Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 

You no longer follow Susan

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Susan

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Susan

WEST CHESTER, OH, United States | Member Since 2004

12
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 10 reviews
  • 24 ratings
  • 300 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0

  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (782)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (697)

    Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the "muckraking" press, Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that gave power away to the Democrats.

    C. Telfair says: "Wow! Patience Rewarded!"
    "Surprisingly engaging"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wow! I'm not a history aficionado but I still found this book to be quite entertaining. The Taft/Roosevelt friendship and estrangement was something I knew about vaguely, but certainly not in context with other world events and not in the detail provided here. I enjoy books and writing in general, so the inclusion of Sam McClure's part in the events of that time was a real treat. The performance was well done and never got in the way of the story. It's a long book and there were a few points where it dragged a little, but overall I really enjoyed it and was sad that it came to an end. I hope Doris Kearns Goodwin goes on to write about the Wilson presidency and then just keeps writing through the rest of the presidents.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2985)
    Performance
    (2773)
    Story
    (2767)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "A treat"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Silkworm was a delicious read! Love the characters of Strike and Robin. Of course the minor characters are well-drawn, too. Have listened to it more than once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moscow Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1181)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (499)

    In the new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Servant, the death of a journalist leads Gabriel Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spy craft, even he has something to learn. He's playing by Moscow rules now.

    Lucie says: "Change of narrator"
    "Maybe his other books are better?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    We listened to a couple of hours of this story when we were on a long car trip. It was my first Daniel Silva book. The author unnecessarily embellishes and repeats as if he is trying to fill pages. I was so disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6416)
    Performance
    (5708)
    Story
    (5703)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "My favorite book of 2012"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have gifted this book more than any book I can remember, and I have gifted a lot of books.

    This book is really a magical read. I enjoy books who take you to new places and make you want to stay there, and NIght Circus does just that. From beginning to end I was thoroughly engaged. I can't think of a part that dragged or that could have been left out. The characters are delightful. And the narrator is so good that he seems a part of the story itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4850)
    Performance
    (4479)
    Story
    (4492)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "Well-written quick read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane was recommended to me by one of my friends, and by Amazon because I liked Night Circus. So I gave it a try.

    The beginning was a little slow but once the story started, it really got hold of me. Fortunately the book is relatively short because I started getting annoyed whenever I got interrupted. That's when I know I have a good book.

    Themes like innocence, regret, the flawed nature of humans, mercy, and sacrifice woven into the story very naturally.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but I'm withholding that 5th star primarily because there are so many loose ends, like whose funeral he is attending. (Or did I miss that? I listened to the beginning 3 times ...)

    I liked it. I recommend it. Well written, doesn't get it its own way, good, creative story.

    Oh - and the narration was outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spanish III, Second Edition: Lessons 76 to 80: Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Includes two-and-a-half hours of spoken-language practice in five 30-minute lessons. Contains lessons 76-80 from the Pimsleur Comprehensive Level III program. Also includes a User's Guide to introduce you to the Pimsleur Method.

    Susan says: "Excellent Learning Method"
    "Excellent Learning Method"
    Overall

    Started the Pimsleur method about 6 months ago in preparation for attending a wedding in Latin America. Love this method because there is no time wasted in long explanations - you spend your time listening, speaking, listening and correcting, listening, and speaking again. The only drawback is that the all-audio format from Audible.com doesn't include any written information, which becomes necessary once you reach Spanish II and Spanish III - I had to supplement with other texts. The audio lessons are easy to follow, easy to spend just a few minutes with and learn something - works great on my ipod in the car. I met my goal of being able to converse with the family on our trip and am looking forward to further honing my skills with more Pimsleur audiobooks.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4812)
    Performance
    (1696)
    Story
    (1704)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Wonderful Book"
    Overall

    This book is well written, captivating, and surprising. I enjoyed listening to it so much that I am also planning to buy the book, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (197)

    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material.

    Adam M Pokorski says: "Great Story"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    Great book - appears that the Enron debacle was actually caused many years before by poor business decisions that took Enron out of its core money-making business - a cautionary tale. I listened to this in the car, at the mall, cleaning house -- until it was done. The book was surprisingly compelling, given that I already knew the ending!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (207)

    It's Easter in Reading, a bad time for eggs, and no one can remember the last sunny day. Ovoid D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III, minor baronet, ex-convict, and former millionaire philanthropist, is found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. All the evidence points to his ex-wife, who has conveniently shot herself.

    Bruce Sabin says: "Total Whimsy"
    "Sleep Aid"
    Overall

    I listened to this on a recent trip and it put me right to sleep, which was helpful because I was in noisy hostels and thin-walled hotels. Through multiple listenings I got the gist of the story and it was ok, but not up to the Thursday Next series.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2595)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (365)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "The Time Traveler's Wife"
    Overall

    I just finished The Time Traveler's Wife. It is one of the best books I have ever heard or read, and I read a lot. It's compelling, poignant, and clever. The plot turns surprised me several times. The book drew me in, to the point that I'm having to convince myself that I won't be time traveling soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.