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Donn Edwards

Donn Edwards

Johannesburg, South Africa

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  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Lucy has stumbled upon a marvellous land of fauns and centaurs, nymphs and talking animals. But soon she discovers that it is ruled by the cruel White Witch, and can only be freed by Aslan, the great Lion, and four children.

    Donn Edwards says: "Excellent Story"
    "Excellent Story"
    Overall

    The story is well read, and well told. I just wish the narrator wouldn't adopt the tone of voice that sounds like he's reading it to a naughty five-year-old. Apart from that it is brilliant, with good voices, excellent pace, clear voice, and everything else that does this great story justice.

    Add this to your Christmas stocking, or better, buy it for someone young and then listen to the story with them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Good Morning, Mr. Mandela: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Zelda la Grange
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh, Zelda la Grange
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    A white Afrikaner, Zelda la Grange grew up in segregated South Africa, supporting the regime and the rules of apartheid. Her conservative family referred to the imprisoned Nelson Mandela as "a terrorist". Yet just a few years after his release and the end of apartheid, she would be traveling the world by Mr. Mandela’s side, having grown to respect and cherish the man she would come to call "Khulu", or "Grandfather".

    Rob Burnt says: "THE NARRATION IS NOTHING SHORT OF A DISGRACE"
    "Terrible Accent by the Narrator"
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    I have enjoyed Adjoa Andoh's readings of The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, and even though she acted in "Invictus", a movie about Nelson Mandela, she simply cannot do a credible or authentic accent of either Zelda la Grange or Nelson Mandela. I cannot understand why producers of audiobooks about Nelson Mandela have failed so monumentally in getting narrators that can do the job.

    There are plenty of competent South Africans who would read this book and get the pronunciation of "la Grange" and "Mandela" correct. An example would be the person who interviews Zelda la Grange at the end of the book.

    It is agonizing for a South African to listen to 14 hours of mangled words like this. I'm returning this book in disgust at the publishers. Sorry, Zelda!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Book and a Study Guide of the 12 Steps of AA

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Bill Wilson, William Silkworth, Dr. Bob Smith
    • Narrated By Glenn Langohr
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (15)

    The key text of Alcoholics Anonymous, which to this very day has not changed since it was first published in 1939. This is the original text with the addition of personal stories from both the 1st and 2nd editions. New linked table of contents added for group meeting use. Also included: A current study guide from the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

    Donn Edwards says: "A Must Read for Everyone"
    "A Must Read for Everyone"
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    This book has changed the lives of millions around the world, and for that reason alone everyone should listen to it. The stories of changed lives are fascinating and compelling. Unlike many novels, these stories are not embellished, and drinking is not glamorised.

    This book is a sobering look at alcoholism, and at the same time takes a cold hard look at the question of "Who is God and why should I take Him seriously?"

    The narrator, Glenn Langhor, is clearly no professional narrator. He makes many minor mistakes and seems to stumble through some passages. But what he lacks in professional reading ability is completely overshadowed by his earnestness. This quality in itself makes the book totally compelling listening, even if you've never had a drink in your life.

    I'm really glad I listened to this book. I can now understand what alcoholics and their families have to deal with.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Best Women's Erotica 2010

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Violet Blue (editor)
    • Narrated By Tara Tyler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Best Women's Erotica 2010 delivers ecstatic, heady, and heart-pounding thrills. From the sparks between strangers to the knowing caresses of longtime lovers, the characters in these steamy stories revel in erotic adventure. Lovingly selected by best-selling author Violet Blue, Best Women's Erotica showcases the most daring, best-written erotica of the year.

    Donn Edwards says: "Hot and steamy"
    "Hot and steamy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The stories are hot and sexy, but not "bump and grind" porn. They are much more subtle and intriguing than that.

    The narrator does a great job, BUT there is no gap between stories, not even half a second. This spoils the delicious moment at the end of each story by immediately announcing the title of the next story. Not good, Audible!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Collector: Lincoln Rhyme, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Kerry Shale
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    New York City is thrown into chaos by the assaults of the Bone Collector, a serial kidnapper and killer who gives the police a chance to save his victims from death by leaving obscure clues. The cops go to Lincoln Rhyme, an ex-NYPD forensics expert left paralysed after an accident on the job. Rhyme reluctantly postpones his ambitions towards suicide and puts together a forensic investigation team, enlisting as his eyes and ears young police officer Amelia Sachs.

    Donn Edwards says: "Abridged too far"
    "Abridged too far"
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    It is a pity that this book has been abridged. The story is disjointed and doesn't flow properly, and a lot of important information has been hacked out. What remains is the bleeding corpse of a novel.

    I sincerely hope that the publishers produce an unabridged version of this book. The author deserves better than what he got with this hack job.

    Having said that, the pace and general plot seem to have survived somehow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Sea: Oregon Files, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Jack du Brul
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    On 7 December 1941, four brothers exploring a pit on a small island off the coast of Washington state make an extraordinary discovery, only to be interrupted by news of Pearl Harbor. In the present, Juan Cabrillo, Captain of US spy-ship Oregon, chasing the remnants of a crashed satellite in the Argentine jungle, makes a shocking discovery of his own. His search to untangle the mystery leads him, first, to that small island and its secret, and then much farther back, to an ancient Chinese expedition, and a 500-year-old curse....

    Donn Edwards says: "Correction"
    "Correction"
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    This is not a review, but a correction

    The authors are Clive Cussler and Jack du Brul.

    The Narrator is Scott Brick

    It is book 7 in the Oregon Files

    Kindly adjust

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Second Son: A Jack Reacher Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Kerry Shale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Ever wondered what early experiences shaped Reacher's explosive career as butt-kicker supreme, the one-man guided-missile battler for justice? In this original new short story, Lee Child looks back on an incident in his hero Jack Reacher's teenage years as the younger son of a tough career US Marine, on a faraway military base in the Pacific.

    Chris says: "Good to learn about Reachers childhood"
    "Good Short Story"
    Overall
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    I enjoyed this short story about Jack Reacher at the age of 13. It is credible and enetertaining.

    Before you buy this book, however, check out whether it is bundled with "The Affair", because it seems to be for US buyers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Leigh, Luke Harding, Ed Pilkington, and others
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    The extraordinary twists and turns of WikiLeaks have been closely followed by the Guardian newspaper ever since the website launched in 2006, and Guardian journalists have had unprecedented access to all the major players, from angry and embarrassed politicians and diplomats to the extraordinary figure of Julian Assange himself. Here they reveal the many strands—legal, ethical, security related—of a story that continues to dominate world headlines.

    Donn Edwards says: "You have to listen to this book"
    "You have to listen to this book"
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    I am appalled at the treatment of Bradley Manning described in this book. And this from a state that complained about solitary confinement in Apartheid South Africa and other repressive regimes. The hypocrisy of the State department and incompetence of the US military is clear for all to see.

    Julian Assange does not come out of this book as a saint, but as an activist with human flaws and idiosyncrasies.

    The insights into the newsrooms and negotiations leading up to the release of the Afghan and later Iraqi war logs, and then the (un)diplomatic cables, are fascinating. The authors' British bias is obvious, but not annoying.

    Unfortunately the narrator blunders through some poor name pronunciation and pauses in funny places. Perhaps the narration was a rush job; I think a British voice would have done better. The book was put together in record time, so it tends to repeat some items. Nonetheless I found it impossible to put down, and it clarified the history and background of the WikiLeaks saga for me.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Longing for God: Seven Paths of Christian Devotion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Richard J. Foster
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Richard Foster and Gayle Beebe, both experienced leaders in spiritual formation, introduce you to people from the past who have known God deeply. Each person helps you to grasp one of the seven primary paths to intimacy with God that have been developed throughout Christian history.

    Donn Edwards says: "Narrator is incorrect"
    "Narrator is incorrect"
    Overall

    Read by David Cochran Heath not Lloyd James

    Please could this error be rectified. Thanks very much

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Burn: An Anna Pigeon Mystery, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (135)

    Anna Pigeon, a Ranger with the National Park Service, is on administrative leave from her job as she recovers from the traumas of the past couple of months – while the physical wounds have healed, the emotional ones are still healing. With her new husband busy and back at work, Anna decides to go to stay with an old friend from the Park Service, Geneva, who works as a singer at the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park.

    Ilah says: "Bring other narrator back!!!!"
    "Not a light, happy story"
    Overall
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    If you want a simple murder mystery, try some of the earlier Anna Pigeon books. This one has a story that is hard to hear, but needs to be heard. I found it quite shocking, and not in the least bit titillating.

    I was also intrigued at how easy it was to draw the wrong conclusions about people, particularly the heroine of the story. This is a story you won't forget, and its setting makes it all the more bleak. I trust all the bad guys will BURN in hell.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Theodore Boone

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Half the man, twice the lawyer. In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he's only 13 years old, Theo Boone thinks he's one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk - and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom. But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than he expected. Because he knows so much - maybe too much - he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial.

    Alan T Alcock says: "You have to be kidding!"
    "Half the length, twice the enjoyment"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If John Grisham wrote this story to reach a wider audience, I think he will succeed. This novel is far less technical than his legal thrillers, and much less tense. Still, the story moves along with pace and humour, and the characters are all believable and interesting.

    The narrator does a good job and by the end I was hoping the book would go on longer. Great story, brilliantly told.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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