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Susie

SusieQ

Dexter, MI | Member Since 2008

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  • That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anne Sebba
    • Narrated By Samantha Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (97)

    Here is the first full-scale biography of Wallis Simpson to be written by a woman, exploring the mind of one of the most glamorous and reviled figures of the 20th century, a character who figured prominently in the blockbuster film The King’s Speech. This is the story of the American divorcée notorious for allegedly seducing a British king off his throne.

    Gwynne says: "A fascinating read..."
    "Things I never knew"
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    Well, I'm certainly glad that Edward never became king!

    The speculation was interesting and a great deal of it was new to me. But the simple reporting of Wallis' letters gave a clear picture of a woman who was probably every bit as terrible as the Royal Family found her. Wow!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Pete Earley
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (308)

    From New York Times best-selling author Pete Earley: the strange but true story of a man who suffers a traumatic brain injury and as a result is given the ability to converse with the world's most terrifying criminals.

    aaron says: "Outstanding True Crime Story-- with a twist!"
    "Nasty book"
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    I ignored the warning about the graphic nature of the book--I'm a true crime buff and I thought I was pretty used to graphic material. But this one went over the top into the pornographic area, lingering with uncomfortable glee over the letters of the killers. I certainly wouldn't recommend that a woman listen to this book and I'm not sure I'd recommend it to men. Unpleasant listening.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Before the Poison

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Toby Lennet Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (76)

    Chris Lowndes built a comfortable career composing scores for films in Hollywood. But after 25 years abroad, and still quietly reeling from the death of his beloved wife, he decides to return to the Yorkshire dales of his youth. To ease the move, he buys Kilnsgate House, a rambling old mansion deep in the country. Although Chris finds Kilnsgate charming, something about the house disturbs him, a vague sensation that the long-empty rooms have been waiting for him - feelings made ever stronger when he learns that the house was the scene of a murder....

    Julie says: "Drivel . . . utter drivel"
    "Wow, what book did the other folks listen to?"
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    I'm astonished at the negative reviews that have been published for this book! My experience has been totally different. This is not an Inspector Banks series book and shouldn't be approached as one. Peter Robinson offers a great story with wonderful twists and turns, great characters--and why would you object to hearing what people order in a restaurant? I liked learning about new British beers to try. The performance is good--the voices are pleasant, although Toby Lennet Moore pronounces a few things rather oddly, but that's a personal issue for me and probably wouldn't be noticed by other listeners. Moore does have a fair gift for accents and gives life to characters in that fashion. I also enjoyed the voice of Grace in her diary entries and felt that this convention added depth to the characters and the story.

    I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. Robinson is an intelligent author with a good ear for dialogue and the ability to create interesting characters. He's not always worried bout making his characters perfectly likeable but actually mixes personality aspects in each one that make them richer and more real than a less talented author would be able to achieve.

    Don't skip this book because of the negative reviews, please. Make up your own mind!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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