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Susan

Birmingham, AL, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 10 reviews
  • 66 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • Dreamcatcher

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    Overall
    (1763)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (531)

    "The genius shines through...flat-out riveting." (Publishers Weekly)
    "Makes for great midnight reading." (The New York Times)
    "Dreamcatcher is a comeback and an infusion of rich new blood into King's body of work." (Amazon.com)

    Click the sample icon to hear an extended excerpt from Chapter One of Dreamcatcher!

    Murray Zetterholm says: "King Fans Will Love Dreamcatcher"
    "Good book"
    Overall

    This is the first book I listened to with my audible account. It did a great job of getting me hooked on audible books and the story as well. I've recommended this book to others and hope that the new movie version is as good as the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lovely Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Alice Sebold
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    It may be difficult to imagine a life-affirming book which begins with the main character, a 14-year-old girl, recounting her rape and murder, but Alice Sebold's debut novel is just such a book. Having received advance critical acclaim that before now was reserved only for literary giants, this book will no doubt invite comparisons to works such as Tracy Chevalier's The Girl with the Pearl Earring and Toni Morrison's Beloved.

    Susanne W. says: "Don't Pass It Up!!!"
    "An engaging story"
    Overall

    Told from an entirely unique perspective, the victim's, this book is captivating and heart-wrenching and heart-warming. I didn't think I would connect with this book like others had...but in the end it got me. Of course there were things about I wish were different, but I think the author got it right...things don't always happen the way you want them to. Listen to this, and enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4445)
    Performance
    (1745)
    Story
    (1746)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "Amazing, enthralling, captivating book"
    Overall

    This was the book that got me hooked on Demille. I've since read Plum Island, the first book to use this character, and both are excellently written. Although Demille's other books usually have military themes, all of them to date are very enjoyable and well written books. If you've never tried his books, I highly recommend this one to get you hooked!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Up Country

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1761)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (577)

    In the latest from Nelson DeMille (author of The Lion's Game), Paul Brenner is called out of CID retirement to investigate the murder 30 years ago of an army lieutenant in Vietnam. Brenner's trip up country, with a beautiful American expatriate for company, will lead him to uncover an explosive, long-buried secret.

    James B says: "You Must Read Up Country"
    "Excellent story!"
    Overall

    I found this book to be enthralling for both the story and the wealth of historical information about the Viet Nam war. I admit I don't know enough about what happened during that time to truly appreciate what occurred, but this book did an excellent job of piqueing my interest. It provides an amazing account of what some soldiers experienced during such a time. Moreover, it has encouraged me to seek out and learn more about what happened during the Viet Nam war. I highly recommend this book to anyone with similar interests, or who would like to listen to a great mystery/story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mayday

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille, Thomas Block
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (334)

    Twelve miles above the Pacific Ocean, a missile strikes a jumbo passenger jet and leaves the flight crew either crippled or dead. This is the story of how three survivors must achieve the impossible and land the plane. Master storyteller Nelson DeMille and veteran pilot Thomas Block collaborated on Mayday, the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller of all time. Also available abridged.

    Douglas says: "Great adventure! Hard to put down."
    "Definitely one of my favorites"
    Overall

    How could it not be good? Nelson Demille has always told a great story and with Scott Brick reading, it is definitely a great listen. I highly recommend this book as well as other Demille books. Only disappointed that I've listened to all that they have. He is now a favorite author of mine.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4958)
    Performance
    (2069)
    Story
    (2061)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Awesome book!"
    Overall

    I loved this book! I was looking for something long and worth my money. This was definitely it. While lengthy (4o hours!), it was definitely enthralling and quickly addictive. I enjoyed the narrator and author so much that I quickly sought out additional books by them. Be wary, while the reader is excellent in other books, the author's other books just don't compare. This is truly his best and most comprehensive work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Tent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Carol Bilger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1548)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (475)

    Passionate, earthy, deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution to modern fiction: a vibrant new perspective of female life in the age that shaped present day civilization and values.

    If you like The Red Tent, try The Harlot by the Side of the Road, a recounting of some of the most startling and explicit writings from The Old Testament.

    R. S. Herron says: "The key word is 'fiction'"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    This is one of my favorite books. I enjoyed it for the information and story it provided. The narrator did an excellent job and the author wove a truly interesting and fantastic story. Wish she would write more in similar style.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3592)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (929)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "A favorite for sure!"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed this book so much, as have all of my friends who have read or listened to this. The book is excellently written, and the narrator does a fantastic job! My only disappointment is that the author hasn't written more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (1254)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (80)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries - old underground organization - the Illuminati.

    Mark Grannis says: "Not history, not theology, just great fiction"
    "Good, but Da Vinci Code was better"
    Overall

    I have become a fan of Dan Brown's since listening to the Da Vinci code. Thought Digital Fortress was interesting and tried this one out too. Perhaps most interesting is his knowledge of religion, history, and art/artistry. As far as plots go, it might be a little weak, or predictable, but the book is still good enough to entertain for other reasons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10407)
    Performance
    (5665)
    Story
    (5698)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "A most memorable book"
    Overall

    This book started interestingly, but slow. Mid-way through, I was hooked! The book was fantastic and has left me thinking about it still. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who enjoys an unusual and interesting story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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