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Donna

Knoxville, TN, USA

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  • 11 titles in library
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  • The Gathering

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anne Enright
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    Regarded as one of her country's foremost voices, Irish author Anne Enright makes a fresh mark on a rich literary tradition. The Gathering is a deeply insightful family saga, steeped in secrets and intrigue, unfolding over three generations.

    Lori says: "Not For Everyone"
    "Story drags on...and on and on!"
    Overall

    After two hours I had to admit defeat--the story still hadn't begun to take off. The narrator within the story (Veronica?) was not one with whom I could empathize. It might eventually have gotten better, but I don't have enough years left in my life to find out.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2480)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (641)

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Deborah says: "How Does One Manage?"
    "JL Burke's best yet!"
    Overall

    I am a huge fan of Dave Robicheaux and also a fan of stories set in Louisiana. This story really presents a gut-wrenching and emotionally evocative sense of the devastation to lives and property following Hurricane Katrina. I could truly believe that every detail was as accurate as a documentary. And the story itself was, as expected from Burke, fantastic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Havana Bay

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The body, what was left of it, was drifting in Havana Bay the morning Arkady arrived from Moscow. The Cubans insisted that the body was his friend, Pribluda, but Arkady wasn't so sure.

    Donna says: "Love author, hate narrator"
    "Love author, hate narrator"
    Overall

    I love Martin Cruz Smith and his character, Arkady Renko. But the narrator of Havana Bay was pretty terrible. His attempted Spanish accent sounded very similar to his Russian accent. And he grossly mispronounced the Spanish words contained in the text. The story itself was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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