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Susan

I'm a landscape architect by profession and an avid listener of audio books ! I particularly love the historical based fiction series, like Courteney, McCammon, and Gabaldon,. I listen in the car, while designing in my studio and most evenings.

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Fortune Cookie

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (219)

    It's the 1960s and the world of advertising is coming alive - and it's an exciting world to be part of. Simon Wong, a Chinese-Australian and promising young advertising executive, is sent to Singapore to establish an office. He finds himself thrust into an environment that is at once strangely familiar and profoundly different; one where the rules that govern behaviour - both in business and in personal life - differ wildly from what he is used to. And where all is not what it appears to be.

    Corinne says: "If your a Courtenay Bower fan"
    "My favorite Author/ Reader!"
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    If you could sum up Fortune Cookie in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting storyline, well read


    What other book might you compare Fortune Cookie to and why?

    You can pick up any of Courtney's book series, like Persimmon Tree or Potato factory and you will be enthralled. He is my favorite story teller taking me to Australia, China or Japan, with vivid characters.


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

    Humphry reads all of Courtney's books, he has the perfect ability to produce the accents for each character...you won't believe how great he is!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Bought and read the second book in this series right away!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5793)
    Performance
    (2599)
    Story
    (2621)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Cant get into it"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I dont know a better story??? I tried 4 times to read this book and just cant get into it!


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

    no. Im not a big horror/sifi fan but I let each book stand by itself


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I think he did a good job


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

    Disappointment that I wasted a credit!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Appaloosa

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (98)

    When it comes to writing, Robert B. Parker knows no boundaries. From the iconic Spenser detective series and the novels featuring Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone, to the groundbreaking historical novel Double Play, Parker's imagination has taken readers from Boston to Brooklyn and back again. In Appaloosa, fans are taken on another trip, to the untamed territories of the West during the 1800s.

    Jeffrey says: "One of the Best Old west tales"
    "Disappointing"
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    What disappointed you about Appaloosa?

    Everything...plot boring and undeveloped, characters weak. Im going back to Larry McMurtry. The king of the western novel!


    Any additional comments?

    Dont waste $ or credits

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • April Fool's Day

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (96)

    This is Bryce Courtenay's moving tribute to his son, Damon, a hemophiliac who died from medically acquired AIDS on April 1, 1991, at the age of 24. April Fool's Day is controversial, painful and heartbreaking, yet has a gentle humor. It is also life-affirming, and, above all, a testimony to the incredible regenerative strength of love: how when we confront our worst, we can become our best. This tragic yet uplifting story will change the way you think.

    Louise says: "This is A Love Story"
    "Sadly Important Story"
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    If you could sum up April Fool's Day in three words, what would they be?

    Sadly Important Story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of April Fool's Day?

    Just overall being allowed to share this painful experience with my favorite author.


    Any additional comments?

    A real 5 hanky book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10570)
    Performance
    (9593)
    Story
    (9613)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Worth the listen!"
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    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    I dont normally read or listen to the sci fi/ horror type novels, but the reviews caught my interest and Im glad that they did. I really enjoyed this creepy novel and already bought the sequel to listen to next.


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

    Definately!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew Flinder's Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (199)

    The story of a drunk, a boy, and a cat. Billy O'Shannessy, once a prominent barrister, is now on the street where he sleeps on a bench outside the State Library. Above him on the window sill rests a bronze statue of Matthew Flinders' cat, Trim. Ryan is a 10-year-old, a near-street kid heading for the usual trouble. The two form an unlikely bond.

    CYNTHIA L SPANNUTH says: "Extraordinary Story"
    "Strong Story of Child Pornograpy & Alcholism!"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Not for the faint of heart! Bryce was able to weave together 2 of societies ills, the child pornography trade and alcoholism into a story that made me wince and cry and smile.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    This story really helped me understand the program that AA offers and how it helps those that are addicted.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Humphrey Bower is my favorite narrator. His voice and characterizations are spot on! No one else can evoke such laughter and tears from me.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    A tough subject to read about, as was his book, Jessica, but well worth your time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Frying Pan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Melissa Eccleston, Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    Mrs. Moses is a small woman with a big heart and enormous courage. The only survivor of a Cossack raid on her village, she takes with her a big cast-iron frying pan, so heavy that she can only sling it over her back. Yet this is no ordinary frying pan, it's The Family Frying Pan, blessed with a Russian soul.

    Johnnie Walker says: "Bad Narrator Decision!"
    "Disappointing"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Im a big fan of Courtenay and Bower together, but the female reader, Melissa Eccleston, with the phony yiddish/jewish/german accent was annoying. I dont know who would enjoy it, my jewish grandmother???


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    the female reader, Melissa Eccleston, used a thick, phony yiddish/jewish/german accent was annoying. It made the story difficult to follow.


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

    Anger- That I wasted a credit to purchase this book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By Michael Chabon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    As a devoted son, as a passionate husband, and above all as a father, Chabon's memories of childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce, of moments of painful adolescent comedy and giddy encounters with the popular art and literature of his own youth, are like a theme played by the mad quartet of which he now finds himself co-conductor. At once dazzling, hilarious, and moving, Manhood for Amateurs is destined to become a classic.

    David says: "Awesome Book!"
    "A trip down memory lane"
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    What did you love best about Manhood for Amateurs?

    Michael gave us a peek into the mind of the "male", a taste of nostalgia and more then a few laughs.


    What about Michael Chabon’s performance did you like?

    Always love it when the Author can read his own work..We get the insight from the writers personal voice inflection


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sure made me laugh! A lot!


    Any additional comments?

    Male or Female...a great read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5604)
    Performance
    (5025)
    Story
    (5017)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Disappointing"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story line was really weak. The first book had good characters and a well developed story. This sequel just rambled and stumbled along playing off the original story and other books of this type.


    Has Shadow of Night turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No this book just turned me off!


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

    No


    Could you see Shadow of Night being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I sure hope not, but considering the downward spiral of what is called "entertainment" today, who knows.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time, $$$, or points!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If You're Not First, You're Last: Sales Strategies to Dominate Your Market and Beat Your Competition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Grant Cardone
    • Narrated By Grant Cardone
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    During economic contractions, it becomes much more difficult to sell your products, maintain your customer base, and gain market share. Mistakes become more costly, and failure becomes a real possibility for all those who are not able to make the transition. But imagine being able to sell your products when others cannot, being able to take market share from your competitors, and knowing the precise formulas that would allow you to expand your sales while others make excuses.

    Magnus says: "This is a book you never ever need to read"
    "Must have tools for great salespeople & managers!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I not only recommended this book, I bought copies for my friends! Eventhough I've been in sales for 20 years, Grant Cordone had a pocketful of gems and tools for me to use. Grant has that over aggressive, enthusiasm that initially turned me off, but the content keep me interested through the whole book. If you follow his lessons at the end of each chapter you will increase sales and motivate your team.


    What three words best describe Grant Cardone’s performance?

    Enthusiatic, Motivational and sometimes overbearing. However he does a great job!


    What did you take away from If You're Not First, You're Last that you can apply to your work?

    I now have a book of tools to use to increase sales for my little company. Like setting up a monthly newsletter to my clients, speaking at real estate offices, women's groups, etc., about landscape design and the value that a great garden adds to ones enjoyment of their property and rapid sales in the Real Estate arena.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one you will listen to over and over again,

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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