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Susan

NY, NY, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3511)
    Performance
    (2508)
    Story
    (2513)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Very poor man's Dickens"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A much better story with more appealing and realistic characters


    What could Bryce Courtenay have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It was just one bad event after another, happening to characters who were not developed enough for me to care


    What didn’t you like about Humphrey Bower’s performance?

    boring


    What character would you cut from The Potato Factory?

    Quite a few


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Importance of Being Seven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (263)

    Perhaps best known for his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith delights fans around the world with his warmhearted 44 Scotland Street novels. In the series’ sixth entry, the residents of 44 Scotland Street grapple with problems both trivial and severe, but none so great as when six-year-old Bertie Pollock - who longs to be seven - mislays his mum and learns a valuable lesson about wish fulfillment.

    Benedict says: "Beyond touching"
    "great entry in a great series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Importance of Being Seven in three words, what would they be?

    witty, engrossing, educational


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Satisfying characters going through life in a similar but different culture


    What does Robert Ian Mackenzie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accent of Edinburgh


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - wanted to make it last


    Any additional comments?

    Love all his books, but this is my favorite series

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20897)
    Performance
    (18738)
    Story
    (18805)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "TERRIBLE"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different plot


    What was most disappointing about Gillian Flynn’s story?

    the characters, the endlessness, the lack of appeal of any lead characters


    What aspect of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance would you have changed?

    A different story to read


    What character would you cut from Gone Girl?

    all


    Any additional comments?

    I only finished it because I needed something to listen to at the time -- miserable story - not a beach read, more like a garbage dump read

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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