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Donna

DonnaInNM

Moriarty, NM, United States

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  • Divided Allegiance: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (841)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (618)

    Paksenarrion, once a sheepfarmer's daughter, now a veteran warrior, meets new challenges as she breaks up a robber gang, dispells an ancient evil possessing an elvish shrine and is accepted for training at an academy for knights. Clearly, a high destiny awaits her.

    Donna says: "Narrator is very bad."
    "Narrator is very bad."
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    Loved this book and have approved of all the books in the series. I do not like the narrator at all. She does not change how she describes mundane issues with how she describes fights and battles. It is very hard to get excited about the book the first time through. Definitely would not use this narrator again. Will not seek out books read by her.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Clean Sweep

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (808)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (739)

    On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast.

    Donna says: "A MUST LISTEN. Promising start for a new series."
    "Don't let the southern drawl put you off"
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    At first I wasn't pleased with the. Narrator however, once I really started to listen she matched the story line. This is a must have for epic fantasy readers looks to be a very good series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Flame: Chronicles of Elantra Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (201)

    Kaylin returned from the West March in one piece. Now that piece is fraying. She's not at home in the Imperial Palace - and she never intends to be. All she wants is normal garden-variety criminals and a place of her own. Of course, normal in her new life involves a dragon as a roommate, but she can handle that. Kaylin can't as easily handle the new residents to the city she polices, because one of them is Nightshade's younger brother. On a night when she should be talking to landlords in perfectly normal buildings, she's called to the fief - by Teela.

    Cheri says: "still a good listen...but..."
    "Love the series!"
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    Finally, a book where Kayla has found a home. To me It was a FINALLY as far as this series. I love how she tried to reason with the emperor. Looking forward to the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Control: Troubleshooters, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Norma Lana
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (192)

    Savannah von Hopf has no choice. To save her uncle's life, she goes in search of Ken "WildCard" Karmody, a guy she barely knew in college who is now a military operative. She must convince him to help her deliver a cache of ransom money into the hands of terrorists halfway around the world. What she doesn't expect is to end up in WildCard's arms before she can even ask for his help.

    Don says: "Great story but a flat narrator"
    "Narrator should be removed."
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    I have read and re-read all of this series. Unfortunately, due to an accident I am blind and audio books are my only option. The narrator of this book ruined the story. She was flat, no changes in voice between male and female characters, some how she even sounded bored. All great books need good narrators. I give the book a 4.5 and the narrator a -3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crown of Renewal: Paladin's Legacy, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (113)

    The mysterious reappearance of magery throughout the land has been met with suspicion, fear, and violence. In the kingdom of Lyonya, Kieri, the half-elven, half-human king, struggles to balance the competing demands of his heritage while fighting a deadly threat to his rule: evil elves linked in some way to the rebirth of magic. Meanwhile, in the neighboring kingdom of Tsaia, a set of ancient artifacts recovered by the former mercenary Dorrin Verrakai may hold the answer to the riddle of magery’s return.

    Donna says: "Closure"
    "Closure"
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    I enjoyed the wrap up of the multiple story lines. Was a little disappointed with Camwin's story but others more than made up for it. I would recommend especially if you are a big fan of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mirror Sight: Book Five of Green Rider

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kristen Britain
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (197)

    Karigan G'ladheon is a Green Rider - a seasoned member of the elite messenger corps of King Zachary of Sacoridia. King Zachary sends Karigan and a contingent of Sacoridians beyond the edges of his nation, into the mysterious Blackveil Forest, which has been tainted with dark magic by a twisted immortal spirit named Mornhavon the Black.

    LOYL-00 says: "Enjoyed--a new look at the Green Rider"
    "WOW just Wow"
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    I have been a huge fan from the first Green Rider. This book takes you in a direction that while dark and dangerous does not mitigate the preceding books. While I wasn't surprised of the setting (K Britten) alluded to it several times she did a Great job. I would like to see a happier ending for Kagerigan [sic]. Alas she is the Nobel, tragic heroine. Can not wait for the next installment.


    As a side note I love the fact Kirsten Britten is a fellow New Mexican.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fury of Desire: Dragonfury Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (553)

    No warrior of the Nightfury pack is more complicated or damaged than Wick. Scarred from a childhood of slavery and torture, Wick cannot bear the touch of another person. But all bets are off when he meets J. J. Solares. When she is unjustly imprisoned, Wick agrees to help rescue and keep her from harm. But Wick lives a life of self-imposed isolation, and venturing into the world to seek justice for J. J. may be more than he can take.

    Robbie says: "Wick the Magic Dragon"
    "Best one yet"
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    This book actually show growth and plot. It is not just about hooking up and staying closeted in bed. Although, that does happen. I was very glad to see the development of Wick and also start getting some background for the characters. Makes understanding the "war" more believable. Looking forward to the next book. Hope there is much more character development. The first two were just too he man (beat chest, me Man you woman).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Over the Edge: Troubleshooters, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (196)

    For Lieutenant Teri Howe, one of the best helicopter pilots in the naval reserves, nothing stands in the way of her passion for flying--until a past mistake surfaces, jeopardizing everything she's worked for. Senior Chief Stan Wolchonok has made a career of tackling difficult challenges so it's no surprise when he comes to Teri's aid, knowing that his personal code of honor--and perhaps his heart--will be at risk.

    T. says: "Pivotal Book of the Series!!!!"
    "Male narrator needs to be replaced."
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    This series just draws you in. Before losing my sight I read every book published. Unfortunately, there are a lot of titles in audio that are now unavailable. This is the 3rd book I have listened to with the same narrators. I have to say that the man needs to be replaced. His voice is just not compatible with the series. He makes everything sound rude and crude. Hope she writes a more believable book than book 16 next.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Sorrow: The Chronicles of Elantra, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (390)

    The Barrani would be happy to see her die. So Kaylin Neya is a bit surprised by her safe arrival in the West March. Especially when enemies new and old surround her and those she would call friends are equally dangerous... And then the real trouble starts. Kaylin's assignment is to be a "harmoniste" - one who helps tell the truth behind a Barrani Recitation. But in a land where words are more effective than weapons, Kaylin's duties are deadly.

    Charlie Russel says: "A series that's gone on too long"
    "Not the best"
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    This was definitely not the best of the series. I fail to see any real growth for Kaylin and am very disappointed in her constant contact and association with Nightshade. He is everything she despises yet she is somewhat attracted to him. Her desire to leave Nightshade and her childhood behind has become more and more wishy washy. Personally, I would like to see Nightshade replaced. Severn is a much more pivotal character and would like to see more character development. Have loved the series and will get the next book. Hopefully, it will track better. D

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hob's Bargain

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Jennifer James Bradshaw
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    Beauty and The Beast. Hated and feared, magic was banished from the land. But now, freed from the spells of the wicked bloodmages, magic-both good and evil-returns. And Aren of Fallbrook feels her own power of sight strengthen and grow…. Overcome by visions of mayhem and murder, Aren vows to save her village from the ruthless raiders who have descended upon it-and killed her family. With the return of wildlings to the hills and forests, she strikes a bargain with the Hob, a magical, human-like creature imbued with the power of the mountains.

    Jane says: "The physical book is better than the audiobook."
    "Very Interesting"
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    This books was a slight departure from others that I have read by Patrica Briggs. I was not disappointed. I found that, although it was a little melancholy at times, for the most part it kept you entertained and engaged. Like most of Briggs books there is a ton of magic and supernatural. In fact, I was was just checking to see if there was a serial. I had read complaints about the narrator using a fake accent. I have listened to a lot of Jennifer Jane Bradshaw and while she does have an accent it sounds more Canadian than anything. Doesn't bother me at all. Hope this review helps! D

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Limits of Power: Paladin's Legacy, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (191)

    The unthinkable has occurred in the kingdom of Lyonya. The queen of the Elves - known as the Lady - is dead, murdered by former elves twisted by dark powers. Now the Lady’s half-elven grandson must heal the mistrust between elf and human before their enemies strike again. Yet as he struggles to make ready for an attack, an even greater threat looms across the Eight Kingdoms.Throughout the north, magic is reappearing after centuries of absence, emerging without warning in family after family - rich and poor alike.

    Anita says: "Great Tale badly read to gaspy death"
    "Narrator was just bad."
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    The story was wonderful however the narrator was not good. She mispronounced many words i.e. privacy. The characters were hard to distinguish because the narrator was just not good.

    I would recommend the book and unless you are visually impaired not invest in the audiobook. I have no choice as I do not read braille.

    The story was a wonderful continuation of the previous books. Can not wait for the next one. I hope this helps. D

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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