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Donna

music nut, history buff

Port Richey, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Syndrome E

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Franck Thilliez, Mark Polizzotti (translator)
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    The classic police procedural meets cutting-edge science in this huge international best seller. Already a runaway bestseller in France, Syndrome E tells the story of beleaguered detective Lucie Henebelle, whose old friend has developed a case of spontaneous blindness after watching an extremely rare—and violent—film from the 1950s. Embedded in the film are subliminal images so unspeakably heinous that Lucie realizes she must get to the bottom of it—especially when nearly everyone who comes into contact with the film starts turning up dead.

    Just Jen says: "Unique and entertaining, an absolute must."
    "Good gravy, this is scary"
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    What made the experience of listening to Syndrome E the most enjoyable?

    The fast pace and the technical details. Wow, it was shocking and frightening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The clues and the way you learn about the intricacies of film-making, as well as psychology.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one where they start to take apart the strange film and see what's hidden in it.


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

    It was intensely frightening. The story plays almost like a horror movie, more than a crime story.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope they make this into a real film. It would be as much fun to watch it as it is to read or hear.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy in the Snow: An Edie Kiglatuk Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By M. J. McGrath
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Half-Inuit Edie Kiglatuk finds herself in Alaska with Sergeant Derek Palliser, helping her ex-husband Sammy in his bid to win the famous Iditarod dogsled race. The race takes a grim turn when Edie stumbles upon the body of a baby left out in the forest. The state troopers are keen to pin the death on the Dark Believers - a sinister offshoot of a Russian Orthodox sect - but Edie's instincts tell her otherwise. Her investigations take her into a world of corrupt politics, religious intolerance, greed, and sex trafficking.

    Donna says: "Somber Alaska mystery"
    "Somber Alaska mystery"
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    Would you listen to The Boy in the Snow again? Why?

    Yes. Although the major steps in the clue process are relatively simple, you get a lot of illumination on local culture and the nature of the characters.


    What other book might you compare The Boy in the Snow to and why?

    Oddly, it reminded me of 'The Maltese Falcon' and other classic mysteries from the early 20th Century. It has a sense of film noir about it.


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

    I've listened to part of "The Gathering Storm" and her voice work was good on that one as well.


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

    The discovery of the small child. You want to know who could do something awful to a baby.


    Any additional comments?

    I like this series a lot, and I can't wait for the next volume.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell on Wheels: The Incredible Story of Rookie Roller Derby Queen Cindy McCoy

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Karen Mueller Bryson
    • Narrated By Commodore James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This captivating biography reveals the details of sports legend, Cindy McCoy's inspirational life story. Cindy escaped a difficult youth, in which she faced abuse and abandonment, by becoming a professional skater as a teen and traveling on an international roller derby team. Fans in Australia became like a surrogate family to young Cindy and she was soon voted Roller Game Rookie of the Year and Roller Game Queen of the Year, an honor that was never repeated.

    Donna says: "An exciting life story from a spirited athlete"
    "An exciting life story from a spirited athlete"
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    If you could sum up Hell on Wheels in three words, what would they be?

    Unusual, adventure, personal.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cindy is of course the focus. She tells us all about her life in the roller derby leagues in the U.S. and Australia. I like to watch roller derby, but I never knew what the player's lives were like.


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

    He deals with the changing scenes in the story with an ability to keep the new events fresh. He reminds me of an actor or narrator in a movie.


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

    I cheered very hard for Cindy to succeed and enjoy her life. She went through a lot, and I'm glad the sport of roller derby has returned to popularity.


    Any additional comments?

    The book should have been even longer. Cindy is a very interesting person and I rooted for her the whole way. One of the most enjoyable biographies I've read or listened to in a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free Excerpt from Si-cology by Si Robertson from Duck Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Si Robertson, Mark Schlabach
    • Narrated By Si Robertson
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    You know him from the hit A&E show Duck Dynasty - now you can enjoy Uncle Si's tall tales, crazy exploits, and quirky one-liners in one raucous collection! "These hands are so fast, I can get your wallet before you know it. In a minute, you’ll be standing there buck naked and won’t know what hit you! Look here - if it wasn't for my tripped knee, I'd be playing in the NBA today. Hey, Jack!" Any of these sound familiar? If they do - or even if they don't - you're in for a good laugh. The brother of patriarch Phil Robertson, Uncle Si has a limitless supply of stories about his childhood, duck hunting adventures, his days in Vietnam, and everything in between. Now the best of those tales are gathered into this roaring collection.

    Donna says: "A funny look behind the scenes of the A&E show"
    "A funny look behind the scenes of the A&E show"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was funny and you got to hear a lot of weird anecdotes. It showed you why Si is the way he is.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought I may enjoy the rest of the book. He seems to be nicer than some other people on the show.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Si Robertson?

    Yes. I get the idea he is an interesting and funny person.


    Was Free Excerpt from Si-cology by Si Robertson from Duck Dynasty worth the listening time?

    Yes. It's not very long, but you get an idea of what you're in for.


    Any additional comments?

    The last story in the excerpt goes on a little bit long, and could have used a little more editing. Other than that, the book was not bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material: The Speakeasy Guide to Prohibition Era Slang – Extended Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Kevin C. Fitzpatrick
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (329)

    Oliver Wyman reads The Speakeasy Guide and captures the rich atmosphere and enduring cultural influence of the roaring ‘20s. While the anecdote about Audible staffers stumbling out of an anonymous casino might be in doubt, one thing’s for sure – this fun listen is the bee’s knees.

    Kristi Richardson says: "It's the cat's pajamas!"
    "Funny guide to the culture of Prohibiton society"
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    Would you listen to Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material again? Why?

    Yes. It was brief but the speaker included a lot of fun details.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material?

    Learning so many words used by the flappers and speakeasy patrons. I always wanted to know what it was like to go out at a time when the law might catch you at any minute.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Learning about the terms used in the dating scene. It reminded me of Dorothy Parker.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Boardwalk Empire Free Bonus Material?

    These words aren't used much today, but they make it easier to understand other stories from the same era.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I would have liked living back then. With the law against drinking, you had to find creative ways to get around it. This produced a two-level society which intensified friendships and the urgency of life... something we seem to be missing even in our more free atmosphere of today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Logan's Run

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (221)

    It's the 23rd Century and at age 21... your life is over! Logan-6 has been trained to kill; born and bred from conception to be the best of the best. But his time is short and before his life ends he's got one final mission: Find and destroy Sanctuary, a fabled haven for those that chose to defy the system. But when Logan meets and falls in love with Jessica, he begins to question the very system he swore to protect and soon they're both running for their lives.

    D says: "A Different Logan's Run"
    "Vivid tale of a future society"
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    What made the experience of listening to Logan's Run the most enjoyable?

    It delivers the complete original text. I'm glad they went with that instead of a movie tie-in, because the movie had key differences with the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Logan's Run?

    The scene with the ice creature. You got the feeling that the heroes might not make it out of there.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The point in which Logan decides that the only thing he can do is escape. He realizes the community around him is not a pleasure palace but a sham.


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

    Although it was a fantasy vision of the future, it did make you think that you would have to do the same to obtain freedom in that world. You wondered if all the other people would ever have the courage to escape.


    Any additional comments?

    I expect the other books in the trilogy will be just as good. This one was very exciting. I miss science fiction which is not just war stories in space.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coffin Knows the Answer

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gwendoline Butler
    • Narrated By Nigel Carrington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    With his wife, the acclaimed actress Stella Pinero, away on a movie shoot in Scotland, Chief Commander John Coffin is at a bit of a loose end with just the cat and dog for company. But one morning, as he checks through the mail for his wife, he gets a rather unpleasant surprise: Horrific pictures of badly abused children sent anonymously to Stella. Rather than worry his wife, he vows to track down the culprit and calls in a trusted colleague, DCI Phoebe Astley, to assist him in his inquiries.

    Donna says: "I love this detective"
    "I love this detective"
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    Would you listen to Coffin Knows the Answer again? Why?

    Yes. It was a complex story and you need to pay attention to catch all the clues.


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

    It does a very good job of building character identity and story tension. I felt like I really got to know Chief Commander Coffin.


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

    None before, but I think he did a good job with this one. I would listen to his other recordings.


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

    It made me frightened in some places, and it did give me a sense of the terror and tension that accompanies being a police officer.


    Any additional comments?

    This is part of a long-running series by this author, and I would recommend the other volumes as well, because the main character is very compelling and the setting is believable. One of the better English crime novel protagonists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel: Zero Point: The FREE Prequel Novella: Evan Gabriel Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steve Umstead
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (324)

    Evan Gabriel wasn't always a feared and respected North American Federation Navy Commander. Before dangerous missions to the ice-bound planet of Poliahu, the deadly jungle world of Eden, and politically corrupt Mars, he was a simple recruit, fighting to make his mark in the elite Naval Special Forces…and was part of a top-secret military experiment that would change his life forever. Zero Point tells the tale of a young man faced with difficult choices and dangerous trials.

    karen says: "A big Thanks for this intriguing freebee"
    "A capable introduction to the series"
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    What did you like best about Gabriel: Zero Point: The FREE Prequel Novella? What did you like least?

    There was a lot of action and the story moved quickly. However, it reminded me of a potboiler novel you'd get at the airport. Not enough depth to the characters, though I am willing to accept that could be because this was a short prequel.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Steve Umstead? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would. He makes the story move at a quick pace, which keeps the book interesting.


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

    I have not listened to the others. His voice on this one was good, though.


    Was Gabriel: Zero Point: The FREE Prequel Novella worth the listening time?

    Yes, I think so.


    Any additional comments?

    I will look into the other books of the series, to get a better picture of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dynasties, Volume 1: This Sceptred Isle

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Christopher Lee
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Anna Massey tells the story of some of the ambitious families who helped shape the history of the British Isles and have wielded power behind the scenes for the past 1000 years. The Dynasties relates how the loyalties of this privileged elite, many of whom are older than the monarchy itself, were tested and rewarded: it also uncovers a multitude of murderous plots, bloody battles, adulteries, intrigues and shocking executions. In this first volume, three powerful houses are examined.

    Jean says: "a brief look at British History"
    "Stellar tales of English history"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend it. The narration is easy to understand, and the writing style is very brisk yet includes a lot of detail. It's a relatively short book, but you get to know each of the personalities in the powerful families. Makes learning history a lot of fun!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dynasties, Volume 1?

    Learning a lot of facts about the kings, especially Harold. I had never heard some of the main points of his life story before. All I knew about were some battles he'd been in. In this audiobook, I picked up a lot more.


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

    Her voice is warm and she handles the dramatic tones very well. She lends the narration as much enticing sonic strength as an actor in a play.


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

    Wanted: man of strong character for job in politics. Must not mind intrigue, skulduggery, large hats.


    Any additional comments?

    There is one problem with the audiobook. For some reason, the last two shorter segments repeat the end of the second major section. We hear the entire stories of the Despensers and Percys twice. This is some kind of production mistake, and the BBC should post a re-edit with the corrections, to ease the listener's experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The University Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Richard MacAndrew
    • Narrated By Hilary MacLean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Billy Marr, a local misfit, claims he murdered someone in an Edinburgh park. Inspector Logan and Sergeant Grant don't believe him, as Billy has lied many times in the past about crimes he hasn't committed. But then a young woman is found dead in the park. Soon there is another body. Perhaps Billy is not so innocent after all.

    Donna says: "Simple but compelling story"
    "Simple but compelling story"
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    What did you love best about The University Murders?

    The Scottish setting. I am a big fan of U.K. mysteries.


    What other book might you compare The University Murders to and why?

    It reminded me of the Caroline Graham 'Midsomer Murders' series. Simple, clean but attentive to detail, and makes you wonder who's telling the truth.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The interviews with the first suspect. I kept wondering whether he was telling the truth.


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

    The discussion of the victim. I always feel sad about the hopelessness in loss of life.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish this book had been a little longer. Thanks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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