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Suzanne

Stittsville, ON, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • Private: #1 Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1086)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (918)

    Since former Marine Jack Morgan started Private, it has become the world's most effective investigation firm--sought out by the famous and the powerful to discreetly handle their most intimate problems. Private's investigators are the smartest, the fastest, and the most technologically advanced in the world--and they always uncover the truth.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Listen"
    "Not the best James Patterson"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I usually get very engrossed in his books, but this one left me cold and just wanting to get to the end. The tone reminded me of "Dragnet", obviously written and narrated for a male audience.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I felt a need for more connection between the characters and stories... My perception was of three disconnected stories, all ending too tidily and neatly all at once.


    What three words best describe Scott Shepherd’s performance?

    Did not get much emotion from the voice, seemed like a Dragnet type narration.


    Did Private: #1 Suspect inspire you to do anything?

    Not read the others in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't usually write negative comments, but I believe this one was warranted. Anybody else feel the same way?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Simon Sinek
    • Narrated By Simon Sinek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2438)
    Performance
    (1953)
    Story
    (1944)

    Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

    A. Yoshida says: "Inspire to find why you do what you do"
    "Good premise - a bit repetitive"
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    Would you listen to Start with Why again? Why?

    No. I am happy to have listened to the material and find the content important and thought provoking.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I found the premise for the content was spun through the book with good examples, but somewhat repetitive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael E. Gerber
    • Narrated By Michael E. Gerber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2154)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (932)

    In this audio edition of the totally revised underground best seller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business, from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed.

    Christopher Burbridge says: "Life Changing, I Gotta Say"
    "Good information for small business owners"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up The E-Myth Revisited in three words, what would they be?

    Systems help save time


    What did you like best about this story?

    The principles apply to almost any kind of business


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I've Got Your Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1273)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1098)

    Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree.

    Erin says: "Pure fun"
    "Pure Sophie Kinsella - great entertainment"
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    Where does I've Got Your Number rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love the entertainment value of reading Sophie Kinsella books. They are sweet and funny, even if predictable.


    What other book might you compare I've Got Your Number to and why?

    Her previous books - always charming, and love the British accent.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The wedding, of course.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (2023)
    Performance
    (1726)
    Story
    (1704)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Raw vegetables, eggs, meat and cheese"
    "A little complex but valuable information"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Wheat Belly?

    The lead into the point is very long - we get it after a few chapters, but the information is nonetheless very valable and well documented.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wheat Belly?

    This is an information book - as stated, it is long in unwinding to the actual point. But the evidence is well covered, thorough and interesting.


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

    Information - not emotion


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe the papercopy would have been more appropriate, to refer to certain points or lists, but the associated cookbook covers that. I would not have read through had it not been in audio format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Benefit

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (172)

    Wall Street whizzes turn their attentions from mortgages to another possible profit source: the $25 trillion life-insurance industry. By securitizing the policies of the old and sick, they hope to make another financial killing. At the same time, Natalie Savondnik and Ronald Goodall - two exceptional yet aloof medical residents - are working closely with their medical center's premier scientist on cutting-edge diabetes research. When their mentor dies suddenly, they launch a quiet investigation.

    P Carnell says: "Abrupt ending"
    "Good storyline - a little hastily concluded"
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    Would you listen to Death Benefit again? Why?

    I would not, I did not particularly like the narrator's voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death Benefit?

    The storyline was interesting and provided a good suspense. I would have liked to have a little more meat on the bone when the plot thickened. It seemed a little hastily concluded to me.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by George Guidall?

    Probably not.


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

    No extreme reaction but sustained interest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Riches

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (222)

    When Dora Conroy, a Philadelphia antiques dealer, purchases a curious selection of auction items - objects she judges to be humorous novelties, she unknowingly becomes the deadly focus of an international smuggler.

    Heidi says: "YES YES YES"
    "Loved the intrigue and the characters"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hidden Riches the most enjoyable?

    Typical Nora Roberts - and I love her stuff, so I was very happy with this light, enjoyable read.A little predictable, yet still a good storyline.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Search

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3134)
    Performance
    (1844)
    Story
    (1854)

    To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life — a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

    amyjh98 says: "Not very exciting"
    "Loved it !"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Search in three words, what would they be?

    Great storyline - flows well.


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

    I would have, had I had the time. My audiobooks are my way of filling in the time during my commute in the car, or making my long runs more interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the Nora Roberts books when they have a suspensful storyline. This one fit right into my preferences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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