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Susha

St. Louis | Member Since 2010

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  • 18 reviews
  • 85 ratings
  • 318 titles in library
  • 56 purchased in 2014
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  • Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (913)
    Performance
    (822)
    Story
    (825)

    Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

    Sires says: "Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader"
    "Loved it!"
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    I love a good time travel book. This is a great one. Jodi Taylor gives you bits and pieces of the main characters lives, but not all your questions about them are answered in this book. You can read the synopsis to get a general idea of the story. This book also appeals to the history lover in me. Her characters are well formed and fleshed out. Many of the main characters have a wicked sense of humor that I enjoyed.
    This book made me a Jodi Taylor fan and I immediately downloaded the 2nd in this series. I hope she's frantically writing the next in the series because I will definitely go through withdrawals when I read all that's out there right now.
    PS: Zara Ramm is outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Festive in Death: In Death, Book 39

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (953)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (870)

    Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn't count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest. Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who'd been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler's enemies, she's also dealing with her Christmas shopping list - plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband's upcoming holiday bash.

    BG853 says: "A Feast for In Death devotees"
    "My Dallas Fix!"
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    I discovered these books last year and it's been a smorgasbord of delightful, entertaining, suspenseful stories. You come to expect certain things from Robb's books.

    This book is a bit different. For most of the book, there is one murder. As Eve, Roarke and Peabody, along with McNabb, sort out the clues and interview suspects and witnesses, I remember feeling like it was getting bogged down. That's when I realized that there is normally more dead bodies that Dallas and company have to deal with. Luckily, shortly after I realized all this, voila! another dead body comes along.

    It's still a good story. I love the holiday settings in the Dallas books and this was no exception. I love the evolution of her relationship with Summerset.

    Occasionally, it sounded like Susan Ericksen had a bit of a cold, but she's still the best. Wouldn't be an "In Death" book with any other narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hauntings of Cold Creek Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Alexie Aaron
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    Little Mia Cooper's ability to see the dead made her an outcast in her hometown. Several years later, she has finally managed to blend in, but her hard-won peace is threatened by the arrival of a bumbling team of paranormal investigators. Mia is drawn in reluctantly as an advisor on what, at first, seems to be a fairly straightforward case, only to discover that the Hollow has much more in store for her. An ancient evil is rising in Cold Creek Hollow. What begins as a ghost hunt will become a fight for survival.

    Jennifer Longdail says: "completely captivating and longing for more!"
    "Easy listen"
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    I read this book and got it on Audible as well for the drive home.
    With this story, I didn't need to do any deep thinking. I didn't forget any of the characters and the story was amusing. I found the main character, Mia, a bit saccharin-ish and the some of the other characters were a bit hard to believe, but this, for me, was purely an escape, which it managed to do.
    The performance, by Emily Beresford, left something to be desired. Almost all her "male" voices sounded alike so you couldn't determine who was speaking in the book until you heard the "said Burt" part. A good reader is able to give each character a distinctive voice and tone. Not all of us can do it, but neither can Emily. She has a very pleasant voice and enunciates very well, but it was at times almost wooden.
    I doubt, if Alexie Aaron's other books are made available with Audible, that I'll get another one, especially with Emily doing the narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cut to the Bone: A Body Farm Novel, Book 0.5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jefferson Bass
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    In this long-awaited prequel to his New York Times bestselling series, Jefferson Bass turns the clock back to reveal the Body Farm's creation - and Dr. Bill Brockton's deadly duel with a serial killer. In the summer of 1992, Arkansas governor Bill Clinton and Tennessee senator Al Gore begin their long-shot campaign to win the White House. On a sweltering hillside in Knoxville, Dr. Bill Brockton, the bright, ambitious young head of the University of Tennessee's Anthropology Department, launches an unusual - some would call it macabre - research facility, unlike any other in existence.

    Susha says: "Jefferson Bass at their best"
    "Jefferson Bass at their best"
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    This was far and away my favorite of the series. I purchased this in audiobook and found myself still awake at 4 a.m. because I couldn't turn it off! Kept me on the edge of my seat and, while I could anticipate some of the plot twists, it was still a good book. Highly recommend.

    Tom Stechschulte is awesome in his narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Yard: A Body Farm Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jefferson Bass
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (64)

    The onset of summer brings predictably steamy weather to the Body Farm, Dr. Bill Brockton's human-decomposition research facility at the University of Tennessee. But Brockton's about to get more heat than he's bargained for when Angie St. Claire, a forensic analyst with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, asks him to help prove that her sister's death was not suicide, but murder. Brockton's quick consulting trip takes a long, harrowing detour when bones begin turning up amid the pines and live oaks of the Florida panhandle.

    Susha says: "Thoroughly enjoyed it"
    "Thoroughly enjoyed it"
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    A great forensic murder mystery novel. The book moves at a good pace and never loses my interest. I enjoy these types of books and have listened to a couple of his other books. I hope the other "Bone Yard" books are just as good.
    Narrator, Tom Stechschulte, does an excellent job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Angel of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (169)

    In The Angel Of Darkness, Caleb Carr brings back the vivid world of his bestselling The Alienist but with a twist: this story is told by the former street urchin Stevie Taggert, whose rough life has given him wisdom beyond his years. Thus New York City, and the groundbreaking alienist Dr. Kreizler himself, are seen anew. It is June 1897. A year has passed since Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline.

    Gail says: "Birth Forensics+Super Court Scene Clarence Darrow"
    "An enjoyable book"
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    I listened to the abridged version of this book and enjoyed it so much that I decided to get the unabridged. It's a good story and is the type of book that I tend to look for. It's set in 1897, and is a refreshing step back in time when detecting was difficult and proving a crime even more so.
    Read the book description to get an idea of the story. There are so many characters, that it's difficult for me to pick a favorite one. They're all important to the story.
    Caleb Carr's characters are well developed and that is a big reason why I like this book. A flaw in my character maybe, but I have to like the main characters otherwise I find it difficult to spend time with them as the story is told. The main characters have idiosyncracies and flaws, but likable all the same.
    The story is, at times, a bit plodding, as Carr takes you through the process of developing proof and collecting evidence which was difficult at best during that time. You eventually find that Carr's development of the story builds up to interesting events in the book, so stick with it if it gets a bit ponderous at times.
    George Guidall is an excellent narrator, and I've listened to many books he's narrated. I listened to the abridged version of this book first, narrated by Boyd Gaines, and found that I preferred Gaines' version. Gaines did the accents and tones of the characters which made their personalities stand out a bit more. He is hard to top for this book.
    If Carr ever writes another book like this one or The Alienist, I'd get it without hesitation. Highly recommend.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (330)

    It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end - the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public. But there are rumors that something has survived.

    Rivkah Kay says: "Diving into the Lost World"
    "Enjoyable Book"
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    The book is sooo much better than the movie, don't know why they changed the story so drastically. I have listened to the abridged audiobook and got this one to see what was missing. The answer is quite a bit. Some interesting sections were omitted from the abridged, but also the wordy explanations of dinosaurs, theories on evolution and I could go on. These tend to be the sections I skim through so I certainly didn't miss the theorizing in the abridged.

    Scott Brick is a very good narrator, but I have to say, Anthony Heald was superb in the abridged, so Scott falls a bit short, but as my headline indicates, still very enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Judgment in Death: In Death, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1042)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (703)

    In an uptown strip joint, a cop is found bludgeoned to death. The weapon's a baseball bat. The motive's a mystery. It's a case of serious overkill that pushes Eve Dallas straight into overdrive. Her investigation uncovers a private club that's more than a hot spot.

    Brenda says: "J D Robb and Susan Ericksen"
    "I'm in Heaven"
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    I just discovered JD Robb's "In Death" series of books not long ago. I'm in book hog heaven! I started with book one and am working my way up the list. As soon as I finish one I move on to the next.

    I love the characters. A good plot will fall flat if you don't like the main characters. All of Robb's characters are fleshed out, warts and all.

    Susan Ericksen is irreplaceable as the narrator. She does an excellent job.

    I highly recommend all of the "In Death" books for a great whodunnit escape in fantasy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Immortal in Death: In Death, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2001)
    Performance
    (1354)
    Story
    (1365)

    She was one of the most sought after women in the world. A top model who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted - even another woman's man. And now she was dead, the victim of a brutal murder.

    Monica says: "Addict"
    "Love this book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Immortal in Death the most enjoyable?

    I was looking for a new book and J.D. Robb's most recent In Death book was listed. I read some of the reviews and the raves sucked me in. One of the reviews suggested starting with the first book, even though it wasn't as good as those that followed. I beg to differ. The first book was awesome and the reader, Susan Ericksen, is outstanding.
    Recommend this book to anyone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book was filled with really good characters, but in this one, the main character, Eve Dallas was the most interesting. Great getting to know her.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Wanted to, but had to stop to get some sleep.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bones of the Lost: A Temperance Brennan Novel, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (311)

    New York Times best-selling author Kathy Reichs returns with her 16th riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, whose examination of a young girl killed in a hit and run in North Carolina triggers an investigation into international human trafficking. When Charlotte police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of two-lane highway, Temperance Brennan fears the worst.

    Paula says: "If you're reading them in order skip this one..."
    "So-So"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bones of the Lost the most enjoyable?

    The story was pretty good.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    A good detective novel. The least is that I didn't think I was buying a detective novel.


    What about Linda Emond’s performance did you like?

    A good performance doesn't make you think you are listening to a performance. She did a good job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't make a film of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    What has hooked me in the past about the Tempe Brennan novels is the fact that she's a forensic anthropologist. Not a detective. I loved Tempe's reviewing of the body, it's location, what she discovers. Kathy Reichs sometimes got a bit too detailed, but basically, it's Tempe's job that interested me. In this book, there's very little of her forensic anthropologist part of her life. She seems to have forgotten exactly what she does for a living. In this book, she mostly plays detective alongside a bumbling, painfully difficult to get in touch with homicide detective.

    A previous review made mention of the fact that Tempe can be something of a snob, and I have to agree. Anyone less education and intelligent than herself seems to cause Tempe to look down her nose at those in more menial occupations or life situations.I listened to this on Audible and was wondering, did we ever find out what happened with her cat? Maybe I missed it.

    I have loved the Tempe Brennan books and will probably give it one more shot. I hope Reichs goes back to what made these books popular.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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