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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 Long Walk Down a Dark Alley

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By J. D. Brink
    • Narrated By Gardner Goldsmith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A trio of dark tales told with a sharp noir edge. They feature wise guys and private eyes, black magic, bleak futures, and the feminine wiles of inhuman beauties. This is Valentine's Day with Halloween style. It's sex and violence from that dark corner of your imagination you dare not share with anyone else.

    Susan says: "Fun horror shorts."
    "Fun horror shorts."
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    This was a good mix of crazy, horror short stories. Very imaginative and the added music made it a bit like a radio show, an X rated radio show.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter of Frankie Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (726)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (552)

    Frank Machianno is a late-middle-aged ex-surf bum who runs a bait shack on the San Diego waterfront. An affable Italian with a love of people and life, he's a stand-up businessman, devoted father, and a beloved fixture in the community. He's also a hit man - specifically, a retired hit man. Back in the day when he was one of the most feared members of the West Coast Mafia, he was known as Frankie Machine.

    Surf City Swami says: "The Winter of Frankie Machine is a ray of sunshine"
    "Once in the Mob..."
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    This was a good story surrounding a man who had gotten out of the mob and now has a normal productive life, a longtime girlfriend and a daughter who is going to be a doctor. I'm usually not draw to Mob type books but I found it easy to connected to the protagonist. "Frankie the Machine", retired.

    When a contract is put out on his life he is pulled back in and is desperately trying to figure out the what and why of it all. He is forced to become Frankie the Machine again to kill before being killed and protect the people he loves. It is a wild ride through his past to help him dig through the corruption and find out why someone has so many people after him.

    A good fast moving plot with some very entertaining wise guys. The narration by Dennis Boutsikaris was excellent and definitely added texture to the characters. He is now in my top ten list of narrators

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Town

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1115)
    Performance
    (941)
    Story
    (948)

    Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind.

    Ronna says: "Women cops in bigoted 1974 Georgia"
    "Takes me back"
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    I have read a few of Karin Slauters Will Kent books but I thought this was one of her bests as a stand alone. The story takes us back to the 70's and has a lot of references to that time line which helped to make the story more interesting for me.

    A shooter/serial killer is targeting cops and has the whole city of Atlanta in an uproar. Maggie is from a cop family and is discriminated and abused by her Uncle who never wanted her to be on the force, but Maggie is determined to push through and not give into all the harassment. When Maggie's brothers partner becomes a victim of The Shooter, she is doubly determined to find this guy, however, to throw a wrench into her investigation her Uncle assigns a new rookie as her partner. Kate is an educated knock out and the level of harassment escalates to a new high from the department and criminals alike.

    While Maggie and Kate are trying to come to some type of understanding around the precarious position they both have been put in, a break in The Shooter case is presented to them and then they are off to the races. They both are determined to do whatever it takes to be the ones to apprehend this criminal first to prove their worth and importance to the males in the department.

    I enjoyed how fast the story escalated and the show of how very tough times were for woman back then. Great narration by Kathleen Early and interesting, larger than life characters. If there were more of Maggie and Kate's stories I would read them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snowbound

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (252)

    For Will Innis and his daughter, Devlin, the loss was catastrophic. Every day for the past five years, they wonder where she is, if she is - Will's wife, Devlin's mother - because Rachael Innis vanished one night during an electrical storm on a lonely desert highway, and suspected of her death, Will took his daughter and fled. Now, Will and Devlin live under different names in another town, having carved out a new life for themselves as they struggle to maintain some semblance of a family.

    Barb says: "Better Than A Good Movie!"
    "Depravity"
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    This was a good story but parts reminded me of a fast action film, some parts are a little improbable, however, it was an interesting mystery with a surprising ending.

    When a new lead in a very cold case arises a man and his daughter set out on a hopeful journey to find their missing wife and mother, who mysteriously disappeared five years earlier. I Think our society has far too many twisted people in it, the depths of human depravity are astounding.

    Jeffrey Kafer's narration was done very well and it definitely helped to keep my attention on the story. Good well rounded characters with believable personalities. Fast moving, with thorough but not over done descriptions of places and surroundings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Becoming Quinn: Jonathan Quinn Series Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (337)

    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
    (256)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (238)

    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
    (1893)
    Performance
    (1214)
    Story
    (1221)

    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
    (678)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (612)

    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
    (388)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (341)

    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
    (1111)
    Performance
    (1005)
    Story
    (1004)

    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
    (599)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (549)

    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

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