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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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  • A Hundred Summers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Beatriz Williams
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (174)

    Memorial Day, 1938: New York socialite Lily Dane has just returned with her family to the idyllic oceanfront community of Seaview, Rhode Island, expecting another placid summer season among the familiar traditions and friendships that sustained her after heartbreak. That is, until Greenwalds decide to take up residence in Seaview. Nick and Budgie Greenwald are an unwelcome specter from Lily's past: her former best friend and her former fiancee, now recently married - an event that set off a wildfire of gossip.

    L.W. says: "What a Memorable Summer Read"
    "Star Crossed Lovers"
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    This was a feel good listen for the beach with an enjoyable, somewhat predictable plot.  It's great to come across a really good, easy read for those wonderful mindless summer days.  Heads up for some five alarm, steamy love/lust scenes that may require headphones in mixed company. 

    Somewhat tortured characters who's complex personalities are intertwined from 1931 to 1938. The time period is depicted beautifully and Seaview, RI almost becomes a character in itself. Heartsick lovers Nick and Lily are separated because of tragic events, secrets and guilt.  Time, revelation, confessions and true love may be just enough to bring them back into each others arms and lives. Or......, will they just be blown away?

    Kathleen Mclnerney did an excellent job bringing all the different characters to life.  Her pace and timing definitely added to the story, especially the turbulent ending.  I am looking forward to listening to her narration of, "The Nine Lives of Christmas", in December.

    3 of 3 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
    (808)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (618)

    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
    (66)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    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
    (127)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    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.

    0 of 0 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
    (292)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (269)

    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
    (896)
    Performance
    (852)
    Story
    (847)

    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
    (449)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    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
    (165)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (108)

    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.

    D. Arena says: "Now a fan of Lisa Jackson!"
    "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.

    0 of 0 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
    (744)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (699)

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1129)
    Performance
    (1020)
    Story
    (1020)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "Ring the bells that still can ring"
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    I was so sad when this ended, it felt like visiting family had just said goodbye. As always Louise Penny brings us full circle with her lovely writing. A return to Three Pines, a murder mystery surrounding the last of an elderly, famous quintuplet, and the exposure of a conspiracy of epic proportion. For me this was one of the best books in the series and I cannot wait for the next one to come out.

    Ralph Cosham is the perfect voice for Chief Inspector Gamache. The stories would not be the same without him. He is an amazing narrator and I find it fascinating that he narrates from his first reading of the books. This a wonderful series but should be read from the beginning to be able to fall in love the incredibly wonderful characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beginning: Longhorn Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (250)

    Buck Cordell is a giant of a man in a giant, untamed land called Texas. He builds a cattle ranch where ordinary men all say it can't be done a cattle empire that defies all odds, a family that changes the course of Texas history, and a legacy that outlives the Old West.

    AudioAddict says: "Don't like westerns...LOVED this book!"
    "The adventures of Buck and Chester"
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    After the Civil War many soldiers on both sides did not know the war was over. Buck and Chester, our main characters learn of the cease fire only after an unfortunate, unnecessary battle, where all but four of them were killed. The Union shipment they com-endeared had letters announcing the end of the war and $20,000. Because there was no one to return the money to they decided to split it four ways. While two of the lower ranked soldiers were counting the money they decided it would be better to take it for themselves, well Buck and Chester ended up on the better side of that deal. Confederates stuck in the North had a very hard time making it back to their homes in the South because there were many that still had vendettas to satisfy.

    They headed South from Virginia to Texas together and along the way they recognized that they had similar mind sets and specific skills that offset eachother. The trip was demanding and at times deadly but it helped them to learn to trust each other, develope a friendship and eventually become partners in the cattle business. They decided to purchase Longhorn cattle that at the time were pretty specific to Mexico but had an large untapped market in the US. It turned out to be very lucrative but dangerous. Adventures abound as these two rough and tumble, no nonsense characters go up against everything from Indians to cowboy desperadoes. A little romance, cherished family members and loyal employees round out this well told, Old Wild West story.

    When the narration first started, Gene Engene's voice reminded me of the narrator of the old Walt Disney, documentary movies which made the live animals seem so funny. He does a great job with these tough characters. This would be an excellent series for anyone who loves old western TV series. Not my genre but I liked these characters very much and it was a great Daily Deal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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