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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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  • Becoming Quinn: Jonathan Quinn Series Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (319)

    Meet Jake Oliver. The day will come when he's one of the best cleaners in the business, a man skilled at making bodies disappear. At the moment, however, he's a 22 year old rookie cop, unaware his life is about to change. In a burning barn a body is found--and the fire isn't the cause of death. The detectives working the case have a pretty good idea about what went down. But Officer Oliver thinks it's something else entirely, and pursues a truth others would prefer remain hidden - others who will go to extreme lengths to keep him quiet.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Story of How A Great Hero is Made"
    "Mmmm......."
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    Well, I guess maybe even though this is a prequel people liked it more when they were already into the series. Maybe I was expecting too much but for me it was a bit slow and it could have had more content. I'm sure that I probably would have picked up on more if I knew the characters better. Although, it may have been in part too, that Scott Brick is not necessarily my favorite narrator. I will, however, pick another one up in the series if by chance it comes out as a Daily Deal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Return to Tradd Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Aimee Bruneau
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (220)

    Facing her future as a single mother, psychic Realtor Melanie Middleton is determined to be strong and leave her past with writer Jack Trenholm behind her.

    Cheryl says: "Another great story!"
    "Where is the next?"
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    A fun, quirky read with quick wit and a fast pace that kept me intrigued throughout. I quickly became attached to the characters right along with each of their bizarre and funny idiosyncrasies.

    Melanie our main character is pregnant and has just turned down a marriage proposal from Jack, the father. She is a head strong gal who thinks he is just asking because of the baby. He on the other hand is in love with her and is hoping she will reconsider. Melanie is a phychic, her mother has the ability to tell the history surrounding objects and they both can see ghosts. The people of Charlotte, NC have their suspisions and there is plenty of gossip, but Melanies family knows how to keep their secrets.

    The backdrop for this ghostly story is her inherited historical mansion on Tradd St., of course, and during some renovations that are being done, the remains of a baby are found in the old foundation. While forensics are being performed on the remains, the crying, ghost sightings and a complicated pregnancy, just about have Melanie at her wits end. While she is trying to hold it all together she is also having to deal with her aggressive best friend, her shallow, impolite cousin and a wedding, not her own, that has been thrust upon her.

    Aimee Bruneau is the perfect voice for this Southern group and has just enough sarcasm to make the dry wit hit home. This series reviews get better as it goes along so I may read the one right before this one but I am looking forward to continuing on with it as the new books come out. Recommend to those who like cozy ghost stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1840)
    Performance
    (1164)
    Story
    (1170)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "Madness..."
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    This was a fantastic debut by Chevy Stevens. People have compared it to "Gone Girl" or "The Good Girl", but I thought this was twice as suspenseful as either of those. I think the main character had substance and it was easy to put myself in her possision even though, thank God, I have never had to endure anything close to her nightmare. It was interesting how the story went back and forth between her past and present, the timing was perfect and slid smoothly between the two. No whiplash. A realistic and harsh view of human nature, greed and madness. The ending was disappointing but believable, which for me is the most important aspect of a good complete story. Angela Dawe's exceptional narration brought out the personality and feelings of the distressed and struggling main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Source: Witching Savannah, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By J. D. Horn
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (568)

    Savannah resident Mercy Taylor may now be in control of the South’s most powerful family of witches, but she’s struggling to master her newfound magic. Pregnant with her first child and still reeling from a heartbreaking betrayal, she just wants to be able to use her supernatural abilities without accidentally destroying dishes or blasting the doors off buildings.

    Danon says: "Hold on, it's a rip roaring ride!"
    "Great second"
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    This is the second in a trilogy, and all of the main characters return for a exciting fight between good and evil. I enjoy this series so far because of the twists, turns and the unexpected surprise return of mixed relatives, good and bad. I would recommend this book to any followers of the witchy series, "Beautiful Creatures". It was easy to get attached to this family full of different powers and personalities, however, I have to divulge that I only made it half way through the third book. I gave it up because I did not like the way the story was going and almost every review I read said that it ruined the ending. This is not a practice I usually perform. The first two were very good and worth the time, Shannon McManus narration definitely adds spunk and depth to the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jessica Hecht
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (289)

    What happens when, on a perfectly ordinary evening, all the things you believed in and took for granted are turned upside down? When her husband of more than 20 years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.

    Tim says: "Buy Full Dark, No Stars"
    "Great Short"
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    This is a great Stephen King short that can be found in his compilation, Full Dark, No Stars. The premiss is quite frightening actually, do we really know anybody? After being married for 27 years a woman finds out that her husband has more than one unthinkable secret. I watched the movie as well and it was done very well. Stephen King wrote the script with just a few added character parts but the story was the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Line: Witching Savannah, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By J. D. Horn
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1041)
    Performance
    (940)
    Story
    (938)

    To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South. Despite being powerless herself, of course. Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content.

    gardener97 says: "Excellent Story and Excellent Narrator"
    "Anchor the Line"
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    I enjoyed this Daily Deal more than I thought I would, in fact enough to make me purchase the next in the series. After a murder in a family of Savannah witches a new stronghold of the Line, a supernatural limit, must be chosen. A roller coaster of twists, turns and magic keep this story moving incredibly fast and make it easy to love and hate the characters. Deception and loyalties keep shifting among the ones in direct line to inheritant the power. Witches, Fay's and Jinny's, Oh No. It reminds me a bit of the, Beautiful Creatures, series. Shannon McManus does a good job narrating, she has great diction and is a good match for the main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stone Cold: Joe Pickett, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (517)

    Everything about the man is a mystery: the massive ranch in the remote Black Hills of Wyoming that nobody ever visits, the women who live with him, the secret philanthropies, the private airstrip, the sudden disappearances. And especially the persistent rumors that the man’s wealth comes from killing people. Joe Pickett, still officially a game warden but now mostly a troubleshooter for the governor, is assigned to find out what the truth is, but he discovers a lot more than he’d bargained for. There are two other men living up at that ranch. One is a stone-cold killer who takes an instant dislike to Joe.

    Kelly says: "my favorite Pickett book!"
    "Great series"
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    I love this series, the writing is fantastic and the characters are great.

    Game Warden Joe Pickett is asked by the Govenor, (off the record), to go to a small Wyoming town to Investigate the mysterious death of his undercover representative. The representative was originally sent in to find out, just why, a millionaire mogul would build a ranch in the middle of nowhere. Joe uses his status as a neighboring Game Warden as a ruse that he is there to observe and report on their local Game Warden. Immediately upon his arrival he finds out that almost everyone in the town is either indebted to, or on the payroll of the millionaire rancher, including the town Sheriff and Judge. As he digs deeper he is disappointed to find that his friend and ex special ops., Jake, is somehow wrapped up in whatever is going on. With little help from anyone in town and time restricted by the Governors office, Joe must execute his complicated plan with precision and perfect timing, in order to come out of it alive.

    Needless to say when things don't go just right, chaos ensues, and all heck breaks loose. This was a fast paced story with a few clever twists that made it hard to put down. David Chandler did an excellent job narrating. I love when I can't wait to get back to a book. The Joe Pickett series is among my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firefly Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1309)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (788)

    Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

    Cherri says: "slow read"
    "A period story"
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    This was a great time period story, that took me back with all of the references to cloths, songs and sayings. An unlikely friendship is created when two girls are thrown together through geography and timing. Throughout their lives it becomes clear that one is a taker and one is a giver, yet somehow this becomes a complete recipe for a lifetime bond that is quite complicated but enduring.

    This story truly shows how tragedies and successes shape and turn all of our lives. A 3.5 listen that was taken to a 4 by Susan Ericksen's great narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower III

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4322)
    Performance
    (2550)
    Story
    (2568)

    In the third volume of The Dark Tower, Roland, the last gunslinger, is moving ever closer to the Dark Tower that haunts his dreams and nightmares. But he is no longer alone. He has trained Eddie and Susannah, who entered Mid-World from their separate whens in New York City in The Drawing of the Three, in the old ways of the gunslingers. But their ka-tet is not yet complete.

    Kristin says: "A reader for the ages!"
    "I'm loving this series."
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    This is my favorite book of the series so far, it really let's you get attached to the characters.

    Eddie, Susannah and a few more very endearing vagabonds remain with Roland on his ever important quest for "The Dark Tower". There are dangerous obstacles that they all must work together to surpass, and some wonderful riddles that keep the ole mind mill turning. As the group delve deeper into the terrain of an extremely strange, dilapidated, mid/parallel world, each of them in different ways, are beginning to feel like it is their own quest, with or without Roland. It's hard to get too specific because giving away spoilers is too easy. The recap at the beginning was extremely helpful and then the story wonderfully moves right on with the quest. In this addition to the series we are treated to the kindness of the human heart, terrorized by the darkness of twisted minds and consumed by the unconditional love of an animal.

    Stephen King is a snake charmer, his writing is so hard to compare, especially in this series. Is it a Fantasy, Sci-Fi or MysteryThriller? I think it Is brilliant how he slips seamlessly between each genre. Frank Muller does an excellent job narrating, his distinct voices help to add personality and depth to each of the main characters. I can't wait to move onto book IV.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tomb: Repairman Jack #1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (387)

    Much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, Gia, Repairman Jack doesn't deal with electronic appliances. He fixes situations for people, often putting himself in deadly danger. His latest project is recovering a stolen necklace, which carries with it an ancient curse that may unleash a horde of Bengali demons. Jack is used to danger, but this time Gia's daughter Vicky is threatened. Can Jack overcome the curse of the yellow necklace and bring Vicky safely back home?

    Elena says: "Pretty good story"
    "They need a leash law."
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    I was excited to start this series about this mysterious character Repairman Jack. Jack is a kind man with a little something extra, however, he feels the need to show himself to his family and friends as an underachiever and a bit of a thug. He does this with the hope of hiding his peculiar profession.

    When he is asked by an ex girlfriend to help find her missing Aunt he is also contacted by a very strange, foreign man, with deep pockets, who is desperate to have him find a stolen family air loom. As the story unfolds he starts to realize that the two cases may be related but has no idea how that could be possible. To protect his ex-girlfriend and her family he must find out more about this odd man, his beautiful sister, why they are in America and what they want.

    An old curse, things that go bump in the night and a little romance made this an exciting read. There is a book before this one that I will be reading before going on in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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