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Donna

Donna

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  • Past Caring

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Paul Shelley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    Why should distinguished Edwardian Cabinet minister Edwin Straford resign at the height of his career? Why does the woman he loves so suddenly reject him? Why, 70 years later, should people go to such lengths to prevent the truth coming out?

    Janice says: "What a tangle web we weave..."
    "Needed a good editor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book started reasonably well but quickly became completely bogged down. It was a good premise - old mystery, modern connections - which appears to be the only type of story Robert Goddard writes, but it was clear to me from the first few chapters exactly what the "mystery" was and it seemed to take forever to have this confirmed. It was a struggle to finish and the only reason I did was because I listen when travelling and it didn't require any thought processes.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley of Amazement

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1075)
    Performance
    (951)
    Story
    (967)

    Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

    Pamela says: "Just could NOT get past the ugliness"
    "Boring and pointless"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found listening to this book an incredibly good way to fall asleep. One of the narrators in particular spoke in a low drone that was like white noise. I found no purpose to the story - it was boring basically, with whole hours devoted to how to behave like a courtesan. I didn't really like any of the main characters and this is probably why I didn't enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jakarta Pandemic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (677)

    In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them.

    deedeeg says: "Nice surprise"
    "Would prefer to give zero stars it's so bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If ever a story cried out for editing this is it. At one point over 40 mins was devoted to an inventory of a basement - food, expiry date, date purchased, purpose, position in the shelf. I kid you not. The reading was monotonous, but the dialogue was abysmal. I had some long flights otherwise I wouldn't have bothered, and it mostly sent me to sleep. Apart from anything else, it was so unbelievable - who takes their 15 & 12 year old kids out of school indefinitely and then lets them play xbox all day for 5 months?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ysabel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guy Gavriel Kay
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    Saint-Sauveur Cathedral of Aix-en-Provence is an ancient structure of many secrets -a perfect monument to fill the lens of a celebrated photographer, and a perfect place for the photographer's son, Ned Marriner, to lose himself while his father works. But the cathedral isn't the empty edifice it appears to be. Its history is very much alive in the present day - and it's calling out to Ned...

    Andrew Stone says: "Magic, Humor, Love, Romance & Mystery"
    "One of my favourites"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought this story was one of Kay's best. It wasn't long but the characterisations were excellent & while it might have been a bit predictable I was caught up in the performance. Very enjoyable & crying out for a sequel or prequel or both!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wheel of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1932)
    Performance
    (902)
    Story
    (904)

    FBI Agent Pendergast has taken Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour. They head to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been stolen. Pendergast agrees to take up the search. The trail leads him and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Queen Victoria passenger liner - and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.

    Henrik says: "Answer to two of the questions you might have ..."
    "Not up to scratch"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've read all the previous Pendergast books and this one just wasn't that good. The plot wasn't credible and there were many loose ends with peripheral characters that just felt like laziness on the part of the writers. The reader was also not as good as previous ones & didn't appear able to do a good New Orleans accent at all, and most of the characters sounded the same.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Crows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1829)
    Performance
    (1557)
    Story
    (1544)

    For the first time in unabridged audio! A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heart.

    Polly says: "SCARY, WEIRD, ENGAGING"
    "Loved this story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Still Life with Crows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Still early days with audiobooks but this was very good


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Agent Pendergast


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Very good with the voices, it was clear who everyone was and I loved the tone of his voice


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not realy


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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