Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 

You no longer follow Donna

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Donna

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Donna

United States | Member Since 2008

ratings
367
REVIEWS
22
FOLLOWING
3
FOLLOWERS
0
HELPFUL VOTES
75

  • 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
    (4090)
    Performance
    (3574)
    Story
    (3542)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
  • Lone Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (921)

    In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"
    "What does the wolf have to do with this?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Loved the story, but hated the concurrent wolf story. About half way through the book, I fast forwarded past the wolf parts as it gave no added meaning to the story. Or if it did, I didn't get it.

    So enjoy the read, but skip the wolves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (544)

    The Presidents Club was born at Eisenhower’s inauguration when Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover first conceived the idea. Over the years that followed - and to this day - the presidents relied on, misunderstood, sabotaged, and formed alliances with one another that changed history. The world’s most exclusive fraternity is a complicated place: its members are bound forever because they sat in the Oval Office and know its secrets, yet they are immortal rivals for history’s favor.

    Elicka says: "Inflection of narrator really annoying"
    "Interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've also often wondered about the relationship between presidents, which is never talked about, and this book reveals just that. So enlightening to find out who were friends, who were enemies, and what presidents think about each other.

    You never know what goes on behind closed doors. I've always said that people argue about politics only with information we get from the media, and that very fact makes us pretty inept to argue anything. In really makes decisions and why? Corruption? Blackmail? Politicians are just puppets.

    A good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keep Quiet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Ron Livingston
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (263)

    Jake Whitmore is enjoying a rare bonding moment with his 16-year-old son, Kurt, when disaster strikes. They get in a terrible car accident that threatens to derail not only Kurt’s chances at college, but his entire future. Jake makes a split-second decision that saves his son from formal punishment, but plunges them both into a world of guilt, lies, and secrecy. Just when Jake thinks he has everything under control, a malevolent outsider comes forward with the power to expose Jake’s secret.

    Jen says: "I Can't Keep Quiet Because it's Sooo Good!!!"
    "Engaging story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This writing reminds me of Jodi Picoult. I enjoyed the reading, but the story got a little far fetched for me. I kept saying to myself, "What are the odds of THAT happening?" But then, it is just a story.

    For me, the high emotions of the son was exhausting. Maybe it was just the narrator, but alright already, I get it.

    The story makes you wonder what you would do in a similar situation. And as a lesson, living with guilt is generally a worse punishment than actually paying your dues.

    0 of 0 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
    (368)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (335)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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.

    42 of 49 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
    (280)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (241)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (1013)
    Performance
    (899)
    Story
    (902)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (294)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (96)

    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.

    Lia says: "Enjoyable"
    "Excellent story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (58)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (4456)
    Performance
    (2149)
    Story
    (2174)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (89)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "uggg"
    "Horrible narration, cute story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.