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Susan

Rock Hill, SC, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Megan Hilty
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (278)

    The sequel you’ve been waiting for: the follow-up to the sensational number-one best seller The Devil Wears Prada. Andrea "Andy" Sachs is on top of the world, running her own very successful high-fashion bridal magazine. But she got there with the help of her rolodex - actually, the rolodex of Miranda Priestly, her former nightmare of a boss. As Andy's success grows, she realizes she'll soon have to face Miranda. Still, Andy can hardly anticipate the horrifying reality that’s approaching - a reversal so profound that she will be squarely in Miranda’s crosshairs once more.

    Ana says: "Very Disappointed!"
    "Disappointing!"
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    What disappointed you about Revenge Wears Prada?

    This author has done it again. The Devil Wears Prada was perfect -laugh out loud funny. Since reading it, I've tried one other book by the author and now Revenge. How this woman wrote Devil I don't know because Revenge will be the second book by her I'm not going to finish. The story is thin and not funny. The narrator is horrible. She basically reads the book to you with a slight attempt at some actual expression which falls flat. I can't believe I paid $20 for this.


    Has Revenge Wears Prada turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Megan Hilty?

    Anyone!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Revenge Wears Prada?

    So far, most.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2292)
    Performance
    (2070)
    Story
    (2073)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "This is a book that I cannot finish!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I disagree completely with most of the other reviewers. The characters were not well-developed. I felt as though I knew almost nothing about the characters. The small amounts of conversation between characters were almost monosyllabic. I felt that basically I was listening to a narrator tell me what the characters were doing in each chapter. There was no depth to the characters or the story - no relationships. I became very tired of listening to the narrator tell me about everything that was happening as opposed to the people.


    Has All the Light We Cannot See turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I love most books of this genre. I feel like there are many other books about children, families, enduring the horrors of WWII where I gained a deeper understanding of Nazi Germany, and the emotions of the characters, as opposed to this one.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He was fine.


    Do you think All the Light We Cannot See needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know how to accurately describe my feelings about this book. There just seemed to me to be no story, no relationships - just the narrator humming along telling you what was happening. I was very disappointed after reading all of the reviews.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1143)
    Performance
    (1027)
    Story
    (1017)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Tina says: "Really my rating is 4 1/2 stars."
    "Enjoyable"
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    What did you love best about The Wicked Girls?

    I wouldn't say I "loved" Wicked Girls but the story was enjoyable and kept me reading.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A little more drama.


    What about Anna Bentinck’s performance did you like?

    I just thought it was great. She played both women well. Did not sound like she was reading.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story of Vic and Belle. I was so proud of her when she pushed him out but knew it was not over because of the type of man he is - narcissistic sociopath. Her decision at the end was very brave.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (9171)
    Performance
    (7245)
    Story
    (7281)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "This is a must listen!"
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    What did you love best about The Book Thief?

    The entire story is so true and real. I found the use of language fascinating. The narrator was perfect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I found Leisel to be a true heroine. She lived life on life's terms and still found love, hope, and joy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many. I think it was the reading of the book Max wrote for Leisel.


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

    I would have if I had had the time.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't say enough about how great this book was and kudos to the narrator. He was excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The One & Only: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (343)

    Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas - a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.

    K G says: "The narrator mispronounced "Giffin""
    "The One & Only book you should never buy"
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    Would you try another book from Emily Giffin and/or Sofia Willingham?

    I picked this book because after listening to The Book Thief (EXCELLENT) I felt that I needed something light. And that is exactly what I got. I have enjoyed two of Emily Giffin's books but this one was just awful. For one, I think you need to have at least some slight interest in football, which I don't. Two, you have to clench our jaw and try to ignore the whispery, slow, southern accent ( and I'm from SC so I'm used to that) of the very monotone and dull Sofia Willingham, and third, I think you have to be about 30. Being a 50 year-old woman, I think I realized that I am just too old for this best sex of my life, his abs were so cut, my friend owns a clothing boutique, I'm scheduling a spray tan and blow out before my big date with the quarterback stuff. I've still got 10 hours to go and I just can't do it anymore. Didn't I see something about being able to return it????


    What was most disappointing about Emily Giffin’s story?

    It's an irrelevant, unbelievable, made-up story with fake characters who have fake lives.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sofia Willingham’s performances?

    Nope.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I didn't find any.


    Any additional comments?

    Please everyone, save your credit and SKIP THIS ONE!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Carol Rifka Brunt
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (456)

    1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life - someone who will help her to heal....

    Cynthia says: "Terrible Narrator!"
    "Tell the book I'm gone!"
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    What would have made Tell the Wolves I’m Home better?

    Anything! I found the story excruciating. The endless descriptions of every thought that went through the girl's head about everything and everyone was endless. I constantly found my thoughts wandering and just could not be interested in every thought she was having.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carol Rifka Brunt again?

    Possibly.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Amy Rubinate?

    Sure.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I don't know. I couldn't finish it.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By A. S. A. Harrison
    • Narrated By Karen White, Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (607)

    Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater; she lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds; she likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps; she has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

    Emily says: "Good... but not quite like the description..."
    "No Gone Girl here!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book was okay. But that was it. Just okay. I have to say I enjoyed the husband's character - his complete selfishness and expectation that everyone should understand his point of view was hilarious. The hours spent listening to the woman's psychotherapy regarding her relationships with her siblings was excruciating. And I'm a psychologist!


    If you’ve listened to books by A. S. A. Harrison before, how does this one compare?

    I have not.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performances were fine. Nothing spectacular.


    Could you see The Silent Wife being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. There was definitely not enough going on for the constant drama and action demanded of today's movies or TV shows.


    Any additional comments?

    It's nothing like Gone Girl - not matter how much it's hyped.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (636)

    Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel, Looking for Me.

    Debra says: "Another fascinating story from Beth Hoffman!"
    "A little slow"
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    What did you like best about Looking for Me? What did you like least?

    I enjoy southern literature and I love Jenna Lamia, the narrator. Looking For Me was a sweet story but the lack of drama left me wanting more. I kept waiting for something to happen when I finally realized it was just going to be a story about a girl who moves to Charleston and opens her own antique store. The storyline regarding the search for her brother was extremely limited. I just felt it was very slow and without much depth.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have made Teddy a little more complex and given the story a little more depth.


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

    I love Jenna Lamia. She is the perfect narrator and was perfect for this book.


    Did Looking for Me inspire you to do anything?

    No


    1 of 1 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
    Overall
    (21047)
    Performance
    (18874)
    Story
    (18943)

    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!"
    "Great book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend because I couldn't wait to get back in the car and keep listening. I thought it was a little slow at first but the plot twists and story were amazing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the author so perfectly captured a sociopathic personality.


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

    Once the plot twist was revealed, yes, I wanted to listen until the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed all of Gillian Flynn's books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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