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The Troubles Keeper

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In The Troubles Keeper, narrated by three-time Voice Arts Award finalist Steve Marvel, we meet a wonderful character we can love, who possesses a unique gift. 
Most of us are lucky if we have one friend to simply be there when we're down. Well, meet bus driver Rory Fine, who possesses the unique gift of relieving others of their troubles. For real! Strangers, friends, anyone he passes by, he can help. With just the barest of touches, for a while, the troubles in their hearts simply fade away. 
It's his way of making the world a better place, by giving people the chance to get out from under the weight of their woes. His bus-driving job is perfect because it allows him to meet so many people every day. And all of them are completely unaware why being near him makes them feel happier and more able to face life's struggles. 
There's another bonus, too. He's smitten with one of his regulars, sweet Mariana, but he can't find the courage to even say hello. He's shy and awkward and, well, different because of his gift. 
Until one stormy night, when he makes a bold announcement to his passengers. Upon disembarking, he suggests they offload their worries into his palm. This might present the perfect chance for him to finally speak to the girl he thinks he just might love. 
But....
There's a killer aboard, and he leaves behind something darker and more terrifying than troubles. Soon Rory will discover a powerful entity also seeks Mariana, but his intentions have nothing to do with love. 
Can a gentle soul such as he, stand the remotest chance of stopping a cold, relentless evil? 
To do so, he’ll face more than this enemy. He'll face his own harrowing past. But he will need to find a way to overcome everything he fears. For not only is Mariana in terrible danger but the very fabric of the world is at stake. 
From international suspense author Susan May comes another story keeping listeners awake way past their bedtime. Board The Troubles Keeper for a non-stop killer suspense ride. Meet 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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5 out of 5 stars
Écrit par : pugpower63 le 05/04/2017

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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5 out of 5 stars
Écrit par : Kim Hunter le 18/04/2017

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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5 out of 5 stars
Écrit par : Dennis H le 18/03/2017

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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5 out of 5 stars
Écrit par : Rhonda Green le 04/03/2017

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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4 out of 5 stars
Écrit par : Alyssa le 17/02/2017

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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5 out of 5 stars
Écrit par : Rainey le 06/10/2019

We All Need One

Loved this book. We all could use a Rory in our lives. I was captivated with this book and enjoyed it from the beginning to the end. Susan May hit another home run!

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5 out of 5 stars
Écrit par : Deborah Eastman le 03/10/2019

Sweet!

Super Love, friendship, murder, suspense, and other dimensions what more could you ask for! Loved it very entertaining and I wish someone with a gift like that would touch me! Good vs Evil, bad vs good, love conqers all. The world would be a better place if people just watched out for one and other like Rory does.

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5 out of 5 stars
Écrit par : Sarah Moon le 29/09/2019

It would be nice if my bus driver took my troubles

I loved this book. The premise begins the book of a bus driver thay could take your troubles and dump them in the river is such a nice thought. But of course a horror novel can not let such niceness alone. What a story, I was unable to let the story rest, even when I was supposed to be doing other things. I am falling under the spell of another excellent writer.

The narration was top notch. I love narrators who do not get in the way of the story, this one excelled at presenting without become part of the story.

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5 out of 5 stars
Écrit par : Atlantis Asher le 27/09/2019

Great Story with a Moral Ending

I truly enjoyed this story. While it can be a little far fetched it hits a inner note with me. If you enjoy solid story telling adding a twist of suspense and scifi I highly suggest checking out her books. I have also enjoyed Steve Marvel's narration. This is the second book I have heard him narrate. He adds a lot to the characters he plays the part for while not making it cheesy or puppet sounding.

This book made me think we can all learn a little from the Bus Driver, Rory Fine. I try to be an upbeat person no matter what life throws at me. My mom asked once why I was so nice and polite to people. Even the lady working at the toll booth taking your money, "Thank you hope you have a great day". I do this from the heart and I explained to my mother, maybe they are having a bad day, maybe the customer in front of me was rude, maybe just by smiling a little it brightens their day. I think in a way I am a trouble keeper.

Susan May is a great author and I thoroughly have enjoyed her books. She takes her fans and followers to a new level with sharing stories and talking to them via social media. I am so glad I discovered her and her talents.

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5 out of 5 stars
Écrit par : T. Cagan le 27/09/2019

What a read!

Susan may is an author I just "happened upon" via Facebook, actually. I read Best Seller and was hooked. The Troubles Keeper was my next one and I still feel the same way!! Ms. May's very 'Stephen King/Dean Koontz/Twilight Zone' type of writing is incredible. Her characters are so likable. And some of them so not likable, which is an emotion just as strong!

Rory is the man in this one. He sees you have troubles and he takes them away. But nothing comes without a price. The twists and turns in this novel keep it so interesting, with some turns having me literally say, "no way", out loud. hahaha. And I'll think twice before giving anyone a high five (or, you know, just placing my palm on theirs).

There were times where I would sit in the car just listening to this book. And often say to myself, "I can't wait to get BACK in the car". LOL. I will definitely continue to read what Susan May writes!! Thank you for the fabulous reads!!

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