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  • Susie Bright Presents: Three The Hard Way

  • Erotica Novellas by William Harrison, Greg Boyd, and Tsaurah Litzky
  • By: Susie Bright (editor), William Harrison, Greg Boyd, and others
  • Narrated by: Susie Bright, Kathe Mazur, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2

Pull down the shades and settle in for pleasure with this trio of erotic novellas - handpicked by Susie Bright - showcasing stories that are hot and masterful. Susie Bright, hailed by The New York Times as "the avatar of American erotica", is the undisputed grandmaster of the genre. Now she has handpicked three rising stars - new masters - whose stories will delight, arouse, and captivate you. Connected by a central theme - the idea that one sexual moment can change a person forever - each story is wildly different from anything you have read or heard before.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Fragmented tosh

  • By Mrs on 07-04-16

Fragmented tosh

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

Reviewed: 07-04-16

What disappointed you about Susie Bright Presents: Three The Hard Way?

I anticipated three stories but instead the book consists of several very short vignettes, not apparently connected and with no underlying story except to present several unconnected situations in order provide a setting for explicit sexual description. I am not a prude but did not find this an entertaining book at all, just a waste of time.

What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

No consistent story line, very fragmented

How could the performance have been better?

Not to have been done at all.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom.

Any additional comments?

No

  • Apple Tree Yard

  • By: Louise Doughty
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,246

Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage. But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair. Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first. But she can’t control what happens next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bit of an ordeal in places but a great story

  • By David on 23-01-14

Longwinded and over analytical

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

Reviewed: 23-01-15

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

I found it tedious listening to this book but persevered to the end. Juliet Stevensons's voice can become monotonous and the book is written in such a way that every thought, event etc is analysed in so much detail that I found myself becoming impatient for the story to move on.

What three words best describe Juliet Stevenson’s performance?

Slow, mournful, depressing

Did Apple Tree Yard inspire you to do anything?

Avoid listing to any books narrated by Juliet Stevenson.

  • Little, Big

  • or, The Fairies' Parliament
  • By: John Crowley
  • Narrated by: John Crowley
  • Length: 24 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Edgewood - which is not found on any map - is many houses, all put inside each other or across each other. It’s filled with and surrounded by mystery and enchantment; the further in you go, the bigger it gets. Smoky Barnable, who has fallen in love with Daily Alice Drinkwater, travels from the City on foot to Edgewood, her family home. There he finds himself on the magical border of an otherworld.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • probably better as a film

  • By Val M. on 22-10-15

Could not understand what this book is about

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

Reviewed: 03-11-14

What disappointed you about Little, Big?

I returned the book as I could not understand what was being presented. it seemed to jump from place to place.

Has Little, Big put you off other books in this genre?

No, I have enjoyed similar novels but just could not get to grips with this.

Would you be willing to try another one of John Crowley’s performances?

yes.

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

no

Any additional comments?

I had hoped for a story of mystery and magic but seemed only to get bits and pieces of information that made no sense to me.

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  • The Son-In-Law

  • By: Charity Norman
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Harriet Carmichael, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 235

On a sharp winter's morning, a man turns his back on prison. This is the story of Joseph, who killed his wife, Zoe. Of their three children who witnessed the event. Of Zoe's parents, Hannah and Frederick, who are bringing up the children and can't forgive or understand Joseph. They slowly adjust to life without Zoe, until the day Joseph is released from prison...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourite books of the year

  • By Saffy on 31-12-13

Explores the dilemmas inherent in broken families

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

Reviewed: 03-11-14

Where does The Son-In-Law rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

About mid way.

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

The story relates the disputes that can arise within broken families and includes the rights of grandparents however the reason for the split appears very clear cut and does not convey the complexity of most of these situations in reality. Having said that, it presents the various family members views in a readable way.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Narration was good with a clear idea of who was speaking.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no

Any additional comments?

This is an interesting book for the lay person interested in the area of child welfare and presents the effects in a subtle but powerful way.

  • The Windup Girl

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 208

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - Narrator on Valium

  • By David on 06-04-14

I was unable to engage with the concepts

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

Reviewed: 13-08-14

Would you try another book written by Paolo Bacigalupi or narrated by Jonathan Davis?

This book was so far into the realms of fantasy that I was not able to connect with the central concept. I think it takes a certain kind of thinking to latch on to the general theme and to want to read more. If you have this kind of thinking,it is probably enjoyable but not for me.

What was most disappointing about Paolo Bacigalupi’s story?

I could not hook into the concept and the theme of what was presented.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narration skipped from one concept to another. Not really the narrator's fault

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Felt unable to understand it and was sorry that I had downloaded it as I felt it was not within my realm of understanding.

Any additional comments?

None

  • When Mr. Dog Bites

  • By: Brian Conaghan
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

Dylan Mint has Tourette's. His life is a constant battle to keep the bad stuff in - the swearing, the tics, the howling dog that seems to escape whenever he gets stressed. But a routine visit to the hospital changes everything. Overhearing a hushed conversation between the doctor and his mum, Dylan discovers that he's going to die in March. So he makes a list of things he must do before he dies: First, he wants to have real sex with gorgeous Michelle Malloy; Second, he's got to find his autistic best friend Amir a new best bud; Third, he's got to get his dad back home from the army so they can say goodbye properly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tourette's for young adults

  • By Kaggy on 25-11-14

Enjoyable and Informative

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

Reviewed: 13-08-14

Would you consider the audio edition of When Mr. Dog Bites to be better than the print version?

The story is told from the perspective of the person suffering from Tourettes. Have not read the print version so cannot comment.

What did you like best about this story?

It gives an insight of how it feels and the diificulties encountered by people suffering from Tourettes. Often a condition which is met with hilarity and lack of insight by people who have no insight of the true meaning of the suffering of those who have to bear it.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

none in particular

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

not particularily

Any additional comments?

None

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  • An Irish Country Village

  • By: Patrick Taylor M.D.
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Welcome back to the village of Ballybucklebo. Come and say hello again to Dr. O'Reilly's odd-as-two-left-feet patients; his housekeeper, Mrs. "Kinky" Kinkaid; and O'Reilly's pets: Arthur Guinness, the beer-swilling black Lab, and Lady MacBeth, the demonically possessed white cat. And of course, to young Dr. Barry Laverty. After Barry's first month as an assistant to crusty Dr. O'Reilly, he has been offered a permanent spot. But Laverty's excitement is dashed when one of his patients unexpectedly dies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant but lightweight

  • By Mrs on 13-08-14

Pleasant but lightweight

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

Reviewed: 13-08-14

Where does An Irish Country Village rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is pleasant but lightweight reading. It depends on what one is looking for.

Would you recommend An Irish Country Village to your friends? Why or why not?

Depends on when the person may be looking to read it. Good lightweight reading for holiday/relaxing.

What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

Narration was good with different accents for each character.

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

No emotional reaction. As previously stated, lightweight but enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

None

  • Let the Right One In

  • By: John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 406

John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel, a huge best seller in his native Sweden, is a unique and brilliant fusion of social novel and vampire legend. And a deeply moving fable about rejection, friendship and loyalty. Oskar and Eli. In very different ways, they were both victims. Which is why, against the odds, they became friends. And how they came to depend on one another, for life itself. Oskar is a 12-year-old boy living with his mother on a dreary housing estate at the city's edge. Eli is the young girl who moves in next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Alexander on 02-01-11

Good overall concept, disappointing ending

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

Reviewed: 06-07-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, the subject matter is fascinating

What was one of the most memorable moments of Let the Right One In?

There are many, difficult to choose one

What does Steven Pacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I found that the narration would often switch from one character to another without it being clear, I imagine this is the way the book is written but I found it difficult to follow on occasions

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

Just interested in the concept

Any additional comments?

The initial concept is interesting but the ending lapses into the realms of fantasy.

  • Hungry Hill

  • By: Daphne Du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Maureen O'Brien
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

The Brodricks of Clonmere gain great wealth by harnessing the power of Hungry Hill and extracting the treasure it holds. The Donovans, the original owners of Clonmere Castle, resent the Brodricks' success, and consider the great house and its surrounding land theirs by rights. For generations the feud between the families has simmered, always threatening to break into violence...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't finish it!

  • By Altitude103 on 04-01-14

A bit long winded

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

Reviewed: 06-07-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, it had an interesting subject matter but the legal issues were a bit drawn out.

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

Good ending

What three words best describe Maureen O'Brien’s performance?

Good narration.

Do you think Hungry Hill needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, a follow up would not provide any more information and would likely just be a repeat of the subject matter of the book. I would not be interested in a follow up.

Any additional comments?

Interesting subject matter which explores the relationship between black and white people and communities in America.

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  • Caught

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

Seventeen-year-old Haley McWaid is the pride of her family and about to embark on a promising college education. Wendy Tynes is a reporter on a mission, to identify and bring down sexual predators via elaborate sting operations. Dan Mercer is a social worker and friend to troubled teens, but his story soon becomes more complicated than Wendy could have imagined....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • unpredictable

  • By Rachel on 21-10-10

Interesting subject

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

Reviewed: 06-07-14

Would you try another book written by Harlan Coben or narrated by Christopher Evan Welch?

yes

If you’ve listened to books by Harlan Coben before, how does this one compare?

n/a

Would you listen to another book narrated by Christopher Evan Welch?

yes

Was Caught worth the listening time?

Yes it was, approaching the subject matter from different perspectives and the consequences that can arise from this.

Any additional comments?

none

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