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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
    (129)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (122)

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Never Con a Corgi: A Leigh Koslow Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Edie Claire
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Leigh's back in this sixth installment of the Leigh Koslow Mysteries. Hapless advertising copywriter Leigh Koslow, who was last seen joyfully announcing to her politician husband that she was pregnant, is now a middle-aged mom who is more than happy to leave the macabre pandemonium of her 30s behind. Unfortunately, Leigh's killer karma hasn't really deserted her; it's only been biding its time. When an innocent walk in thewoods with her dog turns up a corpse, Leigh begins to get worried.

    Susannah says: "Cute Cozy"
    "Cute Cozy"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If the friend likes light mystery reading, yes, strong recommendation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Never Con a Corgi?

    It would mean spoilers.


    Which character – as performed by Gabrielle de Cuir – was your favorite?

    The main character's mom. She did a very Elaine Strich attitude, and it was very funny.


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

    Yes, in fact I did.


    Any additional comments?

    This is no Agatha Christie, but I found it amusing and it kept my interest. The reader improved the writing a lot; there was some repetition and a lot of "eyebrow" raising, but overall it was fun. Especially, if you like doggies and Corgis!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Citizen: Matt Helm, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Donald Hamilton
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Matt Helm, one-time special agent for the American government during the Second World War, has left behind his violent past to raise a family in Santa Fe, New Mexico. When a former colleague turns rogue and kidnaps his daughter, Helm is forced to return to his former life as a deadly and relentless assassin.

    Susannah says: "Not the Matt Helm you're thinking ..."
    "Not the Matt Helm you're thinking ..."
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    Where does Death of a Citizen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good thriller.


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

    Yep. Loved Helm's being torn between two worlds. I enjoyed the grittiness of the writing; so far from the Hollywood Dean Martin movies as you can imagine.


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

    Top of his game. He's always amazing. Could read my grocery list.


    Any additional comments?

    Book is too short! I'm on to the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lottery, and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Gabrielle de Cuir, Kathe Mazur, and others
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    "The Lottery," one of the most terrifying stories of the twentieth century, created a sensation when it was first published in the New Yorker. "Powerful and haunting," and "nights of unrest" were typical reader responses. This collection, the only one to appear during Jackson's lifetime, unites "The Lottery" with 24 equally unusual stories. Together they demonstrate her remarkable range - from the hilarious to the truly horrible - and power as a storyteller.

    Susannah says: "Lovely writing and very moving listen"
    "Lovely writing and very moving listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh my God, yes. Shirley Jackson's stories are magnificent. She nails the woman's pov of 1950s life. The detail of human emotion in the little things is heart-rending. She was an icon.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lottery, and Other Stories?

    Well, we all know about the Lottery. But the other stories are just as gripping and moving.


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

    These are pro narrators; each a bit different but amazingly able to portray all the emotional gamut of Jackson's writing.


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

    Can't list them all. Too many delicate, emotional moments. Reminded me of Tennessee Williams exquisite writings.


    Any additional comments?

    The Lottery is a classic; but the other stories are gems.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Honeymoon in Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Fredric Brown
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir, Harlan Ellison
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Imagine… Ghosts, gods, and devils - heavens and hells - cities in the sky and cities beneath the sea. Time machines, spaceships - certainly you can imagine Martians, but what about interplanetary vampires? Or a mouse that isn't a mouse? Honeymoon in Hell proves that Fredric Brown has a special vision, a sight beyond our wildest nightmares, a perception of things we couldn't even begin to imagine.

    Susannah says: "Rudnicki Rules"
    "Rudnicki Rules"
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    What did you love best about Honeymoon in Hell?

    Really enjoyed Stefan Rudnicki doing an amusing noir turn in the pulpy program.


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

    The wry noir humor totally cracked me up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian Race

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Gregory Benford
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    When an explosion of the rocket launching the Mars Transit Vehicle kills four crewmen, the US decides to redirect its energies to near-Earth projects, killing the manned mission to Mars. But tycoon John Axelrod assembles a consortium to fund the project, and he expects to net billions. But a European-Asian airbus will make a similar expedition. Now, the race is on to get to the Red Planet first.

    Matthew says: "Pack your woolies when you go on this voyage."
    "Enjoyed Woman's Sci-fi POV"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If the friend enjoys hard sci-fi, yes. I enjoyed the concept that private corporate enterprise sponsored space program.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian Race?

    When they explore the caves and discover, well, what they discover!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Really enjoyed the scenes between the lead couple. Snappy dialogue between the Ausiie and the Russian (Accents done nicely and their contrasting ppersonalities were great)


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

    The Journey to Space Continues ... a Private Enterprise.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator is very good. Some of the sections are a bit repetitive, but author does a great job of making complicated space talk accessible; and his characers are fun. I think if you like Ben Bova type space-opera, you'd enjoy this.

    1 of 1 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
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (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
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    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
    (69)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    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.

    2 of 2 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
    (1136)
    Performance
    (1020)
    Story
    (1022)

    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

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