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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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  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2972)
    Performance
    (2754)
    Story
    (2759)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Outstanding Symphony of Horror"
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    It is so refreshing to come across a writer that writes to the, "smart reader". This was my first Joe Hill book and I was surprised and impressed by the caliber of his writing, he has definitely inherited his fathers, (Stephen King's), ability to spin a  spooky yarn that takes you on a gripping roller coaster ride. 

    A fast pace, combined with well constructed characters provoked some thrilling and unexpected intensity. From the mystical heroine to the horrible villains, the characters have such depth that they draw you right into their dreadful altered reality.  For the thriller/horror seeker this scary and suspenseful read will not disappoint. 

    A 115 year old convicted kidnapper/murderer, awakens from a 5 year coma,.. dies,.. gets embalmed, and then....walks out of the  hospital...  
    As an act of revenge against the young girl who aided in his conviction years earlier, he and his creepy, murdering minion, snatch her young son with the intent of taking him into a bone chilling, fantasy world; "Christmasland". He would only be one of the many. 
    A brave, mystical, but also, damaged heroin must use all of her recourses and abilities to try to save her son from a dammed eternity. 

    The narrator did a great job with the up and down pace and the different character voices.  I will be looking for Hills next book with the hope that he can keep up the highly exciting, first rate plot lines. 

    23 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Echoes at Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Harry Berkeley
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (387)

    Grace Peterson is desperate, in hiding, and on the run after escaping a shadowy group determined to exploit her extraordinary ability to heal others. Her only lifeline - an unerring telepathic ability she shares with her sister - has been severed, leaving her alone and vulnerable. And time is running out.... Enlisted to bring Grace home is Rio, relentless member of the KGI. He's unprepared for his reaction to this wounded, damaged woman, and he's fiercely determined to protect her from those who nearly destroyed her.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best Yet!!"
    "Sexy A-Team"
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    3.5 * This book started out with a bang and had a great premise about a set of sister healers. I loved the story right up to the point where it turned into 50 Shades of Gray. I'm not a prude and I love a bit of romance/sex added to my favorite suspense/thrillers, however, it just felt like it became very specific and more like filler and/or an anatomy lesson. A little left to the imagination, in my opinion, is more sexy and can be more romantic. Besides that I loved the strong characters and the story, the fast pace and ever changing plot twists made it exciting. The narration was great and I will look for earlier books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vicious Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (281)

    Felix Castor has reluctantly returned to exorcism after the case of the Bonnington Archive ghost convinced him that he really can do some good with his abilities ("good," of course, being a relative term when dealing with the undead). But his friend, Rafi, is still possessed; the succubus Ajulutsikael (Juliet to her friends) still technically has a contract on him; and he's still dirt poor.

    Cather says: "A worthy sequel"
    "Whistling a tune"
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    Felix castor is a sarcastic, mountain of a man who was born with the ability to exorcize spirits from our earthly plain with just a tune. A dark, fun read about a paranormal group that are suddenly thrown together in order to help Felix bind and extinguish a demon entity, who already has a hold on one soul and needs one more innocent soul to return to our world.

    The writing was good, had inventive characters, and the narration was fitting for the main character. I think this is probably a good series for those that love this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (550)

    Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

    Cliff says: "If you like Dresden or Iron Druid check it out!"
    "Mages, Air Walkers and Shadow People"
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    I would not really compare this to Dresden or to The Iron Druid Chronicles. It's more along the lines of the Septimus Heap series, with the exception of some foul language. Mages are people who can see all the possible outcomes of the immediate future as long as a choice has been made. Air walkers are fairy type ancient characters who can help humans to become air like wind and can also be invisible like air. Shadow people are similar to the Rouge character in the X-men series. Touch is a curse.

    This was a great adventure of good against evil with an exciting plot, fast moving story line and some original characters. There are different types of Mage's, (earth, air, mind and war), which makes the concept quite interesting. I am an arachnophobe but one of my favorite characters was an ageless, cloths designing, giant spider who has to get very close to you because of her bad vision. Hehe, very creepy (pun). This is a wonderfully fun walk in the mystical world without the age old wizard slant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (2059)
    Performance
    (949)
    Story
    (947)

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "Nightmare in a suit"
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    I could not put this one down. As good as NOS4A2 just not as freaky/creepy. This was a crazy, paranormal, mystery served with a little romance on the side. Joe Hill is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors because of his ability to keep a good steady pace along with original stories in each of his books.

    Jude is a rock star that loves to collect macabre objects until one day when he purchases a Heart Shaped Box that sends his whole life into a tailspin. Unfortunately everyone in his life is drawn into his treacherous paranormal, nightmare that may just suck them all down the death road. Great, sinister, October read with believable characters and top notch narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (160)

    The country doctor had come to 221B Baker Street, the famous lodgings of Sherlock Holmes, with an eerie tale---the legend of the Hound of the Baskervilles, the devil-beast that haunted the lonely moors around the Baskervilles' ancestral home. The tale warned the descendants of that ancient family never to venture out on the moor "in those dark hours when the powers of evil are exalted."

    Tad Davis says: "A worthy competitor to David Timson"
    "Classic"
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    October is a great month for a little classic horror from a master. Holmes and Watson are off to the moors for a little sleuthing around. In Holmes style he waits until the end to unfold all of the facts to catch the killer. My son informed me that the narrator Simon Prebble also was the voice of "Courage the Cowardly Dog", on Nickelodeon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mother's Day Out: The Margie Peterson Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Karen MacInerney
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (101)

    With a husband who works long hours trying to make partner and two rambunctious kids that are running her ragged, Margie Peterson is like any other worn-out suburban mom. When she decides to take a job as a PI for a seedy local detective agency, everything changes. It doesn’t take long for Margie to get in over her head: Her first day on the job she totals her minivan, mistakenly enters a drag contest, and winds up in the bathroom with a dead transvestite. But when Margie finds her home number in the victim’s phone, things really start to get interesting.

    Jen says: "Easy Listening"
    "Fun"
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    I almost stopped reading this in the first few chapters because it was so corny but I am happy I did not. It had just enough of a mystery and laugh out loud circumstances to keep me hooked and to become attached to the characters. Margie Peterson is a house Mom who has to return to the workplace and like she said, "if I was a stripper or couldn't type I would have a job tomorrow". Hehe. Quite a few funny lines made this a fun read and Margie's genuine naïveté got past the ridiculous portrayed in the start of the book. Not heavy literature but the author spun a fairly good mystery along with some good twists. The narrator did a good job and is the right voice for Margie. Recommend for a tongue in cheek, light read. I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Sport

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (433)

    When English agent Gene Hawkins told his boss he'd forego his vacation to search for millionaire Dave Teller's prized missing stallion, he didn't know his retainer would include the attention of his boss's beautiful teenage daughter - or Teller's seldom sober wife. He also didn't know that a trail from London to New York to Las Vegas to California would lead eventually to murder.

    Mary A. says: "Another great listen from Dick Francis!"
    "All the Pretty Horses"
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    I did not know that this was published in 1967 until I was done with it. A very smart, timeless mystery.

    When Dave Tellers prized race horses, that are worth millions, start mysteriously disappearing and then there is an attempt on his life, he enlists the help of Gene Hawkins, an English agent, who is known for his brilliance at solving cases. Gene is extremely methodical and has an amazing gift of perception, on the flip side he is also in a constant state of depression which he is able to hide very well.

    The intricacies of the race horsing world are described and made easy to understand for the layman. The racing, siring, tattooing and care of these stately animals are all very interesting aspects of this great mystery. This story was highly engaging and I am looking forward to reading more of Dick Francis's intelligent and clean writing. Geoffrey Howard did a great job narrating and his different accents were performed extremely well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Galveston: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nic Pizzolatto
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (526)

    From the creator, writer, and executive producer of the HBO series True Detective and soon to be a major motion picture comes a dark and visceral novel set along the wastelands of Galveston. On the same day Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he learns that his employer has put a hit out on him. After narrowly escaping an attempt on his life, Cady goes on the run with a young prostitute named Rocky and her three-year-old sister, from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas. But though they run, they cannot hide in this explosive, atmospheric, impossible-to-pause thrill ride.

    Stephanie says: "Richly Layered"
    "Down South"
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    This was a good, fast story of a hitman/bagman, Roy Cady, who during one of his contracted jobs, ends up saving a bystander prostitute. Other hired killers who arrive at his job destination at the same time were obviously there to kill him. Roy is a definite loner who finds out he has cancer and has basically relinquished any thought of living much longer. Uncharacteristically, while on the run, he finds himself feeling responsible and protective of the prostitute, Rocky and her daughter.

    While Roy is trying to get to the bottom of who put a hit out on him and someway to protect his new charges, affections start to grow between these three motley characters. This is a dark and at times, very gory story that had good character development and kept me intrigued from the beginning. The narrator had a good, gravelly voice for Roy and did not try to do women's voices, a bonus. This is being produced for the big screen and due to be released sometime in 2015.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1448)
    Performance
    (1326)
    Story
    (1339)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Precocious Pachyderm"
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    A perfectly wonderful, true story of a not so perfect herd of elephant's, who have been broken by poor human behavior and dramatic circumstances. I'm so glad this was not another flowers and butterfly story about wild animals, definitly not Disney. A great adventure into the lives and intelligent minds of these sensitive giants and how they have rules and expectations just like humans.

    I liked this book much better than I ever expected to, substance and amazing integrity made it very easy to become attached to the wonderful couple who took on a dangerous and selfless task.

    The actions and feelings of these majestic creatures were portrayed beautifully and Simon Vance did an exceptional job narrating. I won't soon be forgetting this enchanting, true story of love and generosity of the heart, that was shown to these nobel, complex mammals.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Criminal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1721)
    Performance
    (1453)
    Story
    (1458)

    Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

    Melinda says: "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"
    "Will's beginning"
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    This addition to the series was structured around Will Trent's boss, Amanda and when she was first promoted to detective. In the beginning of her career, in the 70's, she was faced with quite a battle, blazing a trail against the chauvinistic, boys club that made up her department. Her first big case was one that no one wanted and thought not to be much of a case at all, until she started connecting multiple, torturous murders of local prostitutes. The story line jumps back and forth from the 70's to current day, surrounding the old serial killer case and a new body with the exact same torturous markings. Amanda is thrown right back into the middle along with all of the nightmarish memories that accompanied the first gruesome case. The investigation gets very complicated, when confusing new evidence is made available through DNA technology. An interesting twist takes us back to Will's first bizarre encounter with Amanda and new information is revealed about his cryptic childhood that surprises everyone.

    The ending was very unexpected when a time old mystery is uncovered and solved. I'm glad that in this addition to the series, the story did not dwell on Will's ex (Angie), she wast peppered throughout but not prevalent. Kathleen Early did a good job narrating and kept the story moving along at a good pace.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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