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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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  • A Hundred Summers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Beatriz Williams
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (163)

    Memorial Day, 1938: New York socialite Lily Dane has just returned with her family to the idyllic oceanfront community of Seaview, Rhode Island, expecting another placid summer season among the familiar traditions and friendships that sustained her after heartbreak. That is, until Greenwalds decide to take up residence in Seaview. Nick and Budgie Greenwald are an unwelcome specter from Lily's past: her former best friend and her former fiancee, now recently married - an event that set off a wildfire of gossip.

    L.W. says: "What a Memorable Summer Read"
    "Star Crossed Lovers"
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    This was a feel good listen for the beach with an enjoyable, somewhat predictable plot.  It's great to come across a really good, easy read for those wonderful mindless summer days.  Heads up for some five alarm, steamy love/lust scenes that may require headphones in mixed company. 

    Somewhat tortured characters who's complex personalities are intertwined from 1931 to 1938. The time period is depicted beautifully and Seaview, RI almost becomes a character in itself. Heartsick lovers Nick and Lily are separated because of tragic events, secrets and guilt.  Time, revelation, confessions and true love may be just enough to bring them back into each others arms and lives. Or......, will they just be blown away?

    Kathleen Mclnerney did an excellent job bringing all the different characters to life.  Her pace and timing definitely added to the story, especially the turbulent ending.  I am looking forward to listening to her narration of, "The Nine Lives of Christmas", in December.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Kubica
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

    Susan says: "Hostage........?"
    "Hostage........?"
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    3.5 for me. This was book was told from three of its characters points of view. The story slips back and forth in the time line and alternates characters every other chapter ....past, current past, current. It was not confusing but I just kept waiting for something to happen.

    A young woman of a wealthy family goes missing and until a day later no one is even alarmed. When the police deem it a kidnapping her mother becomes genuinely concerned and is privately tormented by a long lasting guilt. The father, a prominent judge, acts distressed in the beginning but the act quickly dwindles corresponding to the attention of the camera crews.

    Mia, the abducted, is an art teacher who barley gets by and on top of that is a total disappointment to her father for not attending law school like her sister. One evening in a near empty bar she meets Colin, a stranger, and after far too many drinks leaves with him. Things change drastically when he now has her at gun point in his apartment and informs her that he has been paid to deliver her to a notorious criminal. When they are on their way to the designated exchange, Colin has an attack of conscience and can't bring himself to let her be taken, he instead takes her to his long forgotten family property.

    For months Mia is held in a wilderness log cabin without adequate food or warmth. One of the comforts she does have is the "love" of a stray cat.

    Mia's mother and the detective assigned to the case, are in contact almost every day for months as the abduction trail gets colder. As the holidays approach there is a lead in the case and hopes are high to possibly having Mia home for Christmas.

    The narration was better at times than others, the fluidity and timing seemed a bit off. A jumping timeline and the different states of mind of each character made it a little bumpy but done fairly well by the author. The ending fell short because, IMHO, could have been exceptional if the twist was brought to us by the thoughts of one of the three original narrative characters....looking in. All in all, a good concept and a great debut.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (197)

    In her latest enchanting novel, New York Times best-selling author Sarah Addison Allen invites you to a quirky little Southern town with more magic than a full Carolina moon. Here two very different women discover how to find their place in the world - no matter how out of place they feel.

    Anna says: "Lovely"
    "More of a sweet YA"
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    This is the third book I have read by SA and I have enjoyed all three, however, this was the first of them that I thought was a YA read. Still a fun, light story with a hint of magic but a bit more juvenile. It may be the reason why I did not connect with these characters like I did in, Lost Lake and Garden Spells.

    I liked the ending, it left the continuation of the characters lives up to the imagination. The narration was good and some of the voices were done well, but here again, for me, not as good as the last two. A definite recommendation for young adults. I am looking forward to reading more by Sarah Allen Addison.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Janet Metzger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
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    The first time Eby Pim saw Lost Lake, it was on a picture postcard. Just an old photo and a few words on a small square of heavy stock, but when she saw it, she knew she was seeing her future. That was half a lifetime ago. Now Lost Lake is about to slip into Eby’s past. Her husband, George, is long passed. Most of her demanding extended family are gone.

    Jen says: "Pure Sarah Addison Allen"
    "Sacrifice is a wonderful gift"
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    Well I am in a Sarah Allen trance and on a roll to read all of her books. This is another feel good, fun read about healing and family. Sometimes your family does not have to be bonded by blood but instead deep love, trust and loyalty. The relationships in this book are old and ongoing. It was a bit predictable but getting there was well worth it.

    Again great characters that are so real that I would like to know them. Its unusual and refreshing how Sarah A. Allen switches up her narrators, each are outstanding. Janet Metzger did a wonderful job and her voices were good, I was relieved that her child voice was not too whiny. Another wonderful step into a marvelously magic story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garden Spells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (965)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (520)

    The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

    Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

    Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

    Joihelene says: "I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!"
    "Watch out for that tree."
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    What a fun read, not great literature but a smart, enjoyable story of relationship awakenings. This had been on my TBR list for a long time because I'm not really into chick-lit, but, I think this was more than that. Just an overall good story of two estranged sisters trying to move forward in their lives after experiencing a pretty rough childhood. It was not sappy at all but there was a pretty feisty apple tree involved and some very quirky characters.

    As always Susan Ericksen did excellent job narrating, her voices were distinguishable and fit the characters personalities. I recommend this for those looking for a light, feel good read surrounded by small town Southern hospitality and a bit of enchantment thrown in for good measure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (986)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "Something is rotten in Denmark"
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    When Gamache, and Beauvoir are assigned a murder case in a remote monastery they step into a different world. These monks have recently released a single of ancient chants that has been at the top of the charts and quickly become popular around the world. Their once uncomplicated life suddenly becomes very complicated and it is up to Chief Gamache to determine who among these men of God is capable of murder.

    When the corrupt Superintendent Francoeur, Gamache's boss, mysteriously shows up with no real reason for being there, Gamache's instincts go into overdrive. This snake like man has a secret agenda and has not an ounce of conscience or honor, he will do anything to disgrace Gamache or anyone on his team.

    This was a good mystery, however, I am anxious to get back to my favorite characters in Three Pines. There are loose ends in this addition and lingering, unresolved issues that will have to be settled in the next book. A great series that is best read in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maisie Dobbs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Rita Barrington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1483)
    Performance
    (905)
    Story
    (902)

    Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

    A User says: "A delightful discovery"
    "Miss Dobbs"
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    Good first book in a much loved series. Maisie's gumption and her determination helped to get her noticed enough by her employers that they wanted to help her to get an education. The war started and Maisie honorably took time off to go to where she could help the injured. During that time she thought she had met the love of her life, tragedy struck and Maisie was left with a heavy heart. She eventually finished her schooling and decided to become an investigator of sorts.

    A good story with good narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (282)

    Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice. Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook's warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county?

    Mark says: "Loved it!"
    "Not just for YA."
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    I liked this book much more than I thought I would. It is supposed to be a YA series but I think it is just good fantasy. Tom, our main character, is the seventh son of the seventh son and when he becomes 13 his parents send him off with "The Spook". He is to train as his apprentice to learn to fight and protect his county from the bad paranormal entities that are a constant threat. I really liked all the characters in this book, even and the bad characters were interesting and original. Tom is a young man but seems to have an old soul and the maturity to handle himself, I think that is why it did not feel like a YA to me. The Spook is teaching Tom about witches, ghosts, braggarts and obsession, but, what he is really trying to teach him is to use and trust his own instincts. Overall not a thriller but not silly either, just enough adventure to keep it moving along without becoming too wordy or over explaining every thing.

    Christopher Welch has great tone and cadence to his voice and did a great job with different voices without going over the top. I hope this series just keeps getting better and better, I will be reading the second book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1194)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (1011)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "Classics for a reason"
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    Travis Magee is a rough, retired, military man with a big heart who lives on "The Busted Flush", a houseboat he aquired in a poker game. When he runs short on funds he takes on the occational investigative, recovery job for the fee of half of whatever he recovers. In this first addition Travis try's to help a young girl find her sadistic ex-boyfriend who stole a fortune that had been buried on the families property for years.

    I enjoy this series because it returns us to the simpler days before the complications of modern technology. A fast action mystery series with grit, well developed characters and captivating stories. John MacDonald's writing has been touted and emulated by some of the best writers of our day and when coupled with Robert Petkoff's articulate narration produces an impressive combination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (769)
    Performance
    (651)
    Story
    (655)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumor, and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Chris Reich says: "Stunning. I'm Guilty. Are You?"
    "Memories; more thoughts than feelings?"
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    Different Philosophies of fundamental fragments of our lives and how self absorbed/or not, we may become. Does age = intelligence? As he ages these are some of the questions that Tony, our main character, is asking himself when he finds himself on his own. It's remarkable how two people can have a memory of the same occasion and it be completely different for each of them, which leads us back to self absorption. I did have to re-read the last bit of this, because like many, I was trying to put two and two together. Pay close attention to the little things.

    A great read for philosophy classes everywhere. The narration fit the story and had good timing. I think many people will have different feelings about the ending. I liked it. It made me use some gray matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taken in Death: In Death, Book 37.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (1067)
    Performance
    (947)
    Story
    (958)

    Two young children disappear from their East Side home in New York City, their nanny killed in cold blood. As Lieutenant Eve Dallas begins to unravel the crime scene and search for Henry and Gala MacDermit, she's drawn into the twisted mind of a kidnapper who will stop at nothing to take revenge. Horrific threats concerning the brother and sister hit far too close to home for Eve, drawing her back into memories of her own tortured childhood.

    Denice says: "Taken In Death"
    "Dallas to the rescue."
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    The fascinating connection between twins is prevalent in this story. A fast moving short thriller that had a good premiss. I'm glad this was a short, reading about kidnapping children is not my bag but this was not too bad. Crazy, Silence of the Lamb, occult, genius takes them and it is up to Dallas's team to get them back before the witching hour. A twist makes it even creepier.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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