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Susan Brady, LCSW

Palo Alto, CA United States | Member Since 2008

  • 12 reviews
  • 106 ratings
  • 781 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015

  • Runaway: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Alice Munro
    • Narrated By Kymberly Dakin

    Three stories concern the same woman - in the first, she escapes from teaching at a girls' school into a wild love affair; in the second, she returns with her child to the home of her parents, whose marriage she finally begins to examine; and in the last, her vanished child turns up caught in the grip of a religious cult. In these and other stories Alice Munro's understanding of the people about whom she writes makes their lives as real as our own.

    David says: "Poor Audio Quality"
    "Perfect. Munro is a genius."

    This is a beautiful book. Munro is an incredible observer of people. Kind, honest and with a subtle sense of humor. The reader was excellent and allowed the stories themselves to take first place.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Andrew Solomon
    • Narrated By Andrew Solomon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A brilliant and utterly original thinker, Andrew Solomon's journey began from his experience of being the gay child of straight parents. He wondered how other families accommodate children who have a variety of differences: families of people who are deaf, who are dwarfs, who have Down syndrome, who have autism, who have schizophrenia, who have multiple severe disabilities, who are prodigies, who commit crimes, who are transgender.

    C. Beaton says: "A Gripping Masterpiece"
    "Brilliant thoughtful treatise on the family"
    What made the experience of listening to Far from the Tree the most enjoyable?

    Solomon has done an incredible job in focusing and illustrating how families stay healthy for all their members. His writing is excellent and he was, surprising to me, the perce t reader for the book. I read the entire book in a week. Amazing and wonderful.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Each of the families he interviews and described.

    What about Andrew Solomon’s performance did you like?

    Excellent. Not one false note.

    Any additional comments?

    This book should get a Pulitzer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Big disapointment"

    I was really disappointed in this book and felt the hype was way overblown. The book begins with an interesting gimmick of going back and forth between the main characters and whatever terrible deed has occurred, it becomes almost silly, because we never really care about the main characters. They are just not that interesting - so the book is just not that interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the best-selling author of Kafka on the Shore comes this rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running and the integral impact both have made on his life. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers Murakami's four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. Settings range from Tokyo, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston, among young women who outpace him.

    Rick says: "It is what it says it is"
    "A beautiful treatise on how to be an artist"

    This memoir is about running and about being a writer, but it is more fully a document on how to manage all the details of life while still keeping ones goals in site.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Camel Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis

    It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

    Alex says: "The Good, Bad, and the So-So"
    "Shockingly terrible book"

    I am really surprised that Baldacci wrote such a horrible unorganized confusing and silly book. I have read 4 other of his very good thrillers and they each hung together with good plots and character development. Whatever the ???Camel Club??? is, it surely was never explained other then that they were a bunch of semi-homeless guys who read alot in many different languages. I only finished it because I just like his other books so much. I hope this doesn???t forecast some weird change for Baldacci.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darling

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Darling is Hannah Musgrave's story, told emotionally and convincingly years later by Hannah herself. A political radical and member of the Weather Underground, Hannah has fled America to West Africa, where she and her Liberian husband become friends and colleagues of Charles Taylor, the notorious warlord and now ex-president of Liberia. When Taylor leaves for the United States in an effort to escape embezzlement charges, he's immediately placed in prison.

    Ellen says: "Complex and compelling"

    I was exhausted when this book ended. It seemed to touch so perfectly on all of the strange and horrible mishaps of the late 20th century. The book really is a masterpiece. Mary Beth Hurt did a wonderful job. The whole experience was a rare work of art.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    FanB14 says: "Perseverance in Face of Cruelty"
    "Faulkner would have been proud"

    This was an excellent reading of an incredible book. I had not read this book before and was wary of listening to it on tape, but I was wrong. Patton did an incredible job. And the story is so amazing. So beautiful and classically American.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Deception: Dr. Jonathan Ransom, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Christopher Reich
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dr. Jonathan Ransom, world-class mountaineer and surgeon for Doctors Without Borders, is climbing in the Swiss Alps with his beautiful wife, Emma, when a blizzard sets in. In their bid to escape the storm, Emma is killed when she falls into a hidden crevasse.

    Dan says: "Too fantastic"
    "engrossing and exciting"

    This was a perfect escape book. It took a little while to get into, but it was worth it. Danger, confusion of who were the bad guys, evil insanity. Just what the doctor ordered.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Body of Lies

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Cherry Jones

    Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan matches wits with a killer who challenges her skill, tests her courage, and threatens her family. From Iris Johansen, best selling author of The Search, comes this fast-paced and terrifying psychological thriller that pushes the level of suspense to the absolute limit - and beyond.

    Mario says: "No lie, it is a stinko-PU"

    This is terrible. Nothing about the story makes sense and the character of Eve and her daughter are drawn as such stupid women, it's really embarrassing. Cherry Jones is a great actress, which was why I bought it, but even she can't save this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Center Cannot Hold

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Elyn R. Saks
    • Narrated By Alma Cuervo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Professor of psychiatry Elyn R. Saks writes about her struggle with schizophrenia in this unflinching account of her mental illness. In The Center Cannot Hold, Saks draws readers into a nightmare world of medications, a misguided health-care system, and social stigmas. But she would not be defeated. With a strength and force of will that most can only imagine, Saks reclaimed her life and went on to achieve great success.

    glamazon says: "Schizophrenia Inside Out"

    One of the best books I've read on mental illness. This woman is remarkable and has preformed a great service by articulating so well what happens internally, as well as how horribly our hospitals do in helping people.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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