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MissSusie66

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  • The Mark of the Golden Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (319)

    The irrepressible Jacky Faber, condemned for life to the English penal colony in Australia for crimes against the Crown, has once again wriggled out of the grasp of British authorities. Back on her flagship, the Lorelei Lee, she eagerly heads back to England in the company of friends and her beloved Jaimy Fletcher.But when the voyage is waylaid by pirates, storms, and her own impetuous nature, Jacky is cast into a world of danger that extends from the South China Sea to the equally treacherous waters of London politics.

    Eileen says: "A Transitional Tale for Faber & Co."
    "A review in which I contradict myself!"
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    Once again our Jacky & Jamie have parted ways and Jackie is once again thought to be dead and this sends Jamie over the edge, the edge of sanity that is, can Jacky find him in time to help him out of madness? Once again Jacky finds her way out of some close scrapes and once again Higgins and her good brothers from the dolphin find her in the middle of nowhere and rescue her.

    I love this series but as you can see in my first paragraph there is a lot of “once agains” in this book and as much as I love Jacky and her story, it is starting to get a bit repetitive…Jacky & Jamie are together now they are apart Jacky gets a bind and comes up with an outrageous scheme that of course works and no matter where in the world she is she runs into people she knows. I must admit to wanting some kind of conclusion I’d hate to see this great series run into the ground and think it may be time for LA Meyer to wrap up the Jacky Faber Adventure. Plus this series won’t end really because this will become a go to series when I want to escape into Jacky’s world and I think I will listen to these audiobooks many times over.

    These problems aside it is still an enjoyable series especially on audio narrated by the wonderful Katherine Kellgren who is and always will be the voice of Jacky Faber for me.

    Oh but Mr. Meyer you got me with the ending now I want the next book immediately repeat yourself all you want sir just bring me more Jacky Now!!!

    Oh just read this great series and decide for yourself I will be over here waiting for the next installment.

    4 Stars

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6854)
    Performance
    (5872)
    Story
    (5894)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "UGH"
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    Part boring, part completely unbelievable with a very few little sparks of her actually coming to grips with her life.

    Some of the things that drove me insane about this book:

    -- The boots that didn’t fit but didn’t slow her down at all then there were her toenails and the ripping of them off and that didn’t slow her down either. Then hiking the mountains in sandals covered in duct tape, come on, really?

    --All the men she thought wanted to have sex with her, honey you have been hiking through the mountains you are dirty, sweaty and just plain nasty, this is all in your head!

    -- She also seemed to have the quickest and easiest heroin withdrawal of anyone I’ve ever heard of, she just decided one day to quit and never had a single withdrawal symptom or DT’s or anything

    --Do I really care that you are too tired to even masturbate? No, really, No, I never needed to know that and why you chose to keep that in the book makes no sense to me.

    Some of the things I liked about this book:

    Umm well there was…..

    No… wait….

    Yeah there was the part…

    Um no not that either

    Oh what about….

    No not that.


    Well you get the drift.

    2 stars

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Yellow Crocus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laila Ibrahim
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (744)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (683)

    Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father.

    Elizabeth says: "Completely Enjoyable"
    "Beautiful southern historical fiction"
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    I read this book in print back in 2012 and if I remember right I read it in Bahni’s voice so was very happy to listen to the real thing. Bahni Turpin’s narration was amazing; she is such a great narrator. Every character has their own voice and her male voices are great too. She makes this story come to life and embodies every character and makes them real.


    This is a beautifully written book about a young white girl Lisbeth or Miss Elizabeth as her parents want her known as who grows up on Fair Oaks Plantation in the 1800’s. When Lisbeth is born she is handed from her mother to slave/wet-nurse Mattie who has been taken from the Quarters and her newborn son to the Big House and Elizabeth’s mother thinks she should be so grateful to be living in the lap of luxury. As time goes on Lisbeth learns to love and depend on Mattie much more than her own mother but Lisbeth is young and naïve and doesn’t realize there is much more to life on the plantation than she is seeing.

    This is a coming of age story as we watch Lisbeth from the time she is born till she is a grown woman, we watch as innocence is replaced with knowledge and knowledge is not always a happy thing. This realization is a slow building and at times Lisbeth doesn’t want to see but when the time comes she has to make a choice- “ Decisions to make, she thought to herself. She was too tired to make any more decisions.”

    I loved the character of Mattie she has this outlook on life that is inspiring especially considering the life she lives as a slave. And even though she had to leave her own child to take care of Lisbeth she loved the girl.

    These characters were so real to me I could hear their voices in my head; I could see what they saw. This author gave voice to these people in such a beautiful way I can’t even come close to finding the correct words to explain it. This is a debut novel and I am amazed by that and hope this author writes many. Many more books because I plan on reading them all!

    Beautiful southern historical fiction I highly recommend!

    5 Stars

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
    • Narrated By Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
    Overall
    (1657)
    Performance
    (1511)
    Story
    (1504)

    From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

    Anne Morris says: "I don't normally write reviews but..."
    "The filming was as magical as the movie"
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    This is so much more than just Cary Elwes’s remembrances of filming the Princess Bride it is really all the surviving cast members’ story of the filming. If you are a fan I highly recommend this audiobook which has way more narrators than just Cary there are snippets from many of the stars plus Cary’s impressions of many of the cast.

    I enjoyed knowing that the filming of this movie was as magical as the film itself. I really enjoyed all the stories about what a wonderful man Andre the Giant was and was a little surprised at how much everyone loved Mandy Patinkin given the things his recent co-workers have said about him and how much he loved making this film and being a part of it, I don’t know I guess you can’t believe everything you read about stars these days so was nice to hear Mandy’s take on this movie from his own point of view.

    I really do think you have to be a fan of the Princess Bride to enjoy this book but if you aren’t a fan then you have obviously never seen the movie and need to remedy that immediately. This movie is a classic and is enjoyed by generations and I believe always will and this book was a nice addendum a day in life say of the making of the film.

    4 Stars

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Helen Rappaport
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    With this treasure trove of diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family, we learn that they were intelligent, sensitive, and perceptive witnesses to the dark turmoil within their immediate family and the ominous approach of the Russian Revolution - the nightmare that would sweep their world away and them along with it. The Romanov Sisters will surprise people, even aficionados.

    MissSusie66 says: "Made you want to change the ending"
    "Made you want to change the ending"
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    It took me a little bit to get into this book but once I did I was hooked. The bad thing about reading a book about the Romanov’s is you know the ending and this book endeared me to the family and I really wanted it to end differently.

    These girls were very sheltered and this book didn’t feel like it concentrated on just the girls, it’s a story about the entire family. Really what else can you say, everyone knows the story but to get some of these intimate details was interesting. And even though you know the ending it is still so sad!


    I am a huge fan of Xe Sands and while I did enjoy her narration it felt different than other books I have listened to by her, not bad, just different to me , that may be because it’s a different genre I’m not sure. I felt like this had been sped up compared to the way Xe usually reads. But I thought she did a great job with all the names and pronunciations this book was a huge undertaking and I will always pick the audio over paper when she is narrating.

    On a little aside it was neat getting a background on the Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich who about 20 or so years after this book dated Coco Chanel (I recently read Mademoiselle Chanel) so hearing his name meant more to me than it would of if I hadn’t read about him and Coco.

    This was a good book about the Romanov’s it’s not just about the sisters but about the family as a whole and I would recommend to anyone who likes Russian History.

    4 Stars

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Christmas Eve, 1914

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Olivier
    • Narrated By Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (423)

    In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

    Bonnie says: "I was just reading about this in my news paper"
    "Fascinating Story"
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    This was a great audio drama about the Christmas Truce in 1914 I have always been fascinated by this story and this audio drama was very well done! Highly recommend!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Back to Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dennis Canfield
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Is there any hope at all for the Krumwerth family? Marmel doesn't think so, and he should know, because he has one hundred and seven Christmases of experience in these matters. Amanda Krumwerth has just two days to prove Marmel wrong about her family, but she's determined to do it. Find out what happens when an elf who doesn't understand the meaning of Christmas meets a family that doesn't understand the meaning of family.

    Susan says: "Back to basics."
    "Where's the movie??"
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    I read this book in print last year (review is below) and was excited to try the audiobook this year, and I was not disappointed, Ralph Lister’s narration was fantastic all the characters, voices and accents were fabulous! This book would make a fabulous roadtrip book for you and your family!

    This book was so cute! A great Christmas story that I can see being made into a movie.

    Marmel, head labeling elf he is in charge of labeling the naughty and nice and he is in a tizzy because Santa changed the rules and now no one is on the naughty list but Marmel has found a whole family (The Krumwerth’s) that he thinks should be on the permanent naughty list, no more chances they are just bad, bad, bad, at least according to Marmel. However Santa wants to give them a chance to redeem themselves, much to Marmel’s chagrin. According to the rules Marmel must inform the family they are in danger of being on the naughty list forever, so he heads to the house and informs teenaged Amanda of the family’s fate. We also get to see Santa’s brother RC (Reverse Claus) who lives on the South Pole and wears green and has green and white candy canes, which I will never look at without thinking of RC again!

    I enjoyed the Krumwerth family too they used to have fun on Christmas but have somehow forgotten their Christmas spirit, but they aren’t the only ones Marmel seems to be having a problem with this himself and for and Elf that is a very bad thing to happen.

    The story is told by Marmel & Amanda in alternating chapters as you see how they try to get their Christmas Spirit back. I enjoyed the family stuff and know what it is like when Christmas becomes more of a chore than the fun and family it is supposed to be. I also enjoyed the scenes in the South Pole and hope maybe RC will get his own book one of these days!

    I truly enjoyed this book and can so see it as movie **Hello Hollywood… Do You Hear Me?**

    I highly recommend this fun book, even if you are done with your Christmas reads for the year I say pick one more up.

    4 ½ Stars

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Rover No More: Being the Last Recorded Account of the Life & Times of Jacky Faber

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (148)

    Jacky Faber is framed as passing confidential U.S. information to the British. Forced to flee Boston, she goes undercover as a governess for a prominent Puritan family. When outed by a nosy postmaster, she deserts the respectability of her position, dons a leotard and slippers, and poses as a Russian tightrope walker in a traveling circus. But the law soon catches up with her, and prospects do not look good.

    MissSusie66 says: "Satisfying Ending to a beloved series"
    "Satisfying Ending to a beloved series"
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    Well Played Mr. Meyer you made me laugh, you made me cry and gave Jacky the sendoff she deserved!

    Great narration by Katherine Kellgren, as always, but this time she had to do a Russian accent and sing in that accent, you are an amazing talent Ms. Kellgren!

    I don’t want to spoil this book for those of you that have read the entire series, so I will just say I enjoyed this book more than Boston Jacky and it was an excellent end to a fabulous series that will forever be a go-to book for me and I know I will listen to this series again and again.

    I am sad that the series is over but am glad that Mr. Meyer had the chance to finish the book before he passed away and that we won’t end up with another author coming in and ruining his work. I am so glad your memory will live on in the wonderful characters you have written, RIP Mr. Meyer.

    5 Stars

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Everything I Never Told You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Celeste Ng
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1262)
    Performance
    (1094)
    Story
    (1097)

    Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.

    colprubin says: "Character Novel"
    "Family Drama"
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    Ooof this book is like a gut punch but so beautifully written that you need to continue on. I honestly am not sure how to rate this book because there was no redemption, one can only hope that this family got better that they cherished the children they had left and started communicating with each other but I’m afraid I this did not happen.

    Cassandra Campbell’s narration is very well done as always.

    4 Stars

    Thanks to the Ford Audiobook Club for the chance to listen to this one.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Legendary Adventures of the Pirate Queens

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Grant Goldin
    • Narrated By Shiromi Arserio
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The scene is the Caribbean, 1718: Englishwoman Mary Read is forced to disguise herself as sailor Martin Read; then things get more complicated when she falls in love with another sailor, Peter Meredith, a brilliant man but rather clueless about the sea... who also has no idea that his best friend is a woman. To make matters worse, they're both captured by pirates. To make matters worse yet, one of the pirates is Anne Bonny, Southern belle turned scourge of the Caribbean.

    Kat says: "Avast land lubber! Feast ye ears upon this tale"
    "Rip-roaring fun on the high seas"
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    What a fun book I didn’t want to stop listening, it was rip-roaring fun on the high seas! These two ladies are so different Martin/Mary dresses like a man and fights in a war and goes to sea and ends up on a Pirate ship. Anne Bonny on the other hand is all woman all the time, she ran away from her husband and became mistress to a pirate though in all honesty I think Anne ran the ship and just let Captain Calico Jack think he did.

    When Anne can’t seem to get Martin to pay attention to her and then Calico makes the comment that Martin is in love with her Anne sets out to find out the truth, these scenes are hilarious because as readers we know Martin is really Mary however Anne Bonny is not used to a man who wants nothing to do with her. I loved how she couldn’t comprehend a man not falling for her feminine wiles, and poor Mary trying her best not to cross Anne because she is a pirate after all and has the temper to go with it. And Mary as Martin is a gentleman she is tough as nails and can fight and shoot and do the jobs on the ship but she always tries to be a gentleman.

    However our dear Martin/Mary is in love another seaman Peter who has no idea that she is a he, this complicates their relationship, so she moons over him from afar and tries her best to keep him alive because he is not much of a seaman and not a fighter at all, he came to sea because he is the 2nd born or the spare as they were known in the day, wanting to learn about longitude and clocks because at this time in history it was sailing by the stars and I believe people went of course a lot.

    All the characters in this book were very interesting, and it made me want to know even more about these ladies and as I always say a sign of a good historical fiction book is that it makes me want to research more and this one definitely did that.

    New to me narrator Shiromi Arserio was very good she had many different accents and I liked how she had 2 different voices for Martin and Mary even though they were the same person. Very well done and I will be on the lookout for anything else she has narrated.

    This was a new author and narrator for me and I truly enjoyed them both and if the author writes any other historical fiction books I will be reading them for sure.

    If you enjoy the Jackie Faber/Bloody Jack books give this one a try I think you will enjoy it.

    4 ½ Stars
    I received this from the author for a fair and honest review, and I am so glad I said yes!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2991)
    Performance
    (2559)
    Story
    (2547)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "This was a great edge of your seat thriller!"
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    This was a great edge of your seat thriller! It was just what I needed to get me out of my reading slump; it was very hard to stop listening!

    When Mike was 4 years old his father dropped him off at a school playground and told him he’d be back but he never returned and Mike spent his whole life wondering why? And what happened to his mother? Now a grown man with a child of his own strange things are starting to happen to him and his family, Mike thinks he is being followed and from there things go from bad to worse as history repeats itself in an awful way.

    This book kept me guessing all the way to the reveal; because Mike was so young when he was abandoned he has no clue about his parents so he decides to hire a private detective to help him find out who they were and what happened to them but this one decision changes his entire life.

    After things get really bad Mike reaches out to his foster brother Shep, (I loved Shep!) who is always there for Mike no matter what, I don’t think Mike would have made it through without him and I loved his last line in the book! Shep is a great character because we see in flashbacks what it was like for him in foster care and how he and Mike bonded and became true brothers but Shep is also a criminal and he and Mike had a bit of a falling out but he was right there the minute Mike called him and that just endeared him to me even more.

    I don’t want to spoil this book for anyone so I don’t want to give too many details away but if you are looking for a great thriller look no further than this book. This was my first book by Hurwitz but it definitely won’t be my last!

    Scott Brick’s narration was as always amazing and he really brought the pain, worry and anxiety in the characters voices to life beautifully. I love Brick’s voice for mystery/thrillers he always gives a great performance.

    4 ½ Stars

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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