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Donna

Wickenburg, AZ, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8391)
    Performance
    (7544)
    Story
    (7663)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Narrator made great book even better"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Nice way to escape into a fantasy world.


    What other book might you compare The Hobbit to and why?

    The Harry Potter series narrated by Jim Dale. The stories are unique and wonderful but the narration brings them to life.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    The voices were good, but the extra special aspect for me was his singing of the old dwarf and elf songs. Such a nice surprise!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mister Slaughter: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (775)
    Story
    (768)

    . Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York.

    Cheryl says: "Fantastic series!"
    "Far too much time spent on mayhem"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have enjoyed the series so this was okay.


    What could Robert McCammon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stop with all the near death stuff. Come on, no one gets shot at, stabbed, poisoned, etc multiple times a week and survives. Just not real. There are many interesting characters which could have been further explored and would have been much more interesting than the mayhem.


    Have you listened to any of Edoardo Ballerini’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He doesn't lose his stride and I know by his voice which character is speaking. He has a good practice of using a whisper which is effective.


    Was Mister Slaughter worth the listening time?

    Well, yes, continuation of the series but as a stand alone, I would not have finished it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1437)
    Performance
    (1243)
    Story
    (1239)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Maximum Thrill and Fabulous Characters"
    "Storyline is interesting"
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    What did you love best about The Keeper of Lost Causes?

    This story is something I haven't read before. I usually try to find very long books because short ones just don't seem to get the job done for me. This one kept my interest throughout.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the setting in Denmark and getting to know the characters. When a book makes me ask, "What is going to happen to so-and-so?" it has my attention.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't tell you. It would spoil it for others.


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

    I have listened to this book over and over. I still find it entertaining. I like the way the narrator, Erik Davies, uses the Scandinavian accent. Sounds like my grandparents.


    Any additional comments?

    The dearth of the "eff-word" is very refreshing. It is used as are some other swear words, but appropriately and sparingly.Also the conversation is pointed and not so drawn out that we have to put up with sentences which seem to be space fillers.This is a police mystery so there is violence, but again, it is to the point and fast paced. Lovely read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1779)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (796)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Richard says: "Tour de force"
    "Most engaging book in years."
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    What did you love best about Anathem?

    This is a story which grows with each telling. I have listened to it probably 30 times now and each time something new is revealed. The story is fresh and the characters are interesting. Most of all, I love the language. I grew up with a brother who made up his own vocabulary and only he and my cousin could understand it. Although this has mainly normal english speech, the addition of off the wall words is a treat.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to be honest, I always preview the narrators before I consider a book for listening. This book has numerous, interesting characters and the narrator nails them. After while, I knew who was speaking just from the voice. This made the book even more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1333)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (644)

    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "Entertainment while learning."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This is not really a "story" it is more of an education. I know nothing about the stock market and was hesitant to buy this book because I didn't believe I would understand it but Mr. Markopolos writes so well, and delivers just enough technical jargon that I could easily follow his flow.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Some of the names would be difficult to follow in written form and having them pronounced was good for me. The narrator was a little slow and flat so I tried to speed him up on my Kindle Fire, but that didn't please me either. I was surprised by the actual voices of some of the people involved including the author, but when I got used to them they seemed to add just enough variation to make the whole episode a reality.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3631)
    Performance
    (1593)
    Story
    (1604)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "Human and Scientific"
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    What made the experience of listening to Einstein the most enjoyable?

    Learning about the natures and lifestyles of our great scientists made this book very enjoyable for me. I have never been interested in science or physics per se but I have always been curious about Albert Einstein. This book brought him into human focus for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Einstein?

    What sticks with me is how long it took for AE to become recognized for his accomplishments. It puts a whole new spin on being passed over for a promotion.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The image of AE, world's greatest mind, sitting at his kitchen table and teaching young neighborhood children math. What an adventure!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The most haunting scene for e was when a German scientist took his son for a picnic away from the mental hospital in which he lived, then put an end to his son's and his own life due to the rise of Nazi doctrines.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting, not overly technical, just enough to encourage me to learn more about physics and dust off my math skills.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6149)
    Performance
    (5462)
    Story
    (5460)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Ear Candy!"
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    The words, the reading, the idea, the plot, all great and refreshing. A must not miss!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1216)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (583)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "How Interesting!"
    Overall

    This book takes a little getting used to but it is well worth the effort. It opens a window into little known trial, tribulations and triumphs of a profession which not many are familiar with, Science. Having a sister of my mother die in the 1918 Flu pandemic, I was interested to learn more and more I did learn. This is a treasure and the scientists seem to come to life. I was really rooting for them to find a cure. Interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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