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Sue

Cape Town, South Africa | Member Since 2012

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  • 8 reviews
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  • The Valley of Amazement

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (869)

    Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

    Pamela says: "Just could NOT get past the ugliness"
    "One bad decision takes 2 generations to fix."
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    Would you listen to The Valley of Amazement again? Why?

    It is an epic story of the lives of many women in China in the early 20th century. Starting with Lucretia who makes a decision to have a fling with a Chinese student house guest and falls pregnant. She follows him to China where the story really begins...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Magic Gourd - such a resourceful, loyal, opinionated, caring and funny mother figure. She just rolls up her sleeves and gets it done.


    Any additional comments?

    It was fascinating to peek behind the silk curtain of courtesan life in China, how women are treated on both sides of the respectable / not respectable divide and how those norms changed with western influences.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Eric Blehm
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1010)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (926)

    When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan - but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, "I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me."

    Karen Knabe says: "Truly the story of a Hero"
    "Second half is good."
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    I am interested in the people who become SEALS and their experiences. This is an amazing story of a drug addicted man who takes the improbable path to become a Navy SEAL. I loved his story and the second half when he joined the Navy, but the bible bashing is off-putting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss and Tell

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Shannon Tweed, Jules McCarron
    • Narrated By Shannon Tweed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    In this long-awaited autobiography, one of the most beautiful women in the world tells her story, from growing up on a mink ranch in Newfoundland with six brothers and sisters to raising two children with a rock star in Beverly Hills. One of the most popular and best-known Playboy pin-ups ever, Shannon Tweed burst on the scene in the 80s as Playmate of the Year and Hugh Hefner's love interest. She soon became a successful actress, appearing in countless movies and television series.

    KRG says: "Interesting listen."
    "Disappointing."
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    Sanitized, just a old bunny, D-list actress justifying her existence. Cured my interest in celebrity private lives

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7183)
    Performance
    (6255)
    Story
    (6236)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Very intense thriller that you can't put down."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    I was hooked and completely consumed by the story. It is a romance and very credible thriller with a great twist at the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fast paced and interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my introduction to Nora Roberts and it was in my opinion, the best stand alone book she has written. I then discovered her "In Death" series under her nom de plume, JD Robb, and was completely smitten.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3407)
    Performance
    (3050)
    Story
    (3079)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "SEALS are very scary and facinating."
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    If you could sum up No Easy Day in three words, what would they be?

    Can't in 3 words. It would have to be "Unromanticized account of the planning that went into getting back America's sovereign pride".


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the interaction between the men during their SEALS training, during and after BUDS. They were so very matter-of-factly loving being in the machine that moulded such incredibly courageous warriors and disciplined men. It must be daunting being an ordinary American who owes so much to these men and their incredible families.


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

    Yes, and then I listened to it again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4039)
    Performance
    (2314)
    Story
    (2330)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    "Start here - it is an incredible series!!!"
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    If you could sum up Naked in Death in three words, what would they be?

    I was introduced to this series by a gift offer for Number 13 in the series. I was so intrigued that I went back to the beginning. It is far better to start here and watch the characters grow.


    What other book might you compare Naked in Death to and why?

    I am not a fan of science fiction or fantasy at all, and was certain I had made a mistake with this book. It is set in 2058 and this is a description of what life could have evolved to without having to suspend disbelief too much. It could be described as a basic detective thiller, but the circumstances and the characters are wonderful. They are complex and interesting, and the romance is quite steamy at times.


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

    Susan is amazing with the American, English, Irish and a host of other accents. I would love to see a video of her performing one of these books because when you are only listening, you are completely involved with the story, and the performance boosts that feeling, not distracts from it, as some performers do.


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

    Yes, I wanted more. I did not want the story to end. I am now an "In Death" junkie.


    Any additional comments?

    Take the leap and you will love the rollercoaster!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2869)
    Performance
    (2595)
    Story
    (2588)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "How America protects her way of life - WOW!"
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    What did you love best about American Sniper?

    Not being American or involved in the war on terror I had no idea how far the American armed services go to train their soldiers. I was fascinated about the training of the SEALS and left pondering the arguments given for fighting this war.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Sniper?

    The description of ordinary life in Afganistan, Iraq and Lybia. Their standards of living are very basic and their beliefs seems to be the primary motivator for living. They will sacrifice anything, including their children, for their religion.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The problem with male performers is how they narrate female roles. I am of the belief that they should try, but not try too hard, to lift their voices. It ends up sounding simpering and whiney, and detracts from the often very strong characters of the women.


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

    Yes, I could not stop. After it was finished I spent a lot of time thinking about it and googling Chris and following the story. Taya starts off as a standard, perfect little wife who has picked up the cudgel of her beliefs and is walking tall despite the tragedy that ended Chris' life. I believed his account of Jesse Ventura.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not actively religious and I found this part of the psychology of the characters a little much. Felt like bible bashing at times and heightened the feeling that both sides are as fanatical as each other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gropes

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Tom Sharpe
    • Narrated By Michael Tudor Barnes
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The Gropes are an old English family based in Northumberland, separated from the rest of society and as eccentric as they come. It is a line dominated by strong-willed and oversexed women, determined to produce more female heirs regardless of whether their desired partners are willing.... At the dawn of the new millennium, timid and gormless teenager Esmond is abducted and lured to Grope Hall by a descendant of the Gropes.

    Judy says: "Great Fun"
    "Very entertaining, light comedy"
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    What did you love best about The Gropes?

    This is a typical Tom Sharpe comedy, full of wonderful characters put into very improbable but amusing situations.


    What does Michael Tudor Barnes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The performance by Micheal Tudor Barnes was really engaging with a wide variety of voices for the the sometimes very eccentric characters.


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

    It made me laugh out loud.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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