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Susan Coyle

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  • Mrs. Dalloway

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (121)

    It is a June day in London in 1923, and the lovely Clarissa Dalloway is having a party. Whom will she see? Her friend Peter, back from India, who has never really stopped loving her? What about Sally, with whom Clarissa had her life’s happiest moment? Meanwhile, the shell-shocked Septimus Smith is struggling with his life on the same London day.

    Darwin8u says: "A near perfect modern novel"
    "Audible version gets inside the heads"
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    What made the experience of listening to Mrs. Dalloway the most enjoyable?

    Woolf uses stream-of-consciousness to tell the story of one day in the life of ... . The frequent changes in point of view can be difficult to follow in the printed text, but the Audible version lets you get inside the heads of the various characters pretty seamlessly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mrs. Dalloway?

    Mrs Dalloway hearing about Septimus Smith


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

    The narrator relates the story evenly and makes the frequent changes in point-of-view seem natural.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Appleby's End: An Inspector Appleby Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Innes
    • Narrated By Vincent Brimble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Available to download for the very first time, the fantastic Inspector Appleby series by celebrated crime writer Michael Innes.Appleby's End was the name of the station where Detective Inspector John Appleby got off the train from Scotland Yard.

    Carol says: "Highly Unusual Happenings"
    "Be prepared to laugh out loud"
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    Where does Appleby's End rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Appleby's End is a favorite -- I listened to it twice and plan to listen again.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It wasn't the plot that kept me on the edge of my seat; it was the multiple wry scenes and twists in the story. There's not so much a crime as a series of eccentric characters and bizarre episodes that kept me laughing along the way.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3511)
    Performance
    (1229)
    Story
    (1234)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Hats off to Jonathan Franzen"
    Overall

    In this intricately plotted book, Jonathan Franzen looks at society the way a naturalist looks at a newly met life form - he picks it up, looks underneath, and pokes around inside to see how it works. This he does with individual characters, the family (oh, the family!) and larger institutions as varied as the music business, the environmental movement, and corporate America. He presents the noblest dreams of the human heart and our dirtiest longings. With everything and everybody having a flip side, the flip side of freedom is examined and found, er, wanting. I loved this book and expect to remember its characters - especially Patty and Walter - for a long time to come.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thousand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kevin Guilfoile
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Solomon Gold has tapped into valuable and dangerous secrets while composing his magnum opus: the Gold Completion of Mozart's infamous unfinished requiem. After he is murdered, his brilliant daughter - a girl whose uncanny mental gifts have left her both powerful and troubled - finds herself racing to understand his composition, his murder, and, as violence erupts all around her, a fractured, ancient cult descended from the original disciples of Pythagoras.

    Susan Coyle says: "Thriller? Not."
    "Thriller? Not."
    Overall

    I'm more than willing to suspend disbelief -- that's what fiction's for! -- but the plot of this book was too far-fetched for me. The subplots seemed to take over the main plot, and ultimately it was difficult to care very much about a secret held by a group of 1000 feuding Pythagoreans, who sounded like a bunch of highstrung MENSA egoists. Even the narrator took on an over-refined voice. Naturally, the bluecollar cop and the ex-jock wanna-be boyfriend were the few characters with any heart, or common sense for that matter. I guess intellectuals are either very bad people or very boring ones.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblatt
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Two years ago, Eva Khatchadourian's son, Kevin, murdered seven high-school students, a cafeteria worker, and an algebra teacher. Because he was only 15 at the time, he received a lenient sentence and is now in a prison for young offenders. Telling the story of Kevin's upbringing, Eva addresses herself to her estranged husband through a series of letters. Fearing that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son has become, she confesses to a long-standing ambivalence. How much is her fault?

    Sherry L. Wright says: "Fantastic!"
    "Haunting book ... I loved the narrator"
    Overall

    This book has stuck in my mind for many months because the author holds up to the light the many facets of love between women, men, and their children; the aspirations we have for ourselves and one another; the human yearning for recognition and the drowning burden of shame. I thought the narrator brought each of the complex emotions to the fore ... tenderness, exasperation, regret, anger, humilation, and an uncanny mixture of desperation and hope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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