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Susan

Memphis, TN, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Little Children

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tom Perrotta
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    Tom Perrotta's thirtysomething parents of young children are a varied and surprising bunch. There's Todd, the handsome stay-at-home dad dubbed "The Prom King" by the moms of the playground; Sarah, a lapsed feminist with a bisexual past, who seems to have stumbled into a traditional marriage; Richard, Sarah's husband, who has found himself more and more involved with a fantasy life on the Internet than with the flesh and blood in his own house; and Mary Ann, who thinks she has it all figured out.

    Ashley says: "Distracting..."
    "I liked the narrator"
    Overall

    I actually liked this narrator very much. He gives each character a distinctive rhythm without trying to imitate a female voice. I wish more female narrators would trust to this technique rather than trying to adopt a gruff voice for male characters.

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Free First Chapter: Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (22 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert
    • Narrated By Leelee Sobieski
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (26)

    One hundred and fifty years ago, Gustave Flaubert set the bar for scandal, adultery, and financial catastrophe with Madame Bovary. Now, Audible Signature Classics presents two-time Golden Globe Award nominee Leelee Sobieski (Joan of Arc) in a singular new performance that highlights the ambiguity behind a brilliantly crafted character: was Emma Bovary depraved or just a victim of circumstance?

    Susan says: "Not impressed with the performance of the narrator"
    "Not impressed with the performance of the narrator"
    Overall

    The narrator mispronounces several words, most notably "sacristy." It seems that the producer should have caught and corrected these errors.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • West with the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Beryl Markham
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Beryl Markham, the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west, describes her childhood on a farm in Kenya, her apprenticeship as a horse trainer, and her later career as a pioneer aviator who piloted passengers and supplies in a small plane to remote corners of Africa.

    Katherine Michaels says: "Captivating"
    "Fantastic Book"
    Overall

    A remarkable book by a remarkable woman. It's well narrated but I'm a little puzzled why they chose an American reader for the story of a British woman.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    At the close of the last millennium, Helen Fielding debuted the irrepressible (and blockbuster-bestselling) Bridget Jones. Now, Fielding gives us a sensational new heroine for a new era. Move over 007, a stunning, sexy, and decidedly female, new player has entered the world of international espionage. Her name is Olivia Joules and she's ready to take America by storm with charm, style, and her infamous Overactive Imagination.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Great Romp; wonderfully performed"
    "Fun and well-performed"
    Overall

    This was a well-performed and fun lightweight "read."

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (5705)
    Performance
    (1920)
    Story
    (1938)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Chris says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Grating Narrator"
    Overall

    I found the narrator's characterizations so annoying I couldn't finish this book. His female voices were shrill and the ethnic voices sounded like Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.

    I'm a patient reader but the story took too long to get to Cal's own story.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3050)
    Performance
    (1053)
    Story
    (1056)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    Andrew says: "Best Listen In a Long Time"
    "The Joy of Hearing a Great Story"
    Overall

    This book made me remember the sheer joy of losing yourself in a story. The world that Susanna Clarke creates is complete and detailed and her visual imagery is amazing. She also writes with a wry wit and her characters are, though not always sympathetic, are wholly believable. She spins an amazing yarn.

    I listened to it again immediately. The narrator is outsanding and I'm afraid this experience has set a very high standard for other Audible authors and narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Haunted Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Erin Hart
    • Narrated By Jennifer McMahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (147)

    When farmers cutting turf in an Irish peat bog make a grisly discovery, the perfectly intact body of a young woman with long red hair, archaeologist Cormac O'Callaghan and pathologist Nora Gavin are thrown together by their shared scientific interest in human remains. Because of the preservative effect of the bog, it is difficult to tell whether the body has lain there for two decades, two centuries, or two millennia.

    Linda says: "Mysteries old and mysteries new"
    "Not enough about the bog body"
    Overall

    I found the premise of this book intriguing but the subplot of the missing woman is more dominant than the story of the bog body which was my primary interest in reading the book. The plot follows well worn conventions and the resolutions are too tidy to believed.

    While the narrator did very well doing the Irish characterizations, I found her interpretation of an American accent very flat and without nuance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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