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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
    (84)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    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 Dynasties, Volume 1: This Sceptred Isle

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Christopher Lee
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    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
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    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
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1847)
    Performance
    (1696)
    Story
    (1697)

    "Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

    Acacia says: "WHY WHY WHY"
    "Cute little treat"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it was a good listen. It's pretty short, but it's fun for kids. Grown-ups will get a smile out of it too.


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

    Possible spoilers. Please skip if you haven't heard it yet.

    I would have made the humans fight the creature.


    What three words best describe Neil Gaiman’s performance?

    Funny, witty, brief.


    Do you think Click-Clack the Rattlebag needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. There could be more to it if you make the plot more involved.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Neil.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (35)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    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
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1022)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (725)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "Tense personal drama"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Woodcutter to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the entire print book, so I can't say which one is better. The voice narration in the audiobook is very good, though. He moves along at a brisk pace.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I usually side with the detectives, and I did here as well.


    What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

    He has a compelling voice, like an actor. He keeps moving, so that even though the plot is complex, you don't get bogged down.


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

    Yes. I was on edge the whole time, like with a horror novel. I was almost sad that it was in two parts, but I'm glad we got the whole story.


    Any additional comments?

    Reginald Hill once again does an excellent job of showing that things are not always as they seem. The villain and the detectives all have complicated personalities. This creates the noir sense of struggling for truth. Don't worry that it's a long story- it moves forward very well. A puzzler to enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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