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Donna & Jack

Donna chooses all the books for our library and writes the reviews

Sydney, Australia | Member Since 2005

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  • 1024 titles in library
  • 70 purchased in 2014
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  • Don't Say a Word

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Beverly Barton
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Homicide detective Julia Cass has witnessed plenty of crime scenes. But the murder of a Chattanooga judge is shocking in its brutality. Teamed with FBI agent Will Brannock, Julia delves into an investigation that soon unearths more bodies - all mutilated in the same way, all left with a gruesome souvenir of a killer's ruthless rage.... The only way to stop the slaughter is to predict the next victim. But when you're dealing with vengeance at its most ruthless, one wrong move can make you a target...and the next word you utter could be your last....

    Karen says: "Coming down his Runway"
    "Add to your must read, but in sequence"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Excellent mix of romance and crime suspense. Her Character development is exceptional without smothering the unique crime story line. A pleasure to read on both levels. Unfortunately the narrator spoiled the listening so much I purchased the e-book part way through and changed media, but don't be put off the enjoyment was worth the expense. What a terrible loss for her family and fans. I was so looking forward to a sequel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dust: Kay Scarpetta, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The body of a woman has been discovered inside the gates of MIT, draped in an unusual cloth. An examination reveals that the body is covered in a fine dust that under ultra-violet light fluoresces blood-red, emerald-green and sapphire-blue. As Kay Scarpetta pieces together the evidence, she draws herself and her team deeper into the dark world of designer drugs, drone technology and shocking corruption at the highest level.

    Donna & Jack says: "Why do I keep hoping and wasting money .."
    "Why do I keep hoping and wasting money .."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I keep hoping to re-capture my initial love of the stories from this author, however it does not happen. This story line is weak; continual complaints about her family; going over and over old decisions and past positions held; .... kindly have someone kill-off Kay and be done with it!
    Never again will I purchase another Scarpetta saga.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blind Eye: Logan McRae, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stuart MacBride
    • Narrated By Stuart MacBride
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    Aberdeen's growing Polish community is under attack from a serial offender who leaves mutilated victims to be discovered on building sites - eyes gouged out and the sockets burned. Detective Sergeant Logan McRae is assigned to the investigation, codenamed Operation Oedipus, but with the victims too scared to talk, it's going nowhere fast.

    Lesley says: "Blindingly Fast & Furious"
    "Dont waste your money or time!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed the earlier books in this series but have been disappointed by the last 2. I gave this one a chance as the author was narrating. DON'T BOTHER!
    The story line is now too depressing; the police hierarchy are portrayed as idiots; his direct and previous supervisors cannot speak without yelling; the verbal abuse is nonstop and totally unrealistic - nobody works in that environment!
    I have never stopped listening to a book before. My library contains over 350 books - I could not get past 15 minutes of this one.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2386)
    Performance
    (2113)
    Story
    (2121)

    The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

    krista says: "A cozy romance"
    "Excellent book 1, completely spoiled by narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Next Always the most enjoyable?

    Predictable but fun story line. Nora Roberts love story developed well.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Kids and female voices utterly spoiled; please Nora this narrator does not suit your fanciful, lighthearted stories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Study

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2225)
    Performance
    (971)
    Story
    (976)

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

    A says: "Fantasy, with a touch of romance."
    "Fantastic story; Excellent narrator"
    Overall

    This is the first book of this type I have listened to; my biggest disapointment - the story ended. Take your time, relax and enjoy a well thought out fantasy you will relate to on one level or another.
    There must be a sequel - please - soon ... and definately engage the same narrator - beautiful speaking voice and wonderful character voices.
    Congratulations on an enthralling tale, melodiously told.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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