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Susan

Iowa City, IA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 10 reviews
  • 114 ratings
  • 249 titles in library
  • 55 purchased in 2014
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  • Pigtown

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By William Caunitz
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Caunitz, a NYPD detective for more than 20 years, is a master of police blotter fiction. In the gritty, hardboiled world of the NYPD, Detective Matt Stuart works a shabby beat where homicides are his daily paper work. Tracking down an elusive killer, he is forced to face critical decisions when the trail leads to dangerous criminals who are not on the street, but in uniform.

    Susan says: "Finally gave up"
    "Finally gave up"
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    As much as I wanted to like this (I do generally really like hard-boiled police and detective books), I finally could not stand what seemed like stupid and gratuitously graffic sex scenes. This is not a case of me being unwilling to hear bad news (that women have often been used just as props, objects of male sexual fantasy etc.) but...it just became unbelievable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Morgue Drawer Next Door: Morgue Drawer, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jutta Profijt
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    As crime-fighting teams go, Dr. Martin Gänsewein and Pascha are an unlikely pair. Martin is a shy, scrupulous forensic pathologist who spends his days autopsying dead bodies, while Pascha is the gregarious ghost of a former car thief whose murder Martin reluctantly helped solve. After narrowly surviving that adventure, Martin wants nothing more than a little peace and quiet. Unfortunately, the good doctor is out of luck thanks to the arrival of Marlene, the spirit of a nun killed in a fire that ravaged her medieval convent and home.

    Susan says: "Finally wore me down"
    "Finally wore me down"
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    While the performance and world building are good, the exuberant sexism finally wore me down. When our protagonist, the ghost of a car thief, asserts that prostitution will always be *necessary* "as long as women withhold sex" and the ghost of a nun who ran a shelter for battered sex-workers for 30 years, agrees with his analysis of *the* cause of prostitution, I ground my teeth, sighed and deleted the book.

    It's one thing for our ignorant, young former car thief to hold, well, ignorant opinions. And he does. Hold many. However, often those same opinions are challenged by the behaviors or conversations of characters whom we respect and our young car thief thinks again. The crude sexist opinions he spouts about women, relationships with women, what women are good for, etc. seem to be impervious to other information. The lecture about prostitution was simply the last straw.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Country

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. B. McKenzie
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Rodeo Grace Garnet lives alone, save for his old dog, in a remote corner of Arizona known to locals as the Hole. He doesn't get many visitors, but a body found near his home has drawn police attention to his front door. The victim is not one of the many illegal immigrants who risk their lives to cross the border just south of the Hole, but is instead a member of one of the local Indian tribes.

    Candace Russell says: "First book? Really?"
    "just too unrelentingly grim and hate-filled"
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    This is probably just about me - but after a few hours of listening to fabulous narration, I just could not *take* the aggressive and hate-filled interactions between characters or directed towards the protagonist. It simply was not worth it.
    I think the writer holds some promise and others may find this grim world tolerable. Not for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Burnable Book: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce Holsinger
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    London, 1385: Surrounded by ruthless courtiers - including his powerful uncle, John of Gaunt, and Gaunt's artful mistress, Katherine Swynford - England's young king, Richard II, is in mortal peril. Songs are heard across London - catchy verses said to originate from an ancient book that prophesies the ends of England's kings - and among the book's predictions is Richard's assassination. Only a few powerful men know that the cryptic lines derive from a "burnable book", a seditious work that threatens the stability of the realm.

    Patrick M. Dennis says: "Couldn't Be Better!"
    "Interesting era"
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    This book rises well above the usual examples of the genre: historical fiction. The details of daily life in London have the feel of authenticity especially when delivered by the ever excellent Simon Vance. I did finally give up about 4 hours from the end because I just could not take any more "laying of pipe" - exposition - even when delivered by Vance. Should Mr. Holsinger continue to write fiction it is my hope his skills will grow beyond the traps of the neophyte.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Split Images

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Quintessential Elmore Leonard, Split Images stars Palm Beach playboy Robbie Daniels. He's the kind of guy who gets away with everything - even murder - until a vacationing Motown cop, Bryan Hurd, starts asking questions. When this millionaire reptile reveals the psychopath beneath his slippery skin, Hurd finds out this is one helluva way for an out-of-town lawman to spend his vacation.

    Susan says: "Couldn't finish it"
    "Couldn't finish it"
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    I love Elmore Leonard. I've read most of his non-westerns. I also usually like George Guidall (He is excellent in the Walt Longmire books. Also liked his narration of the "hot kid" series from Leonard). However here he is just, well, boring and annoying. He is not, imho, the right narrator for Leonard's urban novels. If only with the incomparable Frank Muller had recorded *everything* Leonard wrote.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Polar Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (571)

    Ex-Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is in deep on the “slime line” - the fish-gutting station - in the Polar Star, a Soviet fish factory ship of some 250 souls, almost as many secrets, and a dangerous shipboard sub-culture that cares little for the Party, and less for human life.

    Richard Delman says: "Probably the greatest audiobook ever. Really."
    "Heaven"
    Overall
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    Martin Cruz Smith at the top of his game and the incomparable Frank Muller: what could be better. ( Muller is, IMHO, the greatest narrator. If you can find it listen to his performances of anything by le Carre', especially the "Smiley" cycle. And get his performance of "Motherless Brooklyn"; he is perfection.) The story of Renko, disgraced Moscow investigator working on the "slime line" of a Russian fish trawler is wonderfully claustrophobic and yet expansive. I can't recommend this book enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (429)

    On a spring morning in 1951, 11-year-old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long-lost mother, Harriet. Yet upon the train’s arrival in the English village of Bishop’s Lacey, Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear. Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd. Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia? Back home at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ crumbling estate, Flavia puts her sleuthing skills to the test.

    Margaret says: "One of my favorite series: try it!"
    "Just not working for me any more"
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    I was very taken with the first two titles in this series. However, I have gotten progressively less interested. Don't really know why other than it being sort of the same story over and over. The narration is, as usual with Ms. Entwistle, perfection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (504)

    John Sandford's acclaimed Prey novels featuring the brilliant Lucas Davenport have plunged millions of readers into the darkest recesses of the criminal mind. Now Lucas has met his match. His newest nemesis is more intelligent, more deadly, than any he has tracked before: a kidnapper, a violator, and a cruel, wanton killer who knows more about mind games than Lucas himself.

    Ed says: "Just as good the second time around"
    "Some of this is hard to listen to"
    Overall
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    As much as I love the Prey series, this is not one of my favorites. If I could give it 3 & 1/2 stars I would.

    The graphic sexual brutality inflicted on Andy Minette, the adult victim, was very hard for me to listen to. I ended up fast-forwarding through much of it. This is not so much a criticism as a heads-up.

    I have read and listened to all the books in the series and am now working my way from beginning to end; so you can see I am a fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (3240)
    Performance
    (3069)
    Story
    (3074)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "Just didn't work for me"
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    I felt as though I were attending a lecture. I purchased the book based on a recommendation from a friend who was reading a print version. So, perhaps the hard copy would have worked better for me. I just found the book and naration stiff and dreary without being exciting or particularly interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tilt-a-Whirl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1503)
    Performance
    (897)
    Story
    (891)

    There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

    Bryan says: "A Guilty Pleasure"
    "Wanted to like this"
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    I've hung in there for about 5 chapters. I really wanted to like this book. I tend to enjoy humorous crime fiction. I just got bored and found myself being reluctant to turn the book back on.

    The primary problem is characters which are entirely 2 dimensional. That may asking a lot of a book such as this or it may be that as Garbenstein wrote more he got better. Jeff Woodman's naration was fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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