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Donna

lilburn, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A Study in Emerald

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (2306)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (783)

    A Study in Emerald draws listeners in through carefully revealed details as a consulting detective and his narrator friend solve the mystery of a murdered German noble. But with its subtle allusions and surprise ending, this mystery hints that the real fun in solving this case lies in imagining all the details that Gaiman doesn't reveal, and challenges listeners to be detectives themselves.

    M. D. Baines says: "Listen Well"
    "This story is already in Fragile Things"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wish I had known I had it already in another book before wasting a purchase. I like the story and performance very much however.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1400)
    Performance
    (1207)
    Story
    (1183)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Janice says: "I wanted to cheer out loud!"
    "Liked Between, Georgia Better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was up to Chapter 3 before I realized there were different people speaking! None of the voices had different inflections and it was much different in Between, Georgia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4633)
    Performance
    (4151)
    Story
    (4175)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "couldnt finish it."
    Overall
    Performance
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    I love Neil Gaiman. This book is NOTHING like Neverwhere, Wolves in the Walls, the Graveyard Book, Fragile Things or the Emerald City. It had way too much crude vulgar sex and the language was atrocious. Besides the story just dragged on and on and seemed pointless. I got to the second half of the book and just gave up. Why torture myself? I wasted that credit!

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Country Life

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Rachel Cusk
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When Stella leaves London for a small village in Sussex, she hopes that the country life will be conducive to her journey toward self-discovery. She'll have no more insipid lover, dead end job, or controlling parents to endure. But, as an au pair for a dispiriting family, she's stalked by bad-tempered people, misfortune from weather and wildlife, and unwelcome suitors. Spunky and resourceful, she manages to keep a stiff upper lip, even when her darkest secret manages to catch up with her.

    Donna says: "I really was glad when this was over"
    "I really was glad when this was over"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I couldnt find it funny. I cringed throughout over the 'heroine's' clumsiness and constant wrong moves. There were several loose threads in the story consisting of delicious mysteries that I thought would unfold, but never did. They were left unfinished and I was left asking for closure. I found the heroine annoyingly stupid for her age and was constantly astounded by her idiocy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Florence and Giles

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Harding
    • Narrated By Laurence Bouvard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A gripping gothic page-turner told in a startlingly different and wonderfully captivating voice. In a remote and crumbling New England mansion, 12-year-old orphan Florence is neglected by her guardian uncle and banned from reading. Left to her own devices she devours books in secret and talks to herself in a unique language of her own invention. By night, she sleepwalks the corridors and is troubled by a recurrent dream in which a mysterious woman appears to threaten her younger brother Giles.

    John S. says: ""Turn of the Screw" meets "The Bad Seed""
    "Excellent! A pleasure to listen to."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was really a great book. It kept me intrigued and glued to the book. I listened intently and it was a page turner. The narrator had a good voice and was acting rather than reading (something many narrators forget) and each character had a different voice, which is extremely important when listening so as to keep characters organized. It is a Victorian cozy with a hint of Harry Potter. Delicious.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4765)
    Performance
    (1650)
    Story
    (1659)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Loved it; didnt want to reach the end."
    Overall

    The book was engrossing, and I couldnt wait to pick up the tale the next time I listened. It kept me hanging on. It is truly a pleasure to have a book that you don't want to turn off and anticipate turning back on again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lavender Morning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jude Deveraux
    • Narrated By Barbara McCulloh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (127)

    Jocelyn Minton is a woman torn between two worlds. Her mother grew up attending private schools and afternoon teas, but she married the local handyman. After her mother died when Joce was only five years old, her father remarried into his own class, and Joce became an outsider - until she met Edilean Harcourt. Although she was sixty years Joce's senior, Miss Edi was a kindred soul who understood her like no one else ever had. When Miss Edi passes away, she leaves Joce all her worldly possessions, including an eighteenth-century house and a letter with clues to a mystery that began in 1941.

    Amazon Woman says: "Very Captivating"
    "Didn't like it."
    Overall

    The story was too predictable and unrealistic to me, and the narrator's voice was too repetitive; there was no distinguishing between narrator or characters, and the cadence and ultra femininity of the voice was annoying. Couldnt finish it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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