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Donna

United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3924)
    Performance
    (3427)
    Story
    (3395)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Interesting, worthwhile read"
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    If you could sum up 1Q84 in three words, what would they be?

    Surreal. Interesting. Long.


    What other book might you compare 1Q84 to and why?

    I've never read any other book like this.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator spoke Wayyyyy too slowly. I wanted to yell,


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

    There's really only one reality...but what is it?


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to someone who has patience and is not looking for a fast-paced or suspense -filled story. It was very long but I finished it without regret.

    31 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Richard Hooker
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (140)

    Before the movie, this is the novel that gave life to Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John, Hot Lips Houlihan, Frank Burns, Radar O'Reilly, and the rest of the gang that made the 4077th MASH like no other place in Korea or on earth. The doctors who worked in the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals (MASH) during the Korean War were well trained but, like most soldiers sent to fight a war, too young for the job. In the words of the author, "a few flipped their lids, but most of them just raised hell, in a variety of ways and degrees."

    Trish says: "I Wanted to Love it--and I DID!!"
    "Narrator ruined the book"
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    I was so looking forward to this book. Of course I watched MASH for many years and loved all the characters. As hoped the storyline was right in line with what I'd expect from MASH, struggles with keeping it together during dealing daily with life and death situations, humor, sarcasm, teasing, etc. It was all there.

    However, the narration was horrible and ruined the book totally. This too low voice was not in line with the light, easygoing, fun banters the characters should be having. The narrator barely changed speed or inflection in speaking regardless of who was talking, making it very uncomfortable to listen to. All the characters sounded exactly alike, including hot lips (imagine her speaking with a low man's voice). I struggled to keep track of who was talking even with him saying 'he said'. Mr. Heller was clearly reading the book rather than telling a story. Plus, he needs to learn how to pronounce medical terminology if he's going to read a book that is heavy in this area.

    Out of over 1000 books listened to on audible, this is only the second book that the narrator totally ruined the listen for me. (The other was the Stephanie Plum series.)

    Get a new narrator and I'll finish the book.

    40 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Hingson, Susy Flory
    • Narrated By Christopher Prince
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (223)

    On the 78th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower, no alarms sounded, and no one knew what had just happened at 8:46 a.m. that morning, September 11, 2001. Blind since birth, Michael couldn’t see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and his guide dog, Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle’s judgment and not to panic. They were a team....

    Reader says: "Good but too broad"
    "Inspiring story of a blind man"
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    Pretty good story. Although the guide dog's loyalty was impressive, the real story was with Michael and how he overcame his blindness. I hate to even mention he is blind because, for him, it wasn't a disability. There wasn't anything he couldn't do or try, including riding a bike and driving a car. His fine tuned senses (esp. hearing and sensing his surroundings) allowed him to navigate confidently in a sighted world. This was most impressive.

    I'm not sure I undertand the triumph of Michael being blind and getting out of the trade center. The fact that he was blind didn't seem particularly significant to me. Michael overcame his blindness his whole life, so why was this suddenly an extraordinary journey...for him? Everyone making their way down those stairs was dealing with something, burns, broken bones, pain, fear, dehydration. Therefore, I don't think this was any more of a triumph for Michael than anybody else that made that journey.

    I am inspired that Michael never let his blindness interfere with his successes. It's something we can all learn from. We should live our lives with no excuses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Stony Mayhall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (939)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (838)

    In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman's arms is a baby - stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda, and he begins to move.The family hides the child - whom they name Stony - rather than turn him over to authorities who would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow....

    Dave says: "The Undead Have Never Been So Fresh (or Funny)"
    "Great start...Blah finish"
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    I'm not sure why the rave reviews. This story did start out entertaining and captivating; but after Stony ran off and joined his fellow zombies there wasn't any more story. I'm now 2/3 through the book and I just can't stay interested. There's nothing in the story that's drawing me to finish the book, so for me it's a bust.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Opinion

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Michael Palmer
    • Narrated By Franette Liebow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (94)

    Here, Michael Palmer has created a cat-and-mouse game where one woman must confront a conspiracy of doctors to uncover an evil practice that touches every single person who ever has a medical test. With unforgettable characters and twists and betrayals that come from the most unlikely places, The Second Opinion will keep you guessing...and looking over your shoulder.

    A User says: "great story line; unnecessary love affair"
    "Excellent story"
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    Excellent portrayal of two characters dealing with Aspergers syndrome. The story was not about their Aspergers per se, but instead the Aspergers made for fascinating characters in a medical mystery.

    I do have a medical background, but you don't have to be a medical person to follow the story, although the more you know, the more passionate you may feel about the storyline. Palmer explains everything in layman's terms so nothing is lost. His topics are generally hot buttons in the medical world, often on the injustices of insurance or medical politics.

    My imagination is a lot like Michael Palmer so I love his books. The narrator was great. I didn't feel like he was reading and there was a lot of expression in his voice.

    I highly recommend this book. Fun, interesting, suspenseful, page turner. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medium Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Chris Dolley
    • Narrated By Noelle Romano
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    Medium Dead is a fun urban fantasy chronicling the crime fighting adventures of Brenda - a reluctant medium - and Brian - a vigilante demon with an impish sense of humour. Think Stephanie Plum with magic and a dash of Carl Hiaasen. Brenda Steele is smart, funny and out of her depth. A Vigilante Demon called Brian wants her to find murdered spirits and help him track down their killers. But Brian doesn't just catch criminals, he likes to play with them first, and make the punishment fit the crime.

    Donna says: "Good for a tween"
    "Good for a tween"
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    I tried to read this twice. Got as far as the second half and just couldn't stick with it. I just found the characters silly in a cartoonish kind of way and I couldn't get into the story. I think a youngster would probably like it. Not much else to say about it since I didn't (couldn't) finish the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4263)
    Performance
    (1983)
    Story
    (1997)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Very interesting"
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    An interesting story about the behind-the-scenes building of the world's fair in Chicago in 1983 and the creative and genius team that put it all together. Amazing!

    With all the splendor of the fair, there was also a dark side. Dr. Henry H. Holmes was a serial killer who took full advantage of the young women drawn to this city for the fair. This devious killer was calculating and creative, interestingly possessing the same characteristics of the men team that orchestrated the building of the fair.

    And of course Scott Brick is a fabulous narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Charmed: The Halloween LaVeau Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rose Pressey
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    Halloween LaVeau is descended from a long line of witches. Yes, her name is Halloween. The cosmic universe is definitely playing some kind of sick joke on her. She's the ultimate witch cliche, complete with a black cat and spooky house. Thank heavens she's missing the warts and flying broom. When Halloween inherits her great aunt's manor, she decides to put the house to good use as a bed and breakfast. Her first guest is the sinfully good-looking Nicolas Marcos, but he's not here for the continental breakfast.

    Stacy says: "Cheesy"
    "Horrible narration, cute story"
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    An audio book should not sound like it's being read to a 1st grader. The strict pronounciation and slowwww narration over shadowed any emotion. She ruined the story for me.

    It's too bad because the story was cute and I liked the characters. As much as I enjoyed the book, I don't know if I can stomach another reading by this narrator.

    Sorry, I wish I could have been more positive. I was looking forward to a light, witty series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2527)
    Performance
    (1651)
    Story
    (1652)

    Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

    She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

    Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

    S. Craig says: "The Worst Jack Reacher Ever!"
    "He's lying, she's lying, everybody's lying."
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    Great story. Less violent than the other's I've read so far. I totally enjoyed this. And who's lying? It could've gone either way. So much entwined in this complicated plot, but still easy to follow. I'm glad I stuck with the series. Definitely a good read if you like books that suck you in and you can't put them down. And I love the narrator. He has a very pleasant reading voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Die Trying: Jack Reacher, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1684)
    Performance
    (1504)
    Story
    (1499)

    When a woman is kidnapped off a Chicago street in broad daylight, Jack Reacher's in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's kidnapped with her. Chained together and racing across America toward an unknown destination, they're at the mercy of a group of men demanding an impossible ransom. Because Reacher's female companion is worth more than he imagines. Now he has to save them both - from the inside out - or die trying....

    adrienne says: "Trouble always finds him!"
    "Jack Reacher is a great character"
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    You can't help but like Jack Reacher. He's tough, private, carefree, and sexy without trying. As with his other books I struggle with loving the story and hating the brutality. This author clearly enjoys detailing horror. I'll consider reading more in the series, but just fast forward past those parts. For me they don't add to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    Overall
    (3013)
    Performance
    (2629)
    Story
    (2634)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "I wanted more"
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    I generally don't like reading about the holocaust because it's too depressing but I read it on the recommendation of my daughter. If you like stories about the holocaust, you will not be disappointed.

    With that being said, I was totally captivated and couldn't turn the book off. I finished it in two days. In typical Picoult style she brings the story to life through the different perspectives of each character.

    I wish there was more on Joseph and his brother since their roles are the least understood by me. How can a human being (or worse, thousands of human beings) do these things to other human beings? And although they came from the same family with the same values, they were two very different men.

    What's with the weird monster story a la carte? It was distracting. The story could have worked just as well without it. I could see there needed to be some storytelling, but this was just rambling, unless I just didn't understand it.

    Although the book detailed the horrors of the holocaust, it seems the book was really about Joseph and Minka and their personal journeys.

    The ending did surprise me. I can't say more about why without giving it away. This would be a great book for a book club. So much to think about.

    I highly recommend this book.





    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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