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Dona

Hamilton, Australia | Member Since 2007

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  • 25 reviews
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  • 528 titles in library
  • 32 purchased in 2014
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  • The Mayan Prophecy: TimeRiders, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Alex Scarrow
    • Narrated By Trevor White
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
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    (3)

    Liam O’Connor should have died at sea in 1912. Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010. Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026. But all three have been given a second chance - to work for an agency that no one knows exists. Its purpose: to prevent time travel destroying history.… When Maddy finally unlocks fragments of the secret that Becks has been holding on to, the TimeRiders start to piece together their true purpose. Racing through time to connect the clues, the team discovers a Mayan tribe and an ancient relic provides a vital link to the past… and future.

    Dona says: "Get Ready for the Final Chapter"
    "Get Ready for the Final Chapter"
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    Book 8 in the TimeRider series sets the reader up for Scarrow's final chapter/book due out in late 2014. Here's hoping that Audible will be able to secure the rights to publish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Shadows: Timeriders, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Alex Scarrow
    • Narrated By Trevor White
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Liam O’Connor should have died at sea in 1912. Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010. Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026. But all three have been given a second chance - to work for an agency that no one knows exists. Its purpose: to prevent time travel destroying history.… Hunted by cyborg assassins from the future, the TimeRiders must abandon New York and go on the run. They escape to Victorian London and the streets where Jack the Ripper roams. But, before they can establish their new base, they make their most shattering discovery yet - and it will change everything.…

    Dona says: "Lots of Important and Surprising Information Given"
    "Lots of Important and Surprising Information Given"
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    A must read in this series with lots of shocking information about the TimeRiders and their purpose in their job of correcting time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gates of Rome: TimeRiders, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alex Scarrow
    • Narrated By Trevor White
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Liam O'Connor should have died at sea in 1912. Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010. Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026. But all three have been given a second chance to work for an agency that no one knows exists. Its purpose: to prevent time travel destroying history. Project Exodus: A mission to transport 300 Americans from 2070 to 54AD to overthrow the Roman Empire has gone catastrophically wrong. Half have arrived 17 years earlier, during the reign of Caligula.

    Dona says: "Not My Favorite in the Series but a Great Listen"
    "Not My Favorite in the Series but a Great Listen"
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    When I read the printed edition of this book, I skimmed a lot. I am not a big fan of Roman history and I couldn't stay interested in it, but LISTENING to the story was so much better! Trevor White is such a great actor/reader that I was ready to hear the story and was able to catch many clues about the past and future books that I missed in the first read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TimeRiders: The Eternal War: Timeriders, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Alex Scarrow
    • Narrated By Trevor White
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Liam O'Connor should have died at sea in 1912. Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010. Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026. But all three have been given a second chance - to work for an agency that no one knows exists. Its purpose: to prevent time travel destroying history... A time wave has struck that alters the entire history of the American Civil War. Abraham Lincoln has followed Liam into the present from 1831 - and now the world is in a dangerous state of limbo.... If the TimeRiders can't return Lincoln to the past, the Civil War will never end.

    Dona says: "Abe Lincoln as You've Never Seen Him!"
    "Abe Lincoln as You've Never Seen Him!"
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    I love American history and time travel stories so this book gave me both. The TimeRiders have a problem on their hands when young Abe Lincoln gets curious when he see some strangers and ends up in 2001! They have to find a way to get him back to his own time period so he can become president and stop The Eternal War.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Noughts and Crosses: Noughts and Crosses 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Malorie Blackman
    • Narrated By Syan Blake, Paul Chequer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Sephy is a Cross – a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a nought – a ‘colourless’ member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood. But that’s as far as it can go. Until the first steps are taken towards more social equality and a limited number of Noughts are allowed into Cross schools

    Dona says: "Terrific YA Book"
    "Terrific YA Book"
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    I chose this book because one of my students was reading the book and needed some help understanding it since English isn't her first language. I am so pleased that I did! It was a terrific book that kept me engrossed all the way through it. I could relate to it on many levels. I was a teenager during the American Civil Rights Movement. I could remember the Black Panther Movement. I was reminded of the IRA in Ireland. Now living in Australia I could see a relationship with the struggles of the Koorie population.
    I am recommending this book to be put on our Year 10 reading list! I can see lots of discussions with the students.
    My one annoyance is that the rest of the series is only available in abridged versions. The first book ended in such a way that I wanted to get right into the next book. Looks like I will have to buy the printed or e-book versions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TimeRiders (Book 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alex Scarrow
    • Narrated By Trevor White
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Book One in the TimeRiders series, read by Trevor White. Liam O'Connor should have died at sea in 1912. Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010. Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2029. Yet moments before death, someone mysteriously appeared and said, "Take my hand..." But Liam, Maddy and Sal aren't rescued. They are recruited by an agency that no one knows exists, with only one purpose - to fix broken history.

    Crystal says: "Amazing Series, Highly Recommended!"
    "A Whole New Slant to the Book!"
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    Being a time travel fan, I have really enjoyed this series by Alex Scarrow and have read all of the published ones and am "patiently" waiting for his final installment. Because I will be using the first in the series as a class text for my English class I decided I had better revisit it and listening is the easiest and quickest way for me.
    I was not disappointed! Trevor White did a wonder reading and I am pleased to see that he has continued with the rest of the series. It is quite interesting to hear someone read a book that you have already read for the reader often picks up different things that you missed. Trevor also is quite good with his accents. I particularly enjoyed Bob's voice. Looks like I will be using more of my credits to complete the series!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Can You Keep a Secret?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Gracie Thomas
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Nervous flyer Emma is sitting on a turbulent plane. She really thinks that this could be her last moment. So she starts telling the man sitting next to her all her innermost secrets, including how she once threw a troublesome client file in the bin. She survives the flight, of course, and the next morning the famous boss of the whole mega corporation she works for is coming for a look at the UK branch. As he walks around, Emma looks up and realises ­ it's the man from the plane.

    Eve says: "An enjoyable listen"
    "Emma isn't as lovable as Becky"
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    Although I enjoyed the book, I didn't fall in love with Emma, like I did with Becky in the Shopaholic series.
    I finished the book this morning and already I can't remember the name of Emma's boyfriend. I didn't like him and can't understand why he acted the way he did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mini Shopaholic

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Becky Brandon thought having a daughter was a dream come true - a shopping friend for life! But two-year-old Minnie has her own chaotic approach to shopping. On top of motherhood, there's the financial crisis, and even Becky's personal shopping clients have to cut back. Join Becky to find out who will get a gold star, and who will end up on the naughty step...

    Dona says: "Becky Does It Again!"
    "Becky Does It Again!"
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    If you want a fun, laugh-out-loud book, this is the book for you! Very hard to stop listening to it when you arrive at work and have to get out of the car. Also, although you want to get to the end of the book to see how Becky will get out of the messes she gets into, you are sad when you reach the end.
    I have loved all of the Shopaholic books and Mini Shopaholic didn't disappoint me a bit, and as usual, Emily Gray did a superb reading of the book. I can't imagine Becky's voice any other way!
    I love Becky but as always, there are times when I want to slap her to get her to wise-up, but that's just her lovable, frustrating self.
    The only disappointment I had with this book, is that it seems to be the last in the series. I have written on Sophie's Facebook page about this, so I am hoping that she writes some more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (295)

    When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

    Jane says: "Hopefully this is the first of a series"
    "A New Detective Series to Read"
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    I can understand why JK decided to write it under a pseudo name, but if I hadn't known it was her I probably wouldn't have picked it up for quite awhile, but I am glad that I did! I really enjoyed it and look forward to more in the series. It kept me guessing and wondering all the time.

    I would have given it 5 stars all around, except for the language. Although it was used in context of the characters, because I don't speak like that, it could be a bit jarring at times.Thankfully it wasn't over the top or used excessively. (And Strike even apologizes for it! :-) )

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Les Miserables

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1171)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (589)

    Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

    Amazon Customer says: "I love this book - one of the best of all time"
    "Abridged or Unabridged....That Is the Question!"
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    Unless you really enjoy reading French or Church history, or philosophy or understand French or Latin, I would recommend that you listen to the abridged version of this classic. I would say that over half of the book covered the above and it was frustrating listening to so much of those things and not the actual story and would often zone out until I heard a character's name. I ended up listening to the second half of the book in double speed. It was amazing how I got used to that speed.

    Having said all that, I am pleased that I finished the book. I now have a better understanding of the story and the characters and look forward to re-watching the musical again.

    Frederick Davidson was a wonderful reader and would have no qualms listening to his voice again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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