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Donna

Salina, KS, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (6455)
    Performance
    (4448)
    Story
    (4426)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "EXECELENT LISTENING"
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    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    HE WAS EXTREMELY GOOD ON HIS NARRATION, HE LITERALLY KEPT ME UP ALL NIGHT LISTENING TO THIS STORY. HE HAD EXCITEMENT IN HIS VOICE...NOT BORING LIKE NARRATOR OF BOOK 2 OF THE SERIES.


    Any additional comments?

    LEE CHILD MADE A MISTAKE NOT HAVING DICK HILL DOING THE NARRATION OF BOOK 2 IN THE SERIES....THE OTHER GUY IS BORING!!!
    THESE AUTHORS NEED TO KEEP THE SAME NARRATOR FOR THE ENTIRE SERIES OF THEIR BOOKS, DIFFERENT NARRATOR FOR EACH BOOK DOES NOT DO JUSTICE TO THEIR WORK.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Die Trying: Jack Reacher, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1794)
    Performance
    (1602)
    Story
    (1596)

    When a woman is kidnapped off a Chicago street in broad daylight, Jack Reacher's in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's kidnapped with her. Chained together and racing across America toward an unknown destination, they're at the mercy of a group of men demanding an impossible ransom. Because Reacher's female companion is worth more than he imagines. Now he has to save them both - from the inside out - or die trying....

    adrienne says: "Trouble always finds him!"
    "STILL IN PROCESS OF LISTENING TO IT, BUT....."
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    DID NOT LIKE THE NARRTOR, DID NOT PUT ENOUGH INTO THE CHARACTERS OR EVEN THE STORY...HE IS BORING!THIS GUY IS SO BORING I DON'T EVEN WANT TO LISTEN TO HIM, LITERALLY PUTS ME TO SLEEP;ALMOST MONOTONE, LIKE HE ISN'T EVEN ENJOYING THE STORY!


    Any additional comments?

    WHY DO THE AUTHORS CHANGE THE NARRATOR IN THEIR SERIES...DICK HILL DID AN EXECELENT NARRATING JOB AND HAD EXCITEMENT IN HIS VOICE...AUTHOR MADE A HUGH MISTAKE BY CHANGING HIS NARRATOR....LEE CHILD, KEEP THE SAME NARRATOR IN YOUR SERIES, DICK HILL WAS EXTREMELY GOOD AT ADDING EXCITEMENT TO THE STORY LINE, HE KNOWS THE CHARACTERS AND MAKE THEM COME ALIVE

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tony Danza
    • Narrated By Tony Danza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (490)

    Long before he starred on some of television’s most beloved and long-running series such as Taxi and Who’s the Boss? and went on to distinguish himself in a variety of film and stage roles, Tony Danza was a walking contradiction: an indifferent student who dreamed of being a teacher. Inspiring a classroom of students was an aspiration he put aside for decades until one day it seemed that the most meaningful thing he could do was give his dream a shot. What followed was a year spent teaching 10th-grade English at Northeast High - Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3,600 students....

    Cheryl R Rowe says: "I may be a little biased, but ...."
    "EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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    Would you listen to I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had again? Why?

    ABSOLUTELY! It was an excellent story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The challenges that Tony Danza took on as a Teacher and pointing out how education is lacking in our society. He makes you see how we have all failed in paying attention to our studies and how some Teachers were lacking in teaching therir students. But he points out how hard of a job it is to be a Teacher. You have to be a parent, teacher, counselor and more to some of your students which is a hard job having to wear many hats.


    Which character – as performed by Tony Danza – was your favorite?

    ALL OF THEM!


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

    It made me do both laugh and cry it was written and narrated by Tony Danza and tried to make his time at that school to count for him and the students. I think he learned a lot by taken on a Teachers job and found that is hard and many of our Teachers are faced with many challenges.He reflect back on when he was a student and this is WHY he writes this book! Guess we all feel the same way as he did about wanting to apologize to all of his Teachers.


    Any additional comments?

    I Enjoyed it so much that I plan on reading it again!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Rain Storm: John Rain Thrillers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (409)

    John Rain flees to Brazil to find peace - but inevitably finds himself with a new assignment: take out an arms dealer in Southeast Asia.

    David says: "Very much more of the same"
    "A BIG DISAPPOINT for ME!"
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    What did you like best about Rain Storm? What did you like least?

    I labored to finish listing to this book waiting for the excitement! I expected more! There were a FEW parts that might have been more exciting but the Narrator did NOT seem to have the level of excitement in his voice to suck you into this one. For ME it felt more like I was on a Tourist Tour of the Cities the Main Character visited, very descriptive, was nice IF I were on that Tour Bus. The Author also gave a lot of description of other minial things like the clothes the Main Character bought. At least this is what it did for me, perhaps others would find it more enjoyable to listen too, I don't know...What do I know I am a Novice listener I can only speak for myself.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Include more excitement and action to the storyline! Perhaps with a different Narrator I MIGHT have enjoyed it better who know??


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Seemed too monotone for me (did not seem that he had the level of excitement in his voice) maybe that is WHY I did NOT enjoy listening to it.


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

    Perhaps...I can not really comment on this questions since I did NOT enjoy it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seduce Me in Dreams: Three Worlds Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (111)

    Dark. Mysterious. Sensual. When Bronse Chapel, the commander of a specialized unit of the Interplanetary Militia, begins to dream about a beautiful and exotic brunette, he wants to dismiss it as being induced by lack of sleep ... or perhaps lack of sex. But his instincts tell him it's something different, something far more dangerous. Ravenna is the leader of the Chosen Ones, a small group of people from her village born with extraordinary powers.

    Maria says: "Very Interesting"
    "EXCELLENT"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Seduce Me in Dreams the most enjoyable?

    Expected nothing less from the Author, I have enjoyed reading/listening many of her books and enjoyed everyone of the.


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

    Excellent narration by her that pulls you into the story


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

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Winifred Watson
    • Narrated By Frances McDormand
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (589)

    Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

    Holly C. Salley says: "Adorable"
    "DELIGHTFUL AND CHARMING"
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    What did you love best about Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day?

    A 40 year old bad as a goveness experiences life with showgirls to be an exciting experience and she comes our of her shell


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day?

    Her getting a bow or suitor


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

    Kinda


    Any additional comments?

    Great narration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elijah: Nightwalkers Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (526)

    Some feelings you just can't fight. He is known as the Warrior Captain - a master of every weapon, a fierce soldier sworn to protect his kind. Powerful, relentless, merciless, Elijah has always won every battle he's ever taken on - until now. Ambushed by necromancers, he is left for dead only to be discovered by the woman who could very well deliver the final blow: Siena, the Lycanthrope Queen.

    A User says: "Five Stars For The Narration"
    "CAPTIVATING"
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    What made the experience of listening to Elijah the most enjoyable?

    I am pretty much a NOVICE at reading/listening to books, was never a reader so I probably would defer you to reading the PRO'S REVIEWS...It was captivating in everyway! You felt like you were actually there feeling all of it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything, I just did NOT want any of the books to end, and when I finished it made me want more!


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

    Her narration was impeccable she brought the characters to life and just knew how to make you feel it was ALL happening to you!


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

    The erotic romances of these characters, WOW! Steaming hot!!


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to start the next book in the series

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (801)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (612)

    Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

    Michael Jacobi says: "Classic Whodunnit"
    "NOT MY CUP OF TEA !"
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    Would you try another book from Bruce DeSilva and/or Jeff Woodman and Bruce DeSilva (Introduction) ?

    NOT sure.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Bruce DeSilva? Why or why not?

    NOT sure, this book was not the kind of books I enjoy. It was to me like an old Dick Tracy storyline and just moved too slowly for me, I had to download it again before writing a review because I did NOT remember what it was about that is how interesting it was for...however this only my opinion, I am sure that someone else would probably write a GLOWING REVIEW opposed to what I have written, if this is the kind of book they enjoy.


    What about Jeff Woodman and Bruce DeSilva (Introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    I have to say that IF it were NOT for the Narrator who did a great job it would have been a total bust for me....LOL Kudos to him...


    Was Rogue Island worth the listening time?

    NOT FOR ME!


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon: Nightwalkers Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (594)

    As a healer, he knows her body. But it's her heart he wants. For a thousand years, Gideon has healed his people. And as the oldest surviving male of his race, his wisdom has always been respected without question. But Gideon knows that even he is vulnerable to the powerful, primitive desires that befall his kind during Hallowed moons---and nine years ago that truth was hammered home when he found himself claiming Magdalena, the Demon King's sister, in a wild embrace.

    A User says: "It's all about the Narration"
    "EXCELLENT"
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    What did you love best about Gideon?

    As AWESOME to listen to as Book 1 "Jacob"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    WOW, they were all so GREAT but I guess my favorite like in Book 1 was "Jacob and Bella", the fire between them ....I FANTIZED it was me with Jacob...LOL


    What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

    AS I said in my review of "Jacob" she was AWESOME and drew you into to the story/book!


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

    Yes ABSOLUTELY just like BOOK 1 "Jacob", but unfortunately sleep prevailed...lol


    Any additional comments?

    LOOKING FORWARD TO BOOK 3 IF THERE IS ONE...LOVE THEM BOTH!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob: Nightwalkers Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1154)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1013)

    Since time began, there have been Nightwalkers - the races of the night who live in the shadows of the moonlight. Love with humans is absolutely forbidden, and one man makes certain to uphold this ancient law: Jacob, the Enforcer. For 700 years, he has resisted temptation. But not tonight... Jacob knows the excuses his people give when the madness overtakes them and they fall prey to their lust for humans. He's heard every one and still brought the trespassers to justice. Immune to forbidden desires, uncontrollable hungers....

    Dorothea says: "Awesome!"
    "EXCELLENT !"
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    Where does Jacob rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I LOVED IT! I did NOT want it to end. There were so many emotions in the story that it just HELD my attention and for a NOVICE READER that is saying a lot. But my taste may differ from many other readers; but for me IF it does NOT grab me at the beginning it is very hard for me to get through it.I did NOT want to STOP LISTENING to this, there was thrills, fears, fantasy, erotic romances and lots more. When I did finish I was sad but came back here to see IF there were any more books by this Author....WOW I found BOOK 2 and immediately got it and read that all the way through as fast as the first.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything!


    What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

    ABSOLUTELY an awesome Narrator, she pulled you into to the story as IF you were actually there and experiencing all that was going on!


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

    Yes the erotic romance between fanasy and human, AWESOME! Sent chills all over my body!


    Any additional comments?

    A must read IF you like Fantasy books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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