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Susan Stann Burke

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  • City of Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Blair Brown
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153

Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reader is amazing!

  • By Gilma M. Salazar on 06-07-19

City of girls

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

Reviewed: 06-06-19

What a disappointment! I kept on listening hoping for a better story, but the plot was uninteresting, the characters unsympathetic, and the writing uninspired.

19 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • The Truth According to Us

  • A Novel
  • By: Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee, Tara Sands, Julia Whelan, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 492

In the summer of 1938, Layla Beck's father, a United States senator, cuts off her allowance and demands that she find employment on the Federal Writers' Project, a New Deal jobs program. Within days Layla finds herself far from her accustomed social whirl, assigned to cover the history of the remote mill town of Macedonia, West Virginia, and destined, in her opinion, to go completely mad with boredom.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the Potato Peel Pie Society...

  • By Jan on 06-15-15

Mindless drivel

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

I never got any point, hook, or sense of engagement., nor did I understand the point of the story.

13 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • Traveling to Infinity

  • The True Story Behind 'The Theory of Everything'
  • By: Jane Hawking
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

In this compelling memoir, Jane Hawking relates the inside story of her extraordinary marriage. As Stephen's academic renown soared, his body was collapsing under the assaults of motor neurone disease, and Jane's candid account of trying to balance his 24-hour care with the needs of their growing family is inspirational. This is a book about optimism, love and change that will resonate with listeners everywhere.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Perplexing & Puzzling

  • By Sara on 03-11-15

Victim

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

Reviewed: 05-06-15

Though Jane hawking was a brave woman, her cloying self absorption do draw in the reader. She's a cold, self-absorbed woman who lived a very a

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Into the Beautiful North

  • A Novel
  • By: Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who left the family to work in the United States. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village - they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men - her own "Siete Magnificos"---to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The other side of the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-04-09

Good story; reader could be better

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

An engaging though ambitious story, perhaps trying to do too much in one novel. He's a good writer, though. The reader had very poor Spanish pronunciation; it would have been better if it had been read by fine one with a more native accent. Such as the author himself.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gray Mountain

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,001
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,238

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Painful to listen to

  • By Toni on 10-24-14

Reader ruins what might be a good story

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

Reviewed: 10-23-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No Grisham fan would enjoy this rendition. His usual reader was great and represeted the voice of the south; this is soulless, empty, and most Importantly, non exciting! Change the reader! Pick a male or or female, but be sure he is earnest and experienced in this genre.
.Susie

Would you be willing to try another book from John Grisham? Why or why not?

With a different reader

Would you be willing to try another one of Catherine Taber’s performances?

NoSe might be able to read children's books,

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gray Mountain?

The reader from every scene

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Euphoria

  • A Novel
  • By: Lily King
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Xe Sands
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,881
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,877

English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anthropologists in Love

  • By David on 08-21-14

Great story, one poor reader, one good one

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

Reviewed: 06-19-14

Would you try another book from Lily King and/or Simon Vance and Xe Sands ?

By Lily King and Xe Sands, yes! But Simon Vance-/ a very prolific audible reader -- is pedantic, boring and supercilious. I will not listen to a book read by him again. He sounds like an ex Shakesperian actor who thinks he sounds great, but us really really boring! He makes me zone out. Luckily Xe Sands was great and so I was able to finish an excellent story.

What other book might you compare Euphoria to and why?

State of Wonder-- similar anthropological bent and riveting details about other cultures, with interesting characters.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Vance and Xe Sands ?

Xe Sands was great. Anyone would have been better than Simon Vance for this listener.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

None.

17 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Possibilities

  • A Novel
  • By: Kaui Hart Hemmings
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 69

In the idyllic ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado, Sarah St. John is reeling. Three months ago, her 22-year-old son, Cully, died in an avalanche. Though single, Sarah is hardly alone in her grief. Her father, a retiree, tries to distract her with gadgets from the QVC home shopping channel. Sarah’s best friend offers life advice by venting details of her own messy divorce. Even Cully’s father reemerges, stirring more emotions and confusion than Sarah needs. Sarah is surprised, then, when a strange girl arrives on her doorstep. Unexpected and unexplained, she bears a secret from Cully that could change all of their lives forever.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not of "The Descendants" caliber

  • By Pamela Harvey on 05-29-14

Trash!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Rewrite the book.

What was most disappointing about Kaui Hart Hemmings’s story?

Its predictability and childish writing style.

What aspect of Joy Osmanski’s performance would you have changed?

She tried her best with weak material.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nope.

Any additional comments?

Disappointing to say the least.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful