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Donna

MERIDEN, CT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7613)
    Performance
    (6632)
    Story
    (6623)

    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"
    "Excellent Read!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Absolutely loved 'Liz'/Abigail. She made a great heroine. I can't remember the last time a character entertained me from beginning to end.

    By the time the story concluded, I was wishing for a sequal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All You Need Is Love: Green Mountain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (181)

    When Cameron Murphy heads to Vermont to build a website for a new client, she imagines a more relaxing trip than she gets. After wrecking her car by colliding with the town moose, she meets the most handsome hero she’s ever seen. Unfortunately, her savior, Will Abbott, is also the son of her client - and he wants nothing to do with the new website or the city girl creating it. For all Will cares, Cameron can march her fancy boots right out of town and out of his family’s business. But he can’t seem to get her out of his head.

    Lydia says: "Fun - Easy Listen"
    "VERY Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Normally I really enjoy anything by Marie Force- but this not this time. I think this was because the narrator was not a good fit for this story. The main character (and all other female characters) came across as though they were still in high school. I found it (the performance) very annoying and ended up just wishing the story would end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Plain Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Christina Moore, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1215)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (454)

    The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.

    Susan says: "Plain good!"
    "Endless listen with too many similies"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While the premise of the story was good, none of the characters were likeable to me ( Ellie was rude, Katie was a liar).The narration did not help this story. The reader's tone always seemed to come across as confrontational or as a know- it-all. On top of it all the outcome was obvious before I was half way thru the book. The story just went on and on and on and on...... I kept thinking just get to the point.

    Over all I didn't care for Picoult's writing style. Way too many words and similes that added nothing to the story. It was almost like she's trying to let me know how deep and smart she is.


    Could not wait for this book to end....This was my first/last Jodi Picoult audio/read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Mistake: Fatal Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (105)

    D.C. is recovering from angry riots after one player's mistake blew the D.C. Federals' chance at the World Series, and Lt. Sam Holland is determined to unravel the twisted web of motives behind the star center fielder's death. Was it a disgruntled fan, a spurned lover or a furious teammate? Determined to bring the killer to justice, Sam must root out the truth before another mistake proves fatal.

    Rusty says: "Sam is not Submissive"
    "Only So- So"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    IThis story was not as good as the others in this series. Not sure if itwas the story or the reader but at times, I felt like I really didn't like Sam (the main character) Instead of coming off as good cop, she seemed kind of self righteous and bitchy.

    What was the big deal with Nick going on a secret trip on Air Force one? Was that simply a plot point for his conversation with the president? It seemed silly.
    All in all the story kind of fell flat and at times felt disjointed.

    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
    (1957)
    Performance
    (1720)
    Story
    (1743)

    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!"
    "No Story here."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listened for approx 10 hours to a 'book' that had no story. The book droned on and on describing decor, shoes, and other inane details. Hard to finish.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fairy Tale Weddings

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Thorndike Prince - handsome, levelheaded, successful - is a high-ranking New York City executive. Cindy Territo is the janitor who cleans his office after hours. There's no reason they'd ever meet, no reason he'd even notice her - until, on a whim and a dare, Cindy crashes his company's Christmas ball. She dances with her Prince and then, like a proper Cinderella, flees at midnight, leaving her heart behind.

    Megan says: "Narrator is.... blah!"
    "One of the worst narrators ever!!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Found it very difficult to listen this. The narrator is so bad that it actually takes away from the story(ies) -

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shiver

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    Detective Reuben "Diego" Montoya is back in New Orleans. Thanks to years of working with the dark side of society, his youthful swagger is gone, replaced by straightforward determination. He'll need it, because a serial killer is turning The Big Easy into his personal playground. The victims are killed in pairs - no connection, no apparent motive, no real clues. Somebody's playing a sick game, and Montoya intends to beat him at it.

    Nancy says: "shiver"
    "Hard to finish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Listening became a chore.......


    Main character had no common sense.....She is being watched/stalked, has a gun stolen from her house and wonders if she should call the police?

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets to the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (752)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (458)

    When Marissa is found brutally murdered, with her young daughter, Haley, resting her head on her mother's bloody breast, she sends the idyllic California town of Oak Knoll into a tailspin. Already on edge with the upcoming trial of the See- No-Evil killer, residents are shocked by reports of the crime scene, which might not have been discovered for days had it not been for a chilling 911 call: a small child's voice saying, "My daddy hurt my mommy."

    Judy Ford says: "Totally superior!!"
    "Okay story...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you be willing to try another book from Tami Hoag? Why or why not?

    I find Tami Hoag's writing style very engaging.


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

    Parts of the book made me want to continue- a couple of parts bordered on ridiculous and made me LOL(don't think it was the author's intention)


    Any additional comments?

    The main character experienced so many life threatening situations, it was ridiculous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (1421)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (545)

    Sophie Kinsella's debut is a romp through the perils of shopping and spending, spending, spending! Becky can't resist a sale, and she's only a little overdrawn on her VISA. Readers will laugh aloud at Becky's retail adventures as she finds new and creative ways to relieve her increasingly credit card debt. Emily Gray's narration bounces along with Becky and her buying whims, while delivering a humorous account of what happens when credit goes bad.

    Evelyn says: "Not so much!"
    "Wish I could get refunded for this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Confessions of a Shopaholic?

    I could not finish this book. I felt there was no story, only the ramblings of a lunatic.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    anything not a part of this series


    Which character – as performed by Emily Gray – was your favorite?

    no favorite- as I could not finish the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    irritation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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