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Donna

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  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By William Hope
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (218)

    Elegant, enigmatic Jay Gatsby yearns for his old love, the beautiful Daisy. But she is married to the insensitive if hugely successful Tom Buchanan, who won’t let her go despite having a mistress himself. In their wealthy haven, these beguiling lives are brought together by the innocent and entranced narrator, Nick – until their decadent deceits spill into violence and tragedy. Part morality tale, part fairy tale, The Great Gatsby is the consummate novel of the Jazz Age. Its tenderness and poetry make it one of the great works of the 20th century.

    Ian C Robertson says: "The Very Good Gatsby"
    "Excellent audiobook"
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    Would you listen to The Great Gatsby again? Why?

    Yes. It was well read by the narrator, and of course it is one of the best books ever written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The setting, the tale of unrequited love-- even though Gatsby turns out to be a stalker.


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

    This might sound odd, but his voice seemed to fit with the era.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2623)
    Performance
    (2457)
    Story
    (2462)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Teddy says: "Hooked!"
    "Worst waste of a credit ever!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone with the sense of humor of a 10-year-old boy, and no idea what proper grammar is.


    What could Mark Tufo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Hired an editor or 2 or 3.


    What didn’t you like about Sean Runnette’s performance?

    The material he was reading was the biggest problem.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Zombie Fallout?

    The scenes weren't the problem. The awful awful writing and horrible sentence construction and misogyny were the problem.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste a credit on this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (902)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "Fascinating slice of history"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lost in Shangri-La the most enjoyable?

    Knowing that the story was true and that the events unfolding had actually happened.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lost in Shangri-La?

    It was all very memorable; the whole story is astounding. From the airplanes finding the hidden valley to the death-defying escape methods used by the pilots.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing sticks out in my head as a favorite scene.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mourn Not Your Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Michael Deehy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James are sent to suburban Surrey to investigate the murder of a high-ranking police officer. Alastair Gilbert was bludgeoned to death in his kitchen, and the list of potential suspects is long--the man's arrogance earned him widespread enmity both in the village where he lived, and in police circles. But Duncan and Gemma must put aside their personal feelings--for the victim, as well as for each other--to solve the most troubling case either has faced.

    C says: "Decent listen"
    "Good story, good narration"
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    Where does Mourn Not Your Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book rates solidly in the upper middle. It was interesting enough to keep me engaged and wanting to know what happened next.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really. The plot was a little bit slow compared with some thrillers I have read. BUT, that is not a bad thing. I liked the pacing of the story and I liked how the author took time to develop the characters a little bit more than is done in many books these days.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Deehy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm not sure.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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