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The Paper Swan Audiobook

The Paper Swan

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Publisher's Summary

They say that it takes 21 days to form a habit. They lie. For 21 days, she held on. But on day 22, she would have given anything for the sweet slumber of death. Because on day 22, she realized that her only way out meant certain death for one of the two men she loved.

A haunting tale of passion, loss, and redemption, The Paper Swan is a darkly intense yet heartwarming love story, textured with grit, intrigue, and suspense.

©2015 Leylah Attar (P)2015 Tantor

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    Laura Burlington, Ontario 11-23-15
    Laura Burlington, Ontario 11-23-15 Member Since 2011

    I love to multi-task whenever possible and audible allows me to keep up my voracious reading appetite while doing other things!

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    "A COMPLETE experience of every emotion."
    If you could sum up The Paper Swan in three words, what would they be?

    LOVE, LOSS, REVENGE.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This books goes back and forth between the POVs of the two main characters and also over time (about 20 years). I usually hate when the story jumps around like this, but Leylah Attar does this quite seamlessly expertly invoking suspense and filling in the holes in the story that come from seeing it from another POV.


    What about Shirl Rae and Zachary Webber ’s performance did you like?

    I am a Zachary Webber FAN. His performances are always top notch. I have also listened to several books narrated by Shirl Rae. I like her male voices. Sometimes her cadence bothers me a bit but otherwise she is very good. Both Zachary and Shirl did a great job with the pronunciation of Spanish words and phrases interspersed throughout the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book delivered raw, intense emotion. I cried. I cringed. I hated. I loved. The romance was bittersweet but was also sexy. It delivered. The majority of this book is set in Mexico and drug cartel activity is a major plot line of this book. The violence was copious and graphic (fair warning for squeamish listeners). HOWEVER, underneath that seedy underbelly lies a beautiful love story. This is one of my favourite books of 2015.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Denise 01-19-16
    Denise 01-19-16 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid reader, not a professional book reviewer. I gladly offer my opinion of the books I read/listen to.

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    "Epically, amazing book!! BEST READ EVER!"

    This is the first time I have read/listened to a book by this author. In my opinion she is talented. She weaves a story around two childhood friends who embark on a bitter, sweet, loving, vengeful journey coping with what life throws at them.

    From the first paragraph you are drawn into the idyllic life of two children. One wealthy, one a son of the hired help. Circumstances bring tragedy and the brutal life begins.
    The trusting naive children who love each other learn that life is not fair and is very hard. This is a gritty, gripping tale that is not for the faint of heart. No spoilers but eventually there is a happily ever after..... but only after suffering, plot twists and anguish for all parties involved.

    I highly recommend this story. It is one of the best reads I have had the pleasure of coming into contact with in the last two years. Narration performance is also stellar. The author has a clear idea of the story to go and her character development/plot/twists have you on an emotional roller coaster.

    If you want feel good read this is not the book for you. My emotions ran the gambit of happy, anguished, horrified ... teary eyed .

    This read was beyond credit worthy! Certainly worth buying. Credit/Buy/Sale .

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 11-22-15
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 11-22-15 Member Since 2016

    I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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    "I'M CALMING DOWN AFTER THIS EPIC CARDIO WORKOUT"

    Right from the first few dramatic words this book grabbed me.... a vicious kidnapping that was to have ended in a violent revenge killing but the heartfelt words of the terrified woman's prayers changed everything. There were layers and layers to this very well written intense story as the suspense, revelations, shocks and twists just kept coming and, just when you think you've got things figured out, BAM and WOW another heartbreaking truth will be revealed. When the pampered Princess was captured by the badass Bandido.

    Just children yet best friends from opposite lifestyles they're ruthlessly pulled apart and for one the life of luxury will continue but for the other their meagre but happy life will become a lonely, terrifying, violent, bloody, dangerous and criminal world that they will have to painfully endure. All the time praying for salvation but no miracle will come to save the day so all that's left is hatred and to plan for revenge..... revenge that wasn't sweet but brutal and will ultimately destroy and rob them both of the chance of a happy future. And for years the heartbreak, loss and pain is debilitating as they are haunted by their beautiful memories, their actions and what could have and should have been but there's a saying that "time is a great healer" and, as the years passed them by, the saying just might be right.

    Gripping, raw, intense, violent, passionate, heartbreaking and beautiful - edge of your seat chilling suspense, secrets, lies, rage, twist after twist, fight for your life scenes, shocking scenes, sizzling chemistry, broken defences, sex, intrigue, blood, death, danger in many forms with every chapter holding high octane action and revelations and, as the hours flew by, I was immersed and riveted to every word. The character growth was immense, the story was a heartbreaking roller coaster, the steps to forgiveness and redemption was slow but in the end happiness was eventually achieved because love conquered all. Blocks of the hero or heroine's POV or back-story.

    Worth a credit? An intensely thrilling, chilling and emotional journey of two souls that were savagely torn apart, fiercely reshaped then welded back together again in the fires of Hell to emerge stronger, wiser and brand new ready for a fresh new beginning. Coupled with an awesome plot that detailed each chapter so you could easily visualize every scene there was the brilliant narration that brought the characters to life, changed words into emotionally stark scenes and turned a good book into a great listen. So, YES a credit that I'm happy to have spent in exchange for an epic listen.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal Contreras Texas 05-24-16
    Crystal Contreras Texas 05-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Emotional story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you have read The Paper Swan, i would say, you NEED to listen to the Audio version on this book. The emotions of Both characters, Skye and Damian are delivered to us in this audio book with 100% authenticity.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Damian. I tend to favor the Male character, whether he is a villain or good buy in every book i read/listen to. Damian was no different. He experienced turmoil in his young life and overcame these obstacles to become a strong man.


    Which character – as performed by Shirl Rae and Zachary Webber – was your favorite?

    Of course, Damian was to a T. I did enjoy the performance by Shirl Rae as Skye as well. She showed the perfect amount of emotion and sarcasm when needed. Excellent performance!


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

    Childhood friends become Enemies, turn lovers


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Barringer Houston, TX 02-18-16
    S. Barringer Houston, TX 02-18-16 Member Since 2016

    Twilight Mom

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    "ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!"

    I never cry, but this was such an epic story that I cried sad tears and happy tears. This is one of the best books I have ever read and listened to. The narrorators were awesome. I would definitely recommend this book. it was so worth the credit!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Juli 12-27-15
    Juli 12-27-15 Member Since 2015

    Fun and easy going book lover! I'm always open for a good read!

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    "AMAZING!!!!"

    This book will make you laugh, cry and feel so much joy!!! Definitely my new Favorite! Shirl Rae and Zachary Webber did fantastic on the narration!!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kareesha 09-21-16
    Kareesha 09-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "This was a great read, would make a awesome movie."

    One of the best books I've read this year..what a great love story with a great ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-10-16 Member Since 2013
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    "love love love"

    This book has every thing I could want in a story. .. tears, laughter, intensity, love, redemption, revenge, and a pretty happy ending! I will be reading this one again:)

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    Book Lover 08-23-16
    Book Lover 08-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great writing; bad story"

    In my opinion Leila Attar is a great story teller. The book is very interesting. The problem is I don't like the story she told so that is why I have given the story 3 stars.

    The hero is full of revenge and was a hot mess. I can't really say his character developed into a better person. I didn't think he deserved the heroine.

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    Amazon Customer Newton Ks 06-20-16
    Amazon Customer Newton Ks 06-20-16
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    "must read"

    Loved it. not your typical story which I found refreshing. need to know the facts.

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    "Fabulous 10 stars"

    Brilliant story with so much depth and intricacy, a brutal love story that has some really tender moments.
    Attar really involves the reader, truely excellent story and well narrated by both Rae and Webber.
    "Crunch, crunch, crunch."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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