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Suzanne

Manchester, NH, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Accursed

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (62)

    Princeton, New Jersey, at the turn of the 20th century: a tranquil place to raise a family, a genteel town for genteel souls. But something dark and dangerous lurks at the edges of the town, corrupting and infecting its residents. Vampires and ghosts haunt the dreams of the innocent. A powerful curse besets the elite families of Princeton; their daughters begin disappearing. A young bride on the verge of the altar is seduced and abducted by a dangerously compelling man - a shape-shifting, vaguely European prince who might just be the devil.

    Jacqueline says: "Social Issues Abound in Mixed Genre--"
    "Confused story with too much detail"
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    This story was odd and I wasn't sure what kind of demons or if there were demons or just obnoxious self centered people in Princeton. I thought some of the characters were not pertinent to the story and was occassionally distracted by their story lines. I am still not sure if this was all someones dream or drug induced hallucination as there were many drugs taken by many different people in this book. And if Woodrow Wilson was really that sickly and insecure we are lucky we survived as a nation with him as President.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2557)
    Performance
    (2325)
    Story
    (2322)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Story is a bit of a stretch"
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    This is a well written book but the story seemed a bit far fetched to me. I liked the characters but Sarah was just too "modern" to believe. I am sure that a young girl might object to slavery after seeing the cruel punishments given by her family but the transformation seems too extreme to me. Handful and Charlotte were interesting characters who provided insight into slaves lives. Overall the book is good but I was left wondering if any woman in the early 1800s would have the same ambitions as Sarah.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 12.21: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dustin Thomason
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders, Noel Rodriguez, Dustin Thomason
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (219)

    For decades, December 21, 2012, has been a touchstone for doomsayers worldwide. It is the date, they claim, when the ancient Maya calendar predicts the world will end. In Los Angeles, two weeks before, all is calm. Dr. Gabriel Stanton takes his usual morning bike ride, drops off the dog with his ex-wife, and heads to the lab where he studies incurable prion diseases for the CDC. His first phone call is from a hospital resident who has an urgent case she thinks he needs to see.

    cristina says: "Three stars, but enjoyable"
    "Are you ready?"
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    Good take on the Mayan calendar end of the world story. What I liked best was the Mayan history I learned. The stroy combines all the folklore with an epidemic. Fun, easy listening on a long road trip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Canada

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (419)

    When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border.

    Susan C. S. says: "After the last word, went right back to beginning"
    "Different but interesting."
    Overall
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    Good story with characters you care about whether or not you like them. It had some twists that I didn't expect which kept my interest. The main character holds his emotions in close check so it felt at times as if he was narrating someone else's story. It was his survival mechanism and was well used in this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16102)
    Performance
    (14256)
    Story
    (14207)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Great story"
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    I truly enjoyed this book. Loved that settings and characters from other Stephen King books showed up. The story was intriguing and the ending was not what I expected but the right one I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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