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donnabauder

I am a full time grad student studying health education. Audible is with me everywhere I go and I listen as often as I can.

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  • Snapshot

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Linda Barnes
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    The photograph - of a raisin-faced baby wearing something pastel - arrives in a blue envelope. There’s no identification or return address, just an unfamiliar postmark. But something in the baby’s face makes Carlotta keep the snapshot. Three weeks later, she finds out why.

    donnabauder says: "New listener of Linda Barnes"
    "New listener of Linda Barnes"
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    Would you listen to Snapshot again? Why?

    Maybe in a few years when I have forgotten the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Snapshot?

    You can almost hear the wheels churning and understand the precise moment it all comes to gether in her mind.


    Have you listened to any of C. J. Critt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    C J Critt is the reason that I purchased this book. I really enjoy female readers. I feel they have the ablility to change their range per the characters moreso than a male reader can do.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    As a mother who has lost a child, I was moved by the lengths she went to as she followed her motherly instincts....knowing something wasn't right. She was like a dog with a new bone. Everyone thought she was crazy, but she was RIGHT.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking for another CJ Critt book to listen to. I'd love Linda Barnes to develop this character and start a series with her. She has a little twist that some of the authors of female characters in thrillers do not have. The character is so well developed...she should do more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delayed Diagnosis: Rhea Lynch, M.D., Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Gwen Hunter
    • Narrated By Carol Hendrickson
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    Dr. Rhea Lynch left a suffocating life in Charleston to practice medicine in the ER of a small South Carolina Hospital. Now, Dawkins County is her home, a place that holds the only real family she's ever known. But when she returns from vacation, Rhea is shocked to discover that her best friend, Marisa, is near death and unable to communicate. The official diagnosis: a paralyzing stroke. Despite the family's attempts to keep her away, Rhea is determined to make her own diagnosis.

    wanda says: "Good story, lousy performance"
    "Slow to start but, gathers speed for a wild ride"
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    If you could sum up Delayed Diagnosis in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, enticing, unpredictable.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This is one that I was not able to predict.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    As an animal lover, her experience with the dumped dog touched my heart.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Designing Women meets Murder She Wrote.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been looking for another series to grab my attention. In the beginning, I will admit the extreme southern accent was hard to tolerate and I had to make myself listen. However as I got further into the book, the southern charm, traditions and nuance's made the accent fit perfectly with the character, to the point I could actually visualize the character and settings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (650)

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "Wonderfully written"
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    What did you love best about The Profiler's Daughter?

    I loved that this book told one story. Unlike some books, it did not jump between several plots all happening at the same time, nor did it jump from present then to another period in time. It made the book an easy to listen, uncomplicated and yet extremely enjoyable as the story begins to unravel and the plot reveals the truth. I honestly did not figure out who was the criminal until the last 5 minutes of the book. I didn't feel the need to skip back 15 minutes each time I started listening to help me remember what the book was about. And with few characters, no confusion as to whom was speaking. Had this been a paperback, it would have been an all night read for me. Can't wait for the next book from this author.


    Would you ever listen to anything by P. M. Steffen again?

    Can't wait! Bring them on! Glad I found the author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't give anything away, but the teenage son is the hero of the book. Since has less to loose than anyone else, he seems to be the only one willing a chance. And how daring was he? You will have to buy the book to find out.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Indeed it was. Very enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Great find. Thanks to the author.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cell

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (265)

    George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc. George's initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating.

    DebaDeb says: "There's an app for that!"
    "I feel cheated!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I really enjoyed listening to the book. Working around the medical professional, I could actually visualize this happening and thought it might be a workable application. For a change, the concept was not something so far over my head or hard to understand that I had to listen two or three times to wrap my brain around the idea.


    What could Robin Cook have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Finished the book and not left me feeling frustrated and cheated.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    I don't feel he was able to change his tone to properly make the differences in age needed to help the listener understand when one character is speaking vs another character. I found this especially hard with the age difference between characters.


    Do you think Cell needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Of course he does. He didn't finish this one


    Any additional comments?

    I do not understand why an author would put so much time and effort into a book and them just leave his fans hanging with no ending. Why not just call it a prequel?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cross My Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Tom Wopat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (482)

    Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart--nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, and gives him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, and uses Alex's strength as a weapon against him in the most unsettling and unexpected novel of James Patterson's career.

    Susan says: "Cheap Trick - Shame on Mr. Patterson"
    "Why would you do that to your fans?"
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    What would have made Cross My Heart better?

    How about an ending? Telling your readers that you "had to be true to Alex, and sometimes you must accept tragedy" is a bunch of crap. You ended the book this way just to string us along until the next book is written. Well, Mr. Patterson, my string is snapped. I invested almost 10 hours of my time listening to your book. You strung me along too far on this one and I am now a former fan.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson again?

    I was a faithful follower of Alex Cross and couldn't wait until the next book was released. DONE.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Boatman and Tom Wopat ?

    Nothing negative to say about the narration.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    As I listened, my only complaint had been the story lines. Why can't a book be written from start to finish without have more than one story line running together and flip flopping back and forth? So confusing. Then the book ended. I wasn't disappointed..... I was pissed. Can't believe I spent my money on this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7702)
    Performance
    (6955)
    Story
    (6955)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Not Johns biggest fan"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sycamore Row to be better than the print version?

    I don't read print versions, so I can't answer this question.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Grisham? Why or why not?

    I was a huge fan of John Grisham when he began writing his first book. I got bored with his style after a while and stopped purchasing his books.


    What aspect of Michael Beck’s performance would you have changed?

    The attempt at a deep southern accent was almost sappy it was so drawn out and sloppy. Since the majority of the book is spoken by men, the tone between the men is at times hard to tell apart. By the end, between skipping between the past and present and attempting to change his tone to represent a different man, I found it hard to follow and keep my interest. Every time I tried to listen, I had to go back 5 - 10 minutes to remember where I was in the book. Disappointing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    None. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.


    Any additional comments?

    Unless you are a diehard Grisham fan, don't bother.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • W Is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1203)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1056)

    Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.

    karen says: "Well worth waiting for...."
    "Never disappointed with Sue Grafton"
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    Where does W Is for Wasted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was hooked at "A" and have read/listened to each one.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It was difficult in the beginning to listen to two very different story lines at the same time as she switched back and forth. and one appeared not to be relevant to the other. Then all of the sudden you get that "AH HA" when you realize the two stories are actually one. Cool moment for me. Smooth move Sue!


    Which character – as performed by Judy Kaye – was your favorite?

    I like listening to Judy. Kinsley Millhome is quite a woman. I feel like I know her and would welcome her into my home. She may fly under the radar, but don't under estimate her!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    That AH HA moment when the two stories become one and only then did you realize the truth in it all.


    Any additional comments?

    Way too long between the last novel and "W". And, seeing there is only X,Y and Z left for Sue, I hope she gives Kinsley an happy ever after when she is finished and not a forever after in that old black dress.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1319)
    Performance
    (1187)
    Story
    (1200)

    For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

    Patricia says: "Violence vs. Sentiment"
    "Not a listen for the weak stomach"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Thankless in Death to be better than the print version?

    I do not read paperbacks


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Was expecting a big boom, but it went out with a fizzle.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There really was not a favorite "scene" for me. I skipped over some of the book when the crimes were described in detail.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It was extremely long and I could only listen for so long and I needed a break. It was not one that couldn't wait to get back to. I had to make myself finish.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a fan of this author, but it was recommended. Can't visualize the use of electronics and droids.......
    I have not listened to a book which walked you through the actual crime with such detail. It was disturbing to me and I skipped many of the horrible details. And, I have seen a lot in my career so I don't have a weak stomach.
    Not feeling that he is someone I will listen to again. He has taken the time to develop the characters, but it is sometimes difficult to visualize who is talking as the tone does not vary from the detective to murderer.

    Happy listening to you all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ladies' Night

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (335)

    Grace Stanton’s life as a rising media star and beloved lifestyle blogger takes a surprising turn when she catches her husband cheating and torpedoes his pricey sports car straight into the family swimming pool. Grace suddenly finds herself locked out of her palatial home, checking account, and even the blog she has worked so hard to develop in her signature style. Moving in with her widowed mother, who owns and lives above a rundown beach bar called The Sandbox, is less than ideal. So is attending court-mandated weekly "divorce recovery" therapy sessions with three other women and one man for whom betrayal seems to be the only commonality. When their “divorce coach” starts to act suspiciously, they decide to start having their own Wednesday "Ladies' Night" sessions at The Sandbox, and the unanticipated bonds that develop lead the members of the group to try and find closure in ways they never imagined. Can Grace figure out a new way home and discover how strong she needs to be to get there?

    JenniferandSteveLandeau says: "Man I thought my divorce was the worst!"
    "Too many details spoil the story"
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    Would you try another book from Mary Kay Andrews and/or Kathleen McInerney?

    I would think twice before purchasing another of her books.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Still a James Patterson fan...waiting on the next one


    Did Kathleen McInerney do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Average. Since there were a limited number of male voices, she did an ok job on the women.


    Did Ladies' Night inspire you to do anything?

    No it did not


    Any additional comments?

    There were just far too many details for me in this book. I don't care that there are 5 different color whites, or how many yards of material is needed for things. I had to make myself continue listening. Instead of looking forward to the rest of the book, I found myself checking to see how many hours were left over and over again. All of these women were made to look stupid and lacking common sense. The story could have been told in half the time without in depth details that did nothing for the story. Sorry ladies, this is my last read of your books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Low Pressure

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (335)

    Bellamy Lyston was only 12 years old when her older sister Susan was killed on a stormy Memorial Day. Bellamy's fear of storms is a legacy of the tornado that destroyed the crime scene along with her memory of what really happened during the day's most devastating moments. Now, 18 years later, Bellamy has written a sensational, best-selling novel based on Susan's murder. Because the book was inspired by the tragic event that still pains her family, she published it under a pseudonym to protect them from unwanted publicity. But an opportunistic reporter for a tabloid newspaper discovers that the book is based on fact....

    Eclectic Reader says: "Excellent!"
    "Same ole same ole"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Have not purchased a Sandra Brown book in a long time and couldn't remember why I quit. Then, I purchased Low Pressue and I was quickly reminded. Boy meets girl. Girl in trouble. Boy fixes problem. Boy and Girl fall in love. Happily ever after isn't always the way life goes. I was diappointed with the book. Time for something new.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not a Sandra Brown book


    What didn’t you like about Stephen Lang’s performance?

    Really hard to listen to. He tries hard to change the tone from one character to the next, but it is not working for me. Hard to tell one from the other.


    Do you think Low Pressure needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no. enough said


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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