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Sue A. Sherrill

zoeq is a trained chef an innkeeper. Currently she is writing a cookbook for the family cook. She lives in Florida and loves kayaking.

Member Since 2012

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  • 10 reviews
  • 38 ratings
  • 151 titles in library
  • 41 purchased in 2014
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  • Tea Time for the Traditionally Built: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (841)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (412)

    When she asks her dependable husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, to fix her tiny white van, Precious Ramotswe fears he might just sell the vehicle and buy her something more modern. And so he does. But this will not do. So Precious tries to track her beloved van down - and learns it has already been stolen from its new owner.

    Carl says: "Fun Like Always"
    "Entertaining but slow starter"
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    Where does Tea Time for the Traditionally Built rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to most of the series now and have enjoyed it immensely. This was the first book that was a bit of a disappointment in that it wasn't as meaty with problems for the lady detective to solve. The beginning was so slow - the pace was simply not like his prior books in the series..


    Would you be willing to try another book from Alexander McCall Smith? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. McCall Smith has done what many have not - combined moral and ethical people with interesting adventures without one bit of moralizing. His insight into friendships and the interelationships between spouses is spot on. I've learned some social skills as I witness this lady detective moving through her world making it a better place. In short, these are interesting and entertaining stories with a conscious.


    Have you listened to any of Lisette Lecat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She's very consistent. I feel that I know the characters very well through her interpretations.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Wisdom among friends


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to books while going to sleep so I don't like anything heavy or too exciting. These books give me entertainment with purpose. I love this series and am sorry to be coming closer to the end of it. However, I want to see the quality as consistent as the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Bill Buford
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (118)
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    From one of our most interesting literary figures, former editor of Granta, former fiction editor at The New Yorker, acclaimed author of Among the Thugs, a sharp, funny, exuberant, close-up account of his headlong plunge into the life of a professional cook.

    Grant says: "One of my favorite food books to date."
    "This writer really put his "back" into this work"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Heat to be better than the print version?

    Loved the vocal inflexions of the reader so, yeah, audible has got to be way better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Authenticity. It's one thing to write about something as an observer or a critic but it is another to write about an experience over time while starting as a novice working your way to pro. This writer left no stone unturned. He has my respect and best wishes to now start a cooking journey in France. Good luck with that one. Especially learning French. Might as well learn all the insults first - Chapter 10 of my French book - that way at least you'll know what they're saying most of the time.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    The author who was reading the book as himself and seeing all the real-life characters up close and personal. Michael Kramer read it so well that I now associate his voice with the author himself. A close second is the Italian butcher Darius because he knew good meat and where to get it and handled customers the way I would have liked to. Have some humility - it goes far when you're learning for a lifetime which cooking requires.


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

    No. I felt I was working in the kitchen, too. I had to split it up. It was very intense for me having been a culinary student for one year myself and experiencing the long intense hours and the often not-so-nice personalities that get into positions of power. I recall being criticized by one of those self-important types when I suggested putting cinnamon and a pinch of sugar in tomato sauce (my Italian grandmother's teaching). She gave me a "B" and my lab partner an "A" just to show me who was boss. There's a lot of ignorant people who call themselves "chef." She was known for not being able to cook.


    Any additional comments?

    If you think you want to be a chef or experience what the journey is really like, listen to this book. If you still want to do it and have the physical strength and stamina to match your desire, by all means, take the plunge. I loved it and use the knowledge every day of my life though I chose not to continue to work in restaurants. I had a B&B for 5 years and that was enough for me of cooking for other people - especially those with wierd diets or those who think they know what good food is but don't have a clue. Let them eat cereal or non-fat yogurt for breakfast! I'm just happy to cook good food for myself and my friends and family who appreciate what I do. I also record my recipes and techniques for posterity. Note the attitude of the butcher, Darius. I'm with him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Loving Frank

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nancy Horan
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (289)

    I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current. So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them.

    Eva Gannon says: "Fascinating"
    "It takes a lot of nerve to be that self-serving"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I thought this would be an illuminating book with a creative viewpoint due to the artist involved. I was wrong. It was just another cheat and hide book. I'm returning it. How the author had the nerve to write how she destroyed lives to meet her own ends is beyond me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nancy Horan again?

    No way. She has the morals of an alley cat.


    Have you listened to any of Joyce Bean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No way


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spanish Phase 2, Unit 26-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (10)

    Spanish Phase 2, Units 26-30 build on material taught in prior units. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

    Sue A. Sherrill says: "How to Really Learn a New Language"
    "How to Really Learn a New Language"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As a former ESL teacher, I recommend this program above all others. Throw out all your various language learning methods and keep only your reference books. Forget the silly stories and all the expensive language schools. With a slight amount of discipline - 30 mins per day - you'll be speaking and understanding more of your chosen second language with every carefully crafted lesson.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    These lessons are perfectly constructed to build on previous lessons. You can repeat any lesson as much as you want while you move to a new lesson each day.


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I spent a lot of time and money on teachers and lessons and learned a little but nowhere what I need to converse in Spanish in Mexico where I live half the year. I recommend you quit wasting money and get these lessons. Then join a conversation group and speak and listen to native speakers.


    Any additional comments?

    I still teach English as a Second Language on a volunteer basis in Mexico but I tell my students - get the Pimsleur method if you're really serious about learning fast.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unbearable Lightness of Scones

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (154)

    Precocious six-year-old Bertie joins the scouts to escape his mother, Matthew learns to handle the challenges of marriage, and Domenica deals with loneliness. Even four-legged Cyril gets in on the action, finding himself a bit of canine romance.

    Benedict says: "Touching bit of love"
    "Very enjoyable"
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    What made the experience of listening to Unbearable Lightness of Scones the most enjoyable?

    Love the wisdom and humanity McCall Smith infuses his characters with.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    At the moment Bruce is my favorite - he seems to be getting his head on straight.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Ian MacKenzie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Consistently good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Listen to the kid. He knows something.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World According to Bertie

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (133)

    i>The World According to Bertie is the fourth in the series and revolves around the many colorful characters that come and go at No. 44 Scotland Street. McCall Smith handles the characters with his customary charm and deftness - the stalwart Tory chartered surveyor, the pushy mother, and, most importantly in this novel, the beleaguered Italian-speaking prodigy, Bertie. This is classic McCall Smith - clever, witty and entertaining - and beautifully illustrated.

    glamazon says: "Great visit to 44 Scotland Street"
    "Best one yet!"
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    Where does The World According to Bertie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Number 1


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bertie is my favorite because he has more sense than anyone and he says it like it is.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Whenever Bertie talks about his baby brother looking like the psychiatrist about whom he thinks is mad. He's really onto his mother and hopefully this will finally put her in her place.


    If you could take any character from The World According to Bertie out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mathiew because he needs some good advice.


    Any additional comments?

    At first, I thought this series would be slow and boring. Not so! I have changed my mind as I go through the series and now can't wait to hear the next one. The reader is very pleasant to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Masquerade

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Walter Satterthwait
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    With this classy whodunit, packed with delicious wit and ironies, critically acclaimed author Walter Satterthwait transports you to the decadent world of early 1920s Paris. As you pass through gilded salons and smoke-filled saloons, you'll rub elbows with Hemingway, Picasso, Gertrude Stein, and other larger-than-life members of The Lost Generation.

    Roxalanne says: "Enjoyable mischief"
    "Could have been interesting"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who doesn't mind being led on a wild goose chase with an obvious murderer


    Has Masquerade turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love reading about things to do with Paris - it was the mystery writing that was the downfall.


    Have you listened to any of Emily Gray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but I sure knew who was who throughout with both readers.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Masquerade?

    I would have not taken such a cheap shot and chose the obvious as the murderer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Enquiry: A Lady Julia Grey Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (207)

    Partners now in marriage and in trade, Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane have finally returned from abroad to set up housekeeping in London. But merging their respective collections of gadgets, pets, and servants leaves little room for the harried newlyweds themselves, let alone Brisbane's private enquiry business. Among the more unlikely clients: Julia's very proper brother, Lord Bellmont, who swears Brisbane to secrecy about his case.

    A User says: "Yes! Lady Julia is back and I'm loving it!"
    "Unengaging"
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    What would have made The Dark Enquiry better?

    It reads like a series - there's no updating so you'd better read the series, if any, in order. I didn't care enough to check. I gave this book a good three hours. I give up.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something lighter with more intriguing characters.


    What didn’t you like about Ellen Archer’s performance?

    Flat and cold.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Henry Fielding
    • Narrated By Kenneth Danzinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    A foundling of mysterious parentage, Tom Jones is brought up by the benevolent and wealthy Squire Allworthy as his own son. Tom falls in love with the beautiful and unattainable Sophia Western, a neighbor’s daughter, whose marriage has already been arranged. When Tom’s sexual misadventures around the countryside get him banished, he sets out to make his fortune and find his true identity.

    Elizabeth says: "Well read, many accents, older recording"
    "Silly and uninteresting but calming"
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    Would you try another book from Henry Fielding and/or Kenneth Danzinger?

    No way. I have better things to do.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Henry Fielding again?

    No.


    Have you listened to any of Kenneth Danzinger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It successfully put me to sleep countless times.


    Any additional comments?

    It's such a long book with characters running around the countryside and missing each other. The reader knocked himself out to portray all the different characters - he succeeded.

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Sense and Sensibility

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (928)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (570)

    When Mrs. Dashwood is forced by an avaricious daughter-in-law to leave the family home in Sussex, she takes her three daughters to live in a modest cottage in Devon. For Elinor, the eldest daughter, the move means a painful separation from the man she loves, but her sister Marianne finds in Devon the romance and excitement which she longs for.

    Jo says: "Superb - Justice to Jane Austen and Emma Thompson"
    "My personal Jane Austin favorite"
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    Would you listen to Sense and Sensibility again? Why?

    I've already listened to Sense and Sensibility again and again. I ordered this new version in order to fully experience the storytelling that Kindle speech leaves wanting. Jane Austin's characters are well-developed and their actions ring true. The narrator breathes a veritable rainbow of colors into the humanity of each character. I find that each Austin character is presented for the purpose of developing the reader's understanding of people and life. I always find I can learn something new each time I listen. In this age of let-it-all-hang-out, this book is most appropriate because it teaches us that "governing" one's feelings - learning how to keep feelings in check - allows time for another's qualities to surface in various life situations. It also allows events to come about and shows us that sometimes, life rights itself. In this book, we witness the effects on the lives of each character as they apply either "sense" to their situation or "sensibility" (emotion) to handling their relationships and life situations. "Sense, " we see, takes patience, a virtue that seems in short supply these days. Jumping into bed in order to get to "know" someone is shallow at best. By not developing patience and wanting things now, now, now, we are short-changing ourselves. We never quite allow a relationship (or an actor or an artist or a you-name-it) to reach full potential. Instead we go off and start new relationships and, as shown by the divorce rate, we wind up failing much of the time. This book shows both sides of the coin as well as a way out of the relationship treadmill. For me, this book is the ultimate relationship book. It holds as true and appropriate for today as it must have been for the 1800's. It's worth the time and several readings and listenings to gain all its riches.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the character of Elinor because she has more "sense" and self-possession than any other character which allows her to be fully present to observe those around her with accuracy. She sees beyond the glitter. I came to trust her judgment and admire her patience and forebearance. She is a true heroin for money and relationships do not come easy to her but she is the better for it because she does not allow emotions to rule her. Instead, she has developed the "sense" to allow life to unfold rather than seek immediate gratification. In the end, Elinor reaps the rewards of a fulfilling life.


    Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I look forward to hearing more from her.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Making sense in a world gone instant gratification


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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