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Susan

I spend a lot of time seeking out the perfect story worthy of my credit. I enjoy suspense thrillers w/ a kick of satire. I'm a picky listener.

Wallingford, CT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 19 reviews
  • 27 ratings
  • 83 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Spilled Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (182)
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    (183)

    Linked by the Spirit River, the two towns couldn’t be more different: in affluent Barron, a powerful and secretive scientific research corporation enriches its residents, while downriver in blue-collar St. Croix, victims of that company’s carcinogenic waste struggle to survive. The bad blood between the communities escalates into open warfare when the beautiful Ashlynn, daughter of the corporation’s president, is found shot dead—and a St. Croix girl, Olivia Hawk, is accused of the crime.

    cristina says: "Excellent story"
    "Narrator killed the mood"
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    What did you like best about Spilled Blood? What did you like least?

    Story was great. Narrator kept confusing his vocal depictions of characters. In one instance he is speaking for Olivia, a young lady. The next he is speaking as a male with the same tone and vocal reflections. It threw me off many times. I would recommend the book but not the narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Look

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (243)

    An ordinary snapshot causes a mother’s world to unravel in an instant. After picking up her two young children from school, Grace Lawson looks through a newly developed set of photographs. She finds an odd one in the pack: A mysterious picture from perhaps twenty years ago, showing four strangers she can’t identify. But there is one face she recognizes—that of her husband, from before she knew him. When her husband sees the photo that night, he leaves their home and drives off without explanation.

    Dennis says: "Just Shoot Me"
    "So many characters; Who was the protagonist?"
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    From Coben, I expected more. I kept chasing characters trying to find the main protagonist. Even at the end, when the lawyer explained the mastermind behind the whole thing, it didn't bring any comfort.

    The book begins with a prisoner telling a story. Well that should've been the major direction of the book, it was one tiny percentage. More like shotgun-splatter topics in a sea of author mental diarrhea. There was the voyeur housewife, the poor woman who got the picture, a side kick to an investigator, a hired thug bodyguard, a rich guy, a wickedly strong Asian who can incapacitate a man with a pinch, the list goes on.

    Perhaps Scott Brick would have saved the narration but, we'll never even have that. The female voice of characters was horrible.

    SPOILER ALERT: it was the lawyer. Who cares? No one. Why did she? No one cares. By the time you find that out in the book, the spoiler alert will have been moot. Maybe the next book will be about this guy Woo and his magic fingers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocence: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1028)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (935)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Michael says: "Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books"
    "Kept me waiting for the Twilight Zone twist"
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    Throughout the entire book, I had so envisioned Addison Goodheart to be an ultra humanistic looking male while the world who watched him was going to actually appear as snakelike demon creatures. Ironically, at the very end, when a spat from an evil man and the Clears came to light I confirmed that I was overwhelmingly in love with this novel.

    This is the first time an author has read a book that made sense because of the preface of the main character being an autodidact. Read it & you'll believe it.

    Eloquently written, even better read. I loved this novel. For those that say this is not atypical Dean Koontz, they are correct. However for those of us that love a change, big words, and a cerebral thriller, this is for you...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laura McHugh
    • Narrated By Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Shannon McManus, Sofia Willingham
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (442)

    The town of Henbane sits deep in the Ozark Mountains. Folks there still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother, a bewitching stranger who appeared long enough to marry Carl Dane and then vanished when Lucy was just a child. Now on the brink of adulthood, Lucy experiences another loss when her friend Cheri disappears and is then found murdered, her body placed on display for all to see.

    John S says: "Not too bad but you have to pay attention."
    "Slow to go"
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    I guess it takes me 29% of the beginning to engage. This book was so slow it took me a while to realize that Lila and Lucy were the main characters. I did enjoy how the author summarized the dark trafficking plot in a light way. Would I read it again? No. Would you have to remind me about the details should it come up in a book club? Yes. Not a terrible read so it gets an average 3-stars all around. If you like the plot to unfold one character at a time, narrated by each character, then this is for you. It is worth a credit. Won't be a Hollywood movie though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Living Deed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E.J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (432)

    Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

    Zeny says: "So Happy I Found E.J. Copperman"
    "Read like a teen novel"
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    Good book for a light refresher in between darker fiction/thrillers. Read like a teen novel. Won't entertain the series unless I need a reprieve from the next shocking fictional satire laden thriller I lean towards typically.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3268)
    Performance
    (2566)
    Story
    (2587)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Get through the first 1/2 and enjoy the last 1/2"
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    Slow story to start. Actually, it took me up until Part II before I decided this wasn't such a bad read (thus the 2-stars for my lack of patience). It's the first novel that gave me a screamingly good climax and finale up through the last 10 minutes. I was utterly shocked at the surprise the author spun on my mind's eye; and for that I thank her. Great character development and shockingly, the story of Camille developed a favorable balance with that of the killer she sought to report.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trust No One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (144)

    As Nick peels back layer after layer of lies and deception, buffeted between the buried horrors of the past and the deadly intrigues of the present, he finds his own life - and the lives of nearly everyone he loves - at risk. And the only thing guiding him through this deadly labyrinth are his stepfather's dying words: TRUST NO ONE.

    Erin says: "Couldn't Put It Down"
    "Good story, twist of focus"
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    More political content than I prefer in a novel. Especially with fictional political characters. However, the quick end with the fast explaination of who the real bad guy was intrigued me. The author did a good job ending the story and giving me a quick finale chock with a full explaination of everything I needed to know about Frank.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5993)
    Performance
    (5198)
    Story
    (5190)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Not my style"
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    I just can't get past the first quarter of this jumpy book. I see the goal but the narrator just hasn't engaged me. I'm dumping it for something more my speed.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Where We Belong

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (542)

    Marian Caldwell is a 36-year-old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door ... only to find Kirby Rose, an 18-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world - and her very identity - will be shaken to its core.

    Jeanette says: "Lovely Book"
    "Read Like a Poorly Scripted Reality TV Show"
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    If you were to take a cheesy reality show concept and abort that mission, you'd wind up with this dreadful literary piece. It was not only a devastatingly boring story but, it was slow, unsurprising and unengaging. I want my time back more than the credit but alas, the time is gone for ever.

    Save your time, skip this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11192)
    Performance
    (10158)
    Story
    (10180)

    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!!"
    "Phenomenal Story!!"
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    It read like a treasure map. The narrator took me from one exciting point to the next and I was addicted. SciFi yes; but, it was so expertly written and narrated that I easily overlooked that fact.

    I can't release any information without first offering a -spoiler alert-. Therefore, I politely recommend you add this to your library post haste. It was such an addicting story that I not only listened to it during my normal work commute but I had to keep listening for hours when I was home for the day. I even had my ear buds in during my daughter's soccer game, that's how phenomenal this story was. I couldn't wait to learn the next surprise and the next and the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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