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Donna

Winter springs, FL, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Lunatic Cafe: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (412)

    Vampire hunter and zombie animator Anita Blake is an expert at sniffing out the bad from the good. But in The Lunatic Café, she's about to learn that nothing is ever as it seems, especially in matters of the not-so-human heart.

    Kari says: "A great listen"
    "Growing on me"
    Overall

    The stories are growing on me, I am becoming attached. Who knows I may even finish the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Katherine Boo
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (559)

    Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption.

    Dr. says: "An Antidote for Shantaram"
    "A mass of sorrow in India"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Behind the Beautiful Forevers to be better than the print version?

    I am a member of a book club. I sometimes forget why I belong to it because I really like my vampire books. This book is the reason. I would not have read this book if it did not show up on the monthly list. It tell a true story of life in India. The characters are real. You feel for their plight. You hope for them. It is a travesty they live like they do. I now have a better understanding of a place I will never visit. I wish at the end of the book there was a suggestion of how to help or what would help this society as a whole.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Affliction: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (565)

    Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake. Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed. Micah's estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about "zombie disease". Anita makes her living off of zombies - but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires.

    Ms. Terry Lunney says: "coming out of the whine"
    "The Crazy World of Anita"
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    Would you listen to Affliction again? Why?

    It is difficult to say why I enjoy this series. In polite society I might deny being a big fan but I am. The action, sex and men of every flavor? Maybe that's it?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rift Walker: Vampire Empire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (199)

    Set in a postapocalyptic world, this tale of courage, sacrifice, and heroism takes place against the backdrop of an age of steam and rational humanism, where the social elite have rejected religion and spiritualism as nothing more than quaint superstition. Brutal Vampire Clans rule half the world, keeping human herds for food, and Princess Adele, heir to the throne of Equatoria, is faced with grim choices. War is imminent and her marriage to the odious Senator Clark of America will cement an alliance uniting the Equatorian Empire and the American Republic.

    Roberta says: "Buzzy and Marsters Hit Another Homerun!"
    "Great Story with an Awesome Reader"
    Overall
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    Where does The Rift Walker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed book one and two. I cant wait for book three to come out on Audible. I enjoyed it so much I might break down and actually read book three.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3359)
    Performance
    (2716)
    Story
    (2703)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    Maggie says: "Loved this audiobook!"
    "Charley Rock!"
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    What did you love best about First Grave on the Right?

    Charley is witty, adhd and a bad ass. I love the series I finished book 1, 2 and 3 in succession. The series is as good as Harrison, Briggs, Butcher and Harris. The reader, Lorelei king also read Briggs's Mercy. She is an outstanding reader. Enjoy!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Brothers: Sign of Seven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (616)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (327)

    Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys - Caleb, Fox, and Gage - went on a camping trip to the Pagan Stone. And 21 years later, it will end in a showdown between evil and the boys who have become men - and the women who love them.

    Rick says: "Frequent Listener"
    "Home Town Story of Good vs Evil"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story has love, good and evil. This is my first Nora Roberts book. It is entertaining without a lot of blood, guts or violence so it is rare. I enjoy the small town atmosphere where everyone knows everyone else. The book is consistently entertaining but it is not riveting either. This is book one which is read by a mans man which I found sultry. Book 2 was read well by a women but threw me off track because I was expecting Mr. Sexy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stray: Shifters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1269)
    Performance
    (653)
    Story
    (654)

    "I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds. Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked."

    Alexis says: "Loved it!"
    "A filler while you are waiting"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The reader is a good one but a little too old style for the role. The story was slow in the beginning but picks up in the middle. I do not like rape in stories so that took away from the enjoyment. When I out of good options I will listen to the next one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4028)
    Performance
    (2889)
    Story
    (2926)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "12 year old reader.."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book was entertaining once you are able to tolerate the reader. Something about listening to a story told by a 12 year old (figuratively) was difficult. If the book was read by the twilight reader it would have been easier to listen to and more enjoyable. The characters are teenagers and the book is definitely meant for young adults. The story has some surprises and a couple twists which make it worth listening to. I might listen to the next book but will definitely see the movie when it comes out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2860)
    Performance
    (2434)
    Story
    (2436)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "Corney"
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    Would you try another book from Faith Hunter and/or Khristine Hvam?

    I could not get through this book. Jane's recount of her self in animal form and talk in the third person was painful. It might have been better if the reader down played some of the sarcasm but she accented it instead. This is probably what a reader should do. The writer and reader combination was not a good one. I would chose a different book.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Naming of the Beasts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Damian Lynch
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (189)

    They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, but if you ask Castor he'll tell you there's quite a bit of arrogance and reckless stupidity lining the streets as well. And he should know. There are only so many times you can play both sides against the middle and get away with it. Now, the inevitable moment of crisis has arrived and it's left Castor with blood on his hands. Well, not his hands, you understand; it's always someone else who pays the bill: friends, acquaintances, bystanders.

    Cliff says: "The series comes to a staisfying conclusion."
    "England's Jim Butcher"
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    Would you listen to The Naming of the Beasts again? Why?

    Felix is witty, sarcastic with a soft streak at least sometimes. I really enjoyed the series. I hope Mike Carey writes another book. The characters are well developed and unusual. The reader is good once you get used to him. Im not a big fan of English readers so if you like them you'll love the reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2832)
    Performance
    (2583)
    Story
    (2589)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "We will miss you Sookie"
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    Would you listen to Dead Ever After again? Why?

    I hate to see the series end, I loved Sookie. I give credit to Charlaine Harris for ending it when she could have made money on more books. Charlaine Harris said she has nothing left to write about Sookie. I believe her. She pulled the lose ends of Sookieville together nicely in the ending.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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