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Susan

Oroville, CA, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Lowcountry Summer: A Plantation Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (51)

    Dorothea Benton Frank is a native of the South whose novels vividly capture the wild beauty, laid-back atmosphere, earthy characters, and charming eccentricities of life in South Carolina's Lowcountry. Written with compelling honesty and emotional depth, her stories have touched readers from coast to coast, and propelled her to the top ranks of bestsellerdom nationwide.

    Susan says: "Not my favorite, but still a good listen"
    "Not my favorite, but still a good listen"
    Overall

    I love Dorothea Benton Frank, every book I listen to or read is a pleasure and I would recommend this book to anyone, but I didn't enjoy it as much as some of the others. Her characters are vivid, but I don't think there were enough enjoyable characters to balance the ones you want to throttle. Even the protagonist was a bit full of herself, and the wrap up made me feel a bit uneasy. That being said, however, the book was well written and worth a try for anyone who loves this genre.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2977)
    Performance
    (1801)
    Story
    (1815)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "Narration nearly ruined this book"
    Overall

    What was a well-thought out and beautifully written story was nearly lost in the terrible monotone narration, it sounded as though she was just trying to rush through it. Passages that begged for what in musical terms would be called dynamics were passed over in a flat irrelevant tone. This was the second worst narration I've heard in the years and years I've been a member of audible.com (since the beginning!) and narration really does make or break a book in this venue. Consider reading the book instead of listening to it, as it is quite a story...or wait until Audible.com does it over with a better narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26711)
    Performance
    (13346)
    Story
    (13390)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Worth the time and money"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The setting, the subject, the storyline and the narration was fascinating. I NEVER read/listen to a book twice, but this was the one exception. I highly recommend a very unique experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Color of a Dog Running Away

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Richard Gwyn
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Lucas, a musician living in Barcelona, receives a cryptic invitation. When he appears at the appointed time, he sets in motion a series of bizarre events that disrupt his passive existence. He meets the alluring Nuria and they begin a love affair. He is approached by a band of mythic roof dwellers and has a run-in with a fire-eating prophet. But when he and Nuria are kidnapped by a religious cult with roots stretching back to the 13th century, Lucas realizes that his life is spinning out of control.

    Michael says: "Colorful Canine"
    "A droner"
    Overall

    This book just drones on and on. I have never stopped listening to an audiobook, but this one I had to just quit. Perhaps the narrator had something to do with it, his voice just had a depressing monotone, it felt like everything was doom and gloom, even when it wasn't. I just couldn't get into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Mango Sunsets

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Nanette Savard
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (16)

    Meet Miriam Elizabeth Swanson, in a full-blown snit, buoyed by a fabulous cast who run the gamut from insufferable to wonderful. Miriam spins out from the revolving door of her postured life as a Manhattan quasi-socialite while she thirsts - no, starves - for recognition. How did she become what she hates the most and what does she endure to realize it? And where are the answers? It takes a few spins, dips, and one spectacular fall before Miriam gets her head on straight.

    Connie says: "Excellent read!"
    "Lovely story"
    Overall

    This is a lovely story, the kind of book you want to just put the world on hold and lay in your lounge chair listening to it until it is done. The narrator did a great job of creating that Southern feel to the story. I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas Pearl

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Celia Weston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Theodora is the matriarch of a family that, in her opinion, has grown into a bunch of truculent knuckleheads. They've all come together to South Carolina to celebrate Christmas. But this Christmas looks nothing like the extravagant, homey Christmases Theodora grew up with.

    Thomas T. says: "Get's you into the spirit of Christmas"
    "Magical"
    Overall

    This was just the story I needed to generate a little Christmas spirit. It hits all the right notes: Nostalgia, Love, humor, imagination and the eternal hope that the Christmas season evokes without being too sappy. The narrator is delightful, I would swear she was just sitting next to me telling me her life story and the comeuppins her family gets. I think I will listen to this one every year from now on, I have a fondness for Christmas stories and this is my favorite so far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5031)
    Performance
    (1266)
    Story
    (1265)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Another gem"
    Overall

    I chose A Thousand Splendid Suns on the off chance that it might be half as good as The Kiterunner. To my delight it did not disappoint. The characters were compelling and I was immediately drawn into the story. The experiences of these women moved me. Although I believe the story could have only been improved by a woman's insight, Hossein has done a superb job of storytelling, again. One of my best listens, I recommend it highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wreath for Rivera

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    When Lord Pastern Bagott takes up with the hot music of Breezy Bellair and his Boys, his disapproving wife Cecile has more than usual to be unhappy about. The band's devastatingly handsome but roguish accordionist, Carlos Rivera, has taken a rather intense and mutual interest in her precious daughter Felicite. So when a bit of strange business goes awry and actually kills him, it's lucky that Inspector Roderick Alleyn is in the audience.

    Susan says: "ZZZZzzzzzzzz"
    "ZZZZzzzzzzzz"
    Overall

    I found this devastatingly boring. Whether it was the narrator and her exaggerated pronunciation of everything, particularly the French accents, or whether it was the story itself, I don't know. I stuck it out, hoping it would "catch" and I'd want to know what happened next, but it never did. I hate to think about the time I wasted, not to mention the money. I didn't like it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeanette Walls
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (1434)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (271)

    This extraordinary memoir from Jeannette Walls is a stirring and distinctive story that has won tremendous critical acclaim. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly applauds the author's "fantastic storytelling knack", saying, "Walls doesn't pull her punches...in this excellent, unusual book."

    Tracie says: "Stayed Awake Until 5 am to Finish!!!"
    "Horribly fascinating"
    Overall

    This memoir relates a devastating family life and inconceivably horrible living conditions. The story is well-written and a very good "read" but not a very good listen as the narrator has a sort of arrogant whine that takes away from the bare bones truth of the story. Thumbs up for the book, thumbs down for the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Naughty or Nice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Eric Jerome Dickey
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (18)

    Hot on the heels of his summer blockbuster, The Other Woman, Naughty or Nice arrives in time to heat up the winter holidays. Eric Jerome Dickey's fans have come to expect a spicy callaloo, full of richly drawn relationships, subtly developed conflicts, and witty dialogue, served up in some of the hippest prose being written today.

    Ann says: "Well done"
    "Waste of time"
    Overall

    This book bored me to death. Eric Jerome Dickey evidently wrote about three women so he could put all of his sexual fantasies in one book. Certainly doesn't give a voice to the women I know. There was only a shadow of a plot and the ending was oh so predictable. Save your money, buy another book instead.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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