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Susan

work as an artist and art restorer. read at least 48 books a year, because I can listen while I work.

poplarville, MS, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1565)
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    (1573)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Theresa says: "Amazing story, well written & well read"
    "beyond belief true story"
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    loved this book. Gripping from start to finish, and even more amazing to think it is all true. These were some incredibly tough men. I truly liked the character studies that made the adventure of this experience come alive. Very highly recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Round House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Gary Farmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

    Tony says: "MADE THE LISTS OF BEST BOOKS!"
    "life on the reservation with a terrific narrator."
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    excellent book about an indian woman's rape and the effects it has on not just her life but the life around her. Contrary to some people's opinion about the reader, I really loved the narrater, and thought the story would not have been as rich without him. He is an indian himself, and it gives the lives he speaks of an aura of authenticity. There are many insights into what life can be like on a reservation, its isolation, poverty, and what happens to some people because of it.

    there is a legal snafu concerning tribal versus U.S. law, and that becomes the crux of the idea of justice -

    highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charles Dickens: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Claire Tomalin
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
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    Charles Dickens: A Life gives full measure to Dickens's heroic stature - his huge virtues both as a writer and as a human being - while observing his failings in both respects with an unblinking eye. Renowned literary biographer Claire Tomalin crafts a story worthy of Dickens's own pen, a comedy that turns to tragedy as the very qualities that made him great - his indomitable energy, boldness, imagination, and showmanship - finally destroyed him.

    C. Randall Curb says: "A great biography brilliantly read"
    "erudite and well researched"
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    thought this was an excellent overview of Dickens life. It really gave me a feel for the streets and milieu of his particular period of life. I enjoyed it especially when Ms. Tomalin reviewed his various novels and showed what was going on in his life at the same time. I had a glimpse of Dickens as a flawed, amazing man.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
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    (2241)
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    (2266)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "solid characterizations"
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    This book is a family saga, with a few true events and personalities thrown in, such as henry ford and his labor practices.
    Almost all the characters in this novel are so well delineated, that it is hard to pick just one that actually stands out, because the writer makes it easy to visualize them all, and the reader, although somewhat dramatic, has the accents down pat.

    the central person is Cal or Callie, and
    the implication is that the genetic accident of Cal's birth is responsible for the hermaphroditism that results. A good argument for tolerance, and acceptance, of "gender challenged" people, actually.

    These generations of a family, are detailed and vividly expressed, told with humor and compassion of foibles and aspects of daily life. It has a few passages with almost explicit sex, however, the majority of the book is so true to life and intelligently written that I found it quite entertaining and certainly recommend this so highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    (626)
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    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "hilarious"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    the best thing, although the story is well crafted, are the characters, some normal, some really not normal, a funhouse ride.


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

    funny, crude and rude.


    Any additional comments?

    recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By various
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    (279)
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    (62)
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    When Walter Hartright encounters the "solitary figure of a woman, dressed from head to foot in white garments" on a lonely road, he is haunted by her. He falls in love with his employer's niece, Laura, because she resembles the mysterious woman. Laura, however, is betrothed to the evil Sir Percival, who wishes to marry her for her money. The woman in white, it turns out, is Anne Catherick, who was confined in an asylum by the evil Sir Percival because she knew a devastating secret about him.

    Virginia says: "The Woman In White"
    "beautiful language"
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    If you like the language and writing of Dickens or Austin, you will like this writing. why say "not likely" when you can say "doubtful in the extreme"? so much better. An absorbing victorian mystery, with vivid personalities. the melodrama makes it all the more humorous, but really such a good story and memorable characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zeitoun

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
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    (772)
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    (364)
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    (369)

    When HurricaneKatrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun - a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four - chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the eerie days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and rescuing those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared.

    Darwin8u says: "Something bold, ebullient, yet quiet"
    "what it was really like after Katrina"
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    Can't recommend this enough. So amazing, the things that went on after Katrina, the red tape and failures of common sense. a well written account of one man's experience, truly horrible, but makes for engrossing reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4789)
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    (1675)
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    (1683)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "engrossing, classically written"
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    Just wonderful. Excellent writing, original storyline, good characterizations. If you like Jane austin and Wilkie Collins, this is your cup a tea. a good mystery, with the backbone being the life of a reclusive writer...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgery of Venus

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Gruber
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (83)
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    (30)
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    (32)

    Chaz Wilmot makes his living cranking out old-master parodies for ads and magazine covers. When he's offered a job restoring a Venetian palace fresco, he is at first, skeptical - he immediately sees it is more a forgery than a restoration. But he is soon seduced by the challenge and throws himself into the work, doing the job brilliantly.

    Susan says: "art sci fi psychological thriller"
    "art sci fi psychological thriller"
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    a real treat for artists, and a spellbinding thriller. Thought this was the best Michael Gruber that is available on audible. After reading this, I downloaded the rest of his work, but still think this is the best. the details about art and conservation are spot on with only one exception that any art restorer would know is bogus. However, the story is one to keep you guessing and riveted. loved it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Death Without Company: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2273)
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    (1688)
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    (1679)

    When an elderly local woman is found poisoned, Sheriff Walt Longmire begins an investigation that soon has him ensnared in a deadly spider's web. From Craig Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel The Cold Dish, comes this enthralling Sheriff Longmire mystery. With a distinctive literary flair, Johnson leads us into the wide open space of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

    Laura Harley says: "What a wonderful find!"
    "western low key mystery"
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    I happen to adore these western mysteries, and have read all of Craig Johnson, may his books continue to be offered on audible... The narrator, George Guidall is excellent, and perfectly suited to these books. the only caveat is that Mr. Johnson employs, the phrase, "I thought about it" a little too often. Otherwise, these books are all terrific. the sherif of Wyoming (mythical county, but real locations) is honest, flawed, and noble. love him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3202)
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    (1669)
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    (1700)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    Richard Delman says: "A masterpiece. An epic western story."
    "western life with a true feel"
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    If you need a happy ending, don't go for this one. If you like a well written, detailed, engrossing story then this will certainly suffice. The writing is beautiful, with humor and the harsh reality of tough western pioneer life well expressed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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