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Susan

Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

Bartonville, TX | Member Since 2012

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  • Five Tales of Men and Women: Collected Chekhov

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated By William Coon
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    And they lived happily ever after.... Or did they? In this collection of stories, Chekhov focuses his powers of observation on the complex relationships between men and women. Why do we couple in the first place? Is it for love, security, comfort, a sense of obligation? And then what? How long can these reasons keep us together? These questions, and more, are explored with the subtlety and insight of the master story-teller.

    Michael says: "Dark Absurdity, Insightful Humanity"
    "The name of the gun shop is "Smucks""
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    A good view into how far our society has evolved. In the ridiculousness of these stories is comedy, especially the middle one, which had me laughing out loud.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shepherds Abiding

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (132)

    Since he was a boy growing up in Mississippi, Father Tim has lived what he calls "the life of the mind". Except for cooking and gardening and washing his dog, he never learned to savor the work of his hands. And then he finds a derelict nativity scene: twenty figures, including a flock of sheep, that have suffered the indignities of time and neglect.

    Sara says: "Christmas in Mitford"
    "Spiritual"
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    A very spiritual read that I would have probably liked better if I had known the characters in the series better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joanne Huist Smith
    • Narrated By Joanne Huist Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    After the unexpected death of her husband, Joanne Huist Smith had no idea how she would keep herself together and be strong for her three children - especially with the holiday season approaching. But 12 days before Christmas, presents begin appearing on her doorstep with notes from their "True Friends." As the Smiths came together to solve the mystery of who the gifts were from, they began to thaw out from their grief and come together again as a family.

    Gift Card says: "Very good book. I enjoyed every minute of it."
    "Love and Loss"
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    This was a very heart wrenching book based on a true story of love, loss and a journey of the heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duck the Halls: A Meg Langslow Mystery, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Donna Andrews
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    A few nights before Christmas, Meg is awakened when Michael is summoned to the New Life Baptist Church, where someone has rigged a cage full of skunks in the choir loft. The lengthy process of de-skunking the church requires its annual pre-Christmas concert to relocate to Trinity Episcopal, despite the protests of Mr. Vess, an elderly vestryman.

    Kathy says: "This will put you in the mood for Christmas!"
    "Duck under Glass?"
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    A 3.5 for me because the ending kind of went flat. Quite a few cute parts and funny characters but I think if I knew them better it would have been a more enjoyable read. Comming in in the middle of a series can be tricky that way. A well rounded story about what starts out as harmless pranks turns into a murder investigation. A small town, family and church oriented Christmas story. Skunks and bunnies and snakes, Oh No! Believable characters and good narration kept it going for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Clear: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (101)

    In this heartwarming, suspenseful, and hilarious novel, Callahan Garrity and the outrageous band of "girls" in her Atlanta cleaning crew join together during the Christmas rush to prove that her trailer-trash brother didn't kill his even trashier estranged wife.

    It's a few days before Christmas, and sometime sleuth/full-time cleaning lady Callahan Garrity has things under control for a change, until her never-do-well brother, Brian, shows up.

    Susan says: "Is it Christmas?"
    "Is it Christmas?"
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    A light murder mystery surrounded by the custody of a child. Not really a Christmas book but it was happening around the Holiday Season. A Mother-in-Law takes on the responsibility of protecting her granddaughter from her Mother who has less that any moral compass when it comes to the welfare of her child. When the Mother is found murdered everyone involved in the sweet child's life becomes a suspect.

    Callahan Garity, her aunt, is a retired PD officer and private detective so understandably she is on the case to clear her family and protect her niece. Corruption and unsolved murders start cropping up while she is conducting her investigation. A pretty good mystery with real characters. Hillary Huber's good narration added to the story and took it from a 3 to a 4 for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Back to Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dennis Canfield
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Is there any hope at all for the Krumwerth family? Marmel doesn't think so, and he should know, because he has one hundred and seven Christmases of experience in these matters. Amanda Krumwerth has just two days to prove Marmel wrong about her family, but she's determined to do it. Find out what happens when an elf who doesn't understand the meaning of Christmas meets a family that doesn't understand the meaning of family.

    Susan says: "Back to basics."
    "Back to basics."
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    A very cute novella about a family that has a lot of work to do to get back to what used to be a loving, supportive connection. A bah humbug elf is assigned to help but does not have any hope of making it happen. A great Christmas lesson of how shedding all of our gadgets, that we think we can't live without, and getting back to basics. Sometimes the Christmas spirit can be found in the strangest places. This would make a cute Hallmark movie and is a good family car listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1524)
    Performance
    (1186)
    Story
    (1180)

    Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients - or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

    Roger says: "review of Abby Cooper series"
    "Cute cozy"
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    A fun mystery that had a good story and believable characters. Abby is a no nonsense girl who has a gift that she yields with conscience and integrity. She tends to shy away from any interaction with police cases because of doubt and implication, however, on a blind date she is mistakenly sucked into a conversation about a current missing child case. A week after the date she finds out that her mystery man is a police detective and the game is on when one of her clients ends up dead.

    This was a cute cozy that kept my interest and I was happy to get back to. The narration went perfect with her character and I will look for more in this series for a feel good fix.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3371)
    Performance
    (2983)
    Story
    (2975)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Ted says: "Luxury Vehicle… Does It All"
    "Good court Drama"
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    A good court drama that has several different threads that are part of the same line of corruption that leads deep into the cartel and police dept. After the death of a young escort her handler contacts her attorney to defend him against false charges brought against him in the case of her death.

    I always enjoy Michael Connelly's writing, this is my first in the Mickey Haller series and I can understand why people like it so much. Great characters, fast pace and excellent narration will bring me back for more in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Taste of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Marla J. Hayes, Angela Falkowska
    • Narrated By Karen Krause
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When fairy tales do come true...To young Terri Fortier, life in a castle in the south of France seems like a fairytale - until she learns the awful truth. On her eighteenth birthday, she flees from the marriage her parents have arranged for her in hopes of saving their vineyard from an age-old curse. Terri makes her way to the Napa Valley and a forgotten, magical vineyard where she puts down new roots. But can Terri totally escape her destiny when reality proves to be more powerful than any fairy tale?

    Susan says: "Fantastical"
    "Fantastical"
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    A fantastical YA about a girl that comes of age, runs away from an arranged marriage, loses her father and moves to Napa Valley, CA (Wine Country). A cute magical short that is a bit far fetched but a nice story for tweens to YA.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Accounting

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By William Lashner
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (222)

    Jon Willing was just a teenager when he and his buddies Augie and Ben stole a fortune in drug money. Brazen with youth and stoned out of their gourds, they thought they had the perfect plan for getting away with it. They were wrong. Twenty-five years later, Jon’s marriage is in ruins, his kids are virtual strangers, and the recession has decimated his finances. When he finds Augie murdered in Vegas, Jon knows his past has risen from the grave to grab him by the throat. Now Jon Willing faces a choice: run to a paradise of wine and women and endless sunshine or confront the demons from his past and fight for what’s left of his imperfect suburban life.

    Charles Atkinson says: "A Great Suspense With Great Depth of Character"
    "Twenty five year old caper"
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    Twenty-five years ago three young men made a decision that would forever change their lives. Now some old debts are to be paid back the hard way. Thugs and the mob are coming out of the woodwork now that some old rumors are being revisited surrounding a million dollar heist. Friends are not to be trusted and enemies may just save the day before all is said and done. A fast paced well written story topped off with good narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Good and Useful Hurt

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Aric Davis
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (180)

    Mike is a tattoo artist running his own shop, and Deb is the piercing artist he hires to round out his studio’s motley crew of four. The last either expects is romance, but that’s what they get as they follow their off-kilter careers and love lives into complete and total disaster. When Mike follows a growing trend and tattoos the ashes of deceased loved ones into several customers’ tattoos, he has no idea that it will one day provide the solution - and solace - he will sorely need.

    C. Sorensen says: "Good enough to kill time, but that's about it"
    "Great cast of characters"
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    This book was a happy surprise, good, believable characters, and a good mystery mixed with a bit of paranormal. A tattoo artist along with some old friends try to find a serial killer through some unorthodox methods of tattooing and ghosts. I will look for more books from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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