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The Troubles Keeper Audiobook

The Troubles Keeper

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Publisher's Summary

Bus driver Rory Fine has a gift. He can take troubles from others with merely a touch. On a rain-swept night, he asks his glum passengers to leave their worrisome emotions in his palm. But upon touching one passenger's hand, everything he knows about troubles keeping is shattered. Somebody aboard hides a deadly and dangerous secret.

What began simply descends into a perilous battle with a menacing and evil dark entity, and Rory now faces a terrible decision. Should he reveal his secret gift to Mariana, the passenger he's come to love, but barely knows? The last time that happened, somebody died. But Rory must find a way, because someone or something stalks Mariana. Someone who kills in a macabre and sickening way. Someone with abilities more powerful than his own.

Should the killer's plan succeed, it's not just Mariana at risk, but the very fabric of the world. Rory will need to discover a strength he may not possess. Even then, that might not be enough. For when the Trepan Killer wants you, there's nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.

Can Rory stop the Trepan Killer before he loses all? To do so, he will face more than the killer. He will face his own harrowing past.

From International best-selling thriller author Susan May comes another gripping novel, keeping listeners up way past their bedtime. The Troubles Keeper is a non-stop supernatural suspense ride, with memorable characters and a fictional world that you won't want to leave.

©2016 Susan May (P)2017 Susan May

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    Faouzia Benkhoud 15/04/2017
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    "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 08/04/2017
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    "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 06/03/2017
    GARETH FOY 06/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "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.<br/><br/>I'll start at the beginning (good place huh?). <br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>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!<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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 17/02/2017
    Norma Miles 17/02/2017
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    "". 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.<br/>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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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

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  • pugpower63
    05/04/17
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peachesnbeal
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    04/04/17
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    "Interesting theory!"

    It was a little hard for me to stay with this book. It was long in some areas but exciting in others. I actually found more interest in the concept behind the story at the end of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Betababe
    24/03/17
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    "Forget Your Troubles, Cmon Get Happy!"

    Horror? Thriller? Murder mystery? Romance? Urban fantasy? This cross/multi-genre novel builds in suspense as a serial killer stalks the city and a bus driver who just wants his passengers to be happy unravels his psychic connection to the beast. I listened to the well-narrated audio version and found it hard to put down/turn off. Normally I shun horror but despite fairly clinical descriptions of the killer's actions I was so fully engrossed in the story I simply absorbed them as part and parcel of the narrative. Despite a firm conclusion to the action within, the way is left open for a sequel and I am curious to know in what direction the next tale will turn!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tammi P.
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    19/03/17
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    "Awesome story"

    This book surprised me in a really good way. It was extremely intelligently written and the story line was great. Right away I was intrigued by the way the killer was taking his victims. I was trying so hard to figure out why he was committing these murders and it didn't come to me until the end. I also became very emotionally involved in the main character Rory Fine and his regular passengers on his bus. The way he used his trouble keeping gift to help people was a beautiful thing. I loved this book and would highly recommend checking it out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dennis H
    Fort Worth, TX
    18/03/17
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy M
    Great Lakes Area, USA
    08/03/17
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    "Throw all your Troubles away!"

    I fell in love with The Trouble Keeper. It's filled with adventure, excitement and romance, with an undertone that rivals The Twilight Zone. The narrative is top notch, easy to follow and convincing voices make this a great audiobook choice. Leave the lights on and rev up your coffee pot. It's going to be a long night!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rhonda Green
    04/03/17
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tammy
    03/03/17
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    "Time to buy"

    Wow can I say wow.
    Susan May can write a very compelling book. Imagine being able to take troubles from people just by touching them, add in a serial killer. Well that's what Susan did and had me guessing right to the end.

    This is a must buy book/audiobook.
    I was given this audio book for free from Susan May for a honest and bias view.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Neesie315
    New Mexico
    25/02/17
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    "Troubles Keeper"

    Rory Fine is a simple bus driver with a gift: with a touch, he can take away your troubles. He is a very shy, almost awkward young man, in love with one of his passengers, Mariana.

    One night, he decides to offer his gift to his passengers. Little does he know that by doing so, he will become immersed in the horrific world of a serial killer.

    Often slow paced, especially at the beginning, you will soon become so involved in this book that you have to read just one more chapter to see how it ends!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • robyn
    MISSION VIEJO, CA, US
    18/02/17
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    "Couldn't stop listening!"

    This is a thriller that kept me listening long after my exercise, walks, chores, or other excuses for keeping my earbuds in ended. A bit of Criminal Minds killer meets the supernatural, this novel may have a sequel to which I look forward. The book combines suspense with engaging characters to care about. I recommend listening to the author's afterword also, as Susan May offers some fascinating insights into her craft, inspiration, and some of the science that isn't fiction in her novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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