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Sue

HOUSTON, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Tiger's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tea Obreht
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden, Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (556)

    In a Balkan country mending from years of conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea. By the time she and her lifelong friend Zóra begin to inoculate the children there, she feels age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her. Secrets her outwardly cheerful hosts have chosen not to tell her. Secrets involving the strange family digging for something in the surrounding vineyards. Secrets hidden in the landscape itself.

    Howard says: "Left me unfulfilled!"
    "Hard to Follow1"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Tiger's Wife to be better than the print version?

    I think I would prefer the print version.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm gonna listen to it one more time before Book Club - it just wasn't that memorable for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3801)
    Performance
    (3327)
    Story
    (3346)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "The sound mix has major issues!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Threat Vector the most enjoyable?

    The narrator - has a nice voice making it easy to follow the characters


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Threat Vector?

    I have not finished the book yet.


    Have you listened to any of Lou Diamond Phillips’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to other books narrated by Phillips - but here are some problems. Everytime he takes a breath - you hear it. A good audio person should have been able to fix that. Also they have speeded up the rate of his talking so that I had to slow it down to 1/2 rate in order to follow the book. Average rate of speech is 150 WPM. When you make it faster it is harder for me - and perhaps others - to follow the story. When you slow it on an iPhone there is a slight reverberation. Not the fault of the iPhone.


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

    My main reaction to the book is the issue with the breath intake of the reader. I should be focusing on the plot of the book not the audio problems of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I am really concerned about this problem with audible books as this is the second book that I have observed this issue. The other was Darkness at Noon. Audible needs to fix this problem - or they shall lose me as a customer.

    The Panther, Split Second & One Amazing Things were done beautifully. What gives????? Are you selective about who gets the better treatment in order to hurry the book to the public?

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness at Noon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Arthur Koestler
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    A fictional portrayal of an aging revolutionary, this novel is a powerful commentary on the nightmare politics of the troubled 20th century. Born in Hungary in 1905, a defector from the Communist Party in 1938, and then arrested in both Spain and France for his political views, Arthur Koestler writes from a wealth of personal experience.

    Roy says: "Disturbing Commentary"
    "Depressingly real"
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    What would have made Darkness at Noon better?

    A different reading style by the narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It seemed insightful into the life of an aging revolutionary.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    While his speaking voice was nice the breathiness he utilized at the end of phrases became very distracting from the book and ultimately "drove me crazy" couldn't wait for book to end.......


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

    The story was depressing but when you travel in this part of the world you often feel this same heaviness the writer conveys.


    Any additional comments?

    The writer's work deserved a better reader. The publisher's summary of the book was so nicely written that I thought this book would have been oh so much better. Do not buy this in "audible" but read it in print.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • One Amazing Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    • Narrated By Purva Bedi, Soneela Nankani, Neil Shah
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Winner of a Pushcart Prize for poetry and an American Book Award for her short stories, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni explores themes of women, immigration, and her vibrant Indian culture to great effect. Divakaruni expands on these ideas in One Amazing Thing, a project long in the making and full of electric prose.

    ReluctantReader says: "An ok way to kill some time"
    "How to deal with immediate "disaster"!"
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    What made the experience of listening to One Amazing Thing the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed her voices and how the story came together.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The stories that people shared.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The discovery of the smoking in the restroom.


    If you could take any character from One Amazing Thing out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I liked them all.


    Any additional comments?

    I read it twice and may read it again. It's lovely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2393)
    Performance
    (2000)
    Story
    (1973)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "Making change easy!"
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    What did you love best about The Willpower Instinct?

    I like how he has divided the chapters so you can read one a week and implement the activities he has suggested during that week. Very doable tasks. Easy to follow.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it is organized.


    What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

    His rate of speech.


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

    Yes - until I began the book and decided to follow the author's advice.


    Any additional comments?

    I think everyone should read this. Good facts and relevant to everyone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2118)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1783)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    John says: "Exciting Nelson DeMille novel with great narration"
    "Felt like I was in Yemen"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Panther the most enjoyable?

    The different voices and style of performance was wonderful even with all the Arabic names I could easily follow the plot.


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

    yes - I loved the comments from the story teller.


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

    no


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

    No idea on this one


    Any additional comments?

    It was a fabulous read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Sea Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Don Brown
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    As the U.S. Navy searches for weapons-grade plutonium that has been smuggled by terrorists out of Russia, a submarine mishap in the Black Sea brings the United States and Russia to the brink of nuclear war. It is a race against the clock, with Russian missiles activated and programmed for American cities.

    John Gardner says: "The book disappoints on many levels"
    "Submarine challenge"
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    Would you try another book from Don Brown and/or James Adams?

    Yes for both


    If you’ve listened to books by Don Brown before, how does this one compare?

    Cannot answer


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

    Cannot answer


    Was Black Sea Affair worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    It was a nice afternoon entertainment on our way to another state.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All Cry Chaos: The Henri Poincaré Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Leonard Rosen
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (346)

    All Cry Chaos is a masterful and gripping tale that literally reaches for the heavens. The action begins when mathematician James Fenster is assassinated on the eve of a long-scheduled speech at a World Trade Organization meeting. The hit is as elegant as it is bizarre. Fenster’s Amsterdam hotel room is incinerated, yet the rest of the building remains intact. The murder trail leads veteran Interpol agent Henri Poincaré on a high-stakes, world-crossing quest for answers.

    Ted says: "Fizzled"
    "So interesting we missed our turn more than once!"
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    What made the experience of listening to All Cry Chaos the most enjoyable?

    It was compelling and engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Suspense


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The computer password


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

    The conclusion


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator was terrific. I would listen to any of his readings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Antony Beevor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    Ryan says: "Wouldn't have minded unabridged version"
    "Husband's choice on car trip!"
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    Would you try another book from Antony Beevor and/or George Guidall?

    Husband did read another book on WWII by Beevor and liked it. Guidall was good but I thought the info dry.


    Would you recommend Stalingrad to your friends? Why or why not?

    No- didn't like the story.


    What three words best describe George Guidall’s voice?

    Okay-Listenable-Articulate


    Was Stalingrad worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The reality is that we would probably pick the book again because of husband's interest.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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