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Donna

music nut, history buff

Port Richey, FL, United States | Member Since 2014

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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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  • The Bluebell Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Frances Lloyd
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Kings Richington is an affluent, self-satisfied little town, nestling on a quiet stretch of the Thames. So when a mutilated body is found floating in the river, the influential residents close ranks and demand a discreet police cover-up. DI Jack Dawes is assigned to the case and soon upsets some powerful people but their attempts to put a stop to his intrusive enquiries are foiled when the town is shaken by more murders.

    Donna says: "Shocking story of hidden treachery"
    "Shocking story of hidden treachery"
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    This is the first Frances Lloyd book I've read. She does a good job of compelling you through the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shelter Dogs: Amazing Stories of Adopted Strays

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Peg Kehret
    • Narrated By Erin Clarke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    A collection of true stories about the amazing lives of eight shelter dogs. Many of these dogs were unwanted because of their size, behavior, or medical condition. All of the dogs found owners who loved and cared for them.

    Donna says: "Fun book of stories about rescue pets"
    "Fun book of stories about rescue pets"
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    Performance
    Story

    These stories tell you about various shelter dogs, who were "diamonds in the rough," until someone took a chance and adopted them. Every story will bring a smile to your face.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Washington Irving
    • Narrated By Tom Mison
    Overall
    (1732)
    Performance
    (1595)
    Story
    (1600)

    In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel's farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball.

    Sara says: "Treasures Of Jolly Autumn"
    "Decent rendering of the classic horror novella"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator does a very good job with moving along the story and using his voice to make the story exciting. He handles well the setting and the characters. I have read the story before, but this is the best audiobook edition I have heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead at the Saddleworth Moor: The Crimes of Serial Killers Ian Brady & Myra Hindley, A True Crime Short

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By R. Barri Flowers
    • Narrated By Anjna Patel
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In this frightening tale of dark fantasies, pornography, rape, and murder, British serial killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley targeted children in the early 1960s - killing five and burying most of them in the Saddleworth Moor in Northern England - before being brought to justice. Included as a bonus is a complete true crime short, The Sunset Strip Killers, about serial killers Douglas Clark and Carol Mary Bundy, who targeted runaways and prostitutes in Hollywood, California in 1980 for rape, torture and murder.

    Donna says: "Way too short"
    "Way too short"
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    Although the details were enough to cover the basics of the case, you could learn a lot more from a much longer book. The very short article on the Moors killings is padded even further with stories on completely different cases. This is deceptive on behalf of the publisher. If they were honest about how short the story really is, listeners wouldn't be interested. I find the Moors case fascinating, but Flowers doesn't provide nearly enough for serious, in-depth learning about the case. Oh, and the name is R. Barri Flowers, not just Barri. This story deserved a much better audiobook production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton: A Laurence Bartram Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Elizabeth Speller
    • Narrated By Matthew Brenher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (15)

    When Great War veteran Laurence Bartram arrives in Easton Deadall, he is struck by the beauty of the place: a crumbling manor, a venerable church, and a memorial to the village's soldiers, almost all of whom died in one bloody battle. Now peace prevails, but Easton Deadall remains haunted by tragedy - as does the Easton family. In 1911, five-year-old Kitty disappeared from her bed and has not been seen in thirteen years; only her fragile mother still believes she is alive.

    Donna says: "Beguiling and creepy story"
    "Beguiling and creepy story"
    Overall

    This is one of those mysteries that has even more twists and turns than promised. It takes a while to get going, but when it does, it turns into a shocking race to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The FREE multi-chapter Sampler of Arsonist

    • UNABRIDGED (46 mins)
    • By Victor Methos
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    A series of deadly fires rages across the cityscape, claiming the lives of entire families. Helpless to stop the fires, the SDPD assigns their most famous detective, Jon Stanton, to the case. The evidence points him to a single arsonist committing the horrendous acts. But with a troubled young girl as his only credible witness, Stanton is running out of time.

    Lady S. says: "Disturbed"
    "Dull"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A thriller should not be predictable, but I found myself wishing this would end almost as soon as it began.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Catch & Release: Exploring the Future of Fly Fishing

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Paul Guernsey
    • Narrated By Ross Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Will fly fishing survive the 21st century? Author and angler Paul Guernsey argues that angling and the natural resources it depends upon - clear rivers, unpolluted oceans, and much more - are threatened by a host of increasingly complex social and environmental factors.

    Donna says: "Informative look at fishing practices"
    "Informative look at fishing practices"
    Overall

    This is an enjoyable nonfiction examination of fly-fishing. We hear about how to be good conservationists and how to get along with other fishers. Good for all ages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in the Yoga Store: The True Story of the Lululemon Killing

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Ross Range
    • Narrated By Jesse Einstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (477)

    Murder In The Yoga Store is the true story of the brutal killing of a beautiful young woman at a chic Lululemon yoga-wear shop. The grisly murder was committed on a pleasant Friday night in upscale Bethesda, Maryland, a leafy suburb of Washington, D.C. In this riveting narrative by veteran journalist Peter Ross Range, the author for the first time brings together the tale of what really happened in the yoga store murder.

    Ullanta says: "Straightforward, and, in the end, unnecessary."
    "Shocking true story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Murder in the Yoga Store to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print one, but I did think the audio book was good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A good sense of details. The book featured enough people to give you a number of different angles on the story.


    What three words best describe Jesse Einstein’s voice?

    Resigned, bright, repetitive.


    If you could give Murder in the Yoga Store a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A rage killing that stunned a community.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator's voice was almost too perky for the story. He has a naturally high-pitched voice, and this is picky but I think that is unsuited to the nature of true crime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Izzy and Lenore

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jon Katz
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (267)

    Jon Katz is the New York Times best-selling author of numerous nonfiction tales of man's best friend. Here he presents the story of two dogs that profoundly affected his life and work. Skittish border collie Izzy pushes him into rewarding work with Hospice. And black lab Lenore's gentle spirit helps remind him why he wanted to work with animals in the first place.

    Dan says: "Amazing Book.."
    "Involving story of a man and his dogs"
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    Would you listen to Izzy and Lenore again? Why?

    Yes. It was a bittersweet story about the joy the pets brought into the writer's life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Izzy. It's so cute to hear about how he helped people and provided them with good company.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Izzy first goes to meet patients.


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

    Sometimes the best person for the job has paws.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is on the short side, and it may be a little sad for very young children, but anyone with an interest in pets and stories of overcoming adversity should enjoy the story.

    0 of 0 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
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    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

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