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Susan Tipton

Portland, Or United States
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  • As Husbands Go

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Isaacs
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37

Susan B. Anthony Rabinowitz Gersten assumed her marriage was great—and why not? Jonah Gersten, M.D., a Park Avenue plastic surgeon, clearly adored her. He was handsome, successful, and a doting dad to their four-year-old triplets. So when Jonah is found dead in the Upper East Side apartment of a second-rate "escort," Susie is overwhelmed with questions.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to Susan Isaacs usual standard

  • By Gary B. Bernstein on 05-20-12

What a Disappointment for a Susan Isaacs Fan

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-15

What disappointed you about As Husbands Go?

The plot was thin, the first quarter of the book consisted of Susie, the wife whose husband was murdered, drone on about her furniture, her clothes, her home furnishings- letting the reader know how expensive and elite her life was and how beautiful she and her friends were.The rest of the novel was a snore; Susie and the other characters seemed to be sleepwalking through the narrative. The first book I read of Isaac's was Shining Through and I loved it- the next one was "After All These Years" which was not as good as 'Shining" but this one was the least interesting one yet.

Would you ever listen to anything by Susan Isaacs again?

I'm not going to buy anything of hers again- I'll probably try another one from the library but no more money spent on this uneven writer.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration may have had some impact- the narrator also sounded drugged in her delivery. There was an exchange between Susie and her cousin Scott and they both sounded completely snowed. Maybe this was to emphasize depression but to me it emphasized how uninteresting and boring this narrative was.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from As Husbands Go?

Not sure about that but the only time it was remotely interesting was when grandmother Ethel and her partner Sparky entered the narrative but even they seemed to be cardboard cut-outs.

Any additional comments?

Jus disappointment that an author who wrote something as engaging and creative as Shining Through could put out 'As Husbands Go" a novel that seemed to have been whipped out to fund a quick expensive vacation.

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  • The Bone Clocks

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,033
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,045

Following a scalding row with her mother, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a masterful writer, an uneven narration

  • By S. Weaver on 11-13-14

Fantasy and Science Fiction in Complex Plot

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-15

Would you listen to The Bone Clocks again? Why?

Doubtful. I am not a fan of Science Fiction/Fantasy though I loved Cloud Atlas which had elements of repeated lives and I loved other Mitchell books; a favorite is A Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet. There were portions of this novel that I was not at all interested in and other portions I thoroughly enjoyed.The narration had a lot to do with my enjoyment of this story.

What other book might you compare The Bone Clocks to and why?

Perhaps Cloud Atlas or possibly Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.The theme of life continuing and the forces unseen that may rule us.

Which scene was your favorite?

Possible towards the last third of the novel the narratives by the author who reconnects with Holly as she is a successful novelist. I loved the whole Holly portions.

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

This was a sprawling, audacious book- several books rolled in to one similar to Cloud Atlas. I didn't have extreme reactions. I loved parts of it- the latter portion which was far into the future was not a favorite. I was mostly astounded that Mitchell could include all that he included in this novel.

Any additional comments?

Great narrative voices. A novel that could be read many times and more information and insights mined.

  • The Prime Minister's Secret Agent

  • A Maggie Hope Mystery
  • By: Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427

World War II rages on across Europe, but Maggie Hope has finally found a moment of rest on the pastoral coast of western Scotland. Home from an undercover mission in Berlin, she settles down to teach at her old spy training camp, and to heal from scars on both her body and heart. Yet instead of enjoying the quieter pace of life, Maggie is quickly drawn into another web of danger and intrigue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The narration spoils the book

  • By Margaret Vance on 07-06-14

Lackluster Story in Usually Good Series

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-15

What did you like best about The Prime Minister's Secret Agent? What did you like least?

I have enjoyed these stories previously for the atmosphere of camaraderie among the young people doing espionage work during WWII and that is what I enjoyed about this book once it got going. I did not at all like the first part with the draconian Maggie; I understand the plot device, how she comes out of her depression but this first part seemed to drag. I also was disappointed in how Maggie, who is as a character written to be so smart didn't tumble to the black sores on her friends' bodies and their mysterious death being somehow related to the black sores she saw on a dead sheep early in the story There was also an odd interjection of she and her partner investigating the lab where Anthrax is being tested and they both pop a sugar cube they find on a table into their mouths. I did expect that they would start showing symptoms of Anthrax but no- no more mentioned. What was this about?

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have shortened that first part in some way to show her depression and dispiritedness without having it take up so much of the story. I also would have eliminated that sugar cube incident-it added nothing to the narrative- maybe some tension was intended as we wondered if they would have contracted Anthrax? I would have had Maggie begin to have a glimmer of suspicion about symptoms being related between the sheep and people.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was extremely difficult to listen to; She narrated in three or four tones that never varied in their tone levels. It created a little tune that I found my self repeating in my head while listening. The male voices, no matter whom was represented had one voice- a raspy contralto. She did the female voices OK in dialogue but that repetitive inflection in ongoing narrative was hard to listen to.

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

Doubtful. There was not enough of a plot.

Any additional comments?

A different narrator is needed. I could not listen to another book narrated by Susan Duerden. Maybe the Maggie stories have run their course. They have for me.

  • Mrs. Jeffries Dusts for Clues

  • Mrs. Jeffries Series # 2
  • By: Emily Brightwell
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

A servant girl and a priceless brooch vanish at the same time, and it doesn't take a genius to put two and two together. The Inspector finds the brooch on a dead woman - but where's the missing servant? Fortunately, Mrs. Jeffries isn't one to give up on a case just because of a few loose ends...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful

  • By Christina Quick on 03-24-17

Enjoyable and Predictable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I listen to these recorded books while in the car or doing something else so yes, the time was well-spent. These Mrs. Jeffries stories are somewhat predictable but this does not diminish their enjoyment for me. I can relax and expect a pleasurable time in Victorian London among familiar and long-time friends with a bit of mystery, humor, and engaging personalities.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I always like a bit of a twist and the Mrs. Jeffries stories never disappoint.

Have you listened to any of Lindy Nettleton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I can't recall listening to any other Lindy Nettleton's narrations other then Mrs. Jeffries. to me she represents the personality of Mrs. Jeffries; her other characters seem to match voices to the picture of them I have in my head.

Was Mrs. Jeffries Dusts for Clues worth the listening time?

This seems to be a duplicate of the first question- yes it was worth the listening time.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the performance, I like the easy feel of Nettleton's voice and the plot moved along at a good pace.

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  • This Dark Road to Mercy

  • A Novel
  • By: Wiley Cash
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Erik Bergmann, Scott Sowers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 216

This Dark Road to Mercy is a tale of love and atonement, blood and vengeance, a story that involves two young sisters, a wayward father, and an enemy determined to see him pay for his sins. When their mother dies unexpectedly, twelve-year-old Easter Quillby and her six-year-old sister, Ruby, are shuffled into the foster care system in Gastonia, North Carolina, a little town not far from the Appalachian Mountains. But just as they settle into their new life, their errant father, Wade, an ex-minor-league baseball player whom they haven't seen in years, suddenly reappears and steals them away in the middle of the night.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easter offers chance at redemption; but no spark

  • By W Perry Hall on 01-31-14

Stunning Writing, Stunning Performance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-15

If you could sum up This Dark Road to Mercy in three words, what would they be?

Engaging, Family love and ethics.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were fully developed; mom was still loving and taught the girls life lessons despite her life style and drug dependence, dad was loving even though he was flawed and weak, The slow development of love that grew from the anger that Easter had towards her dad. I liked the Brady character, he too had depth and his behavior demonstrated his conflict between doing what was required and following his heart. Pruitt was truly evil and was the perfect villain.This story had me hooked from the first with good dialogue, an excellent plot and the pitch perfect voices of the narrators. All three were top notch and really made the story come alive.

Which scene was your favorite?

Near the end; where Easter sends her father a message on two levels, the observable and the underlying message of love and acceptance.

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

A family trip on many levels; from distrust to love, trying to escape evil, and the struggle to try for a new start.

Any additional comments?

The narrators did an outstanding job; the voice of Jenna Lemia was just perfect in her dialogue of both Easter and Ruby as well as the voice of Wade. She has such control of tone and she was a joy to listen to because of her smooth delivery and pitch of tone for each character. Both Pruitt and Brady's voices were to me exactly the voices I pictured for the characters.

  • Tell

  • By: Frances Itani
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

The international debut sensation Deafening launched the story of Grania, deaf from the age of five, and her sister Tress, who helped to create their secret language. Tell picks up from the return of the sisters' husbands from the war, and follows Tress' partner Kenan, a young shell-shocked soldier who confines himself indoors, venturing outside only at night to visit the frozen bay where he skated as a boy. Saddened by her altered marriage, Tress seeks advice from her Aunt Maggie.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets and Slow Recovery

  • By Susan Tipton on 04-20-15

Secrets and Slow Recovery

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book is very slow and for me there was not that 'hook' that makes me want to read on. I listened of course, I wanted to complete the story. I found most of the characters well developed; I found my self imagining Am and Maggie as much older because of the way the narrator pitches his voice- about three-quarters of the way Am mentioned that he was 'almost 50' I thought the old man voice the narrator gave him sounded more like 75. I have to say also that the narrator spoke Kenan's lines as though his jaw was permanently clenched. I found this method of speaking very distracting. I feel like the attempt was to sound like someone depressed but it sounded like someone with his mouth wired shut.Narration is so important in an audible book. The story lines, the voices of other characters was fine, even as I mentioned above he gave Am a very old sounding voice.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I found the patience Tress and other family members and friends gave Kenan was well described. I thought the relationship between Luke and Mags was well done even though Mags sounded more like 60 than her probable age of 40+. I also found the theme of secrets and thoughts tamped down were a good representative of that time- the 20s and that culture.

What three words best describe Luke Daniels’s voice?

Pleasing in the main but he mis-represented his characters who were in their 40s and he over did it with Kenan in his attempt to convey his reticence, his depression and his struggle to 'fit in'. The narrator has a pleasing voice, well paced and enjoyable to listen to except for the issues mentioned above.

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

No. The book was ruminative and slow and I think the movie would drag.

  • Bellweather Rhapsody

  • By: Kate Racculia
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

Fifteen years ago, a murder/suicide in room 712 rocked the grand old Bellweather Hotel and the young bridesmaid who witnessed it. Now hundreds of high school musicians, including quiet bassoonist Rabbit Hatmaker and his brassy diva twin, Alice, have gathered in its cavernous, crumbling halls for the annual Statewide festival; the grown-up bridesmaid has returned to face her demons; and a snowstorm is forecast that will trap everyone on the grounds. Then one of the orchestra’s stars disappears—from room 712.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Zany lovely book, great narrator

  • By Anna on 06-19-15

A Mystery Romp in Young Adult World

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I found the story somewhat engaging but I felt this story could have been a Young Adult selection. I found the characters lacked depth they were one dimensional and I found their reaction in the narrative predictable with one or two exceptions. I kept listening to the novel because I wanted to find out how it came out. I had difficulty accepting a family and the 15 year old boy himself maintaining the nick name 'Rabbit' and Bunny. This seemed a stretch and somewhat annoying.

What did you like best about this story?

The mystery plot was well crafted even though the end was tied up a bit too handily. There were interesting characters sprinkled here and there that I did find interesting.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jessica Almasy’s performances?

No. I have to say when I first started listening I checked the reading speed thinking it must have been set at 1.5 speed because her voice sounded as though she had inhaled helium. I do not want to come down on a person's voice; it seems a personal attack and I do not mean that at all but I couldn't listen to another book read by her. She did a good job with accents and I do realize she was reading in the characters of adolescents.

Was Bellweather Rhapsody worth the listening time?

I probably would not read/listen to another by this author. I think the question of whether it was worth the listening time a difficult question to answer. Given that I would avoid another narration by Almasy and also not choose another book by Racculia I guess I would have to say no it was not worth the time.

Any additional comments?

The author gave interesting insights into the arena of youthful musical accomplishments and I found this interesting but truthfully the reader's voice put me off.

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  • Hounded

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957

Andy Carpenter isn't sure what to think when he gets a mysterious phone call from a good friend, policeman Pete Stanton, asking him to drop everything, drive to an unfamiliar address, and bring his girlfriend, Laurie Collins. He certainly isn't expecting to show up at a crime scene. But that's exactly where he arrives - at the house where Pete has just discovered the body of ex-convict Danny Balfour. Upstairs are Danny's now orphaned four-year-old son and basset hound. And that, Andy discovers, is why he and Laurie were called to the scene - Pete wants them to take care of the boy and the dog so they won't get thrown into the "system". This is already asking a lot, but soon Pete needs another big favor from Andy. Pete himself has come under suspicion for Danny's murder, and he needs defense attorney Andy to represent him - and to find out what really happened in Danny's house that day!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best Andy Carpenter yet!

  • By Joe on 08-10-14

Another Satisfying Andy Adventure

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-15

I always enjoy the series: Andy has plenty of everything -money, loving relationships, support- a great fantasy to enter in to and now his family is enhanced. The narration is great too; the voice and pacing expresses Andy to a 'T'.