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MissSusie66

MissSusie

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  • Timeless: The Parasol Protectorate, the Fifth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1113)
    Performance
    (1013)
    Story
    (1007)

    Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell's acting troupe's latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia's enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.

    Leanna says: "So long but not goodbye?"
    "Emily Gray's narration is pure perfection!"
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    This series has become one of my favorites and it will be a go to book when I need a lift, especially in audio narrated by, the wonderful Emily Gray who embodies every character so perfectly.

    Oh my how do I review this book without spoilers! In which I am sad this is the end of this series… Please reconsider Miss Carriger!!! This book was great and as hilarious as to be expected from this author! It was also bittersweet knowing that this is the last book in this series I guess the only consolation is that we do get new books with Prudence, and a YA series set in this same world, which I’m sure will be great!

    Speaking of Prudence her parts in this book made me laugh out loud Dama Dama No wet! However for being the end of a series it really didn’t wrap up in fact some people’s stories just began (no spoilers). So in some ways the ending was bit unsatisfactory only because of the knowing that it is the end, I will so miss Alexia & Conall!

    I look forward to anything else Miss Carriger writes because I’m sure they will hook me just as much as this series has!

    4 ½ stars

    8 of 8 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
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    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.

    M. Laird says: "Moving story and performance: hope in midst of war"
    "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!

    1 of 1 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
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    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 LA Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    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

    4 of 4 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
    (262)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (236)

    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.

    3 of 4 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
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    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
    (2847)
    Performance
    (2425)
    Story
    (2410)

    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
  • The Right Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Amy Conner
    • Narrated By Kate Baldwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (8)

    On a scorching August day in 1963, seven-year-old Annie Banks meets the girl who will become her best friend. Skinny, outspoken Starr Dukes and her wandering preacher father may not be accepted by polite society in Jackson, Mississippi, but Annie and Starr are too busy sharing secrets and playing elaborate games of Queen for a Day to care. Then, as suddenly as she appeared in Annie's life, Starr disappears.

    MissSusie66 says: "Just ok"
    "Just ok"
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    This book was just ok for me, I wanted to really like it, heck I got the paperbook in a Goodreads giveaway but wanted to get it done so listened to it on audio.

    I liked these girls much more as children than I did as adults I felt neither one was very likeable. Annie a put upon southern housewife with an eating disorder (no they didn’t delve into that too much but it was so obvious by things she said) who has been desperately trying to get pregnant with no luck. She doesn’t seem too happy with her life when a chance meeting with her best friend from 2nd grade Starr (who she hasn’t seen since). Starr is in the middle of a scandal she is pregnant by a married man who is also a society bigwig and when Starr asks for Annie’s help Annie lies to her husband and goes off with Starr to help her out. And as you can guess things don’t go as planned.

    I felt these characters weren’t very fleshed out, I like a book where I care about what happens to the characters and that just didn’t happen in this book , I think I liked the secondary characters more than I liked the main characters. I liked Annie’s mom and Annie’s aunt Tuti in the flashback scenes and the girls’ friend Betty.

    And the ending was just well blah, I think if we had seen them from childhood and the story had been more linear instead of the alternating chapters I don’t know maybe I say that because I really enjoyed the parts where they were children but neither grew up to be very likeable.

    So I guess what I am saying is I enjoyed parts of this book and other made me cringe, from the choices these two women make. Also if you haven’t seen your “BFF” since 2nd grade don’t you think they may have changed and just possibly you don’t have anything in common anymore? In this day and age of Facebook I know I have found that out when re-connecting with people from my past that maybe once we were friends but now they are a wackadoodle (and they probably think the same of me).

    Now onto our narrator Kate Baldwin her voice is fine but for the love of god she needs to learn to control her breathing better there were times she sounded like a fish out of water gulping for breath and it was very off-putting. If she learns that, I would listen to her again because her voice and characters were well done but I had a hard time getting over the gulps of breath she was taking.

    2 ½ Stars

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Naoki Higashida
    • Narrated By Tom Picasso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (749)
    Story
    (750)

    Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, The Reason I Jumpis a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

    Janice says: "Cracking the code"
    "Fascinating"
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    This was an interesting book I have a son who is mentally handicapped with shades of autism and I saw him in parts of this book. If you are interested in learning more about the mind of someone with autism I recommend this book!

    Tom Picasso’s narration was very well done I think he truly brought this question and answer book to life.

    Highly recommend.

    4 Stars

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Violet Grant

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Beatriz Williams
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    Manhattan, 1964. Vivian Schuyler, newly graduated from Bryn Mawr College, has recently defied the privilege of her storied old Fifth Avenue family to do the unthinkable for a budding Kennedy-era socialite: break into the Mad Men world of razor-stylish Metropolitan magazine.

    gustavetoutant says: "Great Story"
    "Not the book I thought it would be"
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    I so wanted to like this book, the description sounded like something I would really like but this one fell short for me. I won this book from librarything early reviewers but had a hard time getting into it so got the audio hoping it would be better but for over half of the book all I wanted was for it to be over.

    I love dual storylines in historical fiction and that was what I was expecting but this book is Romance, lots of sex (very descriptive) and once you get through that there is a little bit of a historical fiction storyline but not enough to save this one, IMHO. Also the characters are all pretty much unlikable and the whole stupid romance in the 1964 storyline is ridicules they fell in love in 5 minutes?? Give me a break! This book may have been better served if it just told Violet’s storyline because Vivian was annoying and her whole storyline revolved around this convoluted romance with someone she met and supposedly fell in love with in an afternoon.

    Violet’s storyline started out strong then dwindled into idiocy, with many unbelievable things happening and I wanted more of the actual story of how …( no spoilers) than just the whole romance crap.

    And the ending was all tied up in a little bow that made me throw-up a little in mouth, it was so saccharine.

    Kathleen McInerney’s narration was very well done but couldn’t save me from wanting this book to end!

    I may be in the minority here, this book has gotten a lot of buzz but, don’t be fooled by the historical fiction moniker this is straight up romance and not a good one!

    2 Stars (barely)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (1453)
    Performance
    (1310)
    Story
    (1310)

    Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures.

    G. House Sr. says: "Stagnant Stephanie - Plodding Plot - Not great"
    "Good vacation listen"
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    I do not read/listen to the Stephanie Plum books as the great American novel, I read them because they are fun, enjoyable and like reconnecting with old friends.

    I enjoyed this one because it had lots of Grandma, Lulu and Ranger ,who we actually got a bit more background on than we have before and we saw a little snippier side to him which I liked because it made him more real.

    As usual Stephanie has a car or two blow up, grandma’s up to high jinks, Lulu is Lulu, but what I thought was interesting in this installment was Ranger was the main target for bad guys and you almost saw a little crack in his facade.

    I loved grandma and Bella’s spats those made me laugh so hard and now grandma has a bucket list and lord all mighty you can about guess what’s on it, I loved at the end when she actually got to cross one off, leaving her speechless, it was hilarious!

    I also think I saw touches towards Stephanie actually picking between Joe and Ranger, I think she knows who she will end up with maybe she’s just not ready yet.

    As always Lorelei King’s narration brings these characters to life for me I always listen to these on audio because Lorelei is the voice of Stephanie Plum!

    I enjoyed this installment it was the perfect vacation listen, and I look forward to the next book.

    3 ½ stars

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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