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Susan

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  • Beauty's Release: The Third of the Classic Erotic Trilogy of Sleeping Beauty

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Anne Rice writing as A. N. Roquelaure
    • Narrated By Genvieve Bevier, Winthrop Eliot
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (122)

    In the final volume of Anne Rice's deliciously tantalizing erotic trilogy, Beauty's adventures on the dark side of sexuality make her the bound captive of an Eastern Sultan and a prisoner in the exotic confines of his harem.

    Susan says: "Not the best."
    "Not the best."
    Overall

    I have always thought that Anne Rice was running out of steam by the time the she came to write Beauty's Release, the last of the three books that make up the erotic retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story. The language and situations get a little repetitive, and even the introduction of a new character and setting doesn't help all that much. Still, the story wraps up nicely and you get the feeling that all the characters get what they want, or in Beauty's case- deserve. As with "Beauty's Punishment" the narration is performed by two different readers, one male and one female. The woman does an excellent job with Beauty's chapters, but the man has a difficult time of it and his voice and diction are a definite distraction from the sensuality of the story. Of the three books, definitely my least favorite, but worth getting for a couple of good descriptive passages and just to find out what happens in the end.

    24 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • She, Safe Healthy Empowered: The Woman You're Made To Be

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rebecca St. James, Lynda Hunter Bjorklund
    • Narrated By Rebecca St. James
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    She provides women with a fresh and unique perspective on many of the hot issues women face today. Twenty-something single recording artist Rebecca St. James teams up with 40-something radio talk show host and mother of three Lynda Hunter Bjorklund to present a multigenerational look at why women feel out of control and vulnerable. She helps women understand how they can be safe, healthy, and empowered as they find their identity and security in God.

    Susan says: "Some Authors Just Shouldn't Read..."
    "Some Authors Just Shouldn't Read..."
    Overall

    Don't get me wrong, there is some good material presented in this book. But not being a biblical literalist I found some of it a little hard to take. If you do take the Bible literally then you might find this book to be of some value. Otherwise you have to bear with the more preachy sections to find the things that may work for you.

    The two female authors of the book, one middle aged and one in her twenties, take turns reading the passages. They switch constantly, which I found to be quite a distraction and both have semi-annoying voices. Even though they take pains to make the reading sound personal it's very difficult to follow.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Dharma Bums

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Two young men are engraged in a passionate search for Dharma, or Truth. Their pursuit of the Zen way takes them climbing into the high Sierras to seek the lesson of solitude - a lesson that has a hard time surviving their forays into the pagan groves of San Francisco's Bohemia with its marathon wine-drinking bouts, poetry jam sessions, and similar nonascetic pastimes. More Kerouac.

    Susan says: "Kerouac enchants..."
    "Kerouac enchants..."
    Overall

    This is one of my favorite Kerouac books, and I was very pleased to see it offered through Audible so I could listen to it for the first time. The narrator does an excellent job capturing the mood of the book and adds just enough "personality" to each character to carry the story along without being intrusive. As for the story itself, if you develop an appreciation for Kerouac's rambling semi-autobiographical style and find it enjoyable, you will find this is one of the more approachable of his works. He has a definite flair for descriptive passages, and you will find yourself swept along as he journeys from North Carolina to Mexico to California and to the mountains of Washington State. A very worthwhile listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Loamhedge: Redwall, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brian Jacques
    • Narrated By Brian Jacques, full cast
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    New York Times best-selling author Brian Jacques is one of the most popular storytellers in the world. With millions of copies in print, his tales starring the remarkable creatures of Mossflower country have earned him a devoted legion of fans. Now the story continues in Loamhedge, as brave warriors stand tall against evil beasts, and bold explorers journey to faraway lands in search of long-buried secrets.

    goddess_of_pipework says: "Vintage Red(wall)"
    "Adventure Unlimited"
    Overall

    Brian Jacques once again transports us to the magical country of Mossflower and Redwall Abbey, with it's brave and wise beasts, and evil, marauding vermin. The story of Lonnar Boldstripe and his quest for revenge is interwoven with the quest of Briggoon and Sarabando to find a cure for the paralysed haremaid Martha. The two stories mesh togother nicely and the ending is both happy and bittersweet. The production values on the audio are first class, with a large cast investing the characters with individual voices and personalities.

    Although this is ostensibly a book series for children, much of the action would be a little too violent for the young ones and could cause nightmares. It is one of the best audio interpetations I have ever listened to, no surprise, give the author's background in radio, and his involvement in the project as both narrator and executive producer. Well worth acquiring, whether you are a long time fan of the Redwall series or a first time listener.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beauty's Punishment: The Second of the Classic Erotic Trilogy of Sleeping Beauty

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anne Rice writing as A. N. Roquelaure
    • Narrated By Genvieve Bevier, Winthrop Eliot
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (151)

    This sequel to The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, the first of Anne Rice's elegantly written volumes of erotica, continues her explicit, teasing exploration of the psychology of human desire. Now Beauty, having indulged in a secret and forbidden infatuation with the rebellious slave Prince Tristan, is sent away from the Satyricon-like world of the Castle. Sold at auction, she will soon experience the tantalizing punishments of "the village".

    Susan says: "Bad and Good"
    "Bad and Good"
    Overall

    No one can argue with the power of this material and the excellent writing of Miss Rice, writing as A N Roquelaure. I've read all three novels in book form and found them a very enticing retelling of a familiar fairytale. But, somewhat like the main character, Beauty, this audio book varies between being good and being very, very bad. There are two narrators, one for the third person chapters dealing with Beauty and one for the first person chapters dealing with Prince Tristan. The female narrator is quite accomplished, and manages to give the steamy material the proper inflection and passion. The male narrator is just awful and I really wonder why on earth he was even asked to do the book, since this sort of reading is so painfully out of his range. If the woman had been reading the whole book I would have given this a 5 out of 5.

    32 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tracy Kidder
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (786)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (221)

    Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Kidder tells the true story of a socially conscious genius who uses his intellectual and personal gifts to solve global health problems.

    MikeInOhio says: "A Great Book"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    One of the most inspirational and informative books I have ever read. The audio production is sympathetic to the material and never gets in the way of the message.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Three Weeks with My Brother

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks, Micah Sparks
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (89)

    In January 2003, Nick Sparks and his brother Micah set off on a three-week trip around the world. It was to mark a milestone in their lives, for at 35 and 36, respectively, they were now the only surviving members of their family. As Nick and Micah travel the globe, the intimate story of their tragic family legacy unfolds in the details of the untimely deaths of their parents and only sister.

    Nancie says: "A Classic!"
    "Parental Nightmares"
    Overall

    As much as I enjoyed this book by Nicholas Sparks I couldn't help thinking that the childhood that he and his brother recall so fondly all through the book was actually one of neglect and abuse. Their mother, in her attempts to make them tough, sounds as though she went way, way overboard. Their father was distant, abusive and resentful. It gets quite depressing in parts and anyone who is expecting a cheery round the world travelogue had better look elsewhere. The audiobook is well produced and well read, but there are annoying musical interludes at the end of each chapter. Three stars because I couldn't relate to the sugar coated reminiscenses of the Brothers Sparks.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Villa Incognito

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tom Robbins
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (54)

    Imagine that there are American MIAs who chose to remain missing after the Vietnam War. Imagine that there is a family in which four generations of strong, alluring women have shared a mysterious connection to an outlandish figure from Japanese folklore. Imagine just those things (don't even try to imagine the love story) and you'll have a foretaste of Tom Robbins's eighth and perhaps most beautifully crafted novel - a work as timeless as myth yet as topical as the latest international threat.

    J. Houlding says: "More excellent Robbins"
    "Not his best effort..."
    Overall

    I am a big Tom Robbins fan and have read almost all of his books. He has a very unconventional sense of humor and a joie de vivre that some people find disconcerting. I did like this book, but I didn't think it was one of his best. The story is complicated and you do have to stick with it at times, as it gets kind of confusing. But that is Mr. Robbins' style: to twist a familiar theme until you begin to see it from the inside out. I have gotten some great insights from his books in the past, but I couldn't get close to any of characters in this novel or their predicaments. Part of the difficulty may be with the reading itself. The reader's attempts at the various accents, especially the asian ones (which sound like something from a Monty Python sketch), were highly stereotypical and difficult to relate to.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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