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E. Paynter

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  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition): The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2596)
    Performance
    (2446)
    Story
    (2461)

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Ryan says: "It's about time!"
    "Great story, theatrics overwhelming"
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    The story is everything you could want from a star wars trilogy. You fall in love with the original characters all over again. The narration is wonderful and truly enhances the experience. The only negative thing about this edition is that there is a large amount of theatrical sound effects. At many points the sound effects overwhelm the narration, when they should be background noise to enhance the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4629)
    Performance
    (2685)
    Story
    (2686)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "A crime novel that rivots"
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    Would you recommend In the Woods to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend to friends. My husband recommended this book to me, even though he knows I'm not really into crime/mystery/murder novels. This book is really a unique entity, while it's a crime/murder/mystery/detective novel, it's really more about the character and his past than about the trail to find the killer.


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

    The last chapter or two were very interesting for me. I loved it and hated it at the same time. It was so real and gritty and human. We always want things to end 'happily ever after', and we want to love our main character all the time. The author pushes us to accept that the protagonist isn't someone we'd like all the time, and that things in the real world don't always wrap up nicely or end happily every after. I respect that very much, however it does kind of leave you hanging at the end of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Katrina Alcorn
    • Narrated By Katrina Alcorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Mothers are the breadwinners in two-thirds of American families, yet the American workplace is uniquely hostile to the needs of parents. Weaving in surprising research about the dysfunction between the careers and home lives of working mothers, as well as the consequences to women's health, Alcorn tells a deeply personal story about "having it all,” failing miserably, and what comes after. Ultimately, she offers readers a vision for a healthier, happier, and more productive way to live and work.

    Margaret says: "The definition of insanity..."
    "This could have been my story"
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    Where does Maxed Out rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is a stand-out work of non-fiction. It not only tells you the author's personal story, but it provides structure and perspective from outside sources. And beyond that it gives you a message of hope and purpose.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    As a full-time working mother, I swear this could have been my narrative spoken straight from my lips. I had experienced my breaking point not two weeks before I stumbled upon this book. It helped me so much to know that I wasn't alone.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3487)
    Performance
    (3093)
    Story
    (3096)

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "Back to the Sookie Series we all love"
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    After a few disappointing books in the series, this installment is back up to expectations with some humor adventure and of course lots of fun vamp scenes. Johanna Parker does her usual superb narration job bringing Sookie and her adventures to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13280)
    Performance
    (5709)
    Story
    (5781)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Amazing Book"
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    Loved listening from start to finish. The story was great and the narration did justice to every part of the story. I would definitely recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Living Dead in Dallas: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (4425)
    Performance
    (2303)
    Story
    (2307)

    After an unfortunate incident, Sookie finds herself beholden to a group of Louisiana vampires. So she agrees to travel to Dallas with her undead boyfriend Bill and track down a missing vamp, but only if the vampires promise to let local humans go unharmed.

    Jessica says: "enjoyed it but was not in love with it"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    Overall

    My friend put me on the the first book, and I loved it, it was light, easy, and entertaining. So as soon as I was done with the first, I bought the audio book to enjoy during my 1 hour commute (each way) to work. I tell you what, this book made the drive very enjoyable. I highly recommend it if you're in the mood for an easy adult fantasy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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