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Donna

Memphis, TN, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Maybe This Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1340)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (722)

    When Andie tries to gain closure with her ex-husband, he asks one final favor of her. A distant cousin has died and left North the guardian of two orphans. When Andie meets the two children, she realizes the situation is much worse than she feared. Carter and Alice aren’t your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers. Complicating matters is Andie’s fiancé’s suspicion that this is all a plan by North to get Andie back.

    Jessica says: "Loved This Book"
    "Loved It!!!"
    Overall

    I love a book with suspense and romance (not all mushy, mushy). This one has both and held my interest from the beginning to the end. This was my second audio by Jennifer Crusie and will purchase more of them. It could become a movie, except they would butcher the story when they rewrite and start filming, so maybe it should be left alone as a book. I wish she would write a sequel about the brother--maybe I will go to her website and suggest it.

    Every time I write a review on these audio tapes, I can't stress it enough, the narrator can make or break a book. Angela Dawe's does a wonderful job distinguishing the characters--you can hear the difference (will listen to more from her as well).

    Get it, you will enjoy. Glad to be the first to review.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect on Paper: The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Maria Murnane
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (58)

    Waverly Bryson is a successful businesswoman in her late 20s who almost has it all: a dream job in sports PR, two best friends, and a bar where everybody knows her name. What she doesn’t have is a ring on her finger. And after being ditched at the altar, she’s in no hurry to get one. Besides, plenty of other issues keep her busy, including her wayward father, a new rival at work, and an ever-nagging fear that her life is not turning out as she thought it would...or should.

    Darlene says: "Wonderfully written characters!!!"
    "Great Series 1"
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    Funny, enjoyable! I am already purchasing the second Book in the series. Julia Whelan, another great read (listen)!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Every Solution, A Problem

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kerstin Gier
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Trashy-romance writer Gerri has it all - an overbearing family, a dead-end job, and no man but a ton of pressure to get married and have kids. Frustrated and hopeless that things will ever change, she decides it’s time to transition from “tragic loser” to “tragic loss”. Armed with a shoebox full of sleeping pills and a big bottle of vodka, she’s ready to end it all. First, she writes “honest” farewell notes to everyone she knows…

    Donna says: "Better Than I Thought"
    "Better Than I Thought"
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    This one turned out to be better that I thought--glad I listened. Very controlling mother in this one, but the main characters get past it--thank goodness.. I was drawn to it by the narrator. She has become one of my favorite.

    Yes, I will look for other books by this author and most definitely when JW is the narrator. As a matter of fact, I just purchased another book with JW narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waiting on You: Blue Heron, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kristan Higgins
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Colleen O'Rourke is in love with love…just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis, and staying more or less happily single. Ten years ago Lucas Campbell, her first love, broke her heart - an experience Colleen doesn't want to have again, thank you very much. Since then, she's been happy with a fling here and there, some elite-level flirting, and playing matchmaker to her friends. But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town....

    Donna says: "Loved It 3!!"
    "Loved It 3!!"
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    Great series--I hope she write another KH writes another one in the Blue Heron Series. Good story, believable characters Wish there was more in the story. I can't say enough good things about the narrator. I am getting ready to search for another book that she has read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Match: The Blue Heron Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kristan Higgins
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    Honor Holland has just been unceremoniously rejected by her lifelong crush. And now - a mere three weeks later - Mr. Perfect is engaged to her best friend. But resilient, reliable Honor is going to pick herself up, dust herself off, and get back out there… or she would if dating in Manningsport, New York, population 715, wasn't easier said than done.

    Cheryl H says: "Another perfect story from Kristan Higgins"
    "Loved It 2!!"
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    Great series--She makes the characters warm, believable. It's a great story. Love books with substance as well as romance. This one fit the bill.

    Again, Amy Rubinate makes the story even better--a great narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Best Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kristan Higgins
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (247)

    Faith Holland left her hometown after being jilted at the altar. Now a little older and wiser, she's ready to return to the Blue Heron Winery, her family's vineyard, to confront the ghosts of her past, and maybe enjoy a glass of red. After all, there's some great scenery there.... Like Levi Cooper, the local police chief - and best friend of her former fiancé. There's a lot about Levi that Faith never noticed, and it's not just those deep green eyes.

    Mary says: "Funny, flawed characters and great, dry dialogue."
    "Loved It"
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    Not sure how many times I have listened to it and finally decided I would write a review. This is a great book--will look for more by Ms. Higgins. The narrator just made it better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Handles: A Romantic Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gretchen Galway
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    The world of fitness apparel isn't ready for Beverly Lewis. She hates the gym, is nice to everybody, and shops at Ross Dress for Less. When she's not teaching preschool, she's wearing yoga pants...to nap in. So when she inherits her estranged grandfather's fitnesswear company in San Francisco, nobody expects her to keep it. Fite Fitness needs a heartless suit to save it from bankruptcy, not a thirty-year-old woman who cries when her students leave for kindergarten.

    Donna says: "Didn't Particularly Like It"
    "Didn't Particularly Like It"
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    By the time I finished it, I was glad. I thought the characters were a little silly as well as the book. Maybe I would have liked it better if I had read it, but not sure. I thought it was rushed in the story and I also I got the feeling that the book was rushed because they put too much into one recording instead of dividing it up as they generally do with a 10 hour book. I've seen it divided in an eight hour book (I think)--I wonder why not on this one.

    Tanya Eby seemed rushed in some of the scenes.

    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
    (99)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    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.

    Linda says: "Story and narration were sub par"
    "My first Marie Force"
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    I just found Marie Force and will be listening again. This is a good story--a little mushy at times but still good. I look forward to the next family member to hook up. I hope it comes soon. Love families that take care of and think of all the members of the family. Wish a lot more of us would.

    Kate Rudd was great--found another narrator that I can listen to more than just one time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flat-Out Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (497)

    He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy. So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves. Complicated? Awkward? Completely. But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.

    Marie Medellin says: "Nerdtastic! Best Narration!"
    "Surprisingly Good"
    Overall
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    Story

    I read the reviews and I am glad I chose the book. Good story. The narrator was great. I will look for more books by the JP and other books narrated by the JW. I did question whether someone straight out of high school would be so knowledgeable of life but then I remembered from the start you could tell/feel she was quite intelligent. I will listen again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hunted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (108)

    'Twas the night before Christmas…and dozens of rich, influential hostages are trapped inside a sprawling lakefront mansion in New Orleans. The perp? Detective Reed Ware, model cop turned outlaw. After receiving a panicked call from Hollis "Holly" Bayard, a teenage street tough with a penchant for amateur sleuthing who stumbles upon the scene of a drug-deal-turned-murder, Ware finds his and his friend's lives in dire danger. The crime Holly witnessed could be the biggest police cover-up this side of New Orleans - and no one's talking.

    Susan says: "Robards is back, minus the paranormal. Yay!"
    "Dull"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was not Ms Robards' best. Not enough suspense. I kept wanting to say, just get it on. It took her forever for them to mate (smile). But I will keep reading/listening to her books because I know there are better ones out there.

    Need more suspense along with the romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (127)

    Dawson Scott is a well-respected journalist recently returned from Afghanistan. Haunted by everything he experienced, he's privately suffering from battle fatigue which is a threat to every aspect of his life. But then he gets a call from a source within the FBI. A new development has come to light in a story that began 40 years ago. It could be the BIG story of Dawson's career one in which he has a vested interest.

    Elaine says: "Unbelievably mediocre!"
    "She Did It Again"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Good story! She had me fooled to the end. Maybe I missed it, but was the second child mentioned earlier? But I don't want to give away the book. Sandra Brown writes a great book. Stephen Lang--great job!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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