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Laura A. Hewitt

Northern Illinois
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  • The Last Days of August

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,863
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,848

In December 2017 the famous porn star August Ames committed suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. It happened a day after she’d been the victim of a pile-on, via Twitter, by fellow porn professionals - punishment for her tweeting something deemed homophobic. A month later, August’s husband, Kevin, connected with Jon Ronson to tell the story of how Twitter bullying killed his wife. What neither Kevin nor Ronson realized was that Ronson would soon hear rumors and secrets hinting at a very different story - something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a healing masterpiece

  • By A. M. on 01-04-19

Thought Provoking

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-19

Not my usual fare, but worth the time to get to know the sadness of the last days of August.

  • The Far West

  • By: Patricia C. Wrede
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828

Eff is an unlucky 13th child...but also the seventh daughter in her family. Her twin brother, Lan, is a powerful double seventh son. Her life at the edge of the Great Barrier Spell is different from anyone else's that she knows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Mostly Satisfying Conclusion

  • By Marcus on 08-20-14

Love this series and what it brings!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-19

What a wonderful way to look at it choices and how to fit them into who you are!

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,167
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,858

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-02-18

A wonderful reminder

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-18

Sometimes you just need to have a reminder to charish the little things. This is heart warming.

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  • Dragons of Spring Dawning

  • Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774

The war against the dragon minions of Queen Takhisis rages on. Armed with the mysterious, magical dragon orbs and the shining, silver dragonlance, the companions bring hope to the world. But now, in the dawn of a new day, the dark secrets that have long shadowed the hearts of the friends come to the light. Betrayal, treachery, frailty, and weakness will nearly destroy all that they have accomplished. The greatest battle they have left to fight is within each of them. Yet, in the end, they will be heroes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still Good, but narration got weaker

  • By Linda on 11-15-13

Epic!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Great narrator! This was a revisit for me. After 30 years this story still holds me . It's genuinely Master Crafted.

  • The Dolphins of Pern

  • Dragonriders of Pern
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614

When the first humans came to settle the planet Pern, they did not come alone: intelligence-enhanced dolphins also crossed the stars to colonize Pern's oceans while their human partners settled the vast continents. But then disaster struck. The deadly silver spores called Thread fell like rain from the sky, and as human colonists' dreams of a new, idyllic life shattered into a desperate struggle for survival, the dolphins were forgotten.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit dissapointed

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-02-14

Just as magical as the first time.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-18

it's been a lifetime since I read the Pern books. They formed in my mind what dragon and dolphin kind should be. all these years later I'm listening to them and just as enchanted. also, I found the original "squee" source!

  • Weaveworld

  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860

Clive Barker has made his mark on modern fiction by exposing all that is surreal and magical in the ordinary world - and exploring the profound and overwhelming terror that results. With its volatile mix of the fantastical and the contemporary, the everyday and the otherworldly, Weaveworld is an epic work of dark fantasy and horror - a tour de force from one of today's most forceful and imaginative artists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting

  • By gina on 07-14-17

Mr Barker's Rapture

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Beautiful and profound! What fairytales were once, and now again. Lose yourself in the wonder of it all.

  • Dragonsinger

  • Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 2
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Sally Darling
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,809

Menolly has returned home and entered the Harper Hall. But her entry into the Hall proves the beginning of more troubles, and the Master Harper gives her a difficult time because she is a girl. As Menolly begins to despair, she finds help in the shape of nine bright allies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Discription Diffrent

  • By debra on 07-10-11

a must read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-18

One of the original girl power classics! Read it when I was a child and just revisited as an adult. Sometimes you don't even realize the parts that made you a whole. This was one and I am ever great full !

  • Steamborn: The Complete Trilogy Box Set

  • By: Eric Asher
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 27 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611

A supernatural swarm. A treacherous scheme. A tinker's apprentice may be the village's only hope. This collection includes Steamborn, Steamforged, and Steamsworn. Grab it and crank up a whimsical thrill-ride today!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Incredible Ride!!

  • By Lady Meserole on 11-09-17

a world fully created

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-17

Gripping and extremely well told story that will broaden you spider opinions and fears! Rethink your view of pets and transportation. Engage your brain to intriguing steam powered weapons and tools and there limitations, while navigating political intrigue and loyalty. A wonderful trilogy I recommend to everyone! My only complaint is that Saskia just didn't have the range for so many male characters.