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Suzanne

Roanoke, VA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Love the One You're With

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (185)

    Ellen's relationship to Andy doesn't just seem perfect on the surface; it really is perfect. She loves his family, and everything about him, including that he brings out the best in her. That is, until Ellen unexpectedly runs into Leo. The one who got away. The one who brought out the worst in her. The one she can't forget.

    Susan says: "Love The One Your With"
    "Enjoyable read."
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    Where does Love the One You're With rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a good, enjoyable story. The characters are likable and Giffin does a great job weaving in richness of detail, mood and smooth dialogue. Not the best Giffin book, but a solid read nevertheless.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Outcast

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jolina Petersheim
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Rachel Stoltzfus never imagined she’d be the talk of her Old Order Mennonite community until whispers stir the moment her belly swells with new life. Unmarried and refusing to repent by naming the partner in her sin, Rachel feels the wrath of the religious sect as she is shunned by those she loves most and eventually forced to leave - driven out by her twin sister’s husband, the bishop. But secrets run deep in this cloistered community, and the bishop is hiding some of his own, threatening his conscience and his very soul.

    susan says: "full story not the norm for amish fiction"
    "Decent story, annoying narrator!!"
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    Would you try another book from Jolina Petersheim and/or Tavia Gilbert?

    This book is based on a relatively interesting storyline (ie. Amish scarlet letter); however, it is likely much more enjoyable read rather than listened to. The narrator has an odd cadence to her voice which made the narration sound choppy and unpleasant in my opinion. The chapters where she takes on the male character's voice as narrator and uses a Pennsylvania Dutch accent are actually much more pleasant audibly. At any rate, you get used to it, but it certainly tempered my overall opinion of the audio version. The story itself I found to be entertaining and well written. It fell short of true literary grit as an "Amish Scarlet Letter", was rather predictable in many ways, but it makes for a worthwhile read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4344)
    Performance
    (3871)
    Story
    (3887)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "Well written, not predictable."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Husband's Secret to be better than the print version?

    Narrator has pleasant, Australian accent and creates different voice tones for each character making it easy to distinguish between the many characters involved. This is particularly true for the numerous dialogue scenes, which can be difficult to follow in audio versions. This is a great read that has many layers and keeps you interested until the end!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crazy Rich Asians

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kevin Kwan
    • Narrated By Lynn Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (244)

    Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

    Teresa says: "Narration is horrible"
    "Entertaining and hilarious!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Kwan's story isn't deep, but he does a fabulous job creating and describing a multitude of idiosyncratic characters that keep the reader entertained. The story keeps a quick pace and doesn't take itself too seriously, which makes this a great weekend read or as in my case- listen over short periods during my commute to and from work. The narrator definitely adds to the flavor as there are so many characters, different accents and asian-dialect vocabulary to negotiate. She brings them to life, which is the key to this book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Summer Girls: The Lowcountry Summer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mary Alice Monroe
    • Narrated By Mary Alice Monroe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (63)

    Three sisters reunite on Sullivan’s Island off the coast of South Carolina after years of separation in this heartwarming first novel in a new trilogy from a beloved author. 80-year-old Marietta Muir is a dowager of Charleston society who has retired to her historic summer home on Sullivan’s Island. At the onset of summer, Marietta - "Mamaw" - seeks to gather her three granddaughters - Carson, Eudora, and Harper - with the intent to reunite them after years apart.

    L.W. says: "I liked it but I didn't love it"
    "This book never really gets there..."
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    What did you like best about The Summer Girls? What did you like least?

    Monroe sets the stage with interesting, likable characters and a good scenario but fails to deliver. It felt like the book ended with the prologue. Three half-sisters each with a multitude of personal issues are meant to come together for the summer to reconnect; however, the story ends up focusing on one character and all of the build up of the story-line is lost as the author never follows through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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