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Suze

Jackson, NJ, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By A. J. Jacobs
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (171)

    Our fearless author, A. J. Jacobs, tackles a new intellectual adventure, an exploration of the most influential book in the world: the Bible. He determined that the best way to explore the Bible was to live it, as literally as possible. For one year.

    Jonathan says: "Excellent... But tongue in cheek"
    "So-So"
    Overall

    Not as amusing as I had hoped for, but I did learn some interesting biblical facts and interpretations that I wasn't aware of before.
    I realize the author was the reader and that distracted from it immmensely. Had we had a different reader I might have enjoyed it more. His voice totally annoyed me !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman Upstairs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Claire Messud
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (281)

    Nora Eldridge, a 37-year-old elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who long ago abandoned her ambition to be a successful artist, has become the "woman upstairs", a reliable friend and tidy neighbor always on the fringe of others' achievements. Then into her classroom walks Reza Shahid, a child who enchants as if from a fairy tale. He and his parents - dashing Skandar, a Lebanese scholar and professor at the École Normale Supérleure; and Sirena, an effortlessly glamorous Italian artist - have come to Boston for Skandar to take up a fellowship at Harvard.

    Beth Anne says: "Disturbing, Frustrating, Messed Up and AWESOME!"
    "Huge Waste of my Time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Woman Upstairs?

    Eleven hours of absolute drivel. Yes...I liked the narrater and Im confident that the author is probably a good writer but this book did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING FOR ME.
    The characters did nothing for me...they were boring, and, it took eleven hours to get to the ridiculous twist at the end...which still had no real ending.
    I almost feel angry that it wasted so much of my time that could have been spent on a book with a decent story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Inferno, Dan Brown


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Cassandra Campbell?

    possibly


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

    utter disappointment.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Star Island

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (871)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (287)

    Meet 22-year-old Cherry Pye (nee Cheryl Bunterman), a pop star since she was 14 - and about to attempt a comeback from her latest drug-and-alcohol disaster.Now meet Cherry again: in the person of her undercover stunt double, Ann DeLusia. Ann portrays Cherry whenever the singer is too indisposed - meaning wasted - to go out in public. And it is Ann-mistaken-for-Cherry who is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by obsessed paparazzo Bang Abbott.

    Suzn F says: "Laugh Out Loud"
    "Nope...not great at all"
    Overall

    I'm willing to give this a 2 star because the author is generally a really funny guy and I loved his other books. Skinny Dip was wonderful. But...not this one.
    It bored me..it made no sense...it had nothing either exciting or interesting or captivating about the plot. It just rambled on and on. I had no objection to the reader...I objected to being objected to this bunch of nonsense!!
    For me, a big time waster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Best of Friends: Martha and Me

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mariana Pasternak
    • Narrated By Karen Saltus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    For more than two decades, Mariana Pasternak and Martha Stewart were nearly inseparable. They first met over a garden gate in Westport, Connecticut - two suburban wives wedded to successful men but with grand aspirations of their own. Pasternak’s deeply personal memoir tells the story of their friendship with honesty and candor, reflecting on the power of such intense relationships to change our lives, and the devastating aftermath when they end.

    Laurie says: "Martyr"
    "Is she kidding ?"
    Overall

    Holy Cow....talk about being glued to someones hip & being afraid to speak up for fear of losing a 'friendship'.
    Mariana Pasternak overlooked despicable traits in her' friend' Martha Stewart because she so enjoyed the life she was living. The whole thing made me ill.
    This life of privilege and snobbery and feeling entitled, and constantly excusing it all to come back for more.OH MY. From the ridiculous relishing of drinking tea from special tea leaves to buying up houses and the fancy schmancy parties. So self absorbed.
    The reader, while her voice was lovely, only made all of it so much more nauseating. The saddest part....you can tell that Mariana still wishes she were friends with Stewart and only through Stewarts undoing did it fall apart...NOT because Mariana was able to ever stand up for herself & tell Stewart how disgustingly she behaved.
    As the story droned on and on I kept thinking...damn...END ALREADY.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire Part 1: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (3211)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    Curatina says: "Great listening!"
    "fabulous"
    Overall

    even better and more exciting than the first one in the trilogy..easier to get in to. Have pre-ordered the third book...can not wait! Shame we'll not have any more from this amazing writer/story teller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23157)
    Performance
    (9792)
    Story
    (9863)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall

    While a bit tough to get into initially...once you do you will not ever be able to put it down. It mesmerized me, it transported me, it kept me highly interested. Saw the Swedish film version which remained faithful to the book..thank goodness.
    Then I immediately read the second in the series which was even better then the first (if that's possible !)..now I have pre-ordered the last in the trilogy and I cant wait.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Dragons: Harry Bosch, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (2312)
    Performance
    (937)
    Story
    (945)

    The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

    Derek says: "Not Connelly's Best"
    "engaging"
    Overall

    at times drawn out, at times kinda far fetched but, for the most part good plot twists, good ending and pretty good writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    In The Murder of Tut, James Patterson and Martin Dugard chronicle their epic quest to find out what happened to the boy-king. They comb through the evidence--X-rays, Carter's files, forensic clues--and scavenge for overlooked data to piece together the details of his life and death. The result is a true crime tale of intrigue, betrayal, and usurpation that presents a compelling case that King Tut's death was anything but natural.

    Kelly says: "Painful to listen to!"
    "awful"
    Overall

    What a complete waste of good reading time. I hated the narrator. The story was ridiculous. Patterson is a dreadful author. I can't believe I wasted a credit on this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (3707)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    F. Hayek says: "Do yourself a favoe, pick up a good book"
    ".........and then came the last 1/4 of the book"
    Overall

    Well.....it really had me in the beginning. I couldn't put it down. I was gonna love this I was sure. But then...3/4 of the way through came the "big reveal' of one of main characters and the Lost Symbol was lost to me forever ! What a nonsense plot twist that was.
    From there on it got ridiculous. It got wordy. It got boring. It got preachy.
    It no longer had me. AT ALL.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vanished

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (348)

    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"
    "Really enjoyed it"
    Overall

    I saw where many reviewers didn't like the reader, but I thought he was terrific. I felt he did a very good job and his voice was very easy, clear and pleasant. I had no objection what-so-ever to the variety of voices he used for the different characters.
    I'd never read anything by Finder before. Thought it was a pretty decently engaging story and loved the way it turned out.
    Now I'll look to see what other things he's written and what this reader has narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shanghai Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1361)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (598)

    Hoping to improve their social standing, May and Pearl's parents arrange for their daughters to "Gold Mountain men" who have come from Los Angeles to find brides. But when the sisters leave China and arrive at Angel's Island (the Ellis Island of the West, where they are detained, interrogated, and humiliated for months) they feel the harsh reality of leaving home. And when May discovers she's pregnant, the situation becomes even more desperate. The sisters make a pact that no one can ever know.

    Frances says: "Touching, sad, and enjoyable"
    "Just wonderful"
    Overall

    First and foremost...what a wonderful reader. If you closed your eyes you were in China and visualizing the cast of characters completely.
    Everything about this novel was stunning except the last 35-45 minutes.
    I have no idea why the author wrapped the storyline up with such a poor ending because, yes..it made it feel there's a sequel in the works, even tho I'll bet there isn't one.
    The ending seemed contrived and kind of weird....like she just had to finally end the story and she picked this worthless ending.
    It would have had 5 stars had it not been for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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