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Terry L. O'Donovan

San Diego, California | Member Since 2014

  • 6 reviews
  • 129 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Mulholland Dive: Three Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By David W. Collins

    Three never-before-collected short stories from number-one New York Times best-selling author Michael Connelly. In "Cahoots", a backroom poker game turns deadly when a cheater is exposed. In "Mulholland Dive", a man who deciphers the hidden codes of accident scenes investigates a fatality off L.A.'s most fabled roadway. In "Two-Bagger", an obsessed cop tails an ex-con he believes is about to carry out a contract killing.

    Mark says: "One of Connelly's weaker efforts"
    "Good, but not the best"
    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or David W. Collins?

    I enjoyed these short stories. But, frankly Michael Connelly and his characters (Bosch or Haller) are at their best in complete books.

    What does David W. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good narration, but not too much to work with.

    Was Mulholland Dive worth the listening time?


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "Excellent story and performance"

    I've enjoyed most, but not all, of Picoult's books. In my opinion, this is her best. She incorporated a mystery into her usual format and it worked well. With one exception, the characters were interesting, real and performed well. The performance of young Jena was a little off-putting. This book is a journey with a twist and turn at the end. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione

    In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

    Maggie says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Any dog lover will love this one"
    Where does Dog on It rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a good, easy, fun listen. This book ranks above the middle of the pack.

    What other book might you compare Dog on It to and why?

    The books by David Rosenfelt are similar in that they involve a very special dog as well. Although Rosenfelt does not write from the dog's perspective.

    What does Jim Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think this narrator managed to bring Chet to life without being too cute or silly.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but it did make me smile several times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Excellent narration, good story"
    Would you listen to Beautiful Ruins again? Why?

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. The story was good to excellent and the narration was excellent with just the right Italian accent. The only reason I gave it 4 stars overall is that the story was a little predictable in a few places. The characters were interesting and the way the author and narrator moved the listener between 1962 and today was well done. This was a very satisfying listen.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Ruins?

    I loved the part where the listener gets to know Pasquale as he tries to improve his life by building a tennis court on a rocky cliff.

    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    This narrator was able to quickly go from perfect English, without an accent, to speaking Italian to speaking English with an Italian accent. It gave each character his/her own voice. Very well done.

    If you could take any character from Beautiful Ruins out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Richard Burton. What 60+ year old woman wouldn't want to have dinner with Sir Richard?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Boring story"

    I am surprised by the hype for this book. I found the characters shallow and the story boring. I just did not get the point.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil Wears Prada

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Rachel Leigh Cook

    Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, is hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the successful editor of Runway magazine. Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether the job is worth the price of her soul.

    Diana says: "A light read but entertaining"
    "Way Too Whiney"

    I didn't finish this "read". The main characters were thin and way too whiney and shallow. Why wouldn't a presumabley intelligent well-educated young woman simply get a better job?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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