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Susan L. Rubendall

Rockford, IL USA | Member Since 2001

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • The Mark

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jason Pinter
    • Narrated By Noah Plener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (24)

    "I moved to New York City a month ago to become the best journalist the world had ever seen. To find the greatest stories never told. And now here I am, Henry Parker, 24 years old and weary beyond rational thought, a bullet one trigger-pull from ending my life."

    Malle says: "Great audiobook!"
    "It's a rare book that I can't finish."
    Overall

    I read and listen to a lot of books, and it's rare that I don't finish a book, but I gave up on The Mark halfway through. I could tolerate the implausible basic plot but not the completely unbelievable twists and turns and the painfully awkward dialogue.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion, The Lamb, The Hunted

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Andrew E. Kaufman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    She only stepped outside for a minute… But a minute was all it took to turn Jean Kingsley’s world upside down - a minute she’d regret for the rest of her life. Stepping into her worst nightmare…Because when she returned, she found an open bedroom window and her three-year-old son, Nathan, gone. The boy would never be seen again. A nightmare that only got worse. A tip eventually leads detectives to their killer, a repeat sex offender, and inside his apartment, a gruesome discovery. A slam-dunk trial sends him off to death row, then several years later, to the electric chair.

    Think about this says: "Keeps your interest"
    "I prefer to have books read, not acted"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I had a difficult time finishing this book because, in my opinion, the narrator overacted from beginning to end. Every character had an accent or an unusual speech characteristic. They were so annoying that they distracted from the plot rather than enhanced it. And even the simplest sentences had words that were emphasized by volume or by being dragged out. I don't think people talk that way all the time.

    If you enjoy listening to books that are acted rather than read, you may disagree with me.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Pint of Murder: Madoc & Janet Rhys, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charlotte MacLeod
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Old Agatha Treadway baked her own bread, canned her own vegetables - and died of botulism in her very own kitchen. Accident, says Dr. Druffitt. Murder, says neighbor Janet Wadman. And says it again when she finds the doctor dead, too. Detective Inspector Madoc Rhys, of the royal Canadian Mounted Police, agrees. But who's the killer...? The town miser, who wants the one thing only Mrs. Treadway could have given him? The miser's son who's panting for the doctor's daughter? Widow Druffitt, who's holding secret meetings with unlikely people? The hired girl who listens at keyholes? The hired man who hides in haylofts?

    connie says: "cute Canadian cozy"
    "Performance destroys an already weak book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made A Pint of Murder better?

    If a book is to be performed rather than read, it's essential to choose a narrator whose voice sounds something like that of the main character. In most cases, the narrator should be the same gender as the protagonist. Mr. Dufris is unable to make Janet sound anything like an sweet young woman. He does better with the male characters.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jesse Kellerman
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Young, idealistic, and overworked, Jonah is living the lonely life of a medical student in New York City when he accidentally stumbles across a murder in progress: a woman, being stabbed to death in the middle of the sidewalk. Without thinking, he rushes in to protect her, inadvertently killing her attacker in the process. Thrust into the media spotlight, crushed by guilt, Jonah quickly learns that heroism isn't all it's cracked up to be.

    Susan L. Rubendall says: "Narrator not to my taste"
    "Narrator not to my taste"
    Overall

    I've now listened to two books read by Scott Brick and will purchase no more. In my opinion, he reads at least 20% too slowly and provides dramatic emphasis when none is required.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Secret of the Temple

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paul Sussman
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    When the body of hotel owner Piet Jansen is discovered amid the ruins of an archaeological site by the Nile, it looks like a routine investigation for Inspector Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police. But the more he learns about Jansen, the more he is reminded of the brutal murder, some years earlier, of an Israeli woman at Karnak for which he always suspected the wrong man was convicted.

    Barbara Ferrini Hilfiker says: "wonderful book"
    "Some books should be abridged."
    Overall

    I almost always prefer unabridged audiobooks, but some books really need to be abridged. Repetitious material that can be ignored by a reader may drive a listener to distraction. For example, the author of this book must have described the Egyptian detective's smoking habits more than 100 times. Every time the detective pulled out another cigarette, my stomach roiled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3131)
    Performance
    (1478)
    Story
    (1479)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Marvelous Narrator"
    Overall

    A poorly chosen narrator can make a 43-hour listening experience drag on to feel like 403 hours. Fortunately, Humphrey Bower's narration of Shantaram enhances the book, bringing each character to life. His rendering of accents seems perfect to me.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Sons and Lovers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By D.H. Lawrence
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    Sons and Lovers was the first of Lawrence's major works, and is still considered to be one of his best. The 1913 novel, partly autobiographical and set in the coalmining village of Bestwood, is notable for being the first English novel to be genuinely working-class in origin and focus.

    Jimcin says: "Great book and good reading"
    "Buried in coal and relationships"
    Overall

    Somehow, I did not read this book as a young person and was happy to find it available at audible.com. I believe the narrator's style and pacing works well to depict the slow pace of life and almost suffocating relationships in a small English coal town. It reminds me of the narration of War and Peace, 60 wonderful hours immersed in a different time and place.

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful

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