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Susan

Profesionl, hard working woman who travels weekly, enjoys life. My best Friends are Michael and Scooter. Nonfiction books are the best!

PUNTA GORDA, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 283 titles in library
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  • Carnal Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (943)
    Story
    (952)

    New York Times best-selling novelist Nora Roberts captivates millions of fans with her provocative blend of scorching passion and chilling suspense. With Carnal Innocence, she creates a gripping tale of murder, infatuation, and true love in a small southern town. After beautiful concert violinist Caroline Waverly breaks up with her conductor and lover Luis, she escapes to her late grandmother’s home in Innocence, Mississippi.

    Karen says: "The wait has ended"
    "Could not put the book down"
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    Fantastic book, read beautifully, kept my attention to the wonderful end. Dont pass this book up.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Bayou

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By James Daniels, Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (608)

    Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. All he knew was that ever since he saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted - and obsessed - with it. So when the opportunity to buy the house comes up Declan jumps at the chance to live out a dream.

    Phyllis says: "Not the Norm"
    "Hated the Narrator"
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    What disappointed you about Midnight Bayou?

    The Narrator was terrible, I could not finish the book


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?

    I love Nora Roberts, I have almost all her books and will buy more. I will listen to the Narrator first.


    What didn’t you like about James Daniels and Sandra Burr ’s performance?

    James's voice was so odd I just couldn't listen anymore.


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

    to that I found, but I didn't get all the way through it either.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1861: The Civil War Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Adam Goodheart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (414)

    As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, 1861 presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began. 1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal.

    James says: "Fascinating."
    "Read this then read 12 years a Slave."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 1861: The Civil War Awakening to be better than the print version?

    It was for me, I fall asleep when reading, I like to work around the house and listen or because I fly a lot I listen on planes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Don't have a favorite, wait yes Lincoln


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

    No but I will now


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I wanted to go back and remember history, I wanted to remember the sacrifces these men made for all of us.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Years a Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Solomon Northup
    • Narrated By Tommie Earl Jenkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Twelve Years a Slave is the true story of Solomon Northup: born a free black man in New York State, and sold into slavery after being tricked in 1841. Unable to convince anyone he is not a slave, Solomon spent 12 years in bondage, before finally being set free. Northup’s memoir, recounting details of the slave markets and the harsh life on plantations, was used in the struggle to abolish slavery in the United States.

    Susan says: "So much better than I thought!!!"
    "So much better than I thought!!!"
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    If you could sum up Twelve Years a Slave in three words, what would they be?

    Anger - Sadness - Freedom


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book is done in a way that makes you understand, more than ever, the time in history that all this took place. Slavery is no more, thank GOD, its more about his strength, his resolution to get free, there are good people and bad people all over this world. Thank you for telling your story.


    What about Tommie Earl Jenkins’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was perfect!!! such


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

    Most of it, it held my interest for sure.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Against Her Will: Pinnacle True Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ronald J. Watkins
    • Narrated By Greg Lutz
    Overall
    (14)
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    (14)
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    (14)

    Richard and Victoria Tinyes feared the worst when their thirteen year old daughter Kelly Ann vanished from their quiet suburban community of Valley Stream, New York, on March 3, 1999. But the nightmare to come was worse than they could ever imagine. Only five doors away, in the home of John and Elizabeth Golub, police found Kelly Ann's body stuffed in a plastic garbage bag. She'd been brutally beaten, stabbed, strangled, and mutilated. After weeks of intense investigation, police arrested the Golubs twenty-one-year-old son, Robert - a reclusive young man obsessed with bodybuilding and given to fits of rage. The sensational trial and subsequent conviction of Robert Golub shocked the nation and tore the once peaceful community apart. Neighbors took sides. So did the media. And no one who lived on Horton Road would ever be the same. Note on audio book: Except for the beginning and end of the book, there is no longer any music.

    Laura says: "Well-written true-crime book"
    "Did he do it?"
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    Would you listen to Against Her Will again? Why?

    OH yes I will, I could not get enough. I am passionate about true stores and this one ranks right up there with the best.


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

    Yes it did, I guess there always has to be a first victim, but why her? Why did he do what he did? Was it the steroids. I have read about steroid concerns prior.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole book was good


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    For a while I felt for the family and was extremely frustrated with how the family was treated by the neighbors. If I really think about it though, i would probably act the same way if my baby had been killed.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden: A Bone Secrets Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kendra Elliot
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (372)

    Eleven years ago, the Co-Ed Slayer murdered nine female college students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely survived his attack, but he killed her best friend, Suzanne, whose body was never found. Now a forensic odontologist analyzing teeth and bones for the state medical examiner, Lacey is devastated when she identifies Suzanne’s remains at a crime scene. She finds comfort in the arms of ex-cop Jack Harper, and sparks fly between them.

    English Teach says: "Okay"
    "Go Ahead and Listen"
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    Where does Hidden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book kept my attention, I wanted to know how it was going to end


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hidden?

    The first romantic encounter between the two characters


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    She read this book excellently


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I want a man like this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bodies Of Evidence: Notorious USA

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Gregg Olsen, Rebecca Morris
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    New York Times best-selling author Gregg Olsen (If Loving You Is Wrong, Starvation Heights) and veteran journalist Rebecca Morris (Ted and Ann - The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy), authors of the upcoming If I Can’t Have You – Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance and the Murder of Her Children (St. Martins) take a new look at the Northwest’s most notorious crimes. Many of them made history.

    Susan says: "Good Book"
    "Good Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bodies Of Evidence to be better than the print version?

    I only do Audible


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I love true stories, the narrator was very good, I like the way he put a positive spin on everything.


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

    No I haven't but I will now


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No its not that kind of book, it's very interesting to hear more about the lives of each of these people. Especially the miners


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2694)
    Performance
    (938)
    Story
    (937)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "One of the best Books ever"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes it's a true story with passion, love, honesty, it was fabulous


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Sister's Keeper?

    The ending, wow


    What about various’s performance did you like?

    All of them seemed to fit the characters, there really wasn't any I didn't like


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    there were many, but i don't want to give it away


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Clean

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kimberly Rae Miller
    • Narrated By Kimberly Rae Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (134)

    Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a tidy apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. You would never guess that Kim grew up behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspapers, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room - the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding. In this moving coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her rat-infested home and her childhood consumed by concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends.

    Margaret says: "Vicarious Hoarding"
    "Beautiful Story, Great Narration"
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    Where does Coming Clean rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up at the top, I had no idea what it was about so I took a chance and I'm glad I did.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Narrator was perfect


    Which character – as performed by Kimberly Rae Miller – was your favorite?

    The daughter


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book did, all of us try to grow up but parents won't let us sometimes. I can only imagine how embarrassed she was as a child.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hiding Place

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Corrie ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (171)

    At one time, Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that she had a story to tell. For the first 50 years of her life, nothing out of the ordinary ever happened to her. She was a spinster watchmaker living contentedly with her sister and their elderly father in the tiny house over their shop in Haarlem. Their uneventful days, as regulated as their own watches, revolved around their abiding love for one another. But with the Nazi invasion and occupation of Holland, everything changed....

    Christina says: "My new guilty pleasure"
    "Great True Story you will want to read"
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    If you could sum up The Hiding Place in three words, what would they be?

    I can't, there is too much going on to sum it up in three words. I only pray that if I am ever faced with decissions like these I will do the right thing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course the sisters


    What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good narratior liked listening to her


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

    Could have been


    Any additional comments?

    I love true stories. love human challenges, this is a book you will want to read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Dream: The Golden Boy Who Never Grew Up and Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    They were best friends, four talented and charismatic young men who lived charmed lives among the evergreens of Washington state: Kevin, the artist; Steve, the sculptor; Scott, the nature lover and unabashed ladies' man; and Mark, the musician and poet. With their stunning good looks, whip-sharp minds, athletic bodies - and no lack of women who adored them - none of them seemed slated for disaster. But few knew the reality behind the leafy screen that surrounded Seven Cedars, Scott's woodland dream home....

    Memyselfhjb says: "The End Of Ann"
    "Great Story, couldn't put it down"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of the Dream: The Golden Boy Who Never Grew Up and Other True Cases to be better than the print version?

    I would indeed! I bore myself and reading puts me to sleep.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of the Dream: The Golden Boy Who Never Grew Up and Other True Cases?

    I found myself hoping he would save some of the money, I also thought of ways I would use the money. How stupid can you be to think you would never get caught?


    Any additional comments?

    Good book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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