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Susan

Mission Hills, KS, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Thinking Mom's Revolution: Autism Beyond the Spectrum: Inspiring True Stories from Parents Fighting to Rescue Their Children

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Helen Conroy, Lisa Joyce Goes
    • Narrated By Anne Marie Lee, Heather Henderson, Kathe Mazur, and others
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    The Thinking Moms’ Revolution (TMR) is a group of 23 moms (and one awesome dad) from Montana to Malaysia who all have children with developmental disabilities. Initially collaborating online about therapies, biomedical intervention, alternative medicine, special diets, and doctors on the cutting edge of treatment approaches to an array of chronic and developmental disabilities, such as autism, sensory processing disorders, food allergies, ADHD, asthma, and seizures, they've come together into something far more substantial.

    Cindy says: "I WAS COMPLETELY INSPIRED!!!"
    "Excellent for sympathy but not for advice"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This would be a good book for parents who are struggling with guilt or shame with regard to their autistic children. Most of the stories describe the parents' expectations and dreams while pregnant and then the agonizing reality once they learned their children were not developing in a neuro-typical way.It might be helpful for parents who need to explain their journey to friends or family.Most of the stories point to immunizations as the cause of the onset of autism.


    What could Helen Conroy and Lisa Joyce Goes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I was hoping for more advice. I am ready to work on healing and therapy. My son's autism hasn't stemmed from immunizations so I couldn't relate to most of the stories.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    These are heart-felt, gut wrenching stories but the narrators were too melodramatic.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Thinking Mom's Revolution?

    I would have only included one or two stories about shattered dreams and encouraged more stories illuminating the way forward.


    Any additional comments?

    There was an undercurrent of complaint about how few dads were involved but no real exploration of the subject.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gods in Alabama

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    Overall
    (1128)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (552)

    When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell", her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found.

    Nicole says: "I couldn't turn it off!"
    "Great narration of an interesting story"
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    The background music was unnecessary and distracting. The narrator was excellent. Xx xx xx xx xx xx xx xx xx

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Scherm
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (79)

    On the grubby outskirts of Paris, Grace restores bric-a-brac, mends teapots, re-sets gems. She calls herself Julie, says she's from California, and slips back to a rented room at night. Regularly, furtively, she checks the hometown paper on the Internet. Home is Garland, Tennessee, and there, two young men have just been paroled. One, she married; the other, she's in love with. Both were jailed for a crime that Grace herself planned in exacting detail.

    cristina says: "Ridiculous and boring"
    "Unbecoming"
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    I like this author. The first 2/3 of the book chased some ideas that never got fleshed out but were interesting.
    A more experienced editor might have steered the direction of the story more concisely. Despite this the book was an interesting read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Courtney Maum
    • Narrated By Sam Deveraux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    Despite the success of his first solo show in Paris and the support of his brilliant French wife and young daughter, thirty-four-year-old British artist Richard Haddon is too busy mourning the loss of his American mistress to appreciate his fortune. But after Richard discovers that a painting he originally made for his wife, Anne, has sold, it shocks him back to reality and he resolves to reinvest wholeheartedly in his family life - just in time for his wife to learn the extent of his affair.

    Mel says: "Postmortem and resurrection of a marriage"
    "I kept waiting to like one of the characters"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The main character, Richard is an immature, self-centered pill the entire book. I don't mind unpleasant characters when they advance the story in an interesting way. He didn't. None of the other characters were developed enough to be interesting either.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He did a nice job with the material


    Did I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. It inspired me to find out where I read the recommendation for this book so I can avoid the source next time.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice descriptions of Paris and France and the art world.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laura Lane McNeal
    • Narrated By January Lavoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (446)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (401)

    When Ibby Bell's father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father's urn for good measure. Fannie's New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been - and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum - is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie's black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.

    Sudi says: "Tale of Old-New Orleans Well Paced"
    "A decent story badly told"
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    What disappointed you about Dollbaby?

    I couldn't get past the first 45 minutes. It's full of canned personalities and paper thin plot lines lifted from better novels.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm not sure I trust Audible suggestions after this one.


    Would you be willing to try another one of January Lavoy’s performances?

    No. Her voice is pleasing but her style is too dramatic and commercial. I don't enjoy the baby voice treatment for the younger character. It's distracting and irritating.
    The characters of Queenie and Baby Doll are poorly written and not the narrator's fault but her reading amplifies the stereotyped dialogue.


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

    It might appeal to a book club for ladies in the 80+ age range who want to read about New Orleans and want an easy read. It is sweet, unchallenging and predictable.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12483)
    Performance
    (11298)
    Story
    (11324)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "The Goldfinch"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    The story was fascinating and unpredictable. The plot moved quickly and was full of twists but each character was so richly drawn I didn't want to get through the book too fast.


    What other book might you compare The Goldfinch to and why?

    The writing style reminds me of Jonathan Franzen in the ability to describe people and scenes but the mood is more optimistic.


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

    The narrator was fantastic. I will search for more of his reads.


    If you could take any character from The Goldfinch out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hobie


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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