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Donna L. Cundiff

OH | Member Since 2010

  • 5 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014

  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    More than 40 years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

    Dana says: "Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!"
    "What an enjoyable journey."
    What made the experience of listening to The Godfather the most enjoyable?

    Joe Mantegna was the perfect choice for the narrator for THE GODFATHER. The timbre of his voice, his varied accents were all the perfect additions for the audio version of this novel.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Just as it was when I read this novel as a young mother, Michael Corleone was my favorite character. However, at this point in my life, I found him in many ways to be the most dangerous of the Corleone family. His choices were made out drop grief and need for revenge, while his father made his choices out of a sense of "necessity" or "practicality."

    What about Joe Mantegna’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Mantegna's performance was so enjoyable by his inflection and interpretation. He did not try to replicate the female voices, but he just softened his voice. This was much more believable than an attempt to use a higher pitch to his voice. I also was pleased that there was only one narrator. This helped the plot to flow naturally.

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

    A good book is to be savored, not devoured. Especially since I was revisiting this book, I did not want to rush through any part of it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    Marcia says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "Kingsolver is back."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Flight Behavior to be better than the print version?

    Since I have not read the novel I cannot knowledgeably compare the audio version with the printed version.

    What other book might you compare Flight Behavior to and why?

    If I compared this novel with her other novels, I would say FLIGHT BEHAVIOR. Is almost as good as the others.

    Which character – as performed by Barbara Kingsolver – was your favorite?

    My favorite character would have to be main character.

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

    The movie tag line based on this novel might be "One decision to run affects one woman's life forever."

    Any additional comments?

    Barbara Kingsolver as the narrator brought added pleasure to my listening experience. The one negative to the novel is it becomes a little "preachy" at times. Ms.Kingsolver's motives for writing this novel almost screams at you. Still, she is one of this generation's best storytellers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Session: Dr. Morgan Snow with Steve Berry's Cotton Malone, Lee Child's Jack Reacher & Barry Eisler's John Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By M. J. Rose
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante, Scott Brick, and others

    As a therapist specializing in sexual issues, psychiatrist Dr. Morgan Snow isn't easily shocked, or shaken, as readers of the popular "Butterfield Institute" novels know. There are times, however, when the need for her services leads her out of the office... and into unfamiliar worlds. In these stories, the therapist matches her wits -and her training - against three men of mystery: Jack Reacher, John Rain, and Cotton Malone.

    Rose says: "Thank you for the free story, however........"
    "Did not listen beyond first few minutes."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The theme of this audio book was too graphic for me, so I did not continue listening after the first few minutes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Glad I ignored negative review"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Innocent: A Novel to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version.

    What other book might you compare The Innocent: A Novel to and why?

    Really, it compares favorably with most David Baldacci novels.

    What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I truly enjoy reading novels more than listening to them, but lack the time to read as much as I would like so I supplement with audio books. So, the narrators don't add more to my enjoyment. However, they are two of my favorites, Ron McLarty especially.

    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad I did not pay attention to the negative review on the postings. The individual criticized the background sound effects, but I found out they were only used for the prologue. The negative review also criticized the relationship between the main character and the teenaged girl. Conversely, I found the relationship quite believable. This was not Mr. Baldacci's best novel, but it was worth my time to listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Michael Bennett: Michael Bennett, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale, Jay Snyder

    Detective Michael Bennett arrests an infamous Mexican crime lord in a deadly chase that leaves Bennett's lifelong friend, Hughie McDonough, dead. From jail, the prisoner vows to rain epic violence down upon New York City - and to get revenge on Michael Bennett. To escape the chaos, Bennett takes his 10 kids and their beautiful nanny, Mary Catherine, on a much-needed vacation to his family's cabin near Newburgh, New York. But instead of the calm and happy town he remembers, they step into a nightmare.

    JACKIE says: "Disappointing"
    Where does I, Michael Bennett rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of I, Michael Bennett?

    Probably when Michael saw Mary Katherine had returned.

    What about Bobby Cannavale and Jay Snyder ’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed their overall performances

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

    No, I like to savor the story and want it to last.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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