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susan

I like to weed and read at the same time.

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2014

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  • The Fran Lebowitz Reader

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Fran Lebowitz
    • Narrated By Fran Lebowitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
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    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    The Fran Lebowitz Reader brings together in one volume, with a new preface, two best sellers, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, by an "important humorist in the classic tradition" (The New York Times Book Review) who is "the natural successor to Dorothy Parker" (British Vogue). In "elegant, finely honed prose" (The Washington Post Book World), Lebowitz limns the vicissitudes of contemporary urban life - its fads, trends, crazes, morals, and fashions. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, she is always wickedly entertaining.

    susan says: "Wonderful in her own voice."
    "Wonderful in her own voice."
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    My daughter read this and gave up less that half way through. I think you have to hear her deliver her own prose. She is a master. I adore her. I get her humor even though I'm not a New Yorker but I am an ex smoker. She makes me laugh out loud. She writes very well-although I understand she had a long period of writer's block. Until I read this I thought she was famous just for being all over the social pages of Vanity Fair. I hope she writes and narrates more for 'our listening pleasure'.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Lahr
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Ashley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (53)

    Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh gives intimate access to the mind of one of the most brilliant dramatists of his century, whose plays reshaped the American theater and the nation's sense of itself. This astute, deeply researched biography sheds a light on Tennessee Williams's warring family, his guilt, his creative triumphs and failures, his sexuality and numerous affairs, his misreported death, even the shenanigans surrounding his estate.

    Jean says: "Riveting"
    "Riveting well crafted biography."
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    Williams is my favorite American playwright. I only ever saw him towards the end of his life when he was not at his best. Ashley does a FABULOUS job with the text. Many congratulations to her. John Lahr has done due justice to the life using great sources and quotes and treats his subject with the respect he deserves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cool Breeze on the Underground

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (330)

    Neal Carey is not your usual private eye. A graduate student at Columbia University, he grew up on the streets of New York, usually on the wrong side of the law. Then he met a P.I. who introduced him to the Bank, an exclusive institution with a sideline in keeping its wealthy clients happy and out of trouble. They pay Neal's college tuition, and Neal gets an education that can't be found in any textbook, from learning how to trail a suspect to mastering the proper way to search a room. Now it's payback time.

    mindusq says: "Joe Barrett reading Don Winslow = joy squared"
    "Tight thriller mostly set in London"
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    I loved this book from start to finish;however the narrator should have done some homework on his accents or read it without. It would be most unusual to have a Shepherd in Yorkshire speaking with a Belfast accent. His cockney slid all over the place. It might have been better to use his own voice.I found this irritating.The twist at the end had me listening twice to understand it;As one other reviewer wrote it's a weak ending but the journey there is well worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Norwegian by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Derek B. Miller
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (432)

    Sheldon Horowitz - 82 years old, impatient, and unreasonable - is staying with his granddaughter's family in Norway when he disappears with a stranger's child. Sheldon is an ex-Marine, and he feels responsible for his son's death in Vietnam. Recently widowed and bereft, he talks to the ghosts of his past constantly. To Norway's cops, Sheldon is just an old man who is coming undone at the end of a long and hard life. But Sheldon is clear in his own mind.

    Sara says: "Don't Miss This Amazing Book"
    "Oh Why has Miller only written one book?"
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    I won't spoil it for any prospective reader but this is the most interesting and moving book I have read this year. The construction of the novel combined with the enormous amount of history kept me engrossed from start to finish.
    The narrator did a fine job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Judy Melinek, MD, T. J. Mitchell
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (581)

    Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband and their toddler holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation-performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, and counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking listeners behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple.

    R. Milam says: "Great story - but not for the faint of heart!"
    "So much better than Quincey or Silent Witness"
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    Judy pulled no punches and I really appreciated her forthright,no holes barred descriptions. I think it's important to know how people die and as importantly, how they are found. Lucky her to have a house husband but it's not clear how he felt about her evening descriptions over dinner. Perhaps he should write a sequel?
    The narrator was completely hopeless with the male voices. She turned them all into caricatures. If you want to know what your cat would do to a cadaver as opposed to your adorable dog and where the maggots attack first this book is for you. As well it's very dangerous to murder someone and try to make out it's a suicide. These forensic scientists are smarter than we think and worry over a case far longer than the hour allowed on television.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: The Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kate Summerscale
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    In June of 1860 three-year-old Saville Kent was found at the bottom of an outdoor privy with his throat slit. The crime horrified all England and led to a national obsession with detection. At the time, the detective was a relatively new invention; there were only eight detectives in all of England and rarely were they called out of London, but this crime was so shocking that Scotland Yard sent its best man to investigate, Inspector Jonathan Whicher.

    Gyn says: "A Must Read For Every Detective Book Affecionado"
    "Scholarship combined with a terrific story."
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    Mr. Whicher and the case he attempted to solve were real. He became the forerunner of all our literary detectives beginning with The woman in white. The author provides the details of the case as well as relevant literary references and back stories. I had no idea what to expect and was utterly charmed and riveted by this book. "could not turn it off'.
    Wonderful narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Booth
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    Philip Larkin (1922-1985) is one of the most beloved poets in English. Yet after his death a largely negative image of the man himself took hold; he has been portrayed as a racist, a misogynist and a narcissist. Now Larkin scholar James Booth, for seventeen years a colleague of the poet's at the University of Hull, offers a very different portrait. Drawn from years of research and a wide variety of Larkin's friends and correspondents, this is the most comprehensive portrait of the poet yet published.

    susan says: "Fell in love withthe poetry if not the man."
    "Fell in love withthe poetry if not the man."
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    I am coming to poetry very late in life. It was poorly taught at school in the late 50's. I only went to Auden after 4 Weddings and a Funeral and so you will understand what a novice I am. I knew who Larkin was, that he was a Librarian,used four letter words, was at my husband's college at Oxford and after his death was found to be a bit of a racist who liked pornography. After our parents died my brother quoted the line of what Larkin thought our parents did to us.
    Enough to say that after listening to James Booth's masterful biography I have the Complete Poems, Required Writing and the CD of the Sunday Sessions on order.I really appreciated the format of making continual reference to how and when the poetry was being written and its connection to the people.places and events in his life.I had a friend who used to stamp Einstein's library books at Princeton and there must be many students who now associate their time at Hull with the Library.Kudos to the reader -beautifully done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Morning I'll Be Gone: Troubles Trilogy, Book 3 (Detective Sean Duffy, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (686)

    It's the early 1980s in Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze prison. In the course of his investigations, Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot's whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "One of my Favorites"
    "Wish McKinty had written a sextet."
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    This is a great story surrounding a true event in N. Ireland 1980s. Our detective has a self deprecating sense of humor and his detection doesn't always turn out as it should.Like other detectives before him (Dalgliesh, and Rebus to name 2, uses music and literary references to punctuate and color the dialogue. Evocative scenes of Ireland,cars clothing,Ulster fry up ( yes please!) and a Pint of Bass from Burton on Trent in the prose . Doyle is a master at hitting exactly the right tone,speech pattern and accent of the many characters. He does the several women's voices very well-. I refuse to describe plot because I hate it when other reviewers do. If you liked the first 2 you will really like this one. I have all three now and can see myself listening to them again next summer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Course of My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Edward Heath
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
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    The Course of My Life is not only the autobiography of one of the most distinguished figures of modern times, but a revealing panoply of twentieth-century political, international and social history. Born in 1916, Edward Heath became a Conservative Member of Parliament in 1950, following a glittering Oxford and military career, and was at the heart of political life for a long time - as Chief Whip (notably during the Suez Crisis), Minister of Labour, Lord Privy Seal at the Foreign Office, Leader of the Conservative Party from 1965-75, and Prime Minister from 1970 to 1974.

    susan says: "Underated politician."
    "Underated politician."
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    I found this interesting because Heath was active in politics around the time I was born and was working his way in the parliamentary system while I was growing up and unaware of what a very hard worker he was . actually was not much interested in what was going on until Kennedy was shot. He came from blue collar stock and had to work incredibly hard to get to university and then find employment until he was elected to parliament.
    His inability to control industrial unrest forced him out of 10 Downing St. He was much more valuable to the conservatives while he was an MP and Chief whip. He was disappointing as a PM and I think he never got over the failure.
    This autobiography gives a vivid account of how parliament worked behind the scenes post war, during Suez and during Britain's fight to join the common market. He was reserved about his private life and he doesn't shed much light on it in his book apart from his abiding love of music, about which he knew a great deal.Who knew this man loved fast cars and taking the faithful party workers on pub crawls, . The narrator made some unforgivable pronunciation errors and chopped up some sentences. If you are interested in parliamentary history 1950-70 then you will enjoy this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghosts of Belfast

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1177)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (556)

    Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in Northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders. As he's working his way down the list, he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too.

    David P. McGivern says: "What an unexpected good read!"
    "Total surprise"
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    I bought this as part of a two for one. I thought it would be a break from the rather serious biography,history that I usually listen to.It was riveting; the premise and construction worked well. I read until I fell asleep on several nights and had to re-wind. I lived in London near Kentish town (IRA stronghold) throughout the early IRA bombings and the narrator's voices were spot on and chilling. Have bought the next one for a train trip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fatal Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alec Waugh
    • Narrated By Aaron Abano
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
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    (1)

    If you enjoyed the powerful atmosphere of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby you may just have an inkling of the smoothly professional efficacy of Alec Waugh's The Fatal Gift. His novel breathes the values and attitudes of the early decades of the 20th century. Raymond Peronne has wealth, is bright, is devastatingly attractive to women: his fatal gift. Second son of a baronet, Perronne goes to Oxford (from which he is rusticated), then to New York (in the '20s and '30s) and is in Egypt during the war (moving in circles then, as in this novel, inhabited by such as Evelyn Waugh, Claud Cockburn and Robin Maugham).

    susan says: "Neglected older brother"
    "Neglected older brother"
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    Alec Waugh absolutely captures the pre-world war 1 rise of a smart wine merchant merchant and his family into respectability and wealth and on into the 1920s. The narrator has the accents and nuances down pat. I remember older people talking this way into the 1950s. The descriptions of character and place are vivid. The story held me and I was very unhappy when I had finished it. Shell shocked veterans and suffragettes are all there. Excellent escapist summer read and written in beautiful prose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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