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He saves others from their troubles. Who will save him? 

A bus driver with an extraordinary gift. A killer on a desperate search. A girl who will bring them together in a battle for her life. 

Bus driver Rory Fine has a gift. With selfless thought, he uses his unique power to relieve others troubles with a mere touch. This brings him great joy, until one rain-swept night when he offers to lift every passenger’s spirits. He asks them to play a game by tapping his palm when they disembark and leave their worries behind with him. 

Someone aboard, though, hides a deadly and dangerous secret, and this kind act will drag Rory into a perilous battle with a powerful, evil entity. To stand any chance of winning, he must reveal his long-guarded secret to Mariana, a passenger he barely knows but secretly loves. The terrifying, macabre Trepan Killer stalks her, and when he wants you, there's nowhere to run, and nowhere to hide.

Can an unprepared, gentle soul such as Rory even hope to challenge him? To do so, he’ll face more than this unstoppable enemy. He'll face his own harrowing past. Somehow, our sweet hero must find the courage and strength to win, for it’s not just his Mariana in danger but the very fabric of the world.

From international best-selling thriller author Susan May comes another story keeping listeners up way past their bedtime. The Troubles Keeper is a non-stop paranormal suspense ride with memorable characters you’ll love and a world you won’t want to leave.

©2016 Susan May (P)2017 Susan May

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Outstanding narration for a chilling story

Rory is a nice, friendly guy, driving his bus route every day with a smile and possibly a touch for each of his passengers. But what that touch does is extraordinary and turns out to be more dangerous than he ever could have thought.

Susan May is an astonishing talent - her knack for infusing suspense and horror into her mysteries is chilling! A serial killer with a mission brings the past into the present in a way that is unexpected and thought-provoking. I love the idea of this story – a person with a unique talent, used to help the people he encounters. But at what cost? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

Award winning Steve Marvel has done an excellent job of narrating this story. He manages a distinction between Rory and the serial killer in a way which adds to the thrill of the tale and sends a chill each time he does it! His voice is melodious and easy to listen to, drawing the listener into the story. This narrator was a good choice for this (not quite) friendly tale.

Highly recommended for people who enjoy a serial killer themed mystery / thriller with a bit of science thrown in to round out the tale.

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WOW what a story. Love this author!

The narrator was excellent. Hard to have to stop listening and go back to work.

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The Troubles Keeper...WOW!!!

Loved it? Oh, yeah, I did! I would highly recommend this outstanding work of art by Susan May. It starts out unusually, I didn't get a sense what was going to happen, but having experienced this author previously, I knew something......something rather dark was lurking around the next turn of the page. We're traveling on a city bus inside the bus driver's head, he knows his special 'talent', hints at it, teases us abit, and picks up the next passenger. He seems so sweet, and respectful of others' feelings. He's really likable so when he begins to feel drawn to one of his young female passenger. ....uh-oh. Our presenter is a master of his voices' capabilities, and changes ever so deftly from our good guy's mind to, oh no, the extremely evil guy's head. Tension? Oh, you bet, and the pace quickens! Get this audiobook! Dick Marvel brings Susan May's thriller to real life extraordinarily well. Do yourself a favor, listen with the lights on!

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Great story took my troubles away!

What did you love best about The Troubles Keeper?

Rory has a unique gift wherein he can make other people's lives better, if only for awhile, by taking their troubles away. I like this idea of transforming the lives of others by being a positive force.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oddly enough, my favorite character was Rory's deceased mother. Rory often refers to his mother by quoting things "as my momma used to say." His reverence for his mother and the snippets he shares, show what an amazing job she did raising a child who was obviously different. By allowing him to be himself, and respecting his "otherness", he became a man eager to use his gift to help others rather than for nefarious gain.

Which character – as performed by Steve Marvel – was your favorite?

I rather enjoyed Mr. Marvels characterization of the psychic Christopher. The change in attitude as the scene progresses was spot on.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

At times. The beginning was a bit slow and I grew a bit tired of being inside Rory's head as he pined after his love interest. However, once the action started I did want to finish it all at once! I found the serial killer element interesting and a bit freaky. I listened to the book over two days.

Any additional comments?

I really liked this book and hope there will be a sequel. As mentioned before, the beginning is a bit slow and Rory is quite annoying with his washy-washyness over Mariana. However, Rory's character grows throughout the book and it gets better! I was surprised by the serial killer's identity and thought the story pulled together well.

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A Thrilling Ride!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Troubles Keeper to be better than the print version?

I think the audio edition is fantastic- especially since the narrator was a great match. I haven't read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Troubles Keeper?

Getting to know Rory's methods of Trouble Keeping and how it could take minutes inside his head, but barely seconds on the outside. That was very cool.

Have you listened to any of Steve Marvel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I'm not sure I've listened to Steve Marvel before, but I surely enjoyed his narration of this book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"It's not always safe to have an open mind."

Any additional comments?

The Troubles Keeper, by Susan May is an exciting story of fate, magic, a little love, and maybe eve a bit of alien intervention. It tells of a bus driver who has an ability to take another's trouble away. It's not a solution to their life's problems; it's just his way of helping them feel better, to see things clearly and with a positive spin to things. But his activity sets a series of activities in motion that are unavoidable and difficult for more than himself.

The story is very well written and is probably my favorite book by May to date. I think it's because Rory was just an ordinary guy. He wasn't overly handsome, nor rich, allowing him to be seen, in my mind as a regular Joe Blow. And he was sweet- something you don't find a lot of. His interactions, at first had be a bit worried the book would be slow, but it turned out to be necessary. Getting to know Rory, the way I did, allowed me to connect to him. Then through his words, focus on his true love and how to stop a killer. It's an amazing story and I even appreciated the narrator, Steve Marvel. He was perfect for the story.

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Very different than reading

Having read the book, the only way I am comfortable with this review is with a short comparison. Admittedly, I was a bit disappointed with the audible version. I think for the most part it is because I am unaccustomed to them. What disturbed me the most was Rory. I read Rory to be a normal type guy with a little insecurity about a girl and his feelings. I heard a Rory that in the beginning sounded weak and wimpy, though eventually he did catch up to my Rory. Hearing some of the events made them less believable to me. A little far fretched and I didn't get that at all in reading it. Overall, it was still a good, very good book. And Mr. Marvel did a good job with his narration. But in this particular incidence, I preferred the book.

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A wonderful tale and a wonderful author!

I received a free audiobook version from Susan because my vision has left me unable to read or write. My wonderful daughter helps me with both when she has time, but the audiobook gift is something I’ll never forget. Thank you Susan.
As for the story, it was thrilling, scary at times and it made me fearful for everyone.
The protagonist, Rory, is a good person with too much to do, too many lives in his hands. I felt sad for him, but at the same time grateful he was there for those in need.
I don’t want to give out any spoilers, but the dark thing was frightening and is synonymous with criminals in a dark ally kind of thing in today’s society but of course without the paranormal.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story and look forward to more of Susan’s works.
The narrator did a great job with all the voices and I don’t hesitate to recommend, not only this book, but the audiobook as well.
I’m in the process of listening to this story again to make sure I didn’t miss anything and also because it was such a good tale.
Thank you again Susan for everything.
Sincerely,
Alan McDonald

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Well done! Insightful, charming, intriguing,

Grabbed me from go. This is a well woven believable story. The characters are amazing, the flow is perfect and the suspense was building from go!
I'm looking for another right now!

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Fantastic

Loved the story as much as the other book. Enjoyable listening for a change as I could do other things like going for a walk. The story just flowed along. Received an ARC and my pleasure to review

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Really Enjoyed!

What made the experience of listening to The Troubles Keeper the most enjoyable?

I wasn't sure at first about the narrator, but as the personality of the main character began to reveal itself I thought the narrator did a really good job matching his voice and cadence with what I imagined Rory's would be.

Any additional comments?

I read a lot of books of all different genres so am comfortable with other worldly and fantastical plots. Having said that, "troubles keeping" is a concept I haven't run across yet and it was quite refreshing to read (listen to) a well written book that was not rehashing a plot Iine I had read and reread in other books. Well done Susan!

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  • Faouzia Benkhoud
  • 04-15-17

An amazing journey with a very Fine troubles keepe

Where does The Troubles Keeper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

it is among the best audio books i have listened to so far.

What did you like best about this story?

I was already familiar with the story. but i enjoyed listening to the original plot and the interesting characters. The mix of fantasy, science fiction and romance was what i liked the most in this book. The idea of Trouble Keeping, mixed the presence of an odd serial killer was fascinating.

What about Steve Marvel’s performance did you like?

It was really good. I liked how he voiced Rory Fine, the changes he made in the intonations to signal different charaters and emotions. I liked the performance very much. And many times i found myself smiling, without being aware of it, at Rory Fine and his thoughts.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I was a little bit distracted at the beginning, but then it became harder to stop listening. I felt more drawn to the characters, more concerned about them and feeling sorry to leave them behind when i had to stop listening.

Any additional comments?

I felt that the voice of Rory Fine was like i imagined it, it fit him and his character very well.

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  • Neville Townsend
  • 04-08-17

Entertaining

A very entertaining book. A part serial killer, part love story and part supernatural all in a good mix, recommended

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  • GARETH FOY
  • 03-06-17

Wonderfully read, gripping, scary, but ultimately

Would you listen to The Troubles Keeper again? Why?

Probably. I've only just finished it, so it's hard to say. It is certainly good enough to read again.

What does Steve Marvel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Steve can do different voices and bring a range of emotions to each. This really helps convey the story.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me happy, sad, scared and frustrated at different times.

Any additional comments?

I was gifted this book in return for an honest review. I read a lot of audio books and feel well placed to review from that point of view, as well as being a big SF, Crime, Fantasy fan.

I'll start at the beginning (good place huh?).

I had a few problems in the opening few chapters and you might too, so I want to tell you about them in the hope that I can convince you to keep going. You won't regret it.

The narration is excellent! However, this wasn't immediately apparent to me. Frequent audio readers will know that, in addition to getting used to the writing, as with any book, you also have to get used to the reader. I was honestly confused to begin with, was there two or more resides here? Whose voice belonged to which character? Possibly it was just because I read while driving and often have to pay more attention to the road. Anyway, there is one reader and he gets the voices, in my opinion, spot on.

There are several characters that have big speaking parts. The main one, Rory, is read in a completely befitting laid back style, but you get exactly how Rory is feeling from the inflection and intonation and this is crucial. Rory is a thoughtful, introspective person who takes the weight of the world on himself. Inevitably this pulls him in many directions. The pain and difficulty is apparent.

A big one for me is the bad guys voice. It's creepy, but not in a pretend, put on way, it sounds like a real person who really is evil.

A warning is appropriate at this point, the evil character really is evil and some events are not for the squeamish. I hear Susan May had to tone it down even! It borders on Lovecraftian sometimes.

All of these things the reader is aware of in the opening chapters. It can be confusing, dark and even feel slow because of it. You might find yourself saying - oh get to the point Susan! Believe me, she will.

When an event, around chapter 5/6, brings the story to life, there is no turning back. Apart from a mid book slow down, the pace lifts and you will be hooked til the end.

I found it easy to suspend my disbelief because Rory is a wonderful character and I hope we hear more from him and his abilities. Even so, I found I was even more enthralled in the second half of the book, once a lot of things are more out in the open. You really care for Rory and Susan keeps us guessing right to the end. There are many truths spoken about the universe and the evil person perpetrates his evil by doing a real, horrible thing that I hadn't heard of before. Creepy! Brilliant!

I have a couple of things that, I pondered as I read, and I hesitate to include them, both because, having thought more about them, I understand now, though it wasn't stated in the book. Also, this section might include spoilers.

I don't like it when something is introduced in the latter half or worse, near the end of a book, that helps solve the problem. Especially if it's a gadget. It is arguable as to whether this is the case here, but there is a Character who could be a great one, if there are further books in the series, who has solutions in his box of tricks. He could easily have been introduced earlier, even right at the start. However, because the start already has so much going on, I think this would have been a mistake. As it is, he appears in the mid book lull, and explains himself fully - so I'm ok with this now.

Also, I kindof wish there was more to Marianna. I won't expand on what I mean, that would be a big spoiler. It doesn't affect this book though.

Overall, I tend to rate a book based on how it made me feel, how good it was to read, how difficult it was to put down and if there were any major gaffs. Add to this book the excellent narration and there is no contest. It's a straight 5.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 02-17-17

". tiny dark fish caught in a net."

Any additional comments?

Rory Fine is a bus driver. A simple job, perhaps, but he enjoys seeing his regular passengers but not to see them unhappy. And there is one special regular, a woman named Marianna... .For Rory has two secrets: he is falling in love with that one special lady and he has the power to take away people's troubles with a simple touch.
Meanwhile, in the city, there is a serial killer who leaves his victims dead in an unconventional way, by trepanning. And he is getting too close for comfort when one of Rory's regulars falls prey to the unusual murderer. Something dark has entered his bus.

Once again, with beautiful word building and skillful characterisations, author Susan May has given the reader an intriguing and thought provoking story of gentle kindness and powerful determination to root out the hurt and evil that seeks to destroy the world of those for whom the quiet, gentle man feels fondness and love. In this she is ably assisted by the narrator, Steven Marvel, who takes on the complete personality of Rory, with his hesitant unspoken love for Marianna, his delight at relieving others, at least temporarily, of their cares and his unwavering persistence that the killer be found and stopped from doing more harm. His reading of the text is impeccable, Ms.May's delightfully crafted sentences sliding past, so easy on the ear. Never overdramatizing, Mr.Marvel paces his performance precisely, the impact of this gentle reading bringing the story itself into perfect focus.

This is a delightful book. Despite having some unsavoury parts - what story of multiple murders would not? - in so many ways it is one of hope and joy. Definitely recommended to all who enjoy thrillers with a difference, served up with style. In the final chapters, after the story's conclusion, Ms.May personally gives a brief outline about how The Troubles Keeper came into being as well as noting some of the factual information included. She also asks readers if they would like a continuation of Rory's story. Well, this reader most definitely would. My thanks to the author for the gift of this book