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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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  • Second Honeymoon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Howard Roughan
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (380)

    A walk down the aisle, a resort hotel, a drink on the beach...for these unlucky couples, the honeymoon's over. A newlywed couple steps into the sauna in their deluxe honeymoon suite - and never steps out again. When another couple is killed while boarding their honeymoon flight to Rome, it becomes clear that someone is targeting honeymooners, and it's anyone's guess which happy couple is next on the list. FBI Agent John O'Hara is deep into solving the case, while Special Agent Sarah Brubaker is hunting another ingenious serial killer, whose victims all have one chilling thing in common....

    Marci says: "Fun ride, good twists"
    "Good first half"
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    I really enjoyed Patterson's earlier work and maybe it was more his co-author's style but I only cared for the first part of this book, an interesting story and good background. The  narration was okay, and then..... The story split, it seemed like filler, what was starting to be a great, interesting story ended up splintering and pulled in too many directions.

    "So worried about the kids, and going to ...??..".....It just fell into the abyss along with several other started story lines, and if I'm not mistaken a villain may have changed genders, or were we to assume a costume? Not quite sure. Too many holes for me.

    The narration was so over dramatic towards the end my family asked me what I was listening to. It felt similar to an old radio show. Dun..dun..dun..... Likable enough characters but the first half was much better than the last.

    Could have been a really great story line if it was a little more serious and stayed more on track. Not the James Patterson I know and loved.


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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Horns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1303)
    Performance
    (885)
    Story
    (890)

    Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

    bet says: "people are funny"
    "Mystical"
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    Another good Joe Hill thriller. For me this is one was more fantastical than the others.

    Ig, our main character looses the love of his life and after a year or so of drinking and no meaningful relationships he wakes up one morning with small horns growing out of his head. Mysteriously no one is freaked out by the fact and whomever he comes in contact with want to tell him their most horrible acts and feelings. Ig, all in all is a good person and is finding the people he has known and loved all of his life disgust and appall him.

    His lifetime girlfriend was raped and murdered and even though they had no evidence pointing to him, everyone thinks he did it. Now that he has the horns and there many abilities he sets off to set the story straight. I good paced, well narrated story and I am looking forward to watching it on TV staring Daniel Radcliffe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Vanishing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wendy Webb
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    Recently widowed and rendered penniless by her Ponzi-scheming husband, Julia Bishop is eager to start anew. So when a stranger appears on her doorstep with a job offer, she finds herself accepting the mysterious yet unique position: caretaker to his mother, Amaris Sinclair, the famous and rather eccentric horror novelist whom Julia has always admired...and who the world believes is dead.

    LaurelOlivia says: "Convoluted"
    "Great Spook Mystery"
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    This was a Daily Deal but worth a credit. A young woman, Julia Bishop, finds herself desolate after her husband is uncovered as a blue collar thief and instead of jail he cowardly chooses suicide. Shortly after her loss, a man of wealth appears at her door, she of course is suspicious, however, is intrigued and allows him to complete his explanation and proposal. He makes an offer that would entail her moving away from her life and coming to live in a mansion, on the Canadian boarder, where she would be a companion to his mother, a famous writer who was thought to be dead. She would have a safe haven where she could leave her disaster of a life behind with the hope of sometime in the future starting a completely new one. Needless to say she can't really find any reasonable reason to refuse.

    Upon her arrival she is introduced to the house, his Mother, the caretaker and three enormous, well trained Malamutes. Almost immediately Julia starts to see apparitions, some malevolent and some whom she is not frightened by at all. She starts to wonder why she is the only one who can see them and why they all seem so familiar, not only them, but the house and people as well.

    As stories are revealed about the house she just becomes more tentative and has an overwhelming need to get away but at the same time is pulled towards the house, and feels herself falling in love with the main characters. An exceptional ending, paced correctly and the epilogue knocked my socks off. I instantly went in search of the next book, but am sad to say there is no sequel. Xe Sands does an exceptional job narrating, as always, she adds a little something extra to the flow and feel to the story. This is a great spook, mystery that builds to a pinnacle ending. A perfect Halloween read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Clean Sweep

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (661)

    On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast.

    Donna says: "A MUST LISTEN. Promising start for a new series."
    "Fun light fantastical."
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    This was a really fun, cute story. A great, mystical, fantasy that has all of our paranormal regulars originating from their own planets; werewolves, vampires, witches etc.. I thought that it added an interesting new twist in the origination of all non humans, each with their own set of rules and regulations. Men in Black meets all Halloween creatures of the night.

    Dina Demille is an innkeeper who's guests are all non humans and use her inn as a sanctuary. She has full magical control of the interactive inn and it's extensive grounds. One afternoon Dina gets an inkling of magic being used just outside of her property and takes it upon herself to find out why and by whom. Once she finds out that it is a horrible creature called a tracker, a ruthless, intergalactic, hired hit animal that always travel in packs, the danger level goes to high. As it is her job to keep her guests safe Dina's magical protective instincts go into hyperdrive. I enjoyed this fast pace (non sciFi) story, Dina is a smart character who has an ancient set of ethics that makes her an endearing character. The narrator did a great job, I would read more of this interesting slant on an age old story should it become a series. Recommended for a light mystic read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The River Is Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Joe Hart
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In a small town along the Mississippi River, separate but nearly identical attacks have left two married couples brutally murdered in their homes. A young boy—the lone survivor of the killings—now lies comatose in the hospital. And the police’s only lead is the boy’s terrified description of the assailant: a “monster."

    Susan says: "Monsters?"
    "Monsters?"
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    Liam is an ex-detective who returns to his home town after his brother and his brothers wife are murdered in their home. Upon his arrival he and an old heartthrob, who has also come back to town for the funerals, start an investigation. The local sheriff enlists Liam's help to figure out who might be behind the murder of two separate couples in their homes, within a week of each other.

    The murders were of such a gruesome nature that they are immediately thought to be of a personal nature. The only survivor is a little boy who right before he slips into a coma, says over and over that it was a monster. As they get further into the investigation, deep secrets are revealed and a conspiracy plot thickens. A good mystery with relatable characters, fast paced with good narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Echoes at Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Harry Berkeley
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (392)

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vicious Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (292)

    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.

    1 of 1 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
    (642)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (578)

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (2075)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (960)

    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.

    1 of 1 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
    (236)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (174)

    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
    (112)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (104)

    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.

    Susan says: "Fun"
    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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