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Suze R

Norwalk, CT | Member Since 2011

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  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3092)
    Performance
    (2771)
    Story
    (2789)

    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..."
    "Great on so many levels"
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    Where does The Husband's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites. This book was a recommendation from a friend and I was looking for an entertaining read after a difficult book. Perfect! But, by no means is this book lighthearted. Excellent plot, serious issues, an understanding of human nature, while still being very entertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Husband's Secret?

    The revealing of the husband's secret....but I'm not telling!


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    Cecilia


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

    Absolutely. I only listen in the car, and always wanted to drive somewhere.


    Any additional comments?

    Great narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • River Road

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By Amanda Leigh Cobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (201)

    It's been thirteen years since Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River. The last time she visited her aunt Sara there, as a teenager, she'd been sent home suddenly after being dragged out of a wild party - by the guy she had a crush on, just to make it more embarrassing.

    Isaac says: "Awesome Ride"
    "An entertaining 'read', skip the listen"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would have much preferred reading this book, rather than listening. The story eventually was strong enough for me to push through to the end. Time well-spent, no. I usually look forward getting in my car and listening, but not for this selection. The narrator negatively affected how I felt about the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of River Road?

    Mason being drugged at the winery and subsequent scene.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amanda Leigh Cobb?

    I'm not sure. Amanda Leigh Cobb has a pleasant voice, perfect for narration. I think she has potential. Her narration of dialogue in this book had an unnatural, affected, sing-song quality that really ruined the listening experience.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, but I would read more of this author's books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3498)
    Performance
    (3133)
    Story
    (3162)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Informative, but not compelling"
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    Where does No Easy Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm glad I listened to No Easy Day. But, I didn't find it as interesting or compelling as I expected.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of No Easy Day?

    Finding Osama bin Laden's son, then Osama bin Laden himself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When one of the seal's called out bin Laden's son's name in the stairwell.


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

    The World of Navy Seals


    Any additional comments?

    Really did not like the political commentary at the end. It detracted from the quality of the book.
    Excellent narrator!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Morning for Flamingoes: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (775)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (393)

    Dave Robicheaux felt the bone-grinding pain rip through his body as the .45 did its damage. Through the agonizing haze that enveloped him, he heard an almost inhuman laugh - the hideous, victorious cackling of Jimmie Lee Boggs - a sound he would never forget. It had started out as an ordinary prisoner transfer, then turned into a blood bath when the convicted murderer got hold of a gun.

    Ed says: "Burke is an outstanding novelist"
    "Dave Robicheaux's character study continues"
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    If you could sum up A Morning for Flamingoes in three words, what would they be?

    Characters: the characters are what keeps the plot moving in this book. I find with this series and John Sandford's "Prey" books, it's the character/s that keep me coming back, even if the storyline is lacking. Moody: Dave has emotional baggage and it plays out in his decisions. Louisiana: great backdrop.


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

    No, not on the edge of my seat, but found it interesting and entertaining.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I have liked Mark Hammer's performance in other books. I guess this performance was a little flat and I prefer Will Patton narrating this series.


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

    No, this book is not a page turner.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the Dave Robicheaux series overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1580)
    Performance
    (1439)
    Story
    (1435)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Ann says: "Over the top"
    "Predictable Nora Roberts trilogy"
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    What did you like best about Dark Witch? What did you like least?

    I liked the main character, Iona, very much. The beginning of the story was very interesting, starting with Iona's ancestors. I wish the rest of the story had been as interesting. The storyline had alot of potential that was wasted. I did not like the other female characters.


    Would you recommend Dark Witch to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I wouldn't recommend this book. There are other Nora Roberts books that are much better. Maybe, I would have liked this book a little more, if I had read it instead of listened.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This narrator was acting, not reading. Actually, she OVER-acted. When listening to an audio book, I want to feel like I'm being read to. This narrator negativley affected my listening experience.


    Did Dark Witch inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, start writing reviews on this site:)


    Any additional comments?

    This narrator would probably be fine if she toned it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A House in the Sky: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett
    • Narrated By Amanda Lindhout
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (244)

    Amanda Lindhout reads her spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into 15 months of harrowing captivity in Somalia - a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace. In August 2008, she traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia - "the most dangerous place on Earth." On her fourth day in the country, she and her photojournalist companion were abducted.

    Eric Schurr says: "Incredible story! Very well written and delivered"
    "A Primer on Inner Strength"
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    Where does A House in the Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top. So compelling, heart-wrenching, and interesting from many perspectives. I haven't been much of a nonfiction reader/listener, but, because of this book, I would love to listen to more personal survival stories. Very impressed by Amanda Lindhout's writing and narrating talent. Layered in the personal story, are lessons in the political and cultural struggles, Islam, and diplomacy, which provided a richness to the story. The book is so well structured.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A House in the Sky?

    Her rescue


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nigel and Amanda in the hotel after rescue


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

    No, I didn't have an extreme reaction, but I was very moved emotionally by the book. It provides a way to gain perspective on the annoyances of life and the suffering of others. Also, I learned alot about the politcal and cultural struggles in Africa.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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