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Susan

Southlake, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 25 reviews
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  • 72 purchased in 2015
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  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2208)
    Performance
    (1929)
    Story
    (1931)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Mel says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Fascinating Story"
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    Very well written and performed. An engrossing story that I am thoroughly glad I purchased.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Bones of Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (434)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King garners widespread acclaim for her suspenseful novels rich with historical detail. Set in the vibrant Paris Jazz Age, The Bones of Paris introduces private investigator Harris Stuyvesant, an American agent who’s been given the plum assignment of locating beautiful young model Philippa Crosby. But when Philippa’s trail ends at the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre, Stuyvesant discovers a world where art meets sexual depravity - and where a savage killer lurks in the shadows.

    B. says: "Brilliant evocation of Paris in 1929"
    "Great read!"
    Overall
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    Love the characters and the plot is fascinating. I especially like hearing about places I have visited such as Shakespeare and Company.
    The narration is fantastic. I will definitely read the other book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4108)
    Performance
    (3840)
    Story
    (3841)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    Ron says: "Great Epic Fantacy"
    "Great story"
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    I listened to this book a while back but had forgotten it until I found it in my library this past week.
    I must have been jet lagged the first time I listened because the story was wonderful as was the narration. I have just downloaded the second book and can't wait to start it. Great story I won't for get again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Departure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By A.G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Scott Aiello
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (721)

    Harper Lane has problems. In a few hours, she'll have to make a decision that will change her life forever. But when her flight from New York to London crash lands in the English countryside, she discovers that she's made of tougher stuff than she ever imagined. As Harper and the survivors of Flight 305 struggle to stay alive in the aftermath of the crash, they soon realize this world is very different from the one they left. Their lives are connected, and some believe they've been brought here for a reason.

    Matthew says: "The start of a new series I suspect.."
    "Disappointed"
    Overall
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    I was looking forward to a story with a new slant on a plane crash/time travel. What I read was mediocre with cliche dialogue that challenged my suspension of disbelief.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Miniaturist

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jessie Burton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (193)

    On a brisk autumn day in 1686, 18-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office - leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

    Beth Anne says: "Magical Historical Story of Secrets and Misery"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    This is not a classic story but it weaves a spell the captures and holds the reader. Listen to this one. You won't be sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fortune Hunter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Daisy Goodwin
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as "Sisi", is the Princess Diana of 19th-century Europe. Famously beautiful, as captured in a portrait with diamond stars in her hair, she is unfulfilled in her marriage to the older Emperor Franz Joseph. Sisi has spent years evading the stifling formality of royal life on her private train or yacht or, whenever she can, on the back of a horse. Captain Bay Middleton is dashing, young, and the finest horseman in England. He is also impoverished, with no hope of buying the horse needed to win the Grand National....

    Susan says: "Terrific book!"
    "Terrific book!"
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    I enjoyed this book immensely. The story is interesting as a romance but the historical detail makes it so much more fascinating. The narrator if superb. If you like victorian romance you will love this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death of Kings: Saxon Tales, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Stephen Perring
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (374)

    As the ninth century wanes, Alfred the Great lies dying, his dream of a unified England in danger and his kingdom on the brink of chaos. While his son, Edward, has been named his successor, there are other Saxon claimants to the throne - as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north. Uhtred, the Saxon-born, Viking-raised warrior, whose life seems to shadow the making of England itself, is torn between his vows and his desires....

    Amazon Customer says: "Great series ruined by narrator"
    "One of my favorites"
    Overall
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    Amazing story. It keeps getting better and better. Wonderful narration brings Uhtred to life. Will listen to over and over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 21: Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (215)

    In the midst of the Go-Go '90s, the culture of greed infused the MIT campus. A small blackjack club sprang up, dedicated to counting cards and beating the house at major casinos around the country. The Club grew slowly at first, but by the late 1990s, the right people had come up with the right system to take some of the world's most sophisticated casinos for all they were worth.

    Julie says: "Good Book.. HORRIBLE Narrator"
    "Interesting"
    Overall
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    I saw several negative reviews about the narrator but I did not find the narration to be a problem at all. The story is interesting. I wonder if things have changed in 20 years making this story impossible today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ten Thousand: Portal Wars II

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jay Allan
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    General Jake Taylor and his army of cyborg soldiers are veterans of Erastus, a planet so brutal, so hellish, it is called Gehenna by the men sent to fight and die there. He and his comrades battled for years in the most appalling conditions human beings have ever endured, believing the entire time they were protecting Earth from bloodthirsty alien monsters. But it was all a lie, the cynical propaganda of the totalitarian regime that rules over all mankind.

    JR says: "Great Continuation of the Story"
    "Loved the narration and story"
    Overall
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    Story is good. Narration is wonderful. It is a quick listen. I am anxiously waiting for book 3 and four...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gehenna Dawn: Portal Wars, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jay Allan
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (126)

    Jake Taylor was a New Hampshire farm boy who wanted nothing more than to marry his girlfriend, work on the farm, and maybe one day write a great novel. But mankind was fighting the alien Tegeri and their bio-mechanical cyborg soldiers, and UN Central needed men…men to go to war on hostile worlds far from home. Jake wasn't given a choice, not a real one. He found himself torn from home and family, conscripted for life and shipped to the planet Erastus to take his place in the battle lines, never to return.

    rich says: "Military Sci Fi Fans Rejoice!"
    "Good story"
    Overall
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    I liked the story and narration quite a bit. Not my favorite military sci fi but good. I will definitely read more of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swords of Waar: Jane Carver, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nathan Long
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (107)

    Jane Carver, a hell-raising, redheaded biker chick from Coral Gables, Florida, had found a new life and love on Waar, a savage planet of fearsome creatures and swashbuckling warriors. Until the planet’s high priests sent her back to Earth against her will. But nobody keeps Jane from her man, even if he happens to be a purple-skinned alien nobleman. Against all odds, she returns to Waar, only to find herself accused of kidnapping the Emperor’s beautiful daughter.

    Anne Roberts says: "She's Baaaaack!"
    "Good story"
    Overall
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    Story

    Loved both books in this series. Jane is clever and brassy and she does not disappoint. I can't wait for the third!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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