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Donna

Mesa, AZ, United States

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  • Sworn to Silence: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Linda Castillo
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (144)

    the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and "English" residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But 16 years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. In the aftermath of the violence, the town was left with a sense of fragility, a loss of innocence. Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belonged with the Amish.

    SHEILA says: "I'm sorry....."
    "Not a REAL small town..."
    Overall

    The author just doesn't represent a small town the way it REALLY is. The police would NEVER have to identify themselves in a town of this size. EVERYONE would know them on sight and they would know everyone as well.

    Yes, it was predictable and more importantly to me, it was unnecessarily gory in several places, but it is somewhat entertaining without any depth.

    I differ, however, about the narrator. I really enjoyed her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3635)
    Performance
    (3065)
    Story
    (3046)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "Disappointer"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Racketeer better?

    A plot that might seem CLOSE to reality.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

    Yes, he has written some really good stuff... especially the Painted House and I cannot say enough good about the book Bleachers. Both were excellent as are several others. The Innocent Man was incredible. I KNOW more excellent books are to come.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was ok but very slow. I read a review that said he listened on x2 and that would have been better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scarlet Nights

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jude Deveraux
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (158)

    Engaged to the charming and seductive Greg Anders, Sara Shaw is happily anticipating her wedding in Edilean, Virginia. The date has been set, the flowers ordered, even her heirloom dress is ready. But just three weeks before the wedding, Greg gets a telephone call during the night and leaves without explanation. Two days later, a man climbs up through a trapdoor in the floor of Sara’s apartment, claiming that he is the brother of her best friend and that he’s moving in. While Mike Newland is indeed telling the truth about his identity, his reason for being there reaches far deeper.

    Carol says: "Scarlet Nights"
    "Moronic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Scarlet Nights?

    I expected an actual mystery, not a Harlequin ROMANCE. The premise was entirely preposterous.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing from this author.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Character voices lacking and the fake Southern accents on SOME but not all the characters from VA.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It started out promising and then got ridiculous.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Allison Hoover Bartlett
    • Narrated By Judith Brackley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    John Charles Gilkey is an obsessed, unrepentant book thief who has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of rare books from book fairs, stores, and libraries around the country. Ken Sanders is the self-appointed "bibliodick" (book dealer with a penchant for detective work) driven to catch him. Journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett befriended both eccentric characters and found herself caught in the middle of efforts to recover hidden treasure.

    Margaret says: "Repetitive"
    "Like the subject matter - don't like the narrator"
    Overall

    I read about this book awhile back and was immediately intrigued. I really like the subject matter, but the narrator is monotone and offputting. I think this is one I might have to read in hard copy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze: FBI Thriller #2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (238)

    Lacey Sherlock's life is forever changed when her older sister's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse. She is the fourth victim of the String Killer, the name given by the media to a murderer who leads his victims into a maze with a ball of twine. Seven years after Belinda's death, Lacey, now an FBI agent, is paired up with computer whiz Dillon Savich, who has developed a predictive program to aid in the apprehension of serial killers.

    Lori says: "Too much detail, not enough flow"
    "Not worth it"
    Overall

    Very long, rambling and somewhat preposterous mystery. The reader frequently talks too rapidly as well. Not worth the time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Telex from Cuba: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Rachel Kushner
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    Rachel Kushner's mother grew up in Cuba in the 1950s, in the United Fruit Company enclave where Telex from Cuba takes place. Calling on a rich trove of family letters, photos, meticulously kept journals, and historical research, Kushner sets free her brilliant imagination in this profoundly resonant story of a world that was paradise for a time and for a few.

    Magin La Grave says: "Nostalgic and great history"
    "Some unnecessary characters..."
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book when the author stuck to the politics and life in pre-Castro Cuba. However, when she went off track with characters (Rachael K in particular) that really added nothing to the story, it got really boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wish Maker

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Ali Sethi
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The unforgettable story of a fatherless boy growing up in a household of outspoken women, The Wish Maker is also a tale of sacrifice, betrayal, and indestructible friendship. Zaki Shirazi and his female cousin Samar Api were raised to consider themselves "part of the same litter". Together they watched American television and memorized dialogue from Bollywood movies, attended dangerous protests, and formed secret friendships.

    Donna says: "Hard to follow"
    "Hard to follow"
    Overall

    Some books should be read and not listened to. I think this is one of them. The names all sound very similar to the untrained ear and the narrator is flat. I couldn't follow it at all and unfortunately probably will not finish it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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