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AlTonya

DAVIDSON, NC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Lost Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mary B. Monroe
    • Narrated By Diana Luke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Mary Monroe is a New York Times best-selling author who pens tales of life’s emotional tapestry. Lost Daughters follows Maureen Montgomery and her daughter, Loretta, as they strive to make a life after the death of Maureen’s domineering mother. Forever scarred by Mama Ruby’s tyrannical ways, Maureen longs for a quiet, simple life. But Loretta has something far different in mind. Dreaming of fame and fortune, she embarks on a modeling career. Mama Ruby, however, casts a shadow with the power to darken their lives.

    Torrea says: "Great story about karma and a mothers love!"
    "Wish I'd Enjoyed This More..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Didn't feel my time was well spent. After listening to and thoroughly enjoying the other books in the series, I was very excited to start this story. I found myself irritated by the characters, unable to root for any of them.


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

    It pains me to say that I was thrilled when it was over.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The characters often sounded too much alike...


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not sure...


    Any additional comments?

    "The Upper Room" and "Mama Ruby" were really fantastic stories- this one just didn't grip me the way they did. But I will continue to read work by this talented author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burned

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (625)

    Another shockingly suspenseful installment in #1 New York Times best-selling author Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. Burned picks up right where the surprising conclusion of Iced left off, and will feature beloved characters Mac and Dani O'Malley as they embark on another high-octane adventure in the Fever world.

    Katheryne says: "Where's Dani?"
    "Can't Be What The Author Intended"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not sure that I would-the narrators really kept me involved with this story, but the story itself just seemed too troubled. If my friend was a real fan of the series, I wouldn't want to recommend it and have them be as disappointed as I was.


    If you’ve listened to books by Karen Marie Moning before, how does this one compare?

    The narration was wonderful!!! I just love Phil Gigante. Natalie Ross does a good job, but it's Phil who really sets the whole thing off!


    What about Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross ’s performance did you like?

    I love the way they give such life to the characters- Phil and Natalie seem to take such care in the way they present each voice which gives a realness to the diverse mix of characters- human and otherwise-as well as the vivid world KMM has created.


    Was Burned worth the listening time?

    Yes, mostly because of the talented narrators. I love KMM but this just didn't seem to be the story she intended to write.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revenant

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Larissa Ione
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (116)

    For 5000 years, Revenant believed he was alone in the world, a fallen angel beyond any redemption. Now he finds he has a twin brother who had all the light and love Revenant was denied. Caught in a tug of war between Heaven and Hell, he must weigh his thirst for revenge against his desire for a mysterious female named Blaspheme - a female whose very origins could deliver him into salvation - or destruction.

    CAROLYN says: "FILLED WITH "WOWS, WHOAS, WHAT THE... & WICKED""
    "Ione Delivers!"
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    What did you love best about Revenant?

    Loved the way Revenant came across as laid back and bad-ass at the same time, but then Ione goes in and tempers all that with the vulnerability and regret instilled by his past- A sensational hero!


    What other book might you compare Revenant to and why?

    I suppose it would be Reaver which featured Revenant's twin brother. Although Reaver was thought to be the more angelic of the two, the twins showed remarkable similarities in the way they approached all the challenges their stories dished out.


    What about Hillary Huber’s performance did you like?

    The emotion she brings to the dialogue.


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

    The final chapters really moved me. I enjoyed the way Ione weaved in the biblical text to back up what takes place in the last explosive scenes as well as to explain the prophesy pertaining to Revenant and Reaver.


    Any additional comments?

    The book ended so spectacularly, it'd be interesting to see what sort of havoc Ione could conjure next!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Festive in Death: In Death, Book 39

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1302)
    Performance
    (1183)
    Story
    (1185)

    Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn't count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest. Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who'd been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler's enemies, she's also dealing with her Christmas shopping list - plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband's upcoming holiday bash.

    BG853 says: "A Feast for In Death devotees"
    "A Truly Festive Read!!!"
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    If you could sum up Festive in Death in three words, what would they be?

    Twisty, Warm, Sexy


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

    Yes, this was a rich, who-dun-it that kept me guessing. Just when I thought I had a solid guess in mind-there was new information a new twist that threw my predictions out the window.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

    I gotta go with Eve- so much of her persona that jumps off the pages, is given real life when Ericksen performs those lines.


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

    So many of the holiday moments got to me, but I think I really loved the scene with Eve and Peabody at the Christmas party. Eve took her partner aside for a moment to give her present. Peabody's reaction as well as Eve's response to that reaction was very touching.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed everything about this book. Roarke was a dream as usual and the cozy couple scenes between he and Eve were just wonderful. I loved how the solving of the crime unfolded and the manner that Robb brought in all the past characters. The Christmas party went on for a while and was so well-done I felt like I was right there in the midst. I could go on...this was great on every level!

    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
    (10198)
    Performance
    (9173)
    Story
    (9181)

    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)"
    "Dynamic Author!!! Divine Narration!!!"
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    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, Suspenseful, Vivid!


    What other book might you compare Sycamore Row to and why?

    Hmm...this question is always difficult to answer especially when the book is so amazing. I recently listened to another high-drama courtroom novel entitled "Blood on the Leaves" by Jeff Stetson- it's another I'd highly recommend.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Beck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure that I've ever heard any of Michael Beck's other performances but I will definitely seek him out in the future!!! Amazingly Talented-he made an already vivid story even more vivid.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Learning the details of Seth Hubbard's motives was especially hard to listen to- made me think what a tragic waste of life and livelihood. While that aspect saddened me, other aspects were so outrageous that I could do nothing but laugh. Such was the case when Hubbard's kids couldn't seem to get past the fact that the man was overpaying his hard working housekeeper $5hr. $5hr?? Are you kidding me- I laughed at their outrage-then reminded myself it was the 80s in Mississippi...


    Any additional comments?

    Every character was portrayed beautifully by the writer and brought to startling life by the voice performance- this was a fine match between author and narrator!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Americanah

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (950)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (857)

    Anna-Bo-Banana says: "Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty"
    "For Me- A True Reading Experience!!!"
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    Where does Americanah rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Americanah ranks right there near the top-an emotional rush from start to finish!


    What other book might you compare Americanah to and why?

    Not sure I can think of any others just now that compare- the story was in a class all its own.


    What does Adjoa Andoh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration was absolutely superb! The unique personalities she manages to bring to each character through the power of her voice was simply amazing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    You could say I had quite an extreme reaction to this story. It took me through a range of emotion- specifically related to Ifemelu's journey in re-discovering the love for her natural hair. That whole aspect of the story hit me someplace I didn't expect.


    Any additional comments?

    Read (Listen) To This Book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk Among the Tombstones: A Matt Scudder Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (173)

    Private detective Matt Scudder investigates a series of kidnappings that always end in brutal murder. Best-selling author Lawrence Block takes us into the seedier back alleys and side-streets of New York City, rendering his subject with a gritty realism.

    PerryMartinBookReviews says: "Movie to be out Sept 19, 2014"
    "Great Story!! Terrible Narration!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Walk Among the Tombstones the most enjoyable?

    The author's ability to draw out the suspense.


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

    The plot definitely kept me on edge. I was almost afraid to hear more- many aspects were so disturbing, but I had to find out how the story would unfold.


    How could the performance have been better?

    More enthusiasm in the voice- such monotone and often times the narrator sounded like he was drifting off to sleep. I listen to many of my books during lengthy commutes and the narrator's performance just drained me of energy...


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

    A Gruesome But Gutsy Thriller!


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Blood on the Leaves

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeff Stetson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Jeff Stetson has received eight NAACP Theater Image Awards for his play The Meeting, which aired on American Playhouse on PBS. He offers a thought-provoking work of fiction with Blood on the Leaves. Old white men - alleged perpetrators of racial killings during the civil rights struggle - are being brutally murdered in the South. Now it's up to the only black deputy district attorney to prosecute these racially motivated crimes.

    AlTonya says: "Boss Suggested It! Glad I Read It!"
    "Boss Suggested It! Glad I Read It!"
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    Would you listen to Blood on the Leaves again? Why?

    Yes, I enjoyed so many of the characters and would love to listen again to see if I can pull out clues that I overlooked during the first listen. I found the writing to be very rich, outstanding dialogue


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood on the Leaves?

    Gosh...so many, I suppose when Reynolds returned home and asked his mother to fill in the blanks about the incident that took place when he was a kid- that whole portion was very memorable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of the courtroom scenes. Loved the judge!


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

    I enjoyed the testimony scene from Dr. Matheson's mother.


    Any additional comments?

    Could definitely see this as a feature film!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Leftovers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tom Perrotta
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (739)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (643)

    What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down?That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children.

    glamazon says: "The title is the best part"
    "Expected A Little More"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would based on the author's exquisite talent. Also, the premise was just so unique to me, so I'd love to know what a friend thinks of it.


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

    Yes! I would love for more time to be spent on the actual event that gets the story rolling. For something so monumental, I felt it was just pushed too far aside.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (511)

    Dr. Joyce Yards has never met anyone as sexy or as irresistible as 466. He refuses to discuss anything except getting her naked beneath him. Their therapy sessions are growing hotter, his raw hunger for her is becoming aggressive, and she is falling for him. Joy knows the dire consequences if she gives in to desire. It will break her heart but she must walk away.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Nice!"
    "Still Love The Series- This Book...Not So Much"
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    Would you listen to Moon again? Why?

    No, Moon and Joy just didn't have any real time to connect in my opinion. I got more insight into the relationship with his best friend Harley.


    Would you recommend Moon to your friends? Why or why not?

    I'd probably suggest they start with another title in the series. Fury, Valiant, Justice, Tiger one of the stronger titles before they get into this one...


    What does Vanessa Chambers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I just love the way she gives the characters their own personalities- if it's a recurring character, you know who it is before the name's even said. I also love the emotion she brings in when she's reading, if someone's laughing you hear that! She really makes it entertaining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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