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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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  • Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alex Thorleifson, Scott Thorson
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (167)

    In this unusually frank book Scott Thorson, Liberace's longtime lover, tells all: the good, the bad, and the ugly truths about the legendary entertainer who went to outrageous extremes to prevent public knowledge of his homosexuality. Liberace's unhappy childhood, dominated by a mother determined to force him into a concert career, serves as the prologue for a story that goes on to detail Liberace's early appearances in honky-tonks, his move to New York to seek fame, and, finally, his first booking in Las Vegas, where he was courted by the Mafia.

    Jeffrey says: "Viciously honest, candid, sad, fascintating!"
    "Eight hours of sheer yawn"
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    I should have known better. I don't think there is anything here that we couldn't have gleaned from a tabloid over the years. This book reads like a full length tabloid article and although I was fascinated by the man after about 10 minutes I was asking myself 'Why am I bothering?' I'll get a refund and watch the movie.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    Overall
    (1861)
    Performance
    (1214)
    Story
    (1220)

    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Jami E. Nettles says: "Fantastic story in the south I know"
    "Great southern mystery Fabulous narrator."
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    I was completely drawn in to the mystery of the 2 missing girls and the wonderful evocation of Mississippi. The narrator caught the tone of all the characters including the female voices
    exceptionally well. Hated this book to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Being There

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jerzy Kosinski
    • Narrated By Dustin Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (424)

    Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman gives an understated and exemplary performance of this satiric look at the unreality of American media culture. Chance, the enigmatic gardener, becomes Chauncey Gardiner after getting hit by a limo belonging to a Wall Street tycoon. The whirlwind that follows brings Chance to his new status of political policy advisor and possible vice presidential candidate. His garden-variety political responses, inspired by television, become heralded as visionary, and he is soon a media icon.

    Ilana says: "Darkly Funny"
    "Perfect short story read by a perfect narrator"
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    Many readers will have seen the movie with Peter Sellers. Hoffman brings a quiet poignant dignity to the hero which suits the story perfectly. I was moved to tears and laughter and would like to give Hoffman 10 stars for the narration. No one could have done it better.

    0 of 0 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
    (62)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (55)

    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
    (622)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (476)

    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
    (539)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (493)

    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
    (683)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (607)

    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)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (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
    (775)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (695)

    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
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    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

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