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Susan

ATLANTA, GA, United States | Member Since 2005

ratings
6
REVIEWS
5
FOLLOWING
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HELPFUL VOTES
10

  • Great White Doctor

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bradley Lewis
    • Narrated By Kirk Ziegler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Great White Doctor is an extraordinarily realistic account of celebrity doctors and their aberrant social lives. The extremely well-researched book is a fascinating peek into the strange world of upper-echelon medical practice. Bradley Lewis worked in a New York City hospital for six years and writes from an insider's perspective. Great White Doctor is a novel grounded in reality. It is a work of fiction missing from the literature of our modern era.

    MC says: "Frighting fiction about NY top doctors life"
    "The absolutely worst narrator I've ever heard!!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The problem with this audio book lies solely with the narration. The reader sounds like he didn't get past the 5th grade in school. Actually, I know 5th graders who can read a complete sentence with more tone and inflection than this man. He has pronounced so many words incorrectly I'm beginning to wonder whether or not he knows how to read and speak English. As for the story itself, the premise is good and the characters are reasonably interesting. I think I'm going to give up and read the rest of it in print (I hardly ever do that). My best advice is to stay away from this narrator in the future. I hope Audible reads this and reconsiders using him to narrate their books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spandau Phoenix

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (235)

    The Spandau Diary -- what was in it? Why did the secret intelligence agencies of every major power want it? Why was a brave and beautiful woman kidnapped to get it? Why did a chain of deception and violent death lash out across the globe, from survivors of the Nazi past to warriors in this new conflict about to explode? Why did the world's entire history of World War II have to be rewritten as the future hung over a nightmare abyss?

    Corinne says: "Excellent and intense"
    "OMG! What were they thinking with the performance!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I can't figure out which was worse in this book, the accents of the narrator or the violence. In either case it is very rare for me to take this long to get through an audio book, much less be considering not even finishing it. The story is too convoluted. The characters are not interesting to the point that you care about them and want to see what happens to them, as often happens in a good mystery or thriller. And it isn't that I mind violence in a story, but in this case it is too much for too many different reasons and the thought behind why it happens became absurd in some cases.

    So you get the point that I'm not enjoying this book. Often when I read an audio book (and I read a lot of them) I try to think about whether or not I would have enjoyed the story more or less if reading it in print instead. In this case I honestly think that it could have been a much better book if it weren't for how dreadful the performance is. I have read other books by the same narrator and didn't find anything amiss with them. This one was just awful.The accents he was using were harsh, inconsistent and largely sounded fake. Sorry, this one is a no for me. Now I have to go figure out if I'm going to bother finishing it or move on to another one. So much for my anticipated WWII history review lesson for this year.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • New York: The Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (448)

    New York is the book that millions of Rutherfurd's American fans have been waiting for. A brilliant mix of romance, war, family drama, and personal triumphs, it gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of our nation's history.

    Chuck says: "Stunning"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    It is amazing that someone could cram so much history of NYC into one book and do it so expertly. I couldn't stop listening. It is well read as well as well written, which is pretty important given its length. The characters are wonderful. The story weaves its way through the lives of the main family and the ones surrounding them brilliantly. I learned more NY history reading this book than I ever learned in school, and I grew up in NY State. Thumbs up for this one from an avid audio book reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ayn Rand and the World She Made

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Anne C. Heller
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    Ayn Rand is the author of two phenomenally best-selling ideological novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, which have sold over 12 million copies in the United States alone. Through them, she built a right-wing cult following in the late 1950s and became the guiding light of Libertarianism and of White House economic policy in the 1960s and '70s. Her defenses of radical individualism and of selfishness as a "capitalist virtue" have permanently altered the American cultural landscape.

    Mark says: "Great history of both Rand and her era"
    "Not a bad effort"
    Overall

    I was pretty amazed that the author was able to take the life of someone relatively boring and make it an interesting read.
    Ayn Rand is interesting, but her life wasn't all that exciting. The author managed to find things about Ms. Rand's life that that helped the reader understand her legacy. The narrator did a very good job reading this one.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Prague

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Arthur Phillips
    • Narrated By Andy Paris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In the 1990s, five young American expatriates meet in Budapest. As they seeks fortune and success, their lives reflect various facets of a city that is shaped by its history, culture, and the aftermath of Communism.

    Susan says: "What did this book have to do with Prague?"
    "What did this book have to do with Prague?"
    Overall

    I just finished this book. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I did make it through it. I basically understood what passed for a plot. It was even interesting, given its setting. However, the characters weren't people I liked. As I got farther and farther into the story I couldn't wait for them all to just go away, which they did. So, my recommendation would be to read it if you are interested in the era of history after the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe. Hungry does have some interesting history, and I did feel like the author had a healthy respect for this. But what did any of it have to do with Prague? I believe that city was mentioned only a few times in the whole book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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