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Donna

Sebastian, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Royal Blood: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1686)
    Performance
    (1454)
    Story
    (1437)

    Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.

    Amazon Customer says: "A little predictable"
    "Light but entertaining"
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    It is a very light mystery story but I found it entertaining. I will look for other books narrated by Katherine Kellgren, I enjoyed her performance.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2415)
    Performance
    (1684)
    Story
    (1701)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "Lee Child does it again!"
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    I do not know how Lee Child comes up with the stuff but it is pretty good. Again, another book that keeps you on the edge of your seat. He did repeat a scene from another book where Reacher has to sneek up on the house in an attempt to kill the bad guys, but I forgive him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Dahlia: In the Garden, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1044)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (753)

    Trying to escape the ghosts of the past, young widow Stella Rothchild, along with her two energetic little boys, has moved back to her roots in southern Tennessee - and into her new life at Harper House and In the Garden nursery. She isn't intimidated by the house - nor its mistress, local legend Roz Harper.

    bluebelle says: "Wonderful!"
    "So predictible!"
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    I had just finished Nora Roberts' book "The Witness" and gave it rave reviews. However, it was pure misery finishing this book. You could tell the entire story after reading the first few chapters. It was boring, predictable, unimaginative, "Hallmarkish" and any other cliché I could use to say the book was a cliché. Don't waste your time, credit or money on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7181)
    Performance
    (6253)
    Story
    (6234)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Exceptionally narrated, great story"
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    Normally you start one of these books and you can predict the ending. Not this one. I expected something totally different, which was a nice surprise. The narration by Julia Whelan was exceptional. I will search out books narrated by her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5008)
    Performance
    (2809)
    Story
    (2844)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "A very enjoyable book."
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    The characters were well developed and interesting. The story was great, and the twists and turns kept you guessing. The performance was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (983)
    Performance
    (875)
    Story
    (876)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "A surprisingly good read"
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    When I read what the story line of the book was I really was not too interested in reading it, but the reviews were so good I decided to give it a try. Wow, now I know why the reviews were so good. It is not just the story line, it is the way Heller writes. It is just beautiful. I think he could make a recipe a best seller, especially if it was narrated by Mark Deakins. The narration was probably one of the most brilliant I have experienced. It is not a story of doom and gloom, it is a story of hope with enough humor thrown in to make it a great read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Promise in a Kiss: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (173)

    In a quiet moonlit courtyard, Helena encounters a handsome and mysterious Englishman. Before parting, he rewards her with a special kiss - a delicious, enticing, unforgettable kiss that makes her whole body shiver with desire. Helena doesn't yet know that she has met her destiny - and he is Sebastian Cynster, Duke of St. Ives.

    N. Brooks says: "A Sweetly romantic tale"
    "I was very disappointed in this book"
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    The story got lost in the sex scenes. Just when the story started to get interesting they would go at it again, and the author just drags it out and goes on and on and on. The outcome is extremely predictable.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Envy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1454)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (616)

    New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Envy"
    "Amazing"
    Overall
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    I thought the writer was a genius to have woven the story the way she did: stories from the past mixed in with people from the present and then tied together with characters in a book. I am trying not to give the story away. You will just have to read it. It was a great read and the narration was absolutely excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sex, Murder, and a Double Latte

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1631)
    Performance
    (771)
    Story
    (792)

    Thriller scribe Sophie Katz is as hard-boiled as a woman who drinks Grande Caramel Brownie Frappuccionos can be. So Sophie knows it's not paranoia, or post-divorce, living-alone-again jitters, when she becomes convinced that a crazed reader is sneaking into her apartment to reenact scenes from her books. The police, however, can't tell a good plot from an unmarked grave.

    Sandi J Wilson says: "FABULOUS FIND"
    "Funny and light."
    Overall
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    This book is exactly what it was intended to be, a light, fun read. A female author is the main character. She writes murder mysteries. Things start happening in her life that seem to reflect things that happened to her characters. The police think she is crazy but her friends take her seriously and try to help. Her friends are a little weird too: her best friend owns a porno shop, her other closest friend is a flaming gay hairdresser who spends half his time trying to keep the main character's hair in shape and the other half of his time in bed with his latest boyfriend.

    So, as you can see, this is not an epic book worthy of Tolstoy, but it wasn't meant to be that. It was just fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joan of Arc, 1412-1431: The Famous Women Series (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (56 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Orme
    • Narrated By Valentine Palmer, Mary Duddy, John Green
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    One of the most famous women of all time, Joan's brief life, spectacular death and mystical visions have no parallel outside of mythology. But this programme makes clear how very real she was to the army she led - and to the enemy she drove from Orleans.

    Patricia says: "A disappointment"
    "Interesting history and a great way to learn it."
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    I have always wanted to really understand the history of Joan of Arc and this was great. A very short read but packed with everything I wanted to know and more than I expected to learn. I am going to search out these short books because they are wonderful way learn (or relearn) history.

    It was a little over dramatized, but not so much that it was not forgivable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3421)
    Performance
    (2273)
    Story
    (2277)

    Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

    Heather says: "Rick Riordan does it again..."
    "A good book for youthful readers"
    Overall
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    This story is about a brother and sister whose father is an expert on Egyptian history. Because he is a direct descendant of a line of Egyptian Pharaohs he has god-like powers which he has used to bring ancient gods back into the world. Some of these gods are good and some are not so good. Something happens to the father (no spoiler here) which leaves the kids with the responsibility of getting rid of the gods that their father has unleashed on the world.

    In the beginning, the author engulfs you in a very interesting, fast paced, action packed story. When the kids start to battle the gods it gets a little redundant. I think I felt it was redundant and drawn out because I am too old to appreciate some of the action. I think pre-teens and teenagers will love this book.

    If I had young nieces or nephews I would probably buy this for them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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