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Dana Jackson

OXFORD, GEORGIA, US | Member Since 2009

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  • 10 reviews
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  • Mrs. Dalloway

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Annette Bening
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (82)

    Mrs. Dalloway, perhaps Virginia Woolf’s greatest novel, vividly follows English socialite Clarissa Dalloway as she prepares for a party in post-World War I London. Four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (American Beauty, The Kids Are All Right) brings Woolf’s stream-of-consciousness style of storytelling to life, exploring the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a woman’s life in a brilliant performance.

    january says: "Surprisingly enjoyable"
    "SNOOZE!"
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    Would you try another book from Virginia Woolf and/or Annette Bening?

    I will definitely try another Virginia Woolf book, but never another Annette Bening. I hate to be so critical, because I really like Annette Bening as an actress, but I thought her performance reading this book was painfully dull and basically terrible. None of the characters had any personality with her delivery, when I knew they should. It makes me think twice about the other books performed by other celebs/actors. At least these new classics that have been promoted. I am still a huge fan of Will Patten as a performer though. I dont want to lump them all in with this poor experience.


    What didn’t you like about Annette Bening’s performance?

    I didn't At all.


    Any additional comments?

    I typically don't write comments. I listen to too many books, most of which I like a lot, but this one was considerably bad. Sorry Audible.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Cartel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ashley & Jaquavis
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (246)

    The port of Miami brings in millions of dollars worth of cocaine every year, and the Cartel controls 80 percent of it. The Diamond family is a force to be reckoned with, but all hell breaks loose when they lose their leader. The most ruthless gangster Miami has ever seen, Carter Diamond, leaves behind a wife, twin sons, a daughter, and a secret - his illegitimate son, Carter Jones. When young Carter learns of his father’s death, he comes to town and is introduced to the legacy of the Cartel.

    Dream says: "Entranced and ready for more"
    "Major disappointment."
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    Would you try another book from Ashley & Jaquavis and/or Cary Hite?

    Never


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ashley & Jaquavis again?

    Nope


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cary Hite?

    Haven't a clue.


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

    That it was not good.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't like all the sex. It was too much and didn't add to the story. I thought it was going to be a totally different. I didn't like any of the characters and it was so bad, I didn't finish the book. Huge disappointment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1105)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (971)

    Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

    T.D. says: "Shakes you to your very core."
    "Outrageous circumstances made believable"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Survivor the most enjoyable?

    I liked Nate. He genuinely wanted to do the right thing.


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

    Since Charles stayed with him throughout, it reminded me of the show "Rescue Me" with Dennis Leary.


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

    Yes, many. I like him in everything except the Lincoln Child books. I can't stand the superior southern gentleman accent. It's annoying.


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

    Yes. I finished it immediately.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Bestseller

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Wendy Wax
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Once upon a time four aspiring authors met at their very first writers' conference. Ten years later they're still friends, survivors of the ultra-competitive New York publishing world. Mallory St. James is a workaholic whose best sellers support a lavish lifestyle. Tanya Mason is a single mother juggling two jobs, two kids, and too many deadlines. Faye Truett is the wife of a famous televangelist and the author of inspirational romances: No one would ever guess her explosive secret.

    S says: "Meh....just okay."
    "More like "the accidental use of my credit.""
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it was marginally good.


    What was most disappointing about Wendy Wax’s story?

    It just spent too much time describing fairly unlikable women. I found it difficult to empathize with these self involved, self important, boring women. I'm usually not so critical of books. But I was really disappointed after reading such favorable recommendations. I couldn't even finish it.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was the only redeeming quality.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Given Day

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (184)

    The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself. As Danny, Luther, and those around them struggle to define themselves in increasingly turbulent times, they gradually find family in one another and, together, ride a rising storm of hardship, deprivation, and hope that will change all their lives.

    D Jay says: "As Good As It Gets"
    "What is this book about???"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It was very hard to follow. It followed too many people for me feel attached to any of them.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dennis Lehane again?

    I loved "live by night" so I thought I would like this one. I was very wrong.


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

    I couldn't finish it. It was too distracting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (253)

    Boston, 1926. The ‘20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

    Christopher says: "bad narrator choice"
    "Didnt want it to end!"
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    What did you love best about Live by Night?

    I just really liked Joe. I would want to be his friend if he were real. He wanted to be a good guy. I could relate to each character to some degree. It was just a really well written and narrated story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe. He was so loyal and likable. I liked Dion too, even though the was a rat.


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

    Yes. He does the Bernie and Chet mysteries. He is absolutely the voice of Chet, in a great way. His performance was outstanding on book. He's up there with Dick Hill.


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

    Outlaw, not a gangster.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a great listen. I immediately looked for another Lehane book to listen to that wasnt a movie...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Deadly Sin

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lawrence Sanders
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (618)

    One of the most popular suspense novels of all time. A well-dressed man stalks the high-class neighborhoods of New York City. He is armed with an ice axe. His victims are strangers. And one cop, Captain Ed Delaney must solve a series of bizarre, gruesome murders that defy logic or method. This shocking story has captured the imaginations of millions like no other modern thriller.

    Parusski says: "Evening with an old friend!"
    "Oddly entertaining."
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    What did you like best about The First Deadly Sin? What did you like least?

    I didn't realize it was written so long ago or based on the 60's/70's. The story was good, i just wasn't expecting such antiquated dialogue.


    Did The First Deadly Sin inspire you to do anything?

    Read the reviews


    Any additional comments?

    I almost always finish every book I start, especially once I've invested time getting into the "meat" of the story. I had a hard time staying with this one, but it ended up being pretty good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rainshadow Road

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (221)

    Lucy Marinn is a glass artist living in mystical, beautiful Friday Harbor, Washington, with a boyfriend, Kevin, who she believes is her soul mate. She has always had a magical side – a gift that finds its way into the breathtaking glasswork she creates – and she struggles to keep it contained. But when Lucy is blindsided by the most bitter kind of betrayal, she questions many of her choices. Her boyfriend leaves her and his new lover is none other than Lucy’s own sister. Lucy’s bitterness over this devastation is multiplied by the fact that she has constantly made the wrong choices in her romantic life.

    Susan says: "The second in the series doesn't disappoint."
    "Enjoyable"
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    What made the experience of listening to Rainshadow Road the most enjoyable?

    It was just easy to listen to. The characters were likable without being too complex.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lisa Kleypas? Why or why not?

    I have listened to many Lisa Kleypas books. I find her books a to be fun and romantic, slightly predictable, but always enjoyable. I choose her books after listening to a long complicated, detail oriented, "man against the world" terrorist attacking, special ops type books. I find hers to be a soothing after such mind bending stories.


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

    Sure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Cherry Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    Overall
    (741)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (449)

    Dave Robicheaux had begun to put the pieces of his broken life together again when an old friend turned up on his doorstep, dredging up old memories and new threats.

    Geoff says: "Fantastic"
    "You just gotta like Dave."
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    If you could sum up Black Cherry Blues in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging. Satisfying. Easy.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I don't know about the edge of my seat, but I wanted to keep listening. I had already listened to more recent Dave Robicheaux stories, so I enjoyed getting some of the background.


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

    As mentioned before, I had listened to more recent Dave Robicheaux stories with Will Patten as the narrator and I was use to hearing him as the voice of Dave. It was odd at first, but I thought Mark Hammer still did a good job. His Cajun accent was great.


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

    I didn't know what had happened to annie prior to this book. I felt for Dave when he dreamt of her and his dad.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shelter: A Mickey Bolitar Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (808)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (672)

    Mickey Bolitar’s year can’t get much worse. After witnessing his father’s death and sending his mom to rehab, he’s forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools. A new school comes with new friends and new enemies, and lucky for Mickey, it also comes with a great new girlfriend, Ashley. For a while, it seems like Mickey’s train wreck of a life is finally improving - until Ashley vanishes without a trace. Unwilling to let another person walk out of his life, Mickey follows Ashley’s trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that this seemingly sweet, shy girl isn’t who she claimed to be.

    kelly says: "Intricate plot, well read - really surprised!"
    "Characters I would be friends with"
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    What did you love best about Shelter?

    I liked Mickey right away. He was struggling with tragedy in his life, yet he didn't use it as an excuse. He maintained the values he was brought up with, to help others. The people he chose be friends were quirky and funny, yet loyal and real.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shelter?

    When mickey figures out the bigger picture of what was truly going on with the lives of the people around him.


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

    He truly gave a voice to Mickey. Mickey is young yet mature and worldly. He's dealing with very adult situations, yet is just a teenager. Nick Podehl allowed Mickey to be all of those things.


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

    Mickey, Ema and Spoon made me laugh. Even the morons Buck and Troy added to the ambiance of high school scrutiny. I didn't like mickey's mom, even though I felt for her and her loss. I wish she were stronger. There were moments i laughed out loud. The moments Mickey longed for his parents and when he saw other kids with their parents got to me.


    Any additional comments?

    I just enjoyed the book. The way it ended made me want to immediately listen to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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