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Suzanne K Russell

Arlington, Texas | Member Since 2008

  • 9 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 567 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "A Great Read"

    I wasn't sure about this book at first. I listened to the sample audio and decided to take a chance. It was well worth it. Kind of like the Count of Monte Cristo as told by a great-grandson of Charles Dickens. A compelling and intelligent thriller with humor and heart.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Gate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Johnathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god-king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all - Narmer's crown - might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer's is the elusive crown of the two Egypts.

    G. House Sr. says: "Excellent new spin in the Egyptology genre"
    "Was This Abridged?"
    What disappointed you about The Third Gate?

    The atmosphere of the location never felt fully developed. It is set in a part of Egypt that I had never heard of before. I wanted to feel like I was there. I mostly felt confused with all the colored wings and pontoons. The characters were one-dimensional and not as appealing as those in the novels written with Mr. Preston. While the premise takes on more meaning later on in the story, it still feels like an outline.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Road to Omaha by Robert Ludlum

    Would you be willing to try another one of Johnathan McClain’s performances?

    Perhaps. I really like Scott Brick and George Guidall

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    If you have read The Relic, you will be disappointed with this effort.

    Any additional comments?

    I don't think this will be a great series. Enigmatist? Is that right? I applaud him for not jumping on the "vampire wagon" to sell a story, but no, it seems better to stick to the scientific aspects of his storytelling rather than the supernatural as a given.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "Got Lucky With This One"
    If you could sum up You're Next in three words, what would they be?

    Not your usual. I had this on my wish list for a long time, finally took a chance and downloaded it. I was very glad for a story that kept my attention and kept me guessing.

    What other book might you compare You're Next to and why?

    The Woodcutter perhaps. The character's backstory is as riveting as the present threat.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The introduction of the main character's childhood friend.

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

    No extreme reaction. Just a good, solid, well-told tale.

    Any additional comments?

    The author does a very good job of weaving events and characters into focus. No wasted effort, everything ties neatly here and there. The result is a satisfying story with characters you slowly get to know and like, or not, as the case may be with the heavies. Even then, you are confronted with a sympathetic thread or two.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cat's Eyewitness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Rita Mae Brown
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes

    The New York Times best-selling Mrs. Murphy mysteries delight fans with an irresistible blend of suspense, engaging characters, and the entertaining high jinks of some quick-witted, four-legged friends. With more than two million copies in print, the series has made co-authors Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown the most popular human/feline writing team in the world.

    Lori says: "Cat's Eyewitness"
    "There's A Reason..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who likes their mysteries on the light side. Not funny, just light content.

    Has Cat's Eyewitness turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will not read any other kitty cat mysteries.

    How could the performance have been better?

    I suppose there is not really a good way to sound like a cat. Although the narrator of the Alexander McCall Smith novels could probably do justice.

    Any additional comments?

    I really don't want to hear the author's political and moral leanings expressed through the various characters. I prefer a good story that keeps my attention rather than making me wade through innocuous character conversations. I did not finish the book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Those in Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Hazel Bannock is heir to the Bannock Oil Corporation, one of the major global oil producers. While cruising the Indian Ocean, her yacht is hijacked by Somalian pirates and her nineteen-year-old daughter, Cayla, kidnapped. The pirates demand a crippling 20-billion-dollar ransom for her release, and complicated political and diplomatic sensitivities render the major powers incapable of intervening.

    John says: "Worst Wilbur Smith book ever"
    "Like a B Movie"

    Cliched offering with very descriptive sexual situations. The narrator does well with all voices except one and I was relieved when the character made her exit. Listen and you will know right away who it is. The ruggedly handsome, arrogant hero kills an arab warlord's sons and because of that the warlord plans to destroy the family of hero's rich, savvy, athletic, and beautiful employer. She's not too savvy, because she never puts it together... Kind of like an Iris Johanson story written by a man. Iris does it better and has a tighter storyline.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • U Is for Undertow: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It's April, 1988, a month before Kinsey Millhone's 38th birthday, and she's alone in her office doing paperwork when a young man arrives unannounced. He has a preppy air about him and looks as if he'd be carded if he tried to buy booze, but Michael Sutton is 27, an unemployed college dropout. Twenty-one years earlier, a four-year-old girl disappeared, and a recent reference to her kidnapping has triggered a flood of memories.

    BSquared67 says: "A brilliant departure from the familiar"
    "Kinsey Rules!"

    I really liked the story line of this book. Following several characters over a span of time to solve a tragic kidnapping was very compelling. Simply put, consequences of people's actions lead to more consequences. Sue Grafton took this concept back and forth between two decades. Past events propelled the story forward, then new ones sent it back again. It was a great way to look into people's lives and relationships over time. This pattern also was used to learn more about Kinsey's family. I appreciated the easy pace that built toward a conclusion you could sort of see coming. But that was okay. It was the process of unraveling the story, not the resolution itself that kept my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Monkey's Raincoat: An Elvis Cole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Ellen Lang's husband disappears with their son, she hires Elvis Cole to track him down. A quiet and seemingly submissive wife, Ellen can't even write a check without him. All she wants is to get him and her son back - no questions asked.

    John says: "Good book for the first in the series."
    "The Monkey's What?"

    I am glad I did not read this series in order. If I had read this book first, I would have gone no further. Elvis sleeps with a woman, and then with his client, who also happens to be the woman's friend. Good grief! This book has a different narrator than the ones that follow. He makes Elvis sound kind of whiny. But I finally stopped listening when one of the characters screamed a particularly unpleasant obscenity in my ear for the 4th or 5th time in a row. The rest of the series is rather enjoyable. This book is not.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Love Over Scotland: A 44 Scotland Street Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Internationally best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith, creator of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels, offers the third installment from his popular Scotland Street series. The endearing denizens of 44 Scotland Street soldier on, both domestically and across the globe, in this entertaining mosaic that is filled with the author's trademark wit and charm.

    Lois says: "The Best 44 Scotland St. Book Yet"
    "A wonderful discovery"

    I love the Number One Ladies Detective series so much that I tried this book when it came up on sale. It was a little difficult to get into since it is not the first in the series, but I soon fell in love with all the characters. Bertie is a delight. And if I ever get another dog, I am naming it Cyril.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Borderline

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat

    While vacationing in Big Bend National Park, Anna and her new husband find themselves sucked into a riptide of danger and intrigue that surges from the Mexican desert to the Texas governor's mansion.

    W.Denis says: "Another hit"
    "Anna gets her groove back!"

    This was a really good follow up to the previous book. It was good to have Anna's husband in the mix more than usual. This one kept me guessing for a little while, but no matter. I love listening to Anna in a tight spot! I would have liked to hear her sister's take on Anna's mental state. I guess we don't share everything with family. Barbara Rosenblatt is a gifted narrator. I could listen to her read the phone book...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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