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Donna

I love books but dont have time to read them as much anymore. Listening to Audibles since Day One I've been become an addict...I love books that are mainstream popular, whether it be fiction or non-fiction. I'll usually pick my books by reviews. Come check out my reviews to find your next favorite audible!

San Francisco, CA | Member Since 2013

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  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2273)
    Performance
    (2116)
    Story
    (2135)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "classic"
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    If you could sum up The Shining in three words, what would they be?

    classic stephen king


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danny cause he's so innocent yet so intutive.


    Which character – as performed by Campbell Scott – was your favorite?

    Yet again, Danny.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    no additional comments

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27192)
    Performance
    (13814)
    Story
    (13860)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Movie Sucked =("
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    This will make you an audible addict. My very first audible purchase and i was listening to everything. This audible is one of the very rare ones where they have multiple narrators, which really brought the characters alive in the book. I wish they did that for all the books. I really enjoyed hearing their thoughts and fears along with it switching between people throughout the chapters. After i heard the audible version, i went on Amazon to buy the DVD and i felt like i wasted 10 bucks on the DVD. Thats how good the this audible book is.
    The book starts off with a maid named Aibileen telling her story about how shes been helping white people care for their babies. The story takes place around the 1960's and she overhears her current employer's friend talk about making a bathroom for the colored help to use so the white arent getting diseases from the black. Skeeter, one of the white women and is also one of her employer's friends doesnt seem to have the same beliefs. She wants to write a book and asks Aibileen to be in it. The Help is about the book, but also touches on the lives of Skeeter, Aibileen, Minnie, Ceilia, Hilly and Elizabeth. Hope you enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1851)
    Performance
    (1672)
    Story
    (1676)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "I havent seen the movie...yet"
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    I wanted to see the movie, but i figured i should try out the book first before i get into the movie. The book is really about two messed up people, but you dont really find out why they are messed up til the ending. They really connect because they are kind of in the same type of living arrangement.... living with their parents, seeing shrinks and they have a lot of free time to hang around each other. In the end, its kind of like a messed up love story but they get together and the main character Pat finally sees Tiffany as she really is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Hope: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1772)
    Performance
    (1560)
    Story
    (1574)

    Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out - with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except, apparently, Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro.... As the former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is used to excitement and glamour, but that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the joys of small-town living. She’s where she wants to be - except for in her love life....

    Katheryne says: "Third times the charm"
    "Hope's Book"
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    This one was going to be my favorite as I had a feeling Hope's ex was going to resurface. I disagree with some of the other reviewers about how Clare had her book and this should be dedicated to Hope. I love the way the old characters are still around and it definately added to the story in my opinion. I also love how we hear about Clare's pregnancy, Avery's moving in with Owen to get married and how Ryder and Hope's chemistry kind of started out in Avery's book. We also learn that Lizzy and Hope are related.... =P Anyways, great listen and I'll be looking for more NR books to listen to in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Boyfriend: The Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1889)
    Performance
    (1662)
    Story
    (1684)

    Owen is the organizer of the Montgomery clan, running the family’s construction business with an iron fist - and an even less flexible spreadsheet. And though his brothers give him grief for his compulsive list making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn’t plan for was Avery MacTavish... Avery’s popular pizza place is right across the street from the inn, giving her a firsthand look at its amazing renovation - and a newfound appreciation for Owen.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Speed up your MP3 Player!"
    "Averys book"
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    So in book one, the next always, we met Clare and Avery. In the first book, Clare got her happily every after ending and now its time for Avery's, Still some continuing character development with the main characters, getting to know Lizzy the ghost a little more and really digging deep into Avery and Owen's character and possible love connection. Like book one, Mr. Andrews continues to narrate and its almost like its not another book, but another part 3 to the first book. Enjoy!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2289)
    Performance
    (2026)
    Story
    (2034)

    The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

    Lynne Phelps says: "You need to Set your MP3 Playback to FASTER!"
    "The book that made me a NR fan"
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    This book got me to downloading the entire series. I was never really into romance novels, but theres something about these characters, the writing of the book, the way the narrator told the story that made me into an audible addict. Yes, i agree with some that it was a slow start, but as i got into knowing the characters, i started listening to this on my commute to and from work as well as on my days off from work. MacLeod Andrews does a pretty good job changing up the voices and like all male narraters, he makes the females sound a little off, but hey you cant make all the different character voices perfect in an audio book. I am glad that they used the same narrater for the entire series.
    As for the book, this is Clare's story and how she fell in love with Beckett. As for all series, you get introduced to everyone whos important in the series: Clare, her kids, Beckett, the Montgomery brothers, Justine, Hope and Avery. It also has a small side story line about a ghost and the Inn they are building. The ghost is kind of like a matchmaker cause shes the one who pushes the Montgomery brothers to think about the women in their lives. Anyway, its a nice listen while you are just laying back and relaxing. Hope you enjoy it like i did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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