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Kathy

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  • Dead as a Doornail: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (61)

    Sookie Stackhouse enjoys her life, mostly. She's a great cocktail waitress in a fun bar; she has a love life, albeit a bit complicated, and most people have come to terms with her telepathy. The problem is, Sookie wants a quiet life - but things just seem to happen to her and her friends. Now her brother Jason's eyes are starting to change: he's about to turn into a were-panther for the first time.

    Suzette says: "Great book, sorry about the narrator."
    "Fangs for another Sookie story"
    Overall

    This is a solid continuation of the Sookie Stackhouse story - although not my favourite. It still had me listening almost continuously & I find these stories are so much more satisfying than others of the genre. Johanna Parker's narration is a real treat too. I think I could listen to her read a shopping list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Les Miserables

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (570)

    Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

    Kathryn says: "one happy insomniac"
    "Unfortunate narration ruins a classic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Victor Hugo and/or Frederick Davidson?

    I would listen to another book by Victor Hugo but not by Fredierick Davidson


    Would you be willing to try another book from Victor Hugo? Why or why not?

    I'd try another book by Victor Hugo because he is a classic writer - you don't stay popular for hundreds of years for no reason and his books were written to be read out loud.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Frederick Davidson?

    I would cast a narrator who is skilled in multiple voices and characters. This narrator has a limited range of expression and often sounded haughty and aloof. This did not engage me or help me to empathise with the characters.


    Do you think Les Miserables needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Oh no! No follow-up book! 57 hour is long enough for one story. Anyway, the author is dead.


    Any additional comments?

    I was not familiar with many of the French terms, geography or history, which affected my understanding. This book may have been better for me to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Flash Club Strikes Again

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Nancy Thayer
    • Narrated By Carrington Macduffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    When four women meet in a hot tub at a spa, they realize they share a common problem: toxic relatives. Polly, 60, has to nurse a haughty, ailing mother-in-law. Beth's fiance's two-faced mother is plotting to sabotage their wedding plans. Julia, 30, has a sweet, traumatized little stepdaughter whose terror of a grandmother is undermining her best efforts. Carolyn, 37, suspects her wealthy father's new wife hides a scheming mind beneath her saccharine smile.

    Beth says: "Female and over 50?... this is a MUST listen."
    "Nancy Thayer USED to be so good"
    Overall

    I was so excited when I found this book because I loved Nancy Thayer's early works. What a disappointment! This is just chick-lit for the menopausal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Club Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    There's only one vampire Sookie Stackhouse is involved with - at least voluntarily - and that's Bill. But recently he's been a little distant - in another state distant. His sinister and sexy boss, Eric, has an idea where to find him, and next thing Sookie knows she's off to Jackson, Mississippi, to mingle with the underworld at Club Dead.

    Magdalena says: "Page-turner"
    "One of my favourites"
    Overall

    This is one of my favourite Sookie sagas. It's a move away from the vampires & into other supernaturals. Johanna Parker is the best narrator too & really adds to the enjoyment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead to the World: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Sookie comes to the rescue of a naked, amnesiac vampire - and ends up in the middle of a war between witches, werewolves and vampires!Sookie Stackhouse is a small-town cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's pretty. She does her job well. She keeps to herself - she has only a few close friends, because not everyone appreciates Sookie's gift: she can read minds.

    Suzette says: "See my review for Dead as a Doornail"
    "My favourite so far"
    Overall

    This is my favourite Sookie Stackhouse book so far. More great characters from the supernatural .... and a starring role for Eric!
    I can't separate these stories from the great narration by Johanna Parker. She really makes the characters live.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn't get out much - not because she's not pretty - she's a very cute bubbly blonde - or not interested in a social life. She really is . . . but Sookie's got a bit of a disability. She can read minds.

    A User says: "Fangtastic!"
    "I'm a sucker for Sookie!"
    Overall

    What a great, fun listen! The mythology is great, characters are very likeable and the plot keeps you interested until the end. For those who have watched True Blood, the books are quite different. Certainly too raunchy for teens but a great adult read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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