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Susha

St. Louis | Member Since 2010

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  • 15 reviews
  • 79 ratings
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  • 42 purchased in 2014
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  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (1156)
    Story
    (1149)

    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    goddess_of_pipework says: "Fascinating"
    "Excellent Tale"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was between books and was looking for something that would be mildly entertaining. I noticed that these series of books had really gotten good reviews, so I thought, what the heck, I'll give it a try.

    This story held my interest throughout the book and whenever I had to stop, I somewhat impatiently waited to have time to pick it up again. The story weaves in and out without losing the reader and the characters are fully developed. The story comes to a satisfactory end, not one that leaves you hanging.

    As soon as I finished, I bought the next in the series. If you purchase this book/audiobook, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    PS: Grover Gardner is an excellent narrator, as usual.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Most definitely kept me on the edge. Peril lies at every turn.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    They are all performed superbly. Simon was my favorite character, but that is mainly due to the author's development of the character.


    2 of 2 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
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    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
    (71)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (48)

    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
    (138)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    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.

    1 of 1 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
    (454)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (276)

    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.

    1 of 1 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
    (941)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (615)

    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.

    3 of 3 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
    (1813)
    Performance
    (1182)
    Story
    (1194)

    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.


    1 of 1 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
    (313)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (280)

    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
  • Deeply Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (1401)
    Performance
    (1269)
    Story
    (1280)

    How do you make sure a crime that hasn’t happened yet, never does? That’s the critical question facing Odd Thomas, the young man with a unique ability to commune with restless spirits and help them find justice and peace. But this time, it’s the living who desperately need Odd on their side. Three helpless innocents will be brutally executed unless Odd can intervene in time. Who the potential victims are and where they can be found remain a mystery. The only thing Odd knows for sure is who the killer will be: the homicidal stranger who tried to shoot him dead in a small-town parking lot.

    G. House Sr. says: "Oddly Excellent!"
    "A better Odd Thomas Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Deeply Odd the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy David Aaron Baker's reading of the Odd Thomas series. He's great.


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to all of the Odd Thomas audiobooks. His reading is flawless.


    If you could take any character from Deeply Odd out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Edie. She's a character with mystical talents, she's interesting and young at heart.


    Any additional comments?

    I agree with other reviews. This book was better than the last two Odd books. I also agree that Dean Koontz spreads his philosophy a bit much in this one. A little goes a long way. AnnaMarie is a mystery that has gone on too long. Will the poor woman never have that baby and what is that all about. I was pleased at the hint that Odd will go back to his roots in the next book (possibly). I miss all the characters that live in Pico Mundo. Even with that, the story was good, with a satisfying ending.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2700)
    Performance
    (1229)
    Story
    (1242)

    The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas' gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends - and enemies of implacable evil.

    Cynthia says: "Odd Hours-Disappointing"
    "Odd Hours"
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    What made the experience of listening to Odd Hours the most enjoyable?

    I just love Odd Thomas. Some of the stories really stretch your imagination, but that's Odd Thomas' world. He sees the dead. Now, he's meets a mysterious young woman, Anna Maria, who is, it seems, more than she appears to be. What she is, we're not sure yet. While some may find the lack of information on her frustrating, that's just one of the things I love about Odd Thomas stories. I have confidence we will eventually know all about her.

    This book deals with some mysterious goings on with the town people. Odd is almost immediately plunged into danger and in the thick of it. We meet some kind people who assist Odd along the way and who touch us almost as much as they touch Odd.

    The other great thing about the Odd Thomas audio books is David Aaron Baker's reading of the story. He embodies Odd Thomas and, for me at least, no one else will do.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hutch Hutherson is one of the characters in Odd's life right now. He's Odd's employer, a character in his own right, who ultimately sees Odd as the son he never had. Loved Hutch.


    What does David Aaron Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is Odd Thomas. He sounds befuddled when Odd is, amused, alarmed just the way you see Odd Thomas reacting. Excellent reader.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10564)
    Performance
    (9588)
    Story
    (9608)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Surprised by this one!"
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    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    I was unfamiliar with the author but the short synopsis of the book sounded good. I started listening to it and in no time was hooked. What makes the book great is the story and characters. Well written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's an unusual story. Where he came up with this idea is beyond me, but it was fantastic.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I've heard Ray Porter. He was amazing. One of those readers who you can tell by his voice who is speaking before the text tells you. I'll be looking for more work done by Mr. Porter.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was a suspenseful book with surprising events making you want to listen a little more and then a little more before I went to bed.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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