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E. Heard

Mom of Twins

Member Since 2011

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  • Unseen: Will Trent, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (656)

    Bill Black is a scary guy: a tall ex-con who rides to work on a Harley, and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. In Macon, Georgia, Bill has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer and his cunning girlfriend. They think Bill might be a useful ally. They don’t know that Bill is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent named Will Trent. Or that he is fighting his own demons, undercover and cut off from the support of Sara Linton - the woman he loves, who he dares not tell he is putting himself at such risk.

    Kim Venatries says: "Another Win!"
    "The plot twists, the characters are complicated"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Unseen to be better than the print version?

    I don't think reading the dangerous scene in the back room would have been nearly as horrifying if I read it. The printed word is flat and still. Sound moves.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unseen?

    I enjoyed the scene between Will, Sarah, and the little boy. The interaction between them made me hope children are in their future,


    Which character – as performed by Kathleen Early – was your favorite?

    Sarah Linton was my favorite because she remains level headed through everything.


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

    No extreme reaction. I thought the Macon police chief--a key character-- came in too late. There should have been more info earlier. He wasn't developed well enough.


    Any additional comments?

    Why did it say Faiths baby was 10 months old and Will investigated Lena 2 years ago?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3540)
    Performance
    (2466)
    Story
    (2467)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Truly literary with The Voice as a key plot device"
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    What did you love best about A Prayer for Owen Meany?

    I loved the two main characters Johnny Wheelwright the narrator and Owen Meany the main character.


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Owen's voice is a key plot device and it couldn't have been better executed. This performance is outstanding. It added richness and depth to a great story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Rick Warren
    • Narrated By Rick Warren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (148)

    Translated into over 50 languages, The Purpose Driven Life is far more than just a book; it is a guide to a spiritual journey that has transformed millions of lives. Once you take this journey, you’ll never be the same again.

    Alberto says: "Very well reasoned and contagiuos, with big bias"
    "Must stipulate that the Bible is the truth."
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    What would have made The Purpose Driven Life better?

    I know the author and many others take the Bible at face value. I would have liked a chapter that explained why the bible should be believable.


    What was most disappointing about Rick Warren’s story?

    Everything was supported by quotes from different bibles. Why is there more than one? Why wasn't God clear? Is God a poor communicator?


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He assumed I believed the words in multiple bibles.


    3 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929–1945

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David M. Kennedy
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (118)

    Between 1929 and 1945, two great travails were visited upon the American people: the Great Depression and World War II. This Pulitzer Prize–winning history tells the story of how Americans endured, and eventually prevailed, in the face of those unprecedented calamities. The Depression was both a disaster and an opportunity. As David Kennedy vividly demonstrates, the economic crisis of the 1930s was far more than a simple reaction to the alleged excesses of the 1920s.

    Ray says: "Good summary of a pivotal time."
    "Not what you learned in high school"
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    If you could sum up Freedom from Fear in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, absorbing, defiinitive


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    Tom had to read a lot. His voice did not get tiring. He pronounced words very well.


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

    This is 32 hours of audio, a real bargain in cost per minute terms! I really want to listen to it again! You will learn a lot about this era and it is delivered rapidly.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16606)
    Performance
    (14759)
    Story
    (14803)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Twists and turns add surprise and interest"
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    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    I loved it when the first big twist happened--I knew this book would be something out of the ordinary. The plot kept thickening and it was not at all predictible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Amy because I hated her and that was fun.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bright Lights, Big Ass

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jen Lancaster
    • Narrated By Jamie Heinlein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (130)

    Jen Lancaster hates to burst your happy little bubble, but life in the big city isn't all it's cracked up to be. Contrary to what you see on TV and in the movies, most urbanites aren't party-hopping in slinky dresses and strappy stilettos. But lucky for us, Lancaster knows how to make the life of the lower crust mercilessly funny and infinitely entertaining.

    Rebecca says: "She can be very funny."
    "I did not find Jen Lancaster relatable"
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    What was most disappointing about Jen Lancaster’s story?

    I did not find Jen Lancaster relatable. The book description says Jen Lancaster is surly and self-indulgent, but I expected her to be funny and to find a kernel of truth below the surface.. I did not find any humor or truth. I wanted to see a strong woman behind the negative commentary but all I saw was a spoiled, lazy brat.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Criminal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1651)
    Performance
    (1392)
    Story
    (1398)

    Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

    Melinda says: "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"
    "Gripping, horrifying, believable"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend because the story and characters are well done. The story is well-paced and complicated enough that just when you think you've got it, something else crops up. It is very violent but not graphic--the crimes are unimaginable but luckily we come in afterward.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Criminal?

    The part I will never forget is the nature of the crime.


    Which character – as performed by Kathleen Early – was your favorite?

    I liked Will Trent enought that I decided to go back and listen to the entire series.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Lucy Bennet fought to stay alive long enough to tell someone she loved her baby.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lock Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (979)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (685)

    Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now 18, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in 10 years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight hundred-pound safe...he can open them all. It's an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people.

    G. Sabin says: "A decent story, a little slow"
    "I had to work with a lock after I heard this story"
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    If you could sum up The Lock Artist in three words, what would they be?

    Spellbinding, Well-paced, Different-angle


    What other book might you compare The Lock Artist to and why?

    Moon over Manifest - Newberry winner -- kid lit but great for adults. Both books tie up the plot in an interesting fashion. Both books shift back and forth between two time periods. I had heart palpitations as Lock Artist unfolded; I laughed and cried as Moon Over Manifest unfolded.


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

    This was my first MacLeod Andrews book.


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

    I didn't laugh --ever-- or cry, but my heart raced as locks were being picked and for the final 70 minutes as the story unfolded.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2177)
    Performance
    (1816)
    Story
    (1794)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "You'll learn a little more about yourself"
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    If you could sum up The Willpower Instinct in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, illuminating, useful


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning how willpower can be strengthened and why it fails me around chocolate.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Walter Dixon?

    Yes--my 3 stars were because Kelly Mcgonigal is female. It bugged me that a man read it, not a woman.


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

    Why your willpower fails you and how to fix it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tracie McMillan
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    What if you can't afford nine-dollar tomatoes? That was the question award-winning journalist Tracie McMillan couldn't escape as she watched the debate about America's meals unfold, one that urges us to pay food's true cost-which is to say, pay more. So in 2009 McMillan embarked on a groundbreaking undercover journey to see what it takes to eat well in America. For nearly a year, she worked, ate, and lived alongside the working poor to examine how Americans eat when price matters.

    Bleu says: "Interesting Story, Great Narration"
    "Important story. New perspective."
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    Would you listen to The American Way of Eating again? Why?

    I did listen twice to pick up what I missed the first time around.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is important. I learned that the food I eat is harvested by people who are oppressed and as the food moves along the chain, the people that handle the food are only slightly less oppressed. It doesn't matter whether I buy garlic at Whole Foods or Walmart, the garlic harvesters suffer greatly in their work. The story makes me sad and also made me learn how extremely complicated the situation is. I thought I knew about these things.


    What does Hillary Huber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hillary Huber's voice sounded like you would expect the author to sound, so it felt like a first person account.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I frequently think of the boy who damaged his thumb picking peas and the boy who accompanied his mother picking grapes and selling food to the workers. My children don't know how blessed they are.


    Any additional comments?

    There are many complicated problems related to America's food supply. Food here is so abundant that our poor people are obese. There are other costs to the abundance.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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