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Donna

music nut, history buff

Port Richey, FL, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Dark Revelations: A Level 26 Thriller Featuring Steve Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Anthony E. Zuiker, Duane Swierczynski
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    The conclusion to the groundbreaking Level 26 trilogy, a series of edgy, unconventional thrillers about an FBI operative tasked with the ultimate search-and-destroy mission: to take down the world's most dangerous serial killers. Anthony E. Zuiker's Level 26 novels have blazed a highly successful interactive trail, with a groundbreaking cross-platform combination of novel, website, and hi-def video: There are more than 100,000 registered users on Level26.com, all of them eager to see what happens next.

    Chris says: "Another Great Listen!"
    "Terrifying thriller caps the series"
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    Would you listen to Dark Revelations again? Why?

    Yes, I would. It's an odd story, and you sometimes have to be careful that certain facts don't slip by you.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Revelations?

    The attack on the newswoman in South Africa. I wanted to tell her, "Run away!" That doesn't work, though.


    What about David Aaron Baker’s performance did you like?

    His voice is very creepy. It's the kind that makes you want to check to make sure that the lights are on.


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

    I was frustrated at some of the plot points- they tested my believability factor. You can have crazy plot twists in a mystery, yes, but if you make them too weird, you almost have to move to science fiction. Nothing wrong with sci-fi, but they're just different. Still, the sense of fear adds to the anticipation. It's the audio equivalent of a page-turner. You always want to know what's coming next.


    Any additional comments?

    The end is very strange. I really hope the author will come up with more mysteries, even if this seems to be the end of the trilogy. A shocking book, but a real adventure for those who like their villains super-creepy. Listen with the lights on!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Taunting the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mel Sherratt
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Most murders are committed by someone the victim knows. So when Steph Ryder is found dead, D.S. Allie Shenton begins her investigations close to home, starting with Steph’s family and friends. As each of the suspects scrambles to cover up their actions on that fateful night, Allie focuses on Steph’s husband, Terry. Soon, despite herself, she finds herself powerfully attracted to the ambitious and charming businessman, risking not only her marriage but her job and the investigation itself.

    Sires says: "I Am So Glad I Got This Through Kindle Unlimited"
    "Murky"
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    Story

    The plot is confusing for more than half the book. Then it gets a little better, but some of the problem could have been solved by better editing. Maybe the sequel will be better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Puzzle

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Catherine Shepherd, Julia Knobloch (translator)
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore, Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    1495: In the peaceful medieval city of Zons, on the banks of the Rhine, a young woman is found hanging from a parapet, raped and mutilated. A month later, another maiden falls prey. Bastian Mühlenberg, head of the City Guard, is determined to decipher the murderer's gruesome code, unaware that he and the woman he loves are in the killer's sights. With the help of an old psychic, a priest, and the stars above, Mühlenberg must solve the "fatal puzzle" before it's too late.

    Colby says: "Which is worse? Story? Narration? Doesn't matter!"
    "Compelling plot"
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    I love a good puzzle, and this one did take a while to figure out. There were twists and turns until the end. Really delves into the evil of the culprit. Could have been longer, but I gather this is part one of a series, so I will look for the rest of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tarnsman of Gor: Gorean Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Norman
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (340)

    Tarl Cabot has always believed himself to be a citizen of Earth. He has no inkling that his destiny is far greater than the small planet he has inhabited for the first 20-odd years of his life. One frosty winter night in the New England woods, he finds himself transported to the planet of Gor, also known as Counter-Earth, where everything is dramatically different from anything he has ever experienced.

    Craig Walker says: "A good yarn But..."
    "Gritty but bleak story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator did an all right job. There was plenty of swashbuckling action, especially in the last third of the book. Not much depth, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once In, Never Out: A Detective Brian McKenna Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dan Mahoney
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When two bombs kill a British diplomat and his wife in Reykjavik, Thor Erikson, Iceland’s only homicide detective, begins his fifth murder case in12 years. Then word comes of a woman’s mutilated body, washed up in a distant village.

    Donna says: "Not much fun"
    "Not much fun"
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    Too confusing and convoluted. Picked up near the end, but that was it. Three locations are too many. Give it a miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Arnaldur Indridason
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    A man is making a crude leather mask with slits for eyes and mouth, and an iron spike fixed in the middle of the forehead. It is a 'death mask', once used by Icelandic farmers to slaughter calves. He has revenge in mind. Meanwhile, with Detective Erlendur absent, his baseball-loving colleague Sigurdur Óli is in the spotlight. A school reunion has left Sigurdur Óli dissatisfied with life in the police force. Iceland is enjoying an economic boom and young tycoons are busy partying with the international jet set.

    Leonard says: "Pleasantly Surprised."
    "Got better toward the end"
    Overall
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    I won't ruin the plot, but it takes a while to get going. Does a good job of uncovering creepy secrets, which is what a mystery is supposed to do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rain Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Gabi Kreslehner, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Veteran homicide detective Franza Oberwieser prefers her job in the winter. Summer is for growing, not for dying. So when the body of a beautiful young woman is found on the autobahn, dressed in a glittering party dress and bathed in June rain, Franza is determined to give her justice. Revealing victims’ hidden lives is part of the job, but as Franza and her partner, Felix, peel back the layers shrouding the girl’s disturbing past, darker mysteries emerge. Everyone has something to hide - even Franza, who must face her own secrets to reveal the truth.

    Donna says: "Scary"
    "Scary"
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    Story

    Starts off slowly, then gets better in the middle. Does a good job of depicting the killer losing a grip on things. Turned out better than I thought it would.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julius Caesar

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Andrew Buchan, Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (313)

    Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare’s most compelling Roman plays. The plot against Caesar and the infamous assassination scene make for unforgettable listening. Brutus, the true protagonist of the play, is mesmerizing in his psychological state of anguish, forced to choose between the bonds of friendship and his desire for patriotic justice.

    David says: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars"
    "A very moving play"
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    I have read this before, but this performance of the play was excellent. Very strong acting from the cast. Easy to understand, and a stirring drama that may have you changing sympathies more than once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kingmaker's Sword: Rune Blades of Celi, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Marston
    • Narrated By Kirk Ziegler
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The Skai and the Tyr were one people long ago. But that day is lost in the mists of time. And now the Skai have sent a warrior to find the Rune Blade that could slice through the darkness of blood and violence that had fallen across their land.

    Donna says: "Long but worthwhile adventure"
    "Long but worthwhile adventure"
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    This book took a while to get going, but I liked the characters. Less gory than similar books. I will look for others from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Suicides: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Antonio Hill
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    After a company retreat in a remote country house, senior employees of Alemany Cosmetics return with a dark secret. They’ve each received an anonymous, menacing email of only two words: "Never forget". What’s worse, the message is accompanied by a nightmarish photo attachment showing the bodies of dogs - hung to death from a tree - near the very same farm estate they just visited. When they begin killing themselves, one by one, the connection between the shocking photos and the suicides baffles Barcelona law enforcement and corporate think tanks alike, threatening a terrifying end for everyone involved.

    Donna says: "Highly disappointing"
    "Highly disappointing"
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    This is one of the most disappointing books I've read in a long time. There are no likable characters, the story takes way too long to get going, and I started to wish it would end long before it did. I hate when books get overhyped but don't turn out to be what people say at all. Wish I could get my money back, and the eleven-plus hours of my life I spent on this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael Stanley
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    Smashed skull, snapped ribs, and a cloying smell of carrion. Leave the body for the hyenas to devour - no body, no case. But when Kalahari game rangers stumble on a human corpse midmeal, it turns out the murder wasn't perfect after all. Enough evidence is left to suggest foul play. Detective David "Kubu" Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department is assigned to the case.

    Lehua says: "Such a treat gets rarer and rarer"
    "A good detective"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked Det. Kubu and the story was consistently exciting. I will be sure to read the rest of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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