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Donna

Saint Louis, MO, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (306)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "Can't wait for Volume 2"
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    At first I thought 35 hours for a novel was going to be a bit much, but I couldn't unplug my ear buds. Going in I didn't realize that this was part 1 of a trilogy. I can't wait for the Bone Tree to come out. His books about Mississippi in the 60's really makes you sit back and reflect on what you "didn't" know was going on in the South during your own formative years in the North. His books are part history, part family interactions, and part justice. Bravo, Greg Iles! I've seen quite a few reviews criticizing the narrator. I thought he did a great job and kept my interest throughout.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7689)
    Performance
    (6942)
    Story
    (6942)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Grisham does it again!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sycamore Row to be better than the print version?

    Personally I love audio books because of the different dialects the narrators use. They make you "feel" the book.


    What other book might you compare Sycamore Row to and why?

    "The Help" and, of course, "A Time to Kill". You listen to them and it brings history to the forefront, reminding you that these things actually happened, that people were treated in this way, and a lot of it while you were growing up. You read and learn about it in school but being from the North you really couldn't comprehend the South. These books describe the moments in a way you can comprehend and feel.


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

    All of the above.


    Any additional comments?

    Grisham does it again. I understand that he was reluctant to bring back a character from a previous book. My hope is that he does it again. I'd love to hear again from Jake Brigance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (224)

    James Patterson's scariest, sexiest stand-alone thriller since The Quickie. Ben isn't like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he's a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential trivia - and Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have. When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben's infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life.

    gerald says: "If you enjoy JP don't waste time with this one"
    "What the ????"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is by far the worse Patterson book I've listened to....or tried to listen to. The character is so all over the place that it takes you a second or so to remember what he's originally talking about. I'm forcing myself to finish only to see if there's some redeeming quality in the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson and David Ellis again?

    Maybe, if this character isn't a part of the story.


    What aspect of Kevin T. Collins’s performance would you have changed?

    A little to monotone for me. Not bad given the character he had to portray but not good either.


    What character would you cut from Mistress?

    All of them!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Mr. Patterson would write on his own again and not collaborate with other authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heat Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1156)
    Performance
    (723)
    Story
    (723)

    The title character from ABC's hit television series Castle kicks off his new series of books featuring tough and sexy New York police detective Nikki Heat with a bang.

    Patti says: "Good book terrible narrator"
    "Not like the show......."
    Overall

    Reading the book probably would have been a better choice. I'm a fan of the show and it was confusing hearing a voice different from Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic. The narrator tried but missed the mark and sounded boring and old. It would be great to get Fillion and Katic for the audio of the next book!

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1147)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (355)

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    karen says: "Wanted very much to like this book, but....."
    "Fantastic Summer Read"
    Overall

    The best book I've listened to in a long time. The 20+ hours put me off at first but I actually finished it in 3 days. Full of laughter, sadness, hope, dispair and surprise after surprise. And the narration was superb.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Book of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (892)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (186)

    Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace. Moving to Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues, including Pete Marino and her niece, Lucy, offer expert crime-scene investigation and autopsy services to communities lacking local access to competent death investigation and modern technology.

    Bernie says: "Time to end the series"
    "Not up to par"
    Overall

    I've been a fan for years but feel this book did not live up to previous books. I found it jumping around too much. I had to go back several times to see if I missed something.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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