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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
    (2891)
    Performance
    (2681)
    Story
    (2687)

    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
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2674)
    Performance
    (2273)
    Story
    (2260)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "Great!"
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    This is one of the best mystery thrillers I have read this year.
    The story opens with a distraught father, who finds himself with no other choice but to leave his young son on a strange playground, far from their home. The poor young boy is of no help to the authorities because of his age and unfortunately must be put into the foster care system. His young life, by far, was not at all a great experience, however, he did learn some very valuable lessons that down the road, may just help save his life. When Michael Doe reaches adult hood he try's to leave his checkered past behind. Together with some tough sacrifices, a sealed juvenile record, and a new name, he eventually settles into a safe, comfortable life with a wife and daughter.

    Just when all things in his life seem to be going his way, odd things start to happen that threaten to change all that Michael has worked so hard to build. Strangers are following them, odd cell phone messages are being received and his young daughter is assaulted. Confusion and fear for his family force Michael to call on two old friends, one is in law enforcement and one is an ex-con. With their help he discovers that what is happening to them is being orchestrated by someone that has power on a federal level but he still has no idea why. Now in order to protect himself and his family he must pull some of his old, unsavory habits out of the closet and go after this group that is targeting his family.

    An intriguing. smart mystery with one heck of a punch ending. The characters are so realistic and perfectly matured throughout this fast moving story line. Scott Brick is far from my favorite narrator but he did a pretty good job with this story driven listen. Highly recommend.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5864)
    Performance
    (4411)
    Story
    (4410)

    The Winter Queen of Faerie has manipulated Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.

    Michael says: "Harry & James are one."
    "Dizzy Dresden"
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    Harry is in the middle of it again, this time he has it coming at him from all sides. The White Council is considering turning him over to the Vampire Council for a fire storm massacre, that Harry used, to save he and his cohorts in the last book. Mavv the head Winter Fairy is calling in a favor that Harry owes her, which is complicated, and not at all helping his case with the White Council. Susan, his estranged girlfriend, may become a Vampire at any moment, because of a situation that Harry feels guilty for putting her in. All in all a typical day in Harry's Dresden's wizarding life.

    Harry turns to the only ones that will help him and the only ones he can trust, his police officer friend Murphy and a pack of young, but formidable werewolves. My favorite character, Bob, just had a brief cameo, but there is a fun appearance by the crazy fairies who love pizza. The Dresden files are great, paranormal, fun reads that are always amusing adventures. Starting at the beginning of the series is essential in order to understand Harry's complicated, discombobulated life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (621)

    Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

    Michael Jacobi says: "Classic Whodunnit"
    "Pretty good"
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    A home town RI reporter try's to use his familiarity with the big players, politicians and thugs to help find out who is committing arson in a specific neighborhood. He is estranged from his wife, in love with another gal who he works with and has an old high school friend in love with him. Along with his complicated love life he has a half pint-tough guy after him to drop the investigation. This man who is a foot shorter than he is, keeps getting the best of him by catching him off guard.

    I thought that this story was pretty good and then all was lost when too much information was put into a very fast ending. It lost its timing for me. That being said, the writing and characters were well developed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead: Toad Witch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Christiana Miller
    • Narrated By Marie Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    Mara is having the worst month of her life. At least, that's what her cards tell her and they've never been wrong. She's evicted from her apartment, loses her job, and is banned from Beverly Hills. So when the tarot cards predict her imminent demise, she uses a little magic to make her world right. Suddenly, an aunt she's never met dies, leaving Mara as her sole heir. But when Mara moves into her inherited home, she discovers Aunt Tillie never moved out. She's still one pissed-off old lady, even postmortem.

    Natosha S. Miller says: "A Terrifically Narrated Story"
    "Not what I expected"
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    I was not expecting this to be as good as it was, I thought it would be silly and predictable like all of the other witchy books I've read. This reminded me more of Molly Harper's books, (The Naked Werewolf series). The characters were fun and the main character Mara is likable in her secure insecurities. A fast romp through paranormal predictions, incantations, ghosts, spells, sex and possession.

    Marie Rose does an outstanding job narrating, here again I am going to compare her to Molly Harper's narrator Amanda Ronconi. Great pace and voices, she definitely added to the story. A good writer/narrator paring. Not a good listen for young ears. I am looking forward to her next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chosen to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Alan Nebelthau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    Detective Regan Pescoli investigated the "Star-Crossed Killer" case for months, only to become the next victim. Abducted and left to freeze in the wilds of Montana, Regan has little chance to survive. But her lover Nate isn't about to let her die. With help from Regan's partner Selena, Nate launches a desperate search - knowing full well the clock is ticking.

    Anne says: "great :)"
    "Not as good as the first."
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    This was a fairly good read, however, for me no where close to the exiting, suspenseful story of the first book. The first in the series was more about a woman rescued by a stranger in the woods, (who may or may not be a serial killer), and their relationship, and less about the two woman investigators. A bit too predictable for me and I could not get attached to the main character. I was more attached to the characters in the first book that were not brought forward in the story.

    The loose ends were tied up in an exciting but abrupt ending. I am hoping that the next book in the series is better and less predictable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (319)

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    Jacqueline says: "Better Than Therapy"
    "Where for art thou....."
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    In this addition to the Inspector Gamache series, he and his wife Reine-Marie have retired to the little town of Three Pines, something they have dreamed about for quite some time. After Louise Penny reacquaints us with the wonderful characters and witty banter, that is always a hoot amongst the crazy inmates of Three Pines, Gamache and Reine are delighted to have a visit from their daughter and protege, Jean Beauvoir. So most of the loose ends from the last book are tied up except, Peter Morrow has not returned from the one year sabbatical he and Clara had decided to take in their marriage.

    Clara, Gamache, Beauvoir and Myrna set off on a quest to find out why Peter has not returned. For me, I think this is where the story starts to lag a bit and things become very convoluted. Gamache is determined to let Clara head up the investigation which made no sense to me or Beauvoir.

    This one of my favorite series but by far not my favorite books in the saga of Three Pines. I just finished reading, How the Light Gets In, and absolutely loved it. I was expecting more but it has not deterred me from looking forward to her next book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
    Overall
    (987)
    Performance
    (937)
    Story
    (930)

    A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

    Gayle says: "Superb"
    "Really Great!"
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    I thought that this production was a bit of a Steampunk/fantasy done masterfully by the narrators. A great story about a group of people that are thrown together unexpectedly and realize right away that it is imperative that they work together if they are to survive the perils at hand. This was by far my favorite Neil Gaiman book to date, it is full of great, strange places and wonderfully, rich characters. A fantastically, dangerous adventure that incorporates two parallel worlds, is great for Tweens on up, and has no bad language so it easy to recommend. This would be perfect for a car ride as it is done like a radio show. Buckle up, have fun and enjoy the ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (169)

    A 12-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of northern Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder - four men who know exactly who the children are, and where their desperate mother is waiting patiently by the phone for news of her children's fate.

    Holly Helscher says: "Interesting Mystery"
    "Early C. J. Box"
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    This was a good story, however, I think that the newer Joe Pickett series stories are better. His newer novels have a smoother presentation. I enjoyed the characters and the unexpected ending. It was fun to read this on a buddy read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Left to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Alan Nebelthau
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    Lisa Jackson's novels of romance and suspense race up the best-seller charts. In Left to Die, the Pinewood County Sheriff 's Department is on the trail of a cold-blooded killer who acts as a savior to women stranded during terrible mountain snowstorms before stripping them of their dignity and leaving them to die, a victim of the elements. But the killer's latest victim managed to escape, leading some to believe there may now be an imposter on the loose.

    mary says: "Worst Narrator Ever!"
    "Fast Paced"
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    This was my first Lisa Jackson book and I really enjoyed it. It was fast moving, had a good plot and I connected with the characters. What I found most frightening is that a nut job, serial killer is walking among the public and no one is the wiser. There are actually two different stories going on surrounding the brutal killings and parts of the story are told from inside the mind of the killer. A little romance mixed with suspense is always fun and in this case dangerous. At the end of the book our killer is still on the loose and none of the detectives nor the FBI can figured out the strange clues he is leaving behind.

    I will definitely be reading on in this series and am very interested in how many of the characters are brought back in the next book. Alan Nebelthau does an excellent job narrating. No weird voices or dialects except for maybe the killer who he makes very creepy.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (743)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "A True Classic"
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    I read this fantastic book many years ago and had forgotten how good the writing really was. It was a true pleasure to listen to Sissy Spacek narrate this wonderful piece of literature, she is absolutely a consummate pro. I have never seen the movie and probably will not because I have such vivid characters already imbedded in my mind. Definitely a character driven story not to be missed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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