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Donald

Louisville, Georgia, United States | Member Since 2018

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  • Full Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Thomas Ford
    • Narrated By Blake Somerset
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    History professor Ned Brummel is living happily with his partner of 12 years in small-town Maine when he receives a phone call from his estranged friend - Jack - telling him that another friend - Andy - is very ill and possibly near death. As Ned boards a plane to Chicago on his way to his friend's bedside, he embarks on another journey into memory, examining the major events and small moments that have shaped his world and his relationships with these two very different, very important men.

    Donald says: "To Every Season..."
    "To Every Season..."
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    I loved this story!! I can so relate to the struggles, hardships, and joy described in the pages of Michael Thomas Ford's 'Full Story'. Though I am not as old as the characters of our protagonists, Ned & Jack, many of the paths described within the pages resonate within and brought forth a plethora of memories of my own forgotten past. Initially, I thought I would resent that remembrance, but I must admit that I am thankful. This is the second book written by Ford that I have read and I can assuredly admit that I am now a huge fan. The narration of Blake Somerset, brought the characters to life and I am glad that I was able to share in the telling of such a reminiscent tale! Highly recommend!!!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Olive Juice

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By TJ Klune
    • Narrated By Derrick McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    It begins with a message that David cannot ignore: I want to see you. He agrees, and on a cold winter's night, David and Phillip will come together to sift through the wreckage of the memory of a life no longer lived. David is burdened, carrying with him the heavy guilt of the past six years upon his shoulders. Phillip offers redemption.

    Belen says: "Yes, you will probably cry."
    "Little deaths"
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    A hu-mongous fan of T.J.'s writing style and storytelling. I did not dislike this story...I just felt it was really sad and my heart broke a little throughout listening to the story. Without giving too much away, it's an emotional story, one that can lead the reader to assume one thing, be shocked, and then die a little, with each word. Our narrative reflects where we are and because T. J. allowed his fans to be privy to certain aspects of his life, this story appears to be reflective of where he was at that point of his life. Never judge or assume. Derrick McClain was wonderful in delivering this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rocks in the Windshield: The Harbinger, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Keegan Kennedy
    • Narrated By Michael Ahr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The series continues in book 5: Rocks in the Windshield. At Ghost Lake, the group strategizes, planning for their long-term survival, but just because they're a team doesn't mean that people will get along. After the tragedy of the plague, people's true personalities begin to emerge, and not everyone is happy with Alex's leadership. Simon's death catches up with Nina. Logan has become smitten with Kirk. Alex continues to keep his distance from Meredith.

    Donald says: "Beginning again..."
    "Beginning again..."
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    Looking forward to the next part of the series. This is a story, chock full, of a plethora of characters...some in which you like, some you dislike, and some you're just not sure of. This begins where #4 ends and transitions for the next couple of weeks. I love Kennedy's writing style and because I am listening to the audio version, Michael Ahr is amazing and adds so much to the story. My favorite character has to be Beulah...a great read...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rise & Fall: THIRDS, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlie Cochet
    • Narrated By Mark Westfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (416)

    After an attack by the Coalition leaves THIRDS Team Leader Sloane Brodie critically injured, agent Dexter J. Daley swears to make Beck Hogan pay for what he's done. But Dex's plans for retribution are short-lived. With Ash still on leave with his own injuries, Sloane in the hospital, and Destructive Delta in the Coalition's crosshairs, Lieutenant Sparks isn't taking any chances.

    Belen says: "Mark Westfield does it again!"
    "Watch out..."
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    The stories keep getting better and better. I enjoy how Cochet intertwines all aspects of the story. Though the main characters are Sloan and Dex...whom I love and adore, I can see where Cochet is beginning to fill in some of the other character's stories and how it's a pivotal part of the story. Dex is my man!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rack & Ruin: THIRDS, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Charlie Cochet
    • Narrated By Mark Westfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (493)

    Innocent civilians are caught in the crossfire and although the THIRDS round up more and more members of the Order in the hopes of keeping the volatile group from reorganizing, the members of the Coalition continue to escape and wreak havoc in the name of vigilante justice.

    Belen says: "Mark Westfield Rocks This Series!"
    "Better and better..."
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    Keep falling more and more in love with Dex and Sloan...now we can add Ash to the list. The series keeps getting better and better...Cochet is great and Westfield is phenomenal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin' Dixie Outta the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan, Corey Ryan Forrester
    • Narrated By Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan, Corey Ryan Forrester
    Overall
    (1169)
    Performance
    (1092)
    Story
    (1079)

    Smart, hilarious, and incisive, the Liberal Rednecks confront outdated traditions and intolerant attitudes, tackling everything people think they know about the South - the good, the bad, the glorious, and the shameful - in a laugh-out-loud funny and lively manifesto for the rise of a New South. Home to some of the best music, athletes, soldiers, whiskey, waffles, and weather the country has to offer, the South has also been bathing in backward bathroom bills and other bigoted legislation.

    E. Cote says: "Must read for all Americans"
    "A Must for Everyone...."
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    I listened to this book in one sitting. I thoroughly enjoy the antics and perspectives of these three individuals. This book was both riveting and inspiring. I am from the South, [Burke County, GA] and I have always shared that knowledge with pride. As a military brat, I did not spend a great deal of time in the South but I did have the pleasure of experiencing some of the antics discussed in the book with my Ma-ma and Pa-Pa. I have some great memories of them. Though I came to this book a self-identified liberal, this book made me laugh out loud, shed a few tears, and rethink some of my previous perceptions. I'm not sure if I will ever don the 'redneck' label, but I certainly have a better understanding of the definition and a better insight to my previous biases. I live in the South. I was born in the South. I am proud of my Southern heritage! I recommend this book to everyone! I guarantee the stories shared by these three comedic geniuses will make you laugh, shed a tear, and make you rethink your perceptions of the South!

    PS. I have such a man-crush on Drew!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Again

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Nick J. Russo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (172)

    Six years ago, Noah Wheeler went to meet his boyfriend, Dante Cerreto, at the airport, and his world ended. Dante was kissing someone else and claimed to be in love. So Noah took his heartbreak and closed the door on the big picture of what he thought his life would be, focusing instead on the piece of the dream he got to keep, being a father. Six years later, Dante wants to make up for lost time, but he's going to have to take a crash course in communication and seduction. Noah's not going to fall in love just to be broken again.

    Belen says: "Loved the narration!"
    "Sweet..."
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    A short but sweet little story that makes one believe that happily ever after's can happen. Great writing by Mary Calmes and Nick J. Russo does a great job bringing this sweet story to life. Short, sweet, and enjoyable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Private

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22194)
    Performance
    (19746)
    Story
    (19716)

    Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

    Wayne says: "Thanks to Audible and Hachette Audio for..."
    "Great Listen..."
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this story...my first James Patterson book. There was so much going on in this story, but it all seemed to fit and make sense. All stories met a great ending. No loose ends. I enjoyed Patterson's writing style. I'm looking forward to reading more stories...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devotion: Forbes Mates, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Grace R. Duncan
    • Narrated By Joel Leslie
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    Finley Cooper is tired of waiting for his destined mate to be ready to claim him. In deference to human laws, he's already agreed to wait until he's 18. But now his birthday has come and gone-and his mate has a new set of excuses. Finley doesn't understand it any more than his wolf does, and he's beginning to wonder if fate made a mistake.

    Belen says: "Great narration"
    "A Cute Shifter Story"
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    This was a cute wolf shifter story. At times, I did not understand the hesitation from Tanner, one of the protagonists but I certainly could understand Finley's aggravation, the other protagonist. The story was a bit predictable but it was rather enjoyable. I did like this book. I would have given it 3.5 stars...but not an option. Another thing that confused me was the fear associated with the mating ritual and being visual...without giving to much away. Again, a cute shifter story with some hot sex scenes. Joel Leslie did a good job bringing the story to life. Would recommend...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Harbinger

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Keegan Kennedy
    • Narrated By Michael Ahr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (101)

    It starts as a whisper, barely audible. Rumors. Paranoia. Conspiracy theories. Subterfuge. Like lightning, the plague moves across the globe, leaving few alive. But the end is only the beginning. Primarily set in Memphis, four loosely-connected strangers, caught up in their lives, find their worlds annihilated by the swiftly-moving plague. Alex Connelly is a wealthy young executive. Kirk Foster is a self-absorbed aging gay man. Meredith Brinkley's ongoing war with breast cancer takes a turn for the worse. Logan King is a closeted baseball jock.

    Hamildog says: "Great story"
    "Just Beyond!!!"
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    First let me start off by stating that I loved this book. The character development and the storytelling ability of Keegan Kennedy kept me entranced throughout the book. The cast of characters are representative of today's society, which explains some of the reviews about the book. Yes, there are gay characters, principle protagonists within the story; Yes, there is gay sex but no more than heterosex and the manner in which Kennedy interlopes the act into the story, one really doesn't focus on the sex, which as mentioned in several reviews, fades away before the nitty gritty occurs. NOT GAY EROTICA...A great story about the real potential of an end of the world scenario involving a manmade viral agent and the possible effects of the spread of such a virus. I think Michael Ahr did a fantastic job distinguishing the characters. I had no problems with his inflection and tone. He did a great job enhancing the story offered by Kennedy. The story was 29 plus hours and it took me a while to get through it...not because I wasn't enraptured with the story but life happens...I so enjoyed the story and I researched to see if the next segment was in audio. I will wait a bit to see if it happens but if it doesn't I will be buying the continuing books in the Harbinger series!

    One final note...a spoiler of sorts but not really...let me just say...fried dark meat was fitting justice ;-)

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The V Unit

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Max Vos
    • Narrated By Greg Boudreaux
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    Only a select few in the human world knew of the existence of the V-Unit, a small group of highly trained Marines - who happened to be vampires. And it would have stayed that way. But when events in the vampire world, threatened the stability of the human world, the powers that be called for the unit's specialized services.

    Donald says: "Military men and Vampires....Wonderful!"
    "Military men and Vampires....Wonderful!"
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    Loved, loved, loved this story! This is my first book by Max Vos and I have to say that I am super impressed and I am looking forward to reading more of his works. The story of Bronson and Sarge (David) was heartwarming and loving. The story has mystery, intrigue, violence, passion, love, sadness, vampires, and hot sex!! The sex did not overpower the story, which is great from beginning to the end. I want to join the ranks of the V Unit ;-). Greg Boudreaux's narration was excellent and added so much to the story. Definitely would recommend!!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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