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Donna

music nut, history buff

Port Richey, FL, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 66 purchased in 2015
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  • 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.

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  • 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
    (443)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (339)

    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
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    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"
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    Story

    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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    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
    (358)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (311)

    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"
    Overall
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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
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    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
  • The Cold Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Will Kingdom
    • Narrated By Seán Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    When Maiden is revived in hospital after dying in a hit and run incident, his memories are not the familiar ones of bright lights and angelic music, only of a cold, harsh place he has no wish to revisit...ever. But his experience means that Bobby Maiden may be the only person who can reach The Green Man, a serial murderer who returns to stone circles and burial mounds in the belief that he is defending Britain’s sacred heritage.

    Sires says: "Have Been Waiting for This Book in Audio for Years"
    "Haunting story of murder"
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    I love atmospheric mysteries set in the British countryside. Phil Rickman does them quite well. In this book, the plot follows a killer who believes he has a connection to England's pre-Christian era. The elements of resentment, culture and the danger of getting surrounded by darkness keep the reader interested. I look forward to Rickman's other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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