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Susan

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

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  • 8 reviews
  • 202 ratings
  • 402 titles in library
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  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2795)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1156)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Be prepared to rewind"
    Overall

    As a general rule I like long audiobooks, but I've never had to rewind a book as often as this one. There are long pauses in the action while things are explained (one key piece of information comes in the form of a scholarly paper). My mind would wander and I'd have to go back to see if I had missed anything. I also found that at those times my disbelief clicked in--...but how did he ...? Even though some seemingly extraneous details turn out to be relevant, a good edit could have sustained the action without sacrificing important information.

    I also have mixed feelings about the narration. Having two readers works well, but the woman's attempt at an English accent is excrutiating.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Sprig Muslin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Sian Phillips
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (199)

    Finding so young and pretty a girl as Amanda wandering unattended, Sir Gareth Ludlow knows it is his duty as a man of honour to restore her to her family.

    But it is to prove no easy task for the Corinthian. His captive in sprig muslin has more than her rapturous good looks and bandboxes to aid her - she is also possessed of a runaway imagination...

    A says: "Teen years favorite comes to Audible --at last!"
    "As charming and delightful as ever"
    Overall

    Reading Georgette Heyer's Regency novels is like eating dark chocolate--a guilty pleasure that turns out to be good for you.

    They are formula novels only because so many writers have tried to imitate them, and none, with the possible exception of Jane Aitken, has managed to come close to the combination of intelligence, humour, and excellent writing that is Georgette Heyer.

    More please.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Flowing Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kai Meyer
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    A feisty female hero finds herself caught up in mystery and intrigue in a parallel Venice full of mermaids, flying stone lions, and the wispy phantoms that inhabit magic mirrors.

    Susan says: "Same book, different title"
    "Same book, different title"
    Overall

    Don't buy this thinking it's the last book in the Dark Reflections trilogy. It's the first book, The Water Mirror, with the UK title.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whispering to Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anna Dale
    • Narrated By John Curless
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When Joe is traveling to stay with his mother and stepfather for Christmas, little does he imagine the excitement and magical intrigue that await him when he falls headfirst into an evil plot to rid England of witches. With great bravery and more than a little help from his half sister, Esme, and a new friend, Twiggy, he has to muster all his courage and ingenuity to solve the riddles surrounding him and save his newfound friends.

    Cynthia says: "Whispering to Witches"
    "Good, but not great"
    Overall

    This is a good children's book for 7- to 10-year-olds, but not a great one and not one that is particularly of interest to adults.

    The characters have quirks, but are not very well developed. There?s not much sense of the setting--modern-day Canterbury--or of the subculture of witches and magic. Three stars may seem a bit unfair, but there are plenty of examples of children?s books for this age group--Mary Norton?s The Borrowers series, C. S. Lewis?s Narnia series, Lynn Reid Banks?s Indian in the Cupboard, Edward Eager?s funny magic books--that have great characterization combined with a sense of place.

    Buy it for a child but not for yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Breakdown Lane

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Mitchard
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Where can a woman turn when her own life threatens to overwhelm her ability to keep her children safe? New York Times best-selling author Jacquelyn Mitchard takes the readers of her newest novel on a wry and moving journey of loss and healing.

    Patti says: "A So-So Story"
    "The narrator grows on you"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book a great deal. I found the narrator a little jarring at first, but soon became accustomed to her voice. She does a good job of differentiating the characters--her adolescent girl voice is excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6953)
    Performance
    (1705)
    Story
    (1747)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "A Citroen is not a lemon"
    Overall

    The narrator may be able to put on a French accent, but when pronouncing French words, he comes out with some clangers ("citron" for "Citroen" is one of several). As far as the story goes, it's an inflated retread, with some very irritating dramatic devices, and should have been edited much more closely.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • On the Street Where You Live

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    In the gripping new novel from America's queen of suspense, a young woman is haunted by two murders that are closely linked - despite the one hundred and ten years that separate them. Browse more from Mary Higgins Clark.

    Jared says: "Very well done..."
    "Ho Hum"
    Overall

    I bought this to listen to while on vacation, so I wasn't expecting much. But I didn't expect it to be quite as pedestrian and predictable as it turned out to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passion of Artemisia

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Susan Vreeland
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    Set against the glorious backdrops of Rome, Florence, and Genoa, and Naples, peopled with historical characters and filled with the details of the life of a 17th-century painter, The Passion of Artemisia is the story of Gentileschi's struggle to find love, forgiveness, and wholeness through her art.

    L. Worthington says: "Not exactly a biography"
    "Listen to the sample first"
    Overall

    My rating is for this as an audiobook. I can't make any judgment about the work itself, because I couldn't listen past the first couple of hours. The narration is way over the top. Admittedly it begins with a rape trial, but the narrator doesn't let up, even in the tranquil setting of a nunnery every other word is emphasized. If you enjoyed The Girl in Hyacinth Blue, I'd suggest that you listen to the sample first and decide whether you could stand 9 hours of it. If not, buy the print version.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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