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Susan

Edmond, OK, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 25 reviews
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  • A Dog's Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (344)

    Buddy is a good dog. After searching for his purpose through several eventful lives, Buddy is sure that he has found and fulfilled it. Yet as he watches curious baby Clarity get into dangerous mischief, he is certain that this little girl is very much in need of a dog of her own. When Buddy is reborn, he realizes that he has a new destiny. He's overjoyed when he is adopted by Clarity, now a vibrant but troubled teenager. When they are suddenly separated, Buddy despairs - who will take care of his girl?

    Robert says: "Outstanding!!!!"
    "A Darker, Sadder Sequel"
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    I adored A Dog's Purpose, both the plot and the performance by George K. Wilson. The sequel left me with some heart-warming moments, but overall sadder upon completion. The lead human character was more tragic, and the supporting characters were either far more heroic or far more despicable than any in A Dog's Purpose. Gloria was easy to hate, and Trent spent time between scenes having his halo polished and his wings adjusted. I won't be giving the hardcover of the sequel as gifts as I did with A Dog's Purpose. Not a bad book to be sure, but a different mood from the first volume.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • An Incomplete Revenge: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (252)

    In the midst of the hop-picking season in the village of Heronsdene, Kent, Maisie Dobbs, Psychologist and Investigator, undertakes an assignment from James Compton, son of her long-time supporter, Lady Rowan Compton, to look into aspects of a land purchase on his behalf. Quickly drawn into the local community, Maisie soon becomes involved in an effort to discover the source of petty crime in the area as well as a spate of fires that has blighted Heronsdene for years.

    Amazon Fan says: "Good but not her best."
    "Maisie, you are brilliant!"
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    When I read this installment of Maisie Dobbs' series, I felt it was the best yet. Maisie is a complex character, and far, far ahead of her time. How she is able to accomplish so much as a single woman in the 1930's is . . . well, fiction . . . but I love her nonetheless.

    Author Jacqueline Winspear integrates the perfect amount of period detail, but in a way that does not feel overbearing. I always feel transported to another place and time. The highest complement I can give Winspear, however, is how she weaves the various subplots into each novel. I want to take a basket of food and offer to babysit for Billy and Dorene Bealle. I want to sip sherry with Maurice and absorb his wisdom. I want to be Maisie Dobbs!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1134)

    Craig Johnson has won multiple awards and earned starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews for his New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mysteries. Embarking on his eighth adventure in As the Crow Flies, Sheriff Longmire is searching the Cheyenne Reservation for a site to host his daughter’s wedding, when he sees a woman fall to her death. Teaming up with beautiful tribal chief Lolo Long, Walt sets out to investigate the suspicious death.

    B.J. says: "Simply one of my favorite series."
    "Craig Johnson rocks!"
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    I have found that I usually tire of a series after reading it from the first installment straight through to this point. Oddly, Craig Johnson just keeps getting better and better. New characters, new settings, and deep, rich characters keep the series fresh. I have devoured each installment and dreaded any wait for the next book to appear.

    I've read them all through Audible, and I believe that George Guidall is as vital to Walt Longmire's success as the author is. After viewing the A&E series with great disappointment, I realize that George Guidall's voice has helped me conjure vivid mental pictures of these people (I can hardly call them characters any more!) and any TV portrayal simply cannot compete.

    Please, Mr. Johnson, keep writing, and keep George Guidall as the audio voice for your work!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2165)
    Performance
    (1924)
    Story
    (1909)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Again Hosseini delivers haunting characters"
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    Afghanistan--the last place I would expect to provide the most enduring, complex plots and characters in recent fiction. Nevertheless, Hosseini draws the reader immediately into this land of contrasts and traditions, and it is easy to want the novel to go on for many hours more. When one puts down a Hosseini novel, its characters live on inside one's mind for many days. I can't help but wonder if the author is producing the subject matter for many literature students to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Men in Blue: Badge of Honor, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Michael Russotto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (131)

    A cop has been shot - cold-bloodedly gunned down while trying to prevent a holdup. Regulations say the investigation is to be handled like any other homicide. But when a cop is killed in the line of duty, it is different. And the brotherhood in blue will stop at nothing to bring the killer to justice.

    Amazon Customer says: "Tremendous Cop story with Mystery and some Romance"
    "Blah."
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    This is my first W.E.B. Griffin book, and likely my last. If you are a fan and convince me otherwise, I'm all ears. Perhaps he grew as an author.

    One cannot fault the novel for being somewhat outdated; the pay phone that requires a dime certainly reflects its time of writing. I chuckled a bit at these glimpses back in time, but I read a lot of current fiction that reaches back into history.

    What I disliked are the thin, predictable characters. I endured rather than enjoyed Men in Blue.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter: Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Blaize Clement
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (290)

    Dixie Hemingway is a pet sitter for some of Florida's most pampered pets. But when she happens upon a man drowned in a cat's water bowl, Dixie's sleuthing powers from her time as a deputy sheriff return full-force. And as more bodies keep turning up, she'd better find out whodunit.

    CoastalKate says: "Incredible"
    "Delightful departure from heavy literature"
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    A fun entrance into a geographical area and career far different from my own, Clement creates a protagonist and cast of characters who are quirky, smart, and full of unforeseen layers. When one needs a digression from "real life" (at least for most of us), this could be it. I will add that the final solution is quite dark, and readers with delicate sensibilities may not enjoy what they find here. For myself, I've just downloaded the sequel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1112)
    Performance
    (812)
    Story
    (822)

    After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre was hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane was pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room. But there were stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughed like a maniac, and who stayed in rooms on the third floor.

    bebe says: "a book that can be heard/read again and again"
    "Rich and engaging, with flawless narration"
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    The substance of the classic Jane Eyre is well established, and this character has enthralled readers for almost two hundred years. I can add little to the comments of readers who have read and studied the novel in far greater depth than I. I will add, however, that Susan Ericksen's narration was nothing short of splendid. In her most expressive rendition, I could hear Jane's youthful impertinence, her growing wisdom, and her passionate love. Desperation, strength of character, and fear issued with equal credibility from Susan Ericksen's voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2042)
    Performance
    (1702)
    Story
    (1678)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "Outstanding"
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    After listening to the book, I was so impressed that I purchased the hard cover so that I could refer back to it repeatedly, and I have. I have used many of the exercises for enhancing willpower, and I can imagine that sitting through Dr. McGonigal's actual course at Stanford would be even more engaging. Well-researched and thoroughly documented.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Four Blind Mice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Michael Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (688)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (154)

    Detective Alex Cross returns in his most harrowing case yet - one that risks the life of his closest friend and partner, John Sampson. Cross and Sampson go deep behind military lines to confront the most ruthless killers they have ever encountered - and their even more threatening controller. Discovering the identity of this lethal genius will prove to be Cross' most terrifying challenge ever.

    James says: "Another Knock At the Door"
    "Hideous sound effects"
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    If you dislike sound effects, stay away. These are the worst ever.

    Perhaps Patterson thinks that a powerful villain in a position of power is enticing. Not. Imagine Lt. Calley of the My Lai Massacre were promoted rather than court martialed, and you would have this plot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pop Goes the Weasel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (186)

    The latest from the author of When the Wind Blows and Kiss the Girls reveals Patterson at the peak of his power and is easily his most dynamic and compelling psychological thriller to date. Here is a chilling villain, a love story of great tenderness, and a plot of relentless suspense and heart-pounding pace.

    Mario says: "So So Book-ahhhhhh"
    "Alex Cross is losing me"
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    First, Michael Kramer's narration was exceedingly offputting, breathless(literally). I've never in all my Audible experience heard such pronounced breathing sounds, which for some reason the sound editors decided was appropriate. The first paragraph almost caused me to quit this one.

    Nevertheless, I stuck it out. Alex Cross seemed impotent in this installment of the series. Can't solve the crimes. Can't stay focused on his personal loss. Can't keep himself from muttering under his breath in an effort to build suspense. It just didn't work very well, James Patterson.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5690)
    Performance
    (4923)
    Story
    (4917)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Too much hype in marketing left me disappointed"
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    Yes, this was a beautifully written novel. I did find myself enjoying some of the characters deeply. On the other hand, Richard Burton and the Hollywood hangers-on left me completely flat. Edoardo Ballerini as narrator was the highlight.

    Author Jess Walter has a gift for intertwining disparate characters in different decades and different continents, but unless the next novel is free of household names (behaving badly), I won't be back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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