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Suzanne

Puligny-Montrachet, France | Member Since 2014

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  • 13 reviews
  • 88 ratings
  • 431 titles in library
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  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30565)
    Performance
    (23880)
    Story
    (23963)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "irritating performance"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Game of Thrones to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the book and found the perfomance difficult to comprehend ( slurred accents and irritating voices ) - too much repetition of the same lines ( as if the book had been laid down and same lines repeated when picked up again )


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think the narrator did his best but his style is not suitable to the tale. He would probably do much better reading Dickens


    Any additional comments?

    I will buy the book and read it

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Tim Robbins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (449)

    Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

    W. Perry Hall says: "I'm Burnin', I'm Burnin' for You"
    "An Astounding Performance !"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Fahrenheit 451 was meant to be read out loud. If you could never get into reading this book, have a listen. The magic is in the performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Angry Men

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Reginald Rose
    • Narrated By Dan Castellaneta, Hector Elizondo, Armin Shimerman
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (779)

    Over the course of a steamy and tense afternoon, 12 jurors deliberate the fate of a 19-year-old boy alleged to have murdered his own father. A seemingly open and shut case turns complicated, igniting passions and hidden prejudices.

    Emily says: "Excellent court room drama"
    "TERRIFIC PERFORMANCE ! I loved every minute"
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    Where does Twelve Angry Men rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the top


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

    each narrator brings a specific personality to his caracter that is a must in this story


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

    definately - and I listented to it twice - it was so good


    Any additional comments?

    highly entertaining for someone that appreciates American English

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cowboy and the Cossack: A Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscovery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Clair Huffaker
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (150)

    Fifteen Montana cowboys and 500 longhorns are embarking on a one-of-a-kind Wild West adventure: a cattle drive across 1,000 miles of Siberia. The clash of cultures between East and West, American six shooter and Russian saber, begins immediately when a band of Cossacks arrives to escort them to their destination. Cowboys and Cossacks must work together or they’ll never survive the journey, which includes a meeting with the warrior Genghis Kharlagawl and his army of bloodthirsty Tartars.

    Marie says: "A timeless classic"
    "WONDERFUL INTRODUCTION ! interesting and helpful"
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    Where does The Cowboy and the Cossack rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the best audio books by far


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

    very talented narrator - he gives each character a distinct and endearing personality.


    Any additional comments?

    this book is a keeper !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    The intensely personal David Copperfield (widely regarded to be the most autobiographical of the author’s novels) is one of Dickens’ greatest works. We follow David Copperfield from birth and miserable childhood to inevitable tragedies, until he finally finds happiness later in life. Full of some of the most memorable characters in literary history. Nicholas Boulton’s depiction of the oily Uriah Heep and David Copperfield’s sinister stepfather, Murdstone, do the novel full justice.

    ML says: "Dickens would be proud"
    "most exellent narration- BRAVO!"
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    What did you love best about David Copperfield?

    Charles Dickens was written to be read out loud and Nicholas Boulton's wide range of voices brought the characters to life! Thank-you for such an entertaining performance.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4944)
    Performance
    (4603)
    Story
    (4586)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "It's time this series comes to an end"
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    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED all of the Outlander series books but this one is the least favorite - it seems that Diana G is getting tired of inventing new stories about Jamie and Claire and just wants to get the book out of the way. No comparison to the first Outlander book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • An Officer and a Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    They lied to protect their country. He told the truth to save it. A gripping historical thriller from the bestselling author of Fatherland. January 1895. On a freezing morning in the heart of Paris, an army officer, Georges Picquart, witnesses a convicted spy, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, being publicly humiliated in front of twenty thousand spectators baying ‘Death to the Jew!’ The officer is rewarded with promotion: Picquart is made the French army’s youngest colonel and put in command of ‘the Statistical Section’ - the shadowy intelligence unit that tracked down Dreyfus.

    Cynthea Wellings says: "Excellent Read"
    "great story - great reader!"
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    What did you love best about An Officer and a Spy?

    I always wanted to know the détails about the Dreyfus affair - this is an entertaining book that provides a good explanation


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (560)

    Eliza Harris, a slave whose child is to be sold, escapes her beloved home on the Shelby plantation in Kentucky and heads North, eluding the hired slave catchers. Aided by the underground railroad, Quakers, and others opposed to the Fugitive Slave Act, Eliza, her son, and her husband George run toward Canada. As the Harrises flee to freedom, another slave, Uncle Tom, is sent "down the river" for sale. Too loyal to abuse his master's trust, too Christian to rebel, Tom wrenches himself from his family.

    Michael says: "excellent narrator"
    "moving ..."
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    Where does Uncle Tom's Cabin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this is a worthwhile read that should be a part of any serious book collection. Very convincing arguement towards Christianity - very well read and presented. I was moved!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bite Before Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands, Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen, Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (658)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (606)

    This holiday season, join two of today’s most popular paranormal authors for a special look into their worlds, where creatures are always stirring and no one sleeps through the night. The Bite Before Christmas: Teddy Brunswick knows about the immortals among us. He’s worked with them, called them friend - but he never counted on being snowed in with one over Christmas. Home for the Holidays by Jeaniene Frost: Cat and Bones are looking forward to a normal holiday - at least as “normal” as it gets for the combustible vampire couple....

    Ck says: "Home for the Holidays= 5 stars, The Gift= 0 stars"
    "jeaniene frost and tavia gilbert save this book"
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    What disappointed you about The Bite Before Christmas?

    why did Jeanine Frost associate herself with Lynsay Sands? I bought the book because I love listening to tales about Cat and Bones - and love Tavia Gilberts narration. Lynsay Sands story was totally uninteresting - the narration even worse.


    What was most disappointing about Lynsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost ’s story?

    Lynsay Sands story could have been told in one chapter. I bought the book because I love Jeaniene Frost's stories.


    What three words best describe Paula Christensen and Tavia Gilbert ’s performance?

    Paula - long, drawn out, boring
    Tavia - as good as it gets


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bite Before Christmas?

    do not print Lynsay's story


    Any additional comments?

    I still would have bought the book because Jeaniene Frost's part was good - you can just skip the other part.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (36 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (459)

    Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives-provided it is understood.If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge.

    Lee the reader says: "Wonderful, I've wanted this for so long...but..."
    "FANTASTIC LEARNING EXPERIENCE"
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    What did you love best about How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition?

    easy to understand and entertaining listen for a "non musical" person like me


    What does Professor Robert Greenberg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Prof Greenberg seems to be speaking directly to you - his speech is clear, interesting and very entertaining


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

    I certainly laughed ( must understand American humour )


    Any additional comments?

    I'm hooked! I've downloaded two more series ( opera and jazz )

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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