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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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  • Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    "America's best novelist" (The Denver Post) introduces his most evil character yet in the 20th thriller in the bestselling Dave Robicheaux series. In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders he committed while capital punishment was outlawed in Kansas. But the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air.

    Melinda says: "Like Fathers, Like Daughters"
    "My First"
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    This was my first Burke and I can tell that there is a lot of character backstory that I have missed. That being said I enjoyed the story and most of the characters.  I found Clete's daughter, Gretchen, a little unrealistic, but there again I may just be missing vital backstory.  I know everyone raves about Will Patton, he was good but I had a hard time differentiating his female characters voices. All in all a good listen and I will read reviews of his past works to choose another. 

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (1254)
    Performance
    (1137)
    Story
    (1138)

    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"
    "Wished for more history"
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    I loved the concept of this book and I quite enjoyed the beginning, I just wish that the characters spent more time within the historical timelines. The main character was a real go getter and there were some nice twists, however, some of the character interaction was a bit much for me.

    The narration was good and I hope the next book in the series focuses more on the historical side.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sylvester: Or, the Wicked Uncle

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Nicholas Rowe
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (315)

    When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She thinks he is insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and they begin to discover a new-found liking and respect for each other. But what Sylvester doesn’t know is that Phoebe is about to publish a novel - a novel in which all London will recognize him as the villainous ‘Count Ugolino’

    C. Mendez says: "Finally!!!"
    "Wonderful era"
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    This was the first out of three Georgette Hayer books that I have started that I made it through. I love this era and I think the reason I stuck with this one is because of the cute characters. The plot was very predictable but it did not harm the inner workings of the fun story. It was a bit long for me. I can't help but to compare her books to another author that writes fun fiction in this era that I love and I know that is not fare. There are many that can't get enough of GH's fine style.

    The narration was done very well and did add to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3026)
    Performance
    (2701)
    Story
    (2717)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Joan says: "Good author and good narrator"
    "Right up there with "The Witness""
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    When Lila Emerson an unsuspecting writer and professional house sitter, is a witness to the brutal murder of a man and woman in a high rise across from where she is staying, she is pulled into a whirlwind of the upper echelon of a family dynasty. As the police end up at a dead end and then there is another torturous murder in the same family, she is approached by Ash Archer, the elder brother one of the decedents for some answers.

    Lila and Ash find themselves searching for a ruthless, female assassin who is not just doing the bidding of her employer but who now has acquired an agenda of her own. Greed, revenge and historical obsession draw them deaper into the mystery behind some priceless heirlooms.

    The story was full of suspense and I thought it was almost as good as, "The Witness", another Nora Roberts book I enjoyed very much. Both of these were admirably narrated by Julia Whalen who some may know from, "Gone Girl".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • These Things Hidden

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Ali Ahn, Angela Lin, Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (369)

    Once the golden child of tiny Linden Falls, Iowa, Allison Glenn watches her reputation crumble as she is sent to prison for five years—convicted of a terrible crime. But what really happened that fateful night? Allison’s younger sister is the only other person who knows the truth. Now out of prison, Allison is more desperate than ever to set the record straight, but the revelation of the truth could have far-reaching consequences.

    C. Morris says: "Please save yourself the time"
    "Tragic"
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    A tragic mystery that slowly reveals it self like peeling an onion. In the beginning I thought I had a handle on what was going on in the lives of the three young girls at the center of the story. Wrong... Needless to say, there are twists and turns that make you keep changing your feelings toward each character.

    Choices and fate seem to run along in the same lane for two sisters, an innocent bystander and a very lonley couple. The characters were believable and the narration was very good. This is not a feel good book and includes some very graphic situations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1532)
    Performance
    (1176)
    Story
    (1169)

    Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

    connie says: "the best of both Holmes"
    "Sherlock is on the case."
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    Sherlock meets Jack the Ripper. Sherlock and Dr. Watson must stop these horrible killings before the press or Jack himself frames Sherlock for his gruesome crimes. As usual Sherlock investigates, goes undercover and is always steps ahead of everyone involved. This would make a great addition to the Robert Downey/Sherlock movie series.

    Wonderfully narrated by Simon Vance, as always he added depth and fluidity to the story. I am always amazed by how many books and different genre's he has done so eloquently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Ice Cold Grave: Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1290)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (631)

    Called to tiny Doraville, North Carolina, Harper investigates the disappearance of several young boys. After finding them buried in a secluded wood, it becomes clear that a sadistic serial killer is stalking the town's children.

    A User says: "Cant wait till november!"
    "A twist on the paranormal."
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    I have never read any books in this series or by Charlaine Harris and did not realize that she was the author of the very popular Sookie Stackhouse series until after I started it. I thoroughly enjoyed the premise and fast moving story line. Quite an interesting twist to put on a paranormal book. After a young woman is struck by lightening she has the ability to find the dead and tell you how they died. She and her once step brother make a living at it while searching for her sister who was killed.

    When they are hired by a grieving grandmother to find her grandson in a small town, it becomes clear that his body is going to lead them into an investigation to find a serial killer. Parts of the story get very grafic and there are sex scenes. Even though this was a very good book I wish I would have started with the first book because there are definitely parts that I had missed. Now that I have read this one, however, too much is revealed to start at the beginning so I will just move forward in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All That Remains: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (449)

    A serial killer is stalking Virginia’s young lovers, taking their lives and taunting police with a single clue: a jack of hearts. For two years, the meaning of this card has eluded FBI investigators. But as Scarpetta begins searching the victims’ remains for microscopic clues, she begins to suspect that someone in the FBI knows more about the murderer.

    Joseph says: "Glad I didn't skip this one!"
    "A bit Convoluted"
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    Kay Scarpetta is a medical examiner who has been trying to solve a case concerning a serial killer for many years. No evidence is ever found at the murder sights and she cannot find cause of death for any of the victims. The story started out interesting and the characters were believable, however, about three quarters of the way through the mystery became convoluted. To many what if's and conjectures with not enough evidence to support some of the theory's. I was going to rate it a four because most of the book was pretty good with the exception of the end, but the recording needs to be cleaned up. An echo ran through out, slight but still present.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Live Forever: Jane Jameson, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3748)
    Performance
    (2904)
    Story
    (2912)

    Nothing sucks the romance out of world travel like a boyfriend who may or may not have broken up with you in a hotel room in Brussels. Jane Jameson's sexy sire Gabriel has always been unpredictable, but the seductive, anonymous notes that await him at each stop of their international vacation, coupled with his evasive behavior over the past few months, finally push Jane onto the next flight home to Half Moon Hollow -- alone, upset, and unsure whether Gabriel just ended their relationship without actually telling her.

    Yuriko says: "Great rap-up!"
    "Delightfully Fun"
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    The third in the series and the best so far. When I started my next book in a different, darker series I found myself missing Jane and her crazy cast of funny friends and family. In this addition someone is trying to kill Jane and there are absolutely no suspects. While characters reveal more about themselves, some things come into perspective and her belief in people's basic good nature may be returning. All of her friends and even some unexpected family members rally around her to help root out the mysterious culprit behind the attempts on her life.

    A new, unwanted membership to her town's Chamber of Commerce headed up by, The Mean Girls Society, a High School reunion, where they have her on the memorial remembrance board, and the return of the Nephew of her, newly deceased, ghost boss, add hilarity to the fun and games.

    Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi do it again. IMHO, these books are right up there with her Naked Werewolf series. Fun, light entertainment at its best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men: Jane Jameson, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4038)
    Performance
    (3142)
    Story
    (3131)

    Once a devoted children's librarian, Jane Jameson now works at a rundown occult bookstore. Once a regular gal, she's now a vampire. And instead of a bride, she's an eternal bridesmaid -- which leads her to question where exactly her relationship with her irresistibly sexy sire, Gabriel, is headed. Mercurial, enigmatic, apparently commitment-phobic vampires are nothing if not hard to read.

    Kickez says: "A great continuation from the 1st book!"
    "Always a Bridesmaid"
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    I ended up buying this second book of the Jane Jameson series on sale because I already had read the first and have the third in my TBR stack, so what the heck. I threw caution to the wind and am glad I did. I forgot how much I missed Molly Harper's sense of humor.

    Poor Jane is still trying to figure out her new plot in life as a vampire, while her personal life has turned into a cyclone. She thinks that she may or may not be in love with her sire while at the same time her lifetime male friend is to be married to a local werewolf. The turmoil of fun ensues as her sister is suing her for the family home because she is dead, her best friend, "Zeb's" fiancé wants to be her best friend and her Grandmother may be dating a serial killer.

    A fun romp into the comical side of the paranormal. A few good chuckles throughout as cynical Jane try's to figure this all out without seriously hurting someone. I am already onto the third and am enjoying it as well if not more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3285)
    Performance
    (2800)
    Story
    (2806)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "Vamps and Shifters beware."
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    Getting to know Jane was half the fun of the book, she is different, smart and has a believable personality. A Cherokee descendant that has received a rare paranormal gift that she does not have much background or knowledge of. We find out and learn about her as she does. The story had just the right amount of characters and paranormals to make it exciting but not over the top. New Orleans was a great backdrop for a rouge vampire hunt.

    The choppiness of the verbiage while she is in her skinwalker state is a little off putting but did not upset the canter of the story. I think this hit on all four cylinders and I was happy to find this new author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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