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Donna

DonnaInNM

Moriarty, NM, United States

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  • Next of Kin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sharon Sala
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Beth Venable has seen too much. Witness to a major mob hit, she's placed in protective custody until the trial. But after her third safe house is riddled with bullets, she goes offgrid to save herself. What the FBI can't do, her kinfolk will. The beautiful but forbidding Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky welcome Beth back, with dirt roads and rustic shacks a world apart from L.A. But her homecoming—even her blissful reunion with strong, silent Ryal Walker—is made bittersweet by the fight she's brought to the clan's doorstep.

    M. Davis says: "Outstanding!!! From start to finish....loved it!!!"
    "Over all not up to Sala's previous books"
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    The narrator was too melodramatic, story was very slow and predictable, and over priced. Would not get any of her short stories again.

    0 of 1 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
    (340)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (321)

    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
    (309)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (163)

    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 0 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
    (260)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (243)

    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.

    Patrick says: "Great performance but slow story"
    "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
    (124)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (110)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (128)

    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

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Masques: Aralorn, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Patricia Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1076)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (720)

    After an upbringing of proper behavior and oppressive expectations, Aralorn fled her noble birthright for a life of adventure as a mercenary spy. Her latest mission involves spying on the increasingly powerful sorcerer Geoffrey ae'Magi. But in a war against an enemy armed with the powers of illusion, how do you know who the true enemy is - or where he will strike next?

    Tabitha says: "Satisfying tale, interesting characters"
    "Narrator is very bad"
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    I loved the 2nd book first. It is a good change from the usual epic fantasy. The problem I have is not with the book but with the narrator. She speaks very fast, very unnatural, she doesn't try to change voices with the characters, and she sounds very condescending.

    I would hope that Patricia Briggs not be allowed to narrate her own books again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (401)

    It has been a busy few weeks for Private Kaylin Neva. In between angling for a promotion, sharing her room with the last living female Dragon, and dealing with more refugees than anyone knew what to do with, the unusual egg she'd been given began to hatch. Actually, that turned out to be lucky, because it absorbed the energy from the bomb that went off in her quarters. So now might be the perfect time to leave Elantra and journey to the West March with the Barrani. If not for the disappearances of citizens in the fief of Tiamaris - disappearances traced to the very Barrani Kaylin is about to be traveling with....

    R. Pettijohn says: "Loved it"
    "Grrr....were and when is the next book."
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    Very interesting book. Somewhat of a diversion from the first 6. If you like Michelle Sagara then I would suggest you read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord's Fall: Elder Races, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (661)

    Before she met Dragos, half-human half-Wyr Pia Giovanni was alone and on the run. Now, she's mated, pregnant, and heading south to repair the Wyr's frayed relationship with the Elves. Being separated from Dragos is painful, but for the good of the Wyr demesne they need to figure out how to be partners, in more places than just the bedroom. In New York to preside over the Sentinel Games, Dragos is worried about his mate, but knows that finding two replacement sentinels is essential to show the rest of the Elder Races just how strong and brutal the Wyr demesne can be.

    Angela says: "Loved, loved, loved it!"
    "Not my type of SiFi with Romance.....vulgar"
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    This book was a continuation of the first Elder Races book. While it showed promise at the beginning of being a new story line, it was just more of the same. I found it to be even more unbelievable than SiFi/Fantasy usually is. I do object to the abject sex and the continued use of vulgar language. I like a romance story at times; however, I got tired of hearing the word "cock" over and over. If I wanted that kind of story I would have gone to the adult book store. Overall, not a buyer. Don't waste the money or time, unless you are really looking for a hard core sexed up book. :(

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Days of Blood & Starlight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (794)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (732)

    In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

    Katheryne says: "No Sophomore Slump here...Just wow!"
    "Interesting continuation"
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    I found this to be an interesting continuation to the previous. I found that towards the end of the book that there was a nice turn of events. I will definitely look for the last installment. If you are like me and enjoy trilogies then this is a very good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Local Habitation: An October Daye Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Seanan McGuire
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (278)

    October “Toby” Daye is a changeling, the daughter of Amandine of the fae and a mortal man. Like her mother, she is gifted in blood magic, able to read what has happened to a person through a mere taste of blood. Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, most changelings are second-class children of Faerie spending their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Toby is the only changeling who has earned knighthood, and she re-earns that position every day.

    Marci says: "What a fantastic book!"
    "Very Interesting"
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    I found this book interesting and though I like book 1 a little better I will continue with the series. Once I find an author that I like I tend to stay true and read all their books. Very few exceptions. This book was full of mystery, action, and secrets. So I would recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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