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Suzanne, avid reader and listener who loves a broad range of genres but, ecpecially authors,T.C. Boyle, Jodi Picoult, Barbara Kingsolver, Lionel Shriver, Sue Miller, Larry McMurty, Bryce Courteran, Lisa Gardner, Brian Haig, Richard North Patterson, Nelson Demille, Robert Tannenbaum, Sara Gruen, Kate Norton, Steig Larsen, Tana French and Gillian Flynn!! Still many more and the number of authors I enjoy continues to grow.

Costa Mesa, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Breaking Point

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (403)

    The recipient of Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box has won almost every honor in his field. In Breaking Point, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is glad to catch up with old friend Lyle Pendergast, but then the man goes missing and is named a suspect in the death of two EPA employees. All signs point to Lyle’s guilt, but the more Joe digs into the case, the more he realizes he’s stepped into the middle of a deadly power play.

    Ronna says: "My favorite author does it again!!"
    "Breaking News, Watch out of for the EPA!"
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    I have become a little weary of C J Box's constant vilification of government agencies. I am always willing and interested in hearing another point of view but, I don't need to be beat over the head with the same theme again and again! Joe Picket, the last man and only man willing to take a stand.

    I have enjoyed several books by C J Box, but, have likely reached my own breaking point. .

    His writing style is perfectly adequate but, the story lines are too repetitive. Is Joe fired or does he resign from his job in every book?

    Also, I read several books in their proper sequence and yet, some facts were missing and not consistent. The most troubling discrepancies concern April.
    I had to go forward several books to find out what happened to April, and in this book there is no reference to her ( should be ) very recent past.
    The same can be said of his wife's mother, who reverts to being a garden variety mother in law, even after her character has murdered her latest husband ( who is alive again in this book ) and plotted against Joe. I am paying attention here and the characters and story lines are not tracking.

    In this book, Joe's character, had no meaningful involvement and with his wife and children: they are dealt with in a just a peripheral way. They serve only as threads to connect the " real story " of Joe, against the world.

    In my opinion, Box is at his best when, Joe Picket he is dealing with both external and internal challenges. This is the third book of his, which, hasn't quite done it for me.

    So, I must say, so long, Joe, thanks for the good times and best of luck in all your future endeavors!





    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Between

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda, Barbara Rosenblat, Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (86)

    Eleanor Murray will always remember her childhood on Edisto Island, where her late father, a local shrimper, shared her passion for music. Now her memories of him are all that tempers the guilt she feels over the accident that put her sister in a wheelchair and the feelings she harbors for her sister's husband. To help support her sister, Eleanor works at a Charleston investment firm during the day, but she escapes into her music, playing piano at a neighborhood bar. Until the night her enigmatic boss walks in and offers her a part-time job caring for his elderly aunt, Helena, back on Edisto.

    suzanne says: "Karen White Never Dissapoints!"
    "Karen White Never Dissapoints!"
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    I am so happy I rediscovered this author! This was a beautifully narrated, richly textured and moving story! I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, plot, with suspense and a nice little touch of romance!
    This was a book I never wanted to end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (318)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "Beautifully written and fully engaging!"
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    This is a thorough, character and plot driven novel that delivers.
    Everything about this book was excellent and I must confess, that it is an extra special treat, that it is 20 hours plus!

    Thank you for a great listen and I enjoyed revisiting the Cage family!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All She Ever Wanted

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    A three-time Christy Award winner, Lynn Austin crafts rousing tales of hope and redemption. All She Ever Wanted stars Kathleen Seymour, a woman who seems to have it all, though she hides a dark family secret. To her horror, everything comes crashing down when she loses her job and her daughter is caught shoplifting. Desperate to regain control over her life, Kathleen returns to her estranged family to mend her severely broken relationships before it is too late.

    Carla says: "Pure Enjoyment"
    "goods twist & turns But, too much god talk"
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    I would have enjoyed this book much more if there were not the constant insertions about faith and Christianity. I think Austin is a competent and at times, compelling writer but, her religious beliefs were too distracting.

    I can enjoy some inspirational themes but this was way too much and too born again for my liking.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    Overall
    (1353)
    Performance
    (1219)
    Story
    (1212)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Easily, my favorite book, this year!"
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    It is a rare for a character from a book to be so fully developed and real. Ann Leary's Hilde is the zaniest, most complicated and wise cracking Yankee woman I ever met. Mary Beth Hurt's narration was absolutely superb! I was sorry when the book ended and she was no longer in my life. I will look for more books that she narrates!

    I bought this book based on the the reviews, of several readers whose opinions, I have come to respect. I can't thank you other audible customers enough for taking the time to write such thoughtful and helpful reviews. I will work to be a better member of this great community of engaged minds: because, together, we can really broaden and enhance our experiences in audio literature.
    The whole story and character unfolds, exposing layers of the life of
    a woman who lives, loves, fumbles, triumphs, experiences motherhood and
    "gammyhood", strides, and deceives herself with such determined grit,
    that you can't help but, feel anger frustration and yet, embrace her as a friend ( though she's not real " touchy " ).
    I just can't speak highly enough of this book. I have already recommended it to my family and friends and will seek out more from this wonderfully seasoned, funny, talented and intelligent writer!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Start of Everything: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Emily Winslow
    • Narrated By Sheila Burminham, Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Cambridge, England: Outside the city, the badly decomposed body of a teenage girl has washed up in the flooded fens. Detective Inspector Chloe Frohmann and her partner, Morris Keene, must work quickly to identify the victim before the press takes off with the salacious story. Across the hallowed paths and storied squares of Cambridge University, the detectives follow scant clues toward the identity of the dead girl. Eventually, their search leads them to Deeping House, an imposing country manor where, over the course of one Christmas holiday, three families, two nannies, and one young writer were snowed in together.

    suzanne says: "Very much like Tana French and Kate Atkinson"
    "Very much like Tana French and Kate Atkinson"
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    I did something I have never done before with an audible book, I went back to the beginning, when I came to Part 2. Now whether it was because my listening attention was not as focused, due to activities. like walking two disobedient dogs, or, because I underestimated this book, I am not sure. I actually went back to check one thing, and just went oh well, I may as well just listen to it from the start. It was a decision I did not for one moment regret.

    This is a wonderfully complicated, intricate, exploration of individuals, motherhood, families, and nannies, all set in the academic world of Cambridge.
    I loved all the twists and turns. There is more than a murder to unravel in this book. The different narrators all give testimony sometimes, credible, other times, unreliable or inaccurate. I found Matild, the girl who suffers from Asperger or some other related disorder, compelling as she blindly blunders right into danger. There was also, drama and pathos in her quest to reunite the letter and make some connection of her own. Ultimmately Chloe is the most informed and clear sighted. It all comes together, in jigsaw pieces to it's final and surprising revelations.

    I can not recommend this book highly enough to mystery and contemporary fiction readers alike. It is superbly written, fraught with tension and a finely wrought portrait of fully realized characters.

    I look forward to seeing more from this writer!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2115)
    Performance
    (1865)
    Story
    (1851)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Loved the book and the narration!"
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    If you could sum up The Chaperone in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, Intriguing, and Poignant


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chaperone?

    I was happy and surprised to see the " chaperone " come to life and find love.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Sorry, I read this months ago but, still wanted to provide a review.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Two women come together for a brief and transformative time.


    Any additional comments?

    I was particularly pleased with the end of the book. Both of these women, in there own way and time, survived, grew, and ultimately triumphed over they're very different and challenging circumstances.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Prodigal Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (361)

    Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

    Lily says: "Amazing!"
    "Don't usually like authors to narrate, but,"
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    Where does Prodigal Summer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is definitely and still in my top five!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Prodigal Summer?

    I love the way she weaves the different story lines and characters together. And, the natural world is explained and shown to have it's own persistent and undeniable purpose, presence and influence. I read this years ago and my listening to this book did not dissapoint.


    What about Barbara Kingsolver’s performance did you like?

    She has a soft pleasant lilting voice which serves her material well. I have found a number of books where the author makes the mistake of narrating. If I don't like the narrator I won't buy or listen to the box. You will not be dissapointed with Kingsolver's performance!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Iit's all a big sexual circus!


    Any additional comments?

    The science in this book is amazing. The age-span of the characters and issues presented our astonishing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Open Season: A Joe Pickett Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (508)

    C.J. Box’s Open Season is a rare debut mystery that “immediately sets itself apart from the crowd” (Booklist). This thrilling novel stars Joe Pickett, a game warden in Wyoming who finds his life in danger after he looks into a murder investigation and discovers a conspiracy involving an oil pipeline and its threat to an endangered species.

    Bob says: "The start of an adventure!"
    "Loved it and sorry when it ended!"
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    What did you love best about Open Season?

    Loved how they used the "endangered species act" to contrast the different animals and humans as they struggle to survive. I had never considered the possibility that hunting may be a more honest approach to the acquisition of food. Also, it was interesting getting to know very different people and to understand their outlook.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Open Season?

    I was enchanted with Sheridan and Lucy "befriending" the "hippity hop" and family. Also, the scenes of Sheridan and Lucy reinacting the weasel play were absolutely hilarious. I was waiting for Lucy to spill the beans. The not so subtle negotiations between the sisters and the ensuing play was masterful. The parent's, looking on and completely misinterpreting the play acting was also greatly amusing.


    What about David Chandler’s performance did you like?

    Chandler is perfect for Joe Pike. Chandler and Box are great together. They remind me a bit of Will Patchett narrating for James Lee Burke; both narrators capture a certain male essence with a slight musicality.


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

    The characterizations of the girls and their interior lives was moving, both funny and very sad. I was unhappy when Mary Beth got shot and lost her baby. I was confused because in the following book, Cold Wind, there weren't any new, natural born, children and wanted to find out what happened. He doesn't mention in either book, but, I am sure that a gunshot wound, in that area, would probably obliterate Mary Beth's uterus and possiblity of any more children.


    Any additional comments?

    The first C.J. Box book I read was Cold Wind. It was so good that, while reading the literal book I bought the first in the series, Open Season. I listened to it even more than usual for an audiobook and finished it before I finished, Cold Wind. These books are so great and riveting that I have used an aubible credit and bought another. I am having a hard time taking to another audiobook with the same fervor. I hope C.J. Box hasn't spoiled me!I can't wait to see the man who recomended his books and give him a huge, thank you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3196)
    Performance
    (1538)
    Story
    (1540)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Thanks for the reviews ! Love this book"
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    Where does Shantaram rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in my top five. I was so impressed with the first 2 reviews on this book, especially Richard, who also reads Bryce Courtenay, that I bought this book. It has absolutey everything. This man had such an extroadinary life and writes so evocatively of India. I absolutey loved the main Indian character. The descriptions of the basic human plight in the ghetto, was in one instance tragic and the next joyful.
    It did call to mind a certain lightness similar to point of view in Slumdog Millionare.It is always a little more challenging for me to keep characters straight when they have names that are so foreign. It is without a doubt my fault and limitations, in play.
    My only tiny complaint was that it went a little too long and we should have heard about the son, sooner.
    I thank the author for this beautiful book; please write another one. Also, thanks to the readers who took the time to post their reviews. I have never posted one before and feel it's time for me to add my own. I can without reservation recomendation this audiobook! .


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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