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Donna

Redondo Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Alex Cross, Run

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (878)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (729)

    Top plastic surgeon Elijah Creem is renowned for his skills in the operating room, and for his wild, no-expense-spared "industry parties", bringing in underage exotic dancers and models for nights of drugs, champagne, and uninhibited sex. That is, until Detective Alex Cross busts one of Creem's lavish soirees and ruins his fun. Now Creem is willing to do anything to avoid going to jail. But Alex doesn't have time to dwell on that case. A beautiful woman has been found murdered in her car, a lock of her hair viciously ripped off. Then a second woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window with a brutal scar slashed across her stomach....

    Cris says: "Ugh!"
    "Great Job!"
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    Where does Alex Cross, Run rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a really good book. Great narration. Each character had a voice. Great job weaving 2 stories into the main story. Great characters


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Alex Cross, Run?

    The end--can't give it away


    What does Michael Boatman and Steven Boyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They make each character unique beyond the change in voice and inflection.


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

    yes, if I could


    Any additional comments?

    Keep them coming!!!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Private India

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Amerjit Deu, Raj Ghatak
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    When Santosh Wagh isn’t struggling out of a bottle of whisky he’s head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest PI agency. In a city of over 13 million he has his work cut out at the best of times. But now someone is killing women - seemingly unconnected women murdered in a chilling ritual, with strange objects placed carefully at their death scenes.

    Linda says: "Can't Understand heavy accent"
    "A stinker"
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    Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or Amerjit Deu and Raj Ghatak ?

    From James Patterson, yes. I have read every Patterson book.


    What could James Patterson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It was a very disjointed and confusing book. The narrator (who was authentic) added to the confusion.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amerjit Deu and Raj Ghatak ?

    Not sure. They were authentic, however, it is the common stressor that one has when they call customer service in India and cannot understand the person.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Private India?

    I don't know, I was confused through the entire book even when I continually played the book back.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the Private series, but this one was bad. Further, Jack Morgan does not speak with an accident which made the book unbelievable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Look Back

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Scott Brick
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    Eve Hardaway, newly single mother of one, is on a trip she’s long dreamed of - a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Eve wanders off the trail, to a house in the distance with a menacing man in the yard beyond it, throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Disturbed by the sight, Eve moves quickly and quietly back to her group, taking care to avoid being seen. As she creeps along, she finds a broken digital camera, marked with the name Teresa Hamilton.

    campbell says: "Tedious"
    "never a dull moment"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book. It was action packed and contemporary. Great twists and turns.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Don't Look Back?

    Eve's journey after she left her companions--I don't want to give anything away.


    What about Cassandra Campbell and Scott Brick ’s performance did you like?

    Great distinction between characters.


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

    It had my heart pounding


    Any additional comments?

    Greg does it once again. I am now a true fan!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The October List

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (70)

    Two days ago, Gabriela's life was normal. Then, out of the blue, she gets word that her six-year-old daughter has been taken. She's given an ultimatum: Pay half a million dollars and find a mysterious document known as the "October List" within 30 hours, or she'll never see her child again. A mind-bending novel with twists and turns that unfold from its dramatic climax back to its surprising beginning, The October List is Jeffery Deaver at his masterful, inventive best.

    Cynthia Rielley says: "Yuck"
    "takes a little getting used to but masterful!"
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    Would you listen to The October List again? Why?

    yes! I would want to go back and hear the story again knowing what I now know


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The October List?

    the last 4 chapters!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    didn't have one


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

    yes. at first I didn't get it and was a little irritated about working backwards. The last 4 chapters (or so) when the big reveals came were brilliant and took me right in


    Any additional comments?

    maybe a warning that you have to see this through or a fabulous intriguing finale

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Second Son: A Jack Reacher Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (310)

    In this new short story from #1 New York Times best-selling author Lee Child, available exclusively as an eBook, a young Jack Reacher knows how to finish a fight so it stays finished. He knows how to get the job done so it stays done. And, in one of his earliest challenges, he knows that his analytical brain is just as important as his impressive brawn.

    Henry says: "I have all 18 Jack Reacher books by Lee Child"
    "what a rip off!!"
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    of course


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    none. it is just a repeat of another Reacher book. I didn't need to hear and pay for it again!


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series. I feel very !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 12th of Never

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (634)

    Lindsay Boxer's beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career. A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she's ever heard: An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he's convinced is real.

    Hilary says: "Wow - this is bad! Even for the WMC Series!!!"
    "Not your usual Patterson"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I always enjoy his books. this is the weakest book from him. The story get good until book 4 and too much whining . The narrator must be new because it wasn't the usual voices and the voices were whiny in addition to the text


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Patterson and Maxine Paetro ? Why or why not?

    Absolutely!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She had whiny voice


    Could you see 12th of Never being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No!


    Any additional comments?

    I waited so long for this book and was so dissappointed

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1979)
    Performance
    (1734)
    Story
    (1739)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "Not the usual Pendergast thriller"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was too disjointed. There were too many different stories going on which would not have been a problem except one story appeared in the middle of another and you had to switch gears to get back into that story. The transition could have been smoother. It was odd to see Pendergast so dark. I loved the Constance story. It explains so much. You needed Vincent more.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Constance story line was the most interesting. the Cory story


    Which scene was your favorite?

    didn't have one in this book


    Could you see Two Graves being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1829)
    Performance
    (1587)
    Story
    (1603)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "Weak story and weak narration"
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    Would you try another book from Janet Evanovich and/or Lorelei King?

    I love these books and the current narrator. The narrator gives life and character to each person. The story seemed thrown together and the narrator seemed disinterested. I was let down from the usual excitement of a Stephanie Plum adventure


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    for the first time, the narrator sounded tired and lackluster


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Private Games

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Paul Panting
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (623)

    Private, the world's most renowned investigation firm, has been commissioned to provide security for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Its agents are the smartest, fastest, and most technologically advanced in the world, and 400 of them have been transferred to London to protect more than 10,000 competitors who represent more than 200 countries. The opening ceremony is hours away when Private investigator and single father of twins, Peter Knight, is called to the scene of a ruthless murder: a high-ranking member of the games' organizing committee has been killed.

    Hollie says: "Well done"
    "lack luster-not one of the best"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I love the private series. The whole British accent ruined the characters I had envisioned in my mind. The story was weak and lack luster. Usuallly Patterson has you in suspense. I was just plain bored. I have read every Patterson book--this was the first to disappoint. I didn't like hearing the owner of Private--Jack speak in a British accent.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Patterson and Mark Sullivan ? Why or why not?

    Absolutely! I love all the characters and stories Patterson writes. As for Sullivan, if he wrote the prior 2 privates then yes. If not, then probably not


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader lacked the suspense that past readers of Patterson books has had. It was very boring. It was one dimensional. The narrator never changed his voice for different characters or his inflection. I never really felt like it was a suspense, mystery or thriller.


    Was Private Games worth the listening time?

    I didn't turn it off so I guess so.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sizzling Sixteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1608)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (611)

    Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a “lucky” bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn’t specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck..

    Mo says: "16... is a fizzle not a sizzle!"
    "Sizzling Sixteen"
    Overall

    I love the Stephanie Plum series and I wouldn't write a review as a general rule. this was less that impressive. it was predictable and boring. the only good thing about this book was its narrator. i am concerned that there is not much left to Stephanie Plum and her friends.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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