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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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  • Blue Dahlia: In the Garden, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1210)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (903)

    Trying to escape the ghosts of the past, young widow Stella Rothchild, along with her two energetic little boys, has moved back to her roots in southern Tennessee - and into her new life at Harper House and In the Garden nursery. She isn't intimidated by the house - nor its mistress, local legend Roz Harper.

    bluebelle says: "Wonderful!"
    "A Favorable Cozy"
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    A very typical Nora Roberts, with a good friendship story, a new romance, a birth and a ghost. Stella is a newly widowed, mother of two boys who moves back to her hometown in Tennessee, looking for a fresh start and a safe new place for them to settle. She ends up at a garden nursery owned by Roz, a strong older woman who provides her with a satisfying job and a safe roof over their heads at Harper House.

    It is well known that a harmless, female ghost who is very protective of children inhabits Harper House, they call her, The Harper Bride. Once Roz takes in another border, Hayley, a pregnant, single, young girl, the ghost begins to let herself be seen more frequently than ever before. The three women bond and develop a very close, supportive, family like, friendship,.....all is well at Harper House.

    Eventually Stella starts to date Logan, a local man who has become entirely smitten with her and her boys. Logan starts to frequent Harper House more often and for reasons unknown the ghost becomes unsettled and shows a different side to herself. When he asks for Stella's hand in marriage and The Harper Bride learns that they may be leaving to live with him, she becomes very upset and may not be so harmless after all. The ending was quite abrupt. I'm not sure if I will get into the series but it was a nice cozy with good narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Autumn has finally arrived in the small town of Bascom, North Carolina, heralded by a strange old man appearing with a beat-up suitcase. He has stories to tell, stories that could change the lives of the Waverley women forever. But the Waverleys have enough trouble on their hands. Quiet Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley's Candies, but it's nothing like she thought it would be, and it's slowly taking over her life.

    Jen says: "Get Your Sarah Addison Allen Fix"
    "Sorry to see it end"
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    A great follow up to Garden Spells and I hated to see it end. A fantastic set of characters mixed with a cozy mystery. The first part of the book was mainly about Bay, one of the younger Waverley's, and how she and her special gifts are maturing. She has not been made privy to a back story that concerns her future and some old secrets are revealed. Claire has become a candy maker and people are clambering for her, sometimes life altering, wares except for the dark stranger who arrives in town. The Waverley's must band together to find out who he is, what he wants, and protect themselves from his bad intentions. A twist is added to the end that will affect them all in the next book.

    Another great story filled with magical fun and of course the infamous Apple tree. The first blossoms are greatly anticipated by all except for maybe the men acquainted with the wonderful Waverley women. Highly looking forward to the next in the series. Sarah Addison Allen and narrator Susan Erickson make an enchanting pair.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Descent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tim Johnston
    • Narrated By Xe Sands, R.C. Bray
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (83)

    From the day Caitlin vanishes the lives of her family members are irrevocably altered, each assuming blame for that day's tragic events. As the initial days of hope are replaced by weeks of anxiety and despair, they find themselves increasingly isolated, each wondering: Is she still alive? Will we ever know what happened?

    Susan says: "Tragic."
    "Tragic."
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    A story about the hell a family endures after the disappearance of their daughter/sister, while on vacation in Colorado. They assume it is a kidnapping after their daughter chooses to get into a strangers truck during an emergency and then ends up missing. The story bounces around in a two year timeline and keeps you guessing until the end of where and what actually happened to the girl. The only character I related to was the girl and she had a very minor part. Some are comparing this book to "Gone Girl", however, for me it was very different except for my detachment from the characters.

    The narration was excellent and added to the story. Xe Sands is one of my favorites and I was so glad that to see that she was part of this highly toughted new release.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (2367)
    Performance
    (2129)
    Story
    (2141)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "Exciting"
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    There are many descriptions of this non-fiction read, however, what I found most interesting was that it gave a great deal of history about Washington, Oregon and has a sprinkle of Long Beach thrown in during the depression. It is very informative about what this group of men, their families, and their cities went through during that time. It also included history surrounding Germany's rise to power and how they hid what was actually going on during the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
    It is a book about rowing which sounds boring but it is actually interesting and exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: The Feast Of The Drowned

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen Cole
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (661)

    When a naval cruiser sinks in mysterious circumstances in the North Sea, all aboard are lost. Rose is saddened to learn that the brother of her friend, Keisha, was among the dead. And yet he appears to them as a ghostly apparition, begging to be saved from the coming feast... the feast of the drowned. As the dead crew haunt loved ones all over London, the Doctor and Rose are drawn into a chilling mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "Creepy, but good!"
    "Always fun stories"
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    I always like these books. Another fun paranormal, Sci-Fi mixed with the mystery of the sea. I don't watch this series but I certainly enjoy reading these shorts. Good for YA but not strictly just for YA.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Another Fine Myth: Myth Adventures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Asprin
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (491)

    Start at the beginning, in Another Fine Myth, as Skeeve, an apprentice wizard, meets the demon Aahz. Though it's not love, or even like at first sight they form a connection - saving their lives - between them. Follow them in Myth Conceptions, as Skeeve and Aahz test their talent when they decide to take on an entire army themselves and continue on in Myth Directions. Then Skeeve finds himself alone with his own apprentice applicant, a king, in Hit or Myth and must deal with a medieval Mob!

    Chris says: "Don't myth these adventures!"
    "Cute Fantasy"
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    This was one I picked up as a daily deal that was a very cute fantasy with many different characters from other dimensions. A fun twist on the mystical scale Skeeve is a magicians apprentice and when his master is killed he and his new master set out on a quest to find his killer. His new master is a hoot and you never know if he is telling the truth or not. Quite the little story teller. While cloaked in different appearances they go to different dimensions and pick up a few friends along the way. A great story for all ages and the narrator was very good with all the different voices. Highly recommend for the youguns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Hunt Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Barry Lyga
    • Narrated By Charlie Thurston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    Jazz is a likable teenager. But he's also the son of a (now incarcerated) infamous serial killer, and "Dear Old Dad" has taught Jazz everything he knows. But what Jazz doesn't know is whether or not he is destined to follow in his father's footsteps. He knows he has urges, but he also knows that he has a conscience, that he can follow his own path. And so, in an effort to right his father's wrongs, Jazz decides to help the police (although they don't know it yet) hunt down "The Impressionist" - a new serial killer in town.

    Michelle says: "Loved This Book!"
    "Not really a YA"
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    A look at how a sadistc killer raised his boy. What a hellish childhood Jazz had and the fact that he came out of it half way sane is amazing to me. After his father goes to jail a copy cat killer is out there killing on his behalf and Jazz is helping the police by getting into his mind, so they may have a chance at stopping him. Jazz has some good friends that help him to remember who he is and a detective that always seems to be on his side.

    A different twist on a serial killer case that was interesting but still very creepy. I felt sorry for Jazz because he will always have the fear of his dark side consuming him. Good narration and fast moving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tell No Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (703)

    The scion of an old-money San Francisco family, Daniel Brasher left his well-paying, respectable money-manager position to marry his community organizer wife and work at a job he loves, leading group counseling sessions with recently paroled violent offenders. One night he finds an envelope - one intended for someone else that was placed in his office mailbox by accident. Inside is an unsigned piece of paper, a handwritten note that says, "Admit what you've done or you will bleed for it."

    karen says: "The purgatory of group therapy"
    "I left my heart...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed the premise of this murder mystery but it did remind me a bit of a movie staring Bruce Willis called "Color of Night". The characters were unique and the story kept up a good, fast pace throughout. Even though it had a somewhat predictable ending it was still exciting.
    The author did a great job with the descriptions of the city of San Francisco. I used to live there and he brought back many memories for me. He showed just how diverse and beautiful the city is and how it has its own distinctly different weather pattern.
    I would read more from this author should any come up as Daily Deals as this one was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trustee from the Toolroom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (940)
    Performance
    (839)
    Story
    (842)

    Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

    Paula says: "Just Simply a Great Story!"
    "All good things...."
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    This was a great story of a good mans expedition to claim what was left to him after his sisters sudden death. He must travel from Europe to Tahiti with very little money. Because of his kindness to everyone, even strangers, he is gifted with unbelievable niceties. A good journey with many believable characters. A clean book with no violence, just a nice eventful story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7613)
    Performance
    (3978)
    Story
    (4039)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Karen says: "Not a King fan...BUT"
    "...and the Gunslinger followed"
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    This left me full of questions. Many, many loose ends; unclear and confusing. A mystery surrounding a man that may be a real person who exists, or does he, or is he many different men?...as far as I can tell he is a good man who is chasing his nemesis "a Man in Black" because he must. A bit of biblical reference and on the other end of the spectrum, Tarot cards and space science.

    Thank goodness this is a buddy read and I am not the only one left with questions or simply crazy for wanting to go on with this sliding door series. Stephen King is the master of head trip illusion and as always, George Guidall's narration was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Expectations

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Douglas Hodge, Geraldine McEwan, Amanda Redman
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    When orphan Pip meets the escaped convict Magwitch in an overgrown churchyard on the Kent marshes, little does he know that the incident will change his life forever. Some years later, now apprenticed to his blacksmith brother-in-law, Pip falls in love with the beautiful Estella. Her half-crazed and bitter guardian Miss Havisham, however, exerts a malign influence over the girl and forces a wedge between the two.

    Susan says: "The Enchanters"
    "The Enchanters"
    Overall
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    A classic of tortured souls. Dickens verbiage is beautiful, but I feel underlying sorrow in his books.

    Wonderful dramatizisation! It made an old read new to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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