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Sue

Oklahoma City, OK, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 35 reviews
  • 84 ratings
  • 529 titles in library
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  • The Convict and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Steven Boyer, Louis Moreno, Richard Poe, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (16)

    "America's best novelist" (The Denver Post), two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke is renowned for his lush, suspense-charged portrayals of the Deep South – the people, the crime, the hope and despair infused in the bayou landscape. This stunning anthology takes us back to where Burke's heart and soul beat -- the steamy, seamy Gulf Coast -- in complex and fascinating tales that crackle with violence and menace, meshing his flair for gripping storytelling with his urbane writing style.

    Amazon Customer says: "I like the full novels better."
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    No sense of a real story, just a collections of thoughts, to make this a 4 or 5 star it would need to be rewritten.


    Has The Convict and Other Stories turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love James Burke but this was really bad. I will still buy his books but not if they are not part of a series.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was fine, not great, but not bad.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not that I could fine, I tried listening to most of the stories but found it hard to get through any of them. I kept hoping the next story would be better but did not find this to be the case.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1418)
    Performance
    (1150)
    Story
    (1132)

    .Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed - husband, wife, two daughters, dogs. There’s something about the scene that pokes at Lucas’s cop instincts - it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fit.

    bebe says: "Sanford writes another winner!"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Stolen Prey the most enjoyable?

    It was a very exciting story, very intricate and up to date. The technology aspect was very good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a very current story.


    Any additional comments?

    Good story, good narration and very current. Made my trip of 500 miles very enjoyable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Scotty Bowers, Lionel Friedberg
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    Newly discharged from the Marines after World War II, Scotty Bowers arrived in Hollywood in 1946. Young, charismatic, and strikingly handsome, he quickly caught the eye of many of the town's stars and starlets. He began sleeping with some himself, and connecting others with his coterie of young, attractive, and sexually free-spirited friends.

    Kimberly Brooks says: "My ears!"
    "A Guilty Pleasure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Full Service to be better than the print version?

    The narrator was very good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was interesting to hear all the stories about the old movie stars. What a wild place Hollywood must have been before aids.


    Which character – as performed by Johnny Heller – was your favorite?

    None, they were all pretty disgusting!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No moving moments just one sexual exploit after another.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a book that is fun listening to but you wouldn't want to be caught listening to it. Some parts of the book are just gross!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (4067)
    Performance
    (1695)
    Story
    (1749)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Shack the most enjoyable?

    It was a very thought provoking book, it gave me hope.


    Any additional comments?

    Very unusual book but very good. I would highly recommend this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the '60s and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jane Maas
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    Mad Women is a tell-all account of life in the New York advertising world of the 1960s and '70s from Jane Maas, a female copywriter who succeeded in the primarily male environment portrayed by the hit TV show Mad Men. Fans of the show are dying to know how accurate it is: did people really have that much sex in the office? Were there really three-martini lunches? Were women really second-class citizens? Jane Maas says the answer to all three questions is unequivocally yes....

    Dean says: "Interesting Listen"
    "Fun Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Mad Women?

    I enjoyed a look at the past. I remember the 60's and 70's very well.


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

    It made me laugh.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mudwoman

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    Mudgirl is a child abandoned by her mother in the silty flats of the Black Snake River. Cast aside, Mudgirl survives by an accident of fate - or destiny. After her rescue, the well-meaning couple who adopt Mudgirl quarantine her poisonous history behind the barrier of their middle-class values, seemingly sealing it off forever. But the bulwark of the present proves surprisingly vulnerable to the agents of the past.

    Holly Helscher says: "Descent Into Madness or Political Treatise?"
    "Overly Detailed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Mudwoman better?

    It was just too detailed with very little substance. I found it a difficult listen and could not get into the story. I gave up after about 8 chapters, I felt like I wasted my money on this one. I think the author just tried too hard to explain every little detail, it just didn't work for me.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Joyce Carol Oates? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure.


    What didn’t you like about Susan Ericksen’s performance?

    I'm not sure there was that much bad about her performance, I think it was just the material she had to work with that made her performance boring.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It made me sleepy, every time I tried to listen to it I wanted to go to sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4672)
    Performance
    (2121)
    Story
    (2138)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Very Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was fun to read and hard to put down.


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

    Yes, it was great.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen, I enjoyed it very much.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Thing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff, Stephanie Wolfe
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (255)

    It's hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. So hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers-not to mention the occasional lake monster-are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.

    Edward says: "Disappointing."
    "Seriously , this is crap."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Josh Bazell and/or Robert Petkoff and Stephanie Wolfe ?

    No, I would not.


    What character would you cut from Wild Thing?

    Cut them all, they were awful, I wasted a credit on this.


    Any additional comments?

    I waited a year for the new Josh Bazell book and get this, it was awful. His first book was wonderful. This book was nothing like the first, it was just fantasy for a 12 year old. And if that wasn't enough you have to listen to a liberal oration at the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dearly Devoted Dexter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    Overall
    (1913)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (903)

    Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. In trying to avoid the deep suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes - who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac (which, of course, he is) - Dexter has had to slip further into his foolproof domestic disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his girlfriend, Rita, and her two children. But how long can Dexter play Kick the Can instead of Slice the Slasher?

    Tim says: "Deadly, Dreadful Dexter"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    Got this as one of those audible specials, I didn't really expect it to be great. However, it surprised me and was a wonderful book. It was packed with action and laughs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Santini

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (263)

    Step into the powerhouse life of Bull Meecham. He's all Marine -- fighter pilot, king of the clouds, and absolute ruler of his family. Lillian is his wife -- beautiful, southern-bred, with a core of velvet steel. Without her cool head, her kids would be in real trouble. Ben is the oldest, a born athlete whose best never satisfies the big man. Ben's got to stand up, even fight back, against a father who doesn't give in -- not to his men, not to his wife, and certainly not to his son.

    cort says: "an excellent book"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    Pat Conroy is a true artist with words. I have read many of his books and all were wonderful, however, The Greaat Santini goes beyond wonderful to a true work of art.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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