have known.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2850)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1036)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Just not what i expected"
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    What would have made The Memory of Running better?

    did not like offensive language
    lacked enough plot to keep my interest


    Has The Memory of Running turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

    i thought it was fine


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Memory of Running?

    the beach scene involving oral sex and talk of it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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