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Suzanne Gegna

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 74 titles in library
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  • A Shot in the Bark: A Dog Park Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By C. A. Newsome
    • Narrated By Jane Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (22)

    Would you recognize a serial killer if you met one? Talked to one every day? Artist Lia Anderson doesn't, and neither does anyone else who frequents the Mount Airy Dog Park. But a violent death brings Detective Peter Dourson into the close-knit group, and he is convinced someone is not who they seem. As the investigation uncovers secrets, Lia struggles to cope with warring emotions and a killer watches.

    Paul says: "Fun story with a twist."
    "Interesting Story but difficult narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Shot in the Bark to be better than the print version?

    No


    What other book might you compare A Shot in the Bark to and why?

    The story was not a problem, I enjoyed it well enough, but no comparison comes to mind.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Her characters were inconsistent and her attempt at being diabolic when reading the murderer almost made me want to stop listening.


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

    I enjoyed the author's obvious love of dogs, as well as her knowledge of dog behavior.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventurers Wanted, Book 3: Albrek's Tomb

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By M. L. Forman
    • Narrated By E. B. Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (145)

    Two thousand years ago, the dwarf Albrek went looking for new mines in the land of Thraxon in the hopes of becoming rich - and vanished. Now the dwarves must find Albrek's magical Ring of Searching before their mines run dry, a possibility which threatens the livelihood of the entire dwarf realm. Alexander Taylor joins a familiar company of adventurers on a quest to discover what happened to Albrek, find his mythical tomb, and locate the lost talisman.

    ckbolander says: "Best Yet"
    "Good Lightweight Epic Fantasy"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Adventurers Wanted, Book 3 to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version. I've enjoyed the story, which is clearly written for a younger audience, but still with a very good and imaginative story. But I really had a hard time listening to the narration as every time E.B. Stevens spoke for the main character, he stuttered a bit, or hesitated, or sounded as if he wanted him to sound humble. It drove me crazy, like waiting for a drop of water to fall on my mind. I don't think I can finish listening although I did deal with it in the first two....but can't overlook it this time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5119)
    Performance
    (4710)
    Story
    (4708)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Fabulous"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh yes I would recommend this book although I realize not everyone loves fantasy. But if you do, it's perfect.
    I have so enjoyed this book....the sort of fantasy I loved when I was younger, but obviously I haven't outgrown a great story. The magical world of wizards, heroes, villains, elves, etc. Not a bit corny, all the characters are believable and memorable.


    What other book might you compare Theft of Swords to and why?

    Have to classify it with Tolkien, The Narnia books, Harry Potter.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I had more than one favorite, but the ending, though somewhat predicable, is compelling.


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

    Epic Fantasy of the Highest Order.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to begin listening to the second book, Rise of Empire and then the third book. I'm already sorry it will have to end after that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Yes, Chef: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Narrated By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (383)

    It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem.

    loix says: "A fun and inspiring civics lesson"
    "Loved this memior..."
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    Where does Yes, Chef rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have been a fan of Chef Marcus for a while anyway. I found his story extremely interesting and so heartfelt and honest.


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

    Personally I loved his reading it himself. It made it very personal and I intimate, I doubt anyone else could have read it better.


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

    I was simply immersed in his story and very interested to learn about both of his families and all the help and attention he brings to his original people. I also loved his relationship with his adopted family and their strength and warmth.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved his attention to food, and food fusion. I made the spice mixture myself and have become interested in Ethiopian food.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Beloved World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sonia Sotomayor
    • Narrated By Rita Moreno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (486)

    The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

    Jean says: "Overcoming proverty via education"
    "Very engrossing and personal memoir"
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    If you could sum up My Beloved World in three words, what would they be?

    Personal, intelligent, powerful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sonia, of course. Her courage and determination to achieve and yet remain grounded in her own humanity. Her objective memories of her family and background. Her loving memory of her family while still being honest about their flaws.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many scenes I was very moved by. Very much enjoyed her relationship with her grandmother.


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

    Yes, but I also wanted it keep it going as long as possible.


    Any additional comments?

    Rita Moreno did an exceptional job narrating and sometimes I forgot it was not Sonia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cragbridge Hall, Book 2: The Avatar Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Chad Morris
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    The adventure continues when Abby and Derick begin their second semester at Cragbridge Hall, the most prestigious secondary school in the world. But when Grandpa Cragbridge admits them to the Council of Keys - a secret group of people who have keys to travel back in time - strange things begin to happen. One by one, members are found unconscious and unable to wake, their keys stolen. Now Abby and Derick must scramble to figure out who is behind the attacks before they become the next victims, which would give their enemy the power to change the past forever.

    Sallie says: "Great YA book"
    "Really enjoyed this book, as well as the first one"
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    What did you love best about Cragbridge Hall, Book 2?

    Loved the continuation of the first book, with the characters and the plot development.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very imaginative


    What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

    He was agile in voices and believable even when portraying girls and women.


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

    Not one only, I was moved (impressed?) with several and did appreciate the easy way life lessons were conveyed.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next book in the series. My granddaughter will love it, which says something about my age, so I did not find it too immature for me. Thoroughly enjoyed
    this imaginative story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Devil’s Food Cake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (141)

    New York Times best-selling author Joanne Fluke will leave listeners hungry for more with this, her best recipe for murder yet. Devil’s Food Cake Murder finds the residents of Lake Eden, Minnesota, buzzing with activity. Perhaps busiest of all is Hannah Swensen, proprietor of The Cookie Jar, who is experimenting with a devil’s food cake recipe. But no matter how hectic times may be, Hannah can always find time to help a friend—particularly a dead one.

    Russell says: "Now thats what I call a cliffhanger ending!"
    "Not So Sweet"
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    What disappointed you about Devil’s Food Cake Murder?

    As an audio book, the amount of recipes read by the narrator was very distracting from the plot and it took too long to get to the premise of the story. Enough already about the clothes. LIsa retelling the murder was silly and the audience reaction was phony.


    Has Devil’s Food Cake Murder turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, not at all.


    What didn’t you like about Suzanne Toren’s performance?

    It was ok, but changing voices didn't come off smoothly all the time. Not so sure anyone could have been better considering the shallow story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was the first of this series I've read or heard so my attachment to the characters was not strong, but I thought they might be more interesting in another book about the same people. The plot was sort of interesting, but somewhat predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    Hannah is too wishy-washy about the two men in her life. Yuck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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