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M. Davis

SouthernGirl

GA | Member Since 2008

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  • Chasing Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1607)
    Performance
    (1094)
    Story
    (1106)

    Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday.

    M. Davis says: "Another winner by Roberts!"
    "Another winner by Roberts!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book - and Rebecca Lowman did an excellent job of the narration. Interesting storyline - and Roberts drew interesting and enjoyable characters. Great mix of mystery/suspense and romance. Totally enjoyable listen, didn't want to stop till the last chapter was complete!

    28 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Track

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (76)

    Cordelia Kane has always been a daddy's girl - her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother. Cordelia can't suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them.

    M. Davis says: "Mostly enjoyed it."
    "Mostly enjoyed it."
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Julie Garwood and/or Tanya Eby?

    Maybe - pretty bad narration on this one.


    Would you recommend Fast Track to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably. I waited so long to finally have Aiden and Cordi's story. Love this series. Only problem with this one was the big "climax" of the story was too distant and removed from the main characters. Didn't get that - sort of anti-climatic at the end of the day b


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tanya Eby?

    Someone a lot better with male voices and accents. Pretty bad.


    Do you think Fast Track needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I want to see the characters continue.


    Any additional comments?

    A little disappointed - maybe after the long wait for this book - too much expectation. Really think the main characters should have been more involved with the final takedown.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Vanished

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kendra Elliot
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl, Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (43)

    When an 11-year-old is abducted on her way to school, the FBI doesn't waste a moment, sending agents to scour the area and embedding Special Agent Ava McLane with the distraught family. In the eye of the storm is local detective Mason Callahan, whose life is crumbling to pieces - he's related to the victim, and his longtime confidential informant has just been murdered.

    Kindle Customer says: "Another edge of your seat read and GREAT listen!"
    "God so far...sorta"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Still listening- the MAJOR problem is the dual narration. HATE IT!! Arghh- it continually interrupts a great story. At times -so frustrating. I would probably love this book otherwise. If not for the LOUSY narration.


    Would you recommend Vanished to your friends? Why or why not?

    LOUSY dual narration. Constantly pulls you out of the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Podehl and Amy McFadden ?

    N/A. ONE NARRARATOR!!!!


    Could you see Vanished being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Uhmm - heck no


    Any additional comments?

    Probably a good book - LOUSY NARRATION.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By J. D. Faver
    • Narrated By Anne Hancock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    A terrified woman erases her past to escape her abusive husband. Taking her children, she disappears from Texas only to reinvent herself as a teacher in a remote Alaskan village. She fights to survive the harsh environment, while ever mindful of the danger stalking her. A complication emerges in the form of her new boss who is unaware of her entanglement and pursues her with a passion. Hungry for a father figure, her young children immediately take to him, but she is haunted by the cruel man who battered her.

    M. Davis says: "Cartoonish Characters"
    "Cartoonish Characters"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who doesn't require realistic characters and dialogue.


    What was most disappointing about J. D. Faver’s story?

    Nothing wrong with the plot....but these characters - yikes! First off, inept adults who talk like a bad who-dunit movie. No one - at least not in my world - talks like this. My dear, darling....sounds ok - but when put into the story - not so much. There's a PI in the story that is so inept it's hard to understand why she would ever be trusted. And don't get me started on the Scottish luxury car rental driver who bodyguards because - hey he's really big. And he goes trotting off to the US of A to play bodyguard. First thing that happens - he gets knocked out because he never saw anyone coming at him. Wow. Some bodyguard. Then you have the main character up in the wilds of Alaska. Falls in love with her boss and everything is la, la, la....perfect. Suddenly she goes from being a scared rabbit to amazon woman. Really? And the crazy, sadistic husband that's hunting for her? Cartoon whack job is what he is. Must have gotten his character from Villains 'R Us.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance couldn't be any better because the content being read was so lousy.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yeah, it finally ended.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Revenge: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    At 25, Princess Adrianne lives a life most people would envy. Beautiful and elegant, she spends her days dabbling in charities and her nights floating from one glamorous gala to the next. But her pampered-rich-girl pose is a ruse, a carefully calculated effort to hide a dangerous truth. For 10 years Adrianne has lived for revenge. As a child, she could only watch the cruelty hidden behind the facade of her parents' fairy-tale marriage. Now she has the perfect plan to make her famous father pay.

    patricia says: "Unhappy with the reader."
    "All time very best NR ever!!!!"
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    Would you listen to Sweet Revenge again? Why?

    Absolutely! I just fell in love with these characters!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sweet Revenge?

    Too any to name just one!


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

    The accent!! Outstanding narration.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It takes a thief :)


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read/listen!!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Far Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Laura Griffin
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    To save her only brother, Andrea Finch must face down a criminal mastermind, the FBI, and her own demons in this thrilling novel from the author of the best-selling Tracers series. Police detective Andrea Finch is a rising star in her department until a split-second decision derails her career. Disgraced and disillusioned, she’s on leave from her job when she gets an urgent call from her younger brother. She’d prefer to ignore his latest plea for cash, but this time instinct tells her something is very wrong.

    Tina says: "Below expectations"
    "Hopscotch Plot - Makes No Sense"
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    What would have made Far Gone better?

    A plot that stayed cohesive...actually making some sense.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Candace Thaxton?

    Probably


    What character would you cut from Far Gone?

    Too many to keep up with....


    Any additional comments?

    I hardly made it past the first hour before giving up. It hopscotches all over the place and did not engage me enough to want to figure it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • She Can Hide: She Can, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Melinda Leigh
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Abby Foster just wants a quiet, normal life. The high school teacher left everything about her past behind when she moved to the mountains of Pennsylvania, but only three years after surviving a brutal attack, Abby awakes in an icy river, facing death once again. This time, though, she doesn't have to face it alone - if she can manage to trust the sexy cop who just risked his life to save her. Officer Ethan Hale's gut tells him there's more to Abby’s "accident" than meets the eye....

    M. Davis says: "TSTL - Too Stupid To Live - Ugh"
    "TSTL - Too Stupid To Live - Ugh"
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    What disappointed you about She Can Hide?

    I listened to about 3/4's of this book when the main character pulled the ultimate bone headed - too stupid to live - action. I can tolerate a lot of things in a book - but I cannot stand a dumb character. This chick is dumb as a brick....I couldn't even finish the book.


    What could Melinda Leigh have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not rely on an obvious - too stupid to live - action by the main character to advance the plot. I like smart women who know when it's time to let the professionals take over. Brave is one thing - stupid quite another. These newer authors need to go back and read Linda Howard, Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, etc. They know how to write a good plot without reducing the main character to stupidity to advance said plot.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amy Rubinate?

    She was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation....


    Any additional comments?

    ****Spoiler Alert*** When you are sleeping with a cop - why would you abandon his protection to go off and play detective thinking you could save the day when there are dead bodies stacking up like cord wood and you have no clue how to locate the bad guys. Stupid is as stupid does I suppose. I have enjoyed the other books in this series - this one bombed.....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • After the Storm: A KGI Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (174)

    Over the years, Donovan Kelly has fought relentlessly for justice, women and children always holding a special place in his heart. Working side by side with his brothers, Donovan has witnessed firsthand the toll it’s taken - physically, mentally, and emotionally - on his loved ones, and the innocent lives caught in the crossfire. What he never expects is for his next mission to happen right on his home turf - or for it to take a very personal turn.

    M. Davis says: "Big Disappointment..."
    "Big Disappointment..."
    Overall
    Performance
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    What would have made After the Storm better?

    A storyline....


    Any additional comments?

    I have waited for this book with high anticipation. I love the series and Donovan's story was one I looked forward to reading. Except, there was very little storyline and what there was annoyed me mostly. I have an intense dislike of the BIG MISUNDERSTANDING plot. To me, that is lazy writing at best - reminiscent of '80s bodice ripper romance novels. One simple conversation would have prevented disaster. I found the character of Eve to be mostly too stupid to live. Yikes, what a disappointment!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Fenech
    • Narrated By Rebecca Cook
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    FBI Special Agent Clare Marshall was separated from her sister Beth in childhood when their mother tried to kill them. Now, Clare learns that Beth lives in the small town of Farley, South Carolina but when she goes there to reunite with Beth, Clare discovers her sister is missing and that someone in the town is responsible for her disappearance. Clare receives an offer to help with the search from fellow FBI Special Agent Jake Sutton. The offer is too good to refuse though that is exactly what Clare wants to do.

    M. Davis says: "Boring....really, really bad southern accents!"
    "Boring....really, really bad southern accents!"
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    What disappointed you about Gone?

    I found the character of Claire to be an insular, brittle character. While I get the angst about her past...she blames Jake for walking away - but in my opinion he had good reason. She continues to pout about him walking away - while freely admitting she can only give so much of herself and waaaahhh...why isn't that enough? Chicken....Then there's the plot. I found the set up of how Clare winds up in this little out of the way town in South Carolina where her former lover Jake just happens to live an is a "resident" FBI agent highly implausible. So Clare is looking for her sister, she is supposed to be an FBI agent, but she pulls the really dumb and very trite mistake of going into dangerous situations with no back-up. When the main characters start down that road - I find it very hard to keep buying into the plot. Not to mention when you head into the climax and she has the tactical advantage at one point and doesn't follow thru and finish the job....and turns her freaking back on the bad guy before being sure he is down! Yikes that is soooooo dumb.


    Has Gone turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    Worst southern accents ever! I am a southerner....we don't talk that way. Really. And why do southerners from small towns always get portrayed as redneck and not quite bright! Insulting!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    A bit of anger and disappointment in the overall book.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your credit....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sleep with the Lights On

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Maggie Shayne
    • Narrated By Janet Darling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    Rachel de Luca has found incredible success writing self-help books. But her own blindness and the fact that her troubled brother has gone missing have convinced her that positive thinking is nothing but bull. Her cynicism wavers when a cornea transplant restores her sight. The new eyes seem to give her new life, until they prove too good to be true and she starts seeing terrifying visions of brutal murders-crimes she soon learns are all too real.

    Gretchen says: "Original, well written"
    "Thoroughly Unlikeable Main Character"
    Overall
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    Has Sleep with the Lights On turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No...but it isn't a Romantic Suspense per se...just has elements. More straight suspense.


    Any additional comments?

    This book had a good plot - however the first distraction for me was the constant 1st and 3rd person narratives jumping back and forth. I dislike 1st person as I prefer more than one character perspective in a book. While this one had 3rd person narrative - it was annoying jumping back and forth and drew me out of the story every time. My biggest gripe was the main character. I found her mean and fake. I tried to like her - but how do you respect someone who admits they have made a fortune writing "crap" that she doesn't even believe herself. No apologies - just sheer arrogance. She spent her career covering that not only is she not the "Queen of Nice" but basically, she is a b***h. Evidently this is a trait her friends and family find endearing for reasons that escape my understanding. I found her to be a narcissistic jerk. Not to mention...too stupid to live - which in my opinion is the greater of the personalty faults. She continually put herself in danger....this trait is a crutch authors use to advance a plot that is the final nail in the book coffin for me. Lousy and and lazy writing in my opinion when you can't write a character with intelligence and yet have suspense. Suspense shouldn't be manufactured out of a character doing something really, really stupid in order to get the story to the climax of the book. Yikes - really annoying. So...done with this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Going Once

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sharon Sala
    • Narrated By Mary Kane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    As raging floodwaters engulf her Louisiana hometown, Nola Landry is stranded on high ground, the unwitting witness to the brutal murder of three fellow survivors. Finally rescued in the aftermath of the storm, no one is willing to believe a story as horrific as hers - until three FBI agents arrive on the scene...one of whom Nola knows very well. Tate Benton has been tracking the so-called Stormchaser serial killer for months, never expecting the trail might lead him home, or to the woman he cannot forget.

    Lydia says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Probably a good book....but really bad narrator..."
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    Would you try another book from Sharon Sala and/or Mary Kane?

    From Sharon Sala - yes - as long as it is a different narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mary Kane’s performances?

    Absolutely not...


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It came across as amateurish because the narration was so very bad. I know Sharon Sala writes a good book as a rule - but the poor reading really colored my perception of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Wasted my credit...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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