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Donna

Mansfield, GA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 7 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 324 titles in library
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  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7111)
    Performance
    (5053)
    Story
    (5042)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Loved it...got a little tired of the main character always saying she is sorry..but considering the time the story was suppose to take place I guess I can understand...now a days someone would have taken care of the problems long before the end...was sad to see the story end. Enjoyed this book and a similar book called The Help.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27648)
    Performance
    (14237)
    Story
    (14291)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "So real....."
    Overall

    I had to actually buy the hardback to give to my daughter.. I was born in 1955 and I remember having black Help and babysitters in Atlanta. My wonderful Grandmother had her ideas and my mother balked and taught me different. This book took me home and I wish I could go back and make the changes that needed to be done. Loved it. Will listen again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3350)
    Performance
    (1129)
    Story
    (1131)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Not what I expected"
    Overall

    Maybe it was just me because other ratings seem to be very good but I just couldn't get into this book. Very confusing to me. Maybe I was expecting more....but anyways I was bored and confused thru out this book. I had a vision of another ending. I still haven't figured out what it was all about after listening to everything.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13245)
    Performance
    (5578)
    Story
    (5622)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    I cannot put in words about this book. I am so sad to let these characters leave. For my future listeners.....take the time to do this book. I am so astonished that I never had heard of it before I downloaded from Audible. This will be something I will tell my grandchildren to listen to. I am astonished that it is not on all High School and
    College requirements as a must read and talk about.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deceit

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Siegel
    • Narrated By Phil Sheridan
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    It looks like just another car crash: a head-on collision on a lonely stretch of desert highway that leaves one driver dead. But Tom Valle, the local newspaperman assigned to the story, is damned good at spotting lies. And for Valle, once a star reporter at America's most prestigious daily, this so-called accident may be just the ticket he needs to resurrect his career and get him out of the aptly named town of Littleton, California, for good.

    Donna says: "Confusing"
    "Confusing"
    Overall

    Don't get me wrong....I love this author and have on audible his other books but this one was alittle more confusing than his others. All of his work is deep and you have to keep on top every word to know whats going on. This one was really more so than the others. The characters seemed to jump around and I got confused about who was who and how they related to the story. I REALLY did enjoyed it (me and my dog walked alot of miles with it) but I feel I need to listen to it again because I must have missed pieces to it. If you can sit and not be distracted this is a very good book. Otherwise leave it for another time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black River

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (145)

    Burned-out Hollywood screenwriter Bo Aikens is fed up with life in Los Angeles. He heads out of the hustle and bustle of the big city and arrives in picturesque Black River in Northern California, seeking relaxation and artistic inspiration. In small, idyllic Black River nearly everyone is happy, contented, and welcoming of strangers. But despite the beautiful setting, Bo begins to feel unsettled after several disturbing incidents.

    Lance says: "Brick + Koontz=Fantastic!"
    "Not worth the time"
    Overall

    I was very excited when I got an email from Audible inviting me to pick up Dean Koontz newest book ASAP. What a waste of time. It started out pretty good but about middle ways started to become a really dumb book. I have been a Dean Koontz fan forever and cannot fathom why he allowed this book to be released like this.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Blaze: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Bachman, Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (140)

    Blaze is the story of Clayton Blaisdell, Jr., of the crimes committed against him and the crimes he commits, including his last, the kidnapping of a baby heir worth millions. Blaze has been a slow thinker since childhood, when his father threw him down the stairs and then threw him down again. After escaping an abusive institution for boys when he was a teenager, Blaze hooks up with George, a seasoned criminal who thinks he has all the answers.

    Gary says: "Waste of time"
    "Excellant!"
    Overall

    I couldn't stop listening to this. All the character's are brought to life and you know who they are. Not a boring part to it. You know how it has to end but you keep hoping that it doesn't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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