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Susannah

I am musician and mom of several little musicians. Love good narrators. Love good stories. Love Audible.

Corona, CA, United States

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  • The End is Nigh: The Apocalypse Triptych

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Joseph Adams, Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Mur Lafferty, Rajan Khanna, Kate Baker, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm. But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild. THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH will tell their stories. Edited by acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams and bestselling author Hugh Howey, THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH is a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic fiction. THE END IS NIGH focuses on life before the apocalypse. THE END IS NOW turns its attention to life during the apocalypse. And THE END HAS COME focuses on life after the apocalypse.

    Jon says: "Amazing, couldn't put it down!"
    "Good concept; muddled audiobook execution"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I came to this book cause I listen to John Joseph Adams' Lightspeed podcasts. Who did this production? As an anthology the stories I managed to listen to, are good. The editor knows what he's doing. His selections are historically dynamite. The writing is solid. But as a listening experience I don't think there was a guiding hand, it felt patched together, because the reading styles and effects are all over the place, which made it horrifyingly distracting in most cases.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Never made it to the end. I'm buying the book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Who are these readers? I listen to lots of podcasts and short stories. And there's always inconsistencies in talent. But this is an audiobook. I'm assuming this was a new production, not a grab bag podcast. The ClarkesWorld narrators did well in this one (Kate Baker?) drawing me in, but where were the Lightspeed folks? There were tremendous inconsistencies in style and talent levels. You've got Jack Kincaid doing over-the-top Radio Style, and then You've got fake-oh FX effects of God's Voice in the middle of a woman's narrative; then what I call "Barnes and Noble" author-type-reads which are barely comprehensible. Who are these people? Genre fiction needs the best; we're picky. ;0) We get spoiled by productions like Cascadia and Ender's Game Alive, and RipOff and World War Z and V-Wars. Howey is certainly capable of demanding a certain level of production, no??? He's one of the big boys now, no? Sigler and Mur were good, but they're veteran readers. The rest? Yikes.


    Did The End is Nigh inspire you to do anything?

    I don't want to be unkind here. But I jumped around, listened to the first minutes of each story; only a few pulled me in; the rest I skipped. Didn't feel I was in good story-teller hands. Didn't make it to the end. I plan to buy the book and read it. Maybe. The authors were not well served here. Variety's good when the narrator supports the story; but when they detract ... not good.


    Any additional comments?

    Seems from what he says in the intro that John Joseph Adams, the anthologer had a good grip on arc and concept on paper; but no follow through on the production. I was disappointed in the Hugh Howey narrator choice on a previous audio and thought I'd try this one cause of Adams does a great job on Lightspeed, but was once again let down by the casting. Makes one wonder who was in charge here. If anyone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Company of Angels: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Nicole Mary Kelby
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
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    (1)

    Scented by chocolate and haunted by war, this compelling novel of dark miracles and angelic visitations offers up a distinctly imaginative tale. Marie Claire is a young French Jew in a Nazi-occupied Belgiantown, where she is cared for by her grandmother, who cultivates flowers. A shattering of glass, and Marie Claire's village is in rubble. Her grandmother is dead - everyone is dead. She flees to the root cellar of the house and waits.

    Susannah says: "Sad, but very moving. Narrator's tops."
    "Sad, but very moving. Narrator's tops."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not everyone's cup of tea. I think if someone is interested in WWII set in France fiction, this is an interesting story, poetically told. It reminded me of a sad version of the film Le Chocolat. There are themes involving the ravages of the Jewish concentrations camps, the simplicity of the convent life in France, and people's diverging loyalties at that time. The writing is something between poetry and narrative; it is stark and delicate. The narration is very good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Company of Angels?

    It would be a spoiler. Let us say, there is a magnificent scene when the little girl shows her powers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Scene in the old broken down chocolate factory. Wonderful descriptions of the now deserted factory. The narrator did a good job setting the mood for this piece.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Something about faith, and angels and chocolate!


    Any additional comments?

    It's a tearjerker, so be forewarned. I'm gonna go listen to something cheery now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Screaming Mimi

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Fredric Brown
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This beloved, larger-than-life thriller from Edgar Award - winning author Fredric Brown stars Bill Sweeney, an ace reporter with an otherworldly drinking problem who gets mixed up with a naked woman as the latter is trying to avoid becoming the fourth victim of a local serial killer - "the Ripper". Rousing himself from his drunken stupor in order to aid the woman, Bill sets out on the killer's trail. As he puts questions and answers together, he finds himself face-to-face with madness and death.

    Susannah says: "Great Noir! Great Listen!"
    "Great Noir! Great Listen!"
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    If you could sum up The Screaming Mimi in three words, what would they be?

    A. Total. Hoot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The noir, the Raymond Chandler dialogue, it's a classic.


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

    What doesn't he bring. He nails the noir, the tongue-in-cheek. Everything. And that pure velvet/gravaelly voice. Swoon.


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

    Well, his conversations with "God" moved me to hysterics.


    Any additional comments?

    I had never heard of this author, but a friend recommended the narrator, and it was a good choice. I love mysteries of all kinds; and though this dipped into sci-fi, it was great fun. I've always loved the Chandlers, and Bogart, and this falls into that category. There's a lot of dated word use which might offend (like calling someone a "drunk") but it's historically accurate for that time period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Distortion: Moonlighters, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Nan Gurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    A husband's lies can have deadly consequences. When Juliet Cole's husband of 15 years is murdered before her eyes, she thinks it was a random shooting. Devastated and traumatized, she answers hours of questioning, then returns home to break the tragic news to her boys. But a threatening voicemail takes this from a random shooting to a planned, deliberate attack. Juliet realizes that she and her children are in danger too, unless she meets the killers' demands.

    Susannah says: "Loved the Story... but why the switch???"
    "Loved the Story... but why the switch???"
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    What made the experience of listening to Distortion the most enjoyable?

    Disappointed in the change in narrator. I was driving a long ways so I stuck with it, but almost hurled the iPod out the window going over the Golden Gate Bridge.


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

    Absolutely. I think the story's even better than the first one.


    What didn’t you like about Nan Gurley’s performance?

    Uh, I don't want to be mean, cause we all have to eat, but BIG difference in audio quality, sound and acting ability. Recording seemed echoey, kinda tinny. (Wow, am I getting snobby now! Sorry!) Why the switch? You start a series with a solid narrator, and you switch? Seemed like just a reading, not a performance.


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

    Love the sisters' relationship, they make me laugh and reminds me of my own family; but again, this reader seemed distant. Her writing is better than ever.


    Any additional comments?

    Terri Blackstock is the best mystery Christian writer I listen to. Go back to the other narrator or one of equal talents. Give Truth Stained Lies a listen, Otherwise, I'm buying only a hardcopy of the next installment and not the audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (869)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (781)

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "Wonderful first novel"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Profiler's Daughter to be better than the print version?

    Well, sometimes the writing ran a bit long; so I think it's better on audio.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Profiler's Daughter?

    When Sly dons the Balenciaga gown that belonged to her grandmother. Magic.


    What about Gabrielle de Cuir’s performance did you like?

    Just about everything. I really enjoyed the sections where she talked about Sly's panic attacks and insecurities; the narrator is good at handling these emotional moments without going over the top, and yet she fully explores the emotions. Her accents were very good; having to juggle 5 male Boston cops was amazing; I loved the Grandmother, too. Great Brahmin attitude.


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

    The grandmother made me laugh; as did her sidekick cop who keeps calling her "Darlin." I very much disliked "Jake" her former husband, and really think Sky should move on. But then again, a lot of us want the "bad" guy or gal.


    Any additional comments?

    This should be a TV series. When's the next one?!?!? ;0) So rarely do we get a strong female lead in a novel who has personal issues, too. Knocked one star off story because in the writing there were sometimes there were repetitive phrases (i..e Sly kept putting things in her pockets.) Also, I really disliked Jake. I hope she gets a new boyfirend in the next installment.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow in Serenity

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    Carny Sullivan grew up in the zany world of a traveling carnival. Quaint and peaceful Serenity, Texas, has given her a home, a life, and a child. Logan Brisco is the smoothest, slickest, handsomest man Serenity has ever seen. But Carny Sullivan knows a con artist when she sees one—and she’s seen plenty, starting with her father. As far as Carny Sullivan can tell, she’s the only one in town who has his number. Because from his Italian shoes to his movie-actor smile, Logan has the rest of the town snowed.

    Susannah says: "A nice revamping ..."
    "A nice revamping ..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Shadow in Serenity the most enjoyable?

    I loved the lead character; as always, this author's characters and dialogue are wonderful and believable. I knew pretty much where the plot was headed, but it was a great ride.


    What other book might you compare Shadow in Serenity to and why?

    Well, it's a stand-alone. It's actually a rewrite of an earlier novel, before the author stopped writing secular novels. It reminds me of a modern day Music Man; the charming crook who comes to town and tries to con all of Carny's family. Great fun listen, without being too sweetie-sweetie.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to count.


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

    Yes. I had listened to this narrator in Truth Stained Lies, and was so surprised when she comes on with this fun, country accent. I was so surprised! She was so good at both books, I don't know if the real narrator is Southern, or not.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't care for books where the characters keep talking to God and he answers. Terri manages to maintain the spirituality of the characters without losing a good plot and romance. Love the narrator. I think she's a perfect match for Terri's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Long Time Coming

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Edie Claire
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Years and distance kept the memories at bay. But back at home, the past is ready and waiting to haunt her... Eighteen years have passed since Joy's childhood best friend, Jenny, met her death in a tragic car accident just a few days after their senior prom. A broken Joy left their small Kentucky hometown shortly after - determined never to come back. But when her father's illness forces her to return, she realizes that neither time nor distance have truly healed her troubled soul.

    Amazon Customer says: "waste of credit"
    "Romance and Mystery!"
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    If you could sum up Long Time Coming in three words, what would they be?

    Well Told Tale.


    What other book might you compare Long Time Coming to and why?

    I am new to romance stories. I am a great mystery fan. The author has combined the two elements to good effect. It reminded me of Truth Stained Lies by Kingsbury but without the Christian slant.


    What about Gabrielle de Cuir’s performance did you like?

    I think the reader's performance actually improved the novel. I enjoyed the character of the Southern mother and the Sheriff suitor. The story did go on and on at times, but the reader made it very personal, so I kept listening.


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

    The opening chapter was very good and moody, when the protagonist first encounters the ghost of her friend.


    Any additional comments?

    Book could have been sized down a bit, and I feel the ghost elements could have been turned up a bit. But then, I prefer mysteries over romance, as a rule. I would listen to more by this author, but I don't see other of her works listed in audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Ender’s Game Alive: Chapter 4

    • ORIGINAL (22 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (112)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that re-imagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    AudioAddict says: "Nice teaser..."
    "Outstanding new interpretation"
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    Would you listen to FREE Ender’s Game Alive: Chapter 4 again? Why?

    Yes; with friends. And on my stereo system instead of headphones.


    What other book might you compare FREE Ender’s Game Alive: Chapter 4 to and why?

    Maybe Dracula? But not really. This is more like theatre or film.


    What does Full Cast Recording bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    We get a lot of new background material about what the adults are scheming.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I'm not good at brevity, sorry.


    Any additional comments?

    Leave me alone, so I can listen to the rest!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Ender's Game Alive, Chapter 3

    • ORIGINAL (18 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that re-imagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    AudioAddict says: "Nice teaser..."
    "Loving it! Theatre of the Mind, is right!"
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    If you could sum up FREE Ender's Game Alive, Chapter 3 in three words, what would they be?

    Best Version Yet!


    What other book might you compare FREE Ender's Game Alive, Chapter 3 to and why?

    None. I've never heard anything like it.


    Have you listened to any of Full Cast Recording’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, but not this intricate. I liked Zorro a few years back with Val Kilmer, but it was a much shorter program. This is an event.


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

    Absolutely. Thinking of doing an Ender's Game Alive full day PARTY!


    Any additional comments?

    Keep doing these.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Ender's Game Alive: Chapter 2

    • ORIGINAL (19 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that re-imagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    AudioAddict says: "Nice teaser..."
    "Awesome!"
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    Where does FREE Ender's Game Alive: Chapter 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    See my previous review of Chapter One.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Graff and Ender. Oh, and Valentine. And mazer. And let's see .... just about everyone!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So far? DAP yelling at the launchies.


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

    YES!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent drama and fun effects. My kids are in a trance. They skipped TV tonight.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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