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Dana

I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.

Surprise, AZ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • All He Ever Needed: The Kowalski Family, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Shannon Stacey
    • Narrated By Renee Werbowski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (155)

    Mitch Kowalski lives out of a suitcase - and he likes it that way. Traveling for work has the added bonus of scaring off women who might try to tie him down. But when he's called home to help with the family lodge, he's intrigued by the new girl in town and her insistence that she doesn't need a man. If there's one thing Mitch can't resist, it's a challenge. Paige Sullivan is finally putting down roots. Determined to stand on her own two feet, she lives by the motto "Men are a luxury, not a necessity". But when Mr. Tall, Dark and Hot pulls up a stool in her diner and offers her six weeks of naughty fun with a built-in expiration date, she's tempted to indulge....

    Missus Readsalot says: "Could not finish--narrator is that bad."
    "Another fun one!"
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    What did you love best about All He Ever Needed?

    I liked the overall continuation of the Kowalski brothers/family


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All He Ever Needed?

    Just the overall small town feel of the book.


    What about Renee Werbowski’s performance did you like?

    I liked the other one better who did book 1-3. Renee's performance was just ok! Often times you couldn't tell when one sentence ended and another began. She read it to close together.


    Any additional comments?

    Another fun love story and continuation of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2562)
    Performance
    (2136)
    Story
    (2168)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Jake says: "Good book, but a bit violent"
    "Could not put it down!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Maze Runner to be better than the print version?

    Don't know!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Maze Runner?

    When Thomas goes into the Maze for the first time! Loved it :)


    Which character – as performed by Mark Deakins – was your favorite?

    They were all spectacular. He really did an amazing job of reading this story.


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

    I just loved the whole thing. Could not stop listening and when I did I couldn't wait to start again. It is not a funny book per say but has some funny moments. It does have some emotional moments where you feel sad for these young boys and just want to see them win.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book to both young adults, teens, pre-teens and adults. My 11 year old read it to and she just loved it. Already reading number 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rhythm and Bluegrass

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (612)

    The anticipated follow up to Molly Harper's My Bluegrass Baby, which followed Sadie Hawkins as she jockeyed for the director's position at the Kentucky Tourism Commission with a sophisticated and handsome challenger.

    Cynthia says: "SO SO SO SO SO GOOD!"
    "Too Cute"
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    If you could sum up Rhythm and Bluegrass in three words, what would they be?

    Downhome Sweet Love


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is just cute and funny. Love all the characters and how it just gets right to the point.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I would have to say at the beginning with the car fire. Too funny!


    Who was the most memorable character of Rhythm and Bluegrass and why?

    I loved both Bonnie and Will. They were meant for each other.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read and another Harper and Ronconi treat!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Damien Echols, Lorri Davis
    • Narrated By Damien Echols, Lorri Davis
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Yours for Eternity is an intimate look at the extraordinary love story between Damien Echols and Lorri Davis, who met and married while Echols - author of the New York Times best seller Life After Death - served nearly 18 years on death row.

    Dana says: "A great end to such a tragic story"
    "A great end to such a tragic story"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    That they built there relationship on truly getting to know each other.


    What about Damien Echols and Lorri Davis ’s performance did you like?

    They both did such an amazing job. They both have great voices and gave emphasis when needed. Bravo!


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

    It makes you feel many emotions for both of them. Sadness, happiness, love, etc. It was so cool that they shared such intimate details about their love.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have followed this tragic story then this is a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1429)
    Performance
    (1273)
    Story
    (1278)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "A New All Time Favorite"
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    What did you love best about The Lost Wife?

    The writing is superb. Full of important detail and emotion. The story is so believable and some what true.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The two main characters are my favorite but the writer makes it to where you are just routing for everyone to be ok.


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

    The same, "The Lost Wife". It fits.


    Any additional comments?

    This book just had such a great story and I had a hard time every time I had to stop listening. It is sad but it has such history to it that it makes it such a great listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect on Paper: The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Maria Murnane
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (264)

    Waverly Bryson is a successful businesswoman in her late 20s who almost has it all: a dream job in sports PR, two best friends, and a bar where everybody knows her name. What she doesn’t have is a ring on her finger. And after being ditched at the altar, she’s in no hurry to get one. Besides, plenty of other issues keep her busy, including her wayward father, a new rival at work, and an ever-nagging fear that her life is not turning out as she thought it would...or should.

    Missy says: "Just ok..."
    "Not bad!"
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    Would you try another book from Maria Murnane and/or Julia Whelan?

    Yes, I think I would give her another try. I have already listened to Julia Whelan and like her.


    Do you think Perfect on Paper needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope, it doesn't. It ended where it needed to be.


    Any additional comments?

    A little too slow. They finally get together and it was hurried. I thought it took way to long to "get to the point". It was a decent book and glad I bought it on the "daily special".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four Seconds to Lose: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By K. A. Tucker
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise, Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (275)

    Owning a strip club isn't the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine-year-old Cain is starting to second guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated. Cain abides by a strict "no sleeping with the staff" rule. But being around Charlie challenges Cain's self-control…and it's been a long time since any woman has done that.

    Jordy says: "Engaging, Sexy, Addicting, and Simply Amazing!"
    "Actually Enjoyed This!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Four Seconds to Lose the most enjoyable?

    It was a different story at least for me. I had not encountered a book with a story like this.


    What does Elizabeth Louise and Sebastian York bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They step into the character and you actually believe you are listening to Charlie and Cain.


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

    I just really, really enjoyed it. I could hardly stop listeining because I wanted to know how she was going to get out of her pickle.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a good book with good narration. I was not dissappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Weight: Lizzy Gardner, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By T. R. Ragan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (95)

    Twenty-one years ago, Carol Fullerton's car was found abandoned by the side of a California highway. The teenager hasn't been seen or heard from since, and the case has long since gone cold. Now Carol's mother is dying. But before she draws her last breath she wants to know, once and for all, exactly what happened to her daughter... Six months ago, Diane Kramer emptied her savings account and vanished. According to her sister, the only clue is her obsession with a charismatic weight-loss guru.

    Matthew says: "Don't Bother"
    "Kept my interest!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. It has a great story line and I had no clue who did it, until the end of course.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The three stories/crimes that are going on in the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing I can pinpoint. I really enjoyed the whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a good book and kept me guessing. I really enjoy Kate Rudd as a narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11014)
    Performance
    (10111)
    Story
    (10165)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Lived up to the Hype!"
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    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    Yes! It was well written and the story was very realistic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The love story of course.


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

    She is an excellent narrator. She just knows how to make you feel ike you are in the story.


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

    It made me laugh and cry. It was very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors: Jane Jameson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2905)
    Performance
    (2637)
    Story
    (2644)

    Just as Jane Jameson’s unlife seems to be stabilizing, fate sinks its fangs firmly into her butt. Despite her near-phobia of wedding planning, her no-frills nighttime nuptials to her sexy boyfriend, Gabriel, are coming along smoothly. That is, until she turns a fatally wounded teenage acquaintance, and the Council pronounces her responsible for the newborn vamp until he can control his thirst.

    Kirstin says: "Molly Did it Again!!!"
    "Need to make a TV comedy series!!!!"
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    Where does Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a great book 4. I loved the way it all tied in together.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them. They all go so well together.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    Jane!!! She just nails her voice and character so much.


    Any additional comments?

    Would love to see this book made into a TV comedy series. I can totally see Whitney Cummings or someone like her playing Jane's role. If you had the right group this would be such a hit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abducted: Lizzy Gardner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By T. R. Ragan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (501)

    Escaping from a madman should have been the end of her nightmare. Instead it was only the beginning...Lizzy Gardner was just seventeen when she was kidnapped by the psychopath known as Spiderman, a serial killer terrorizing her California hometown. Imprisoned and tormented for months, Lizzy narrowly escaped with her life and Spiderman vanished without a trace. But if she thought he would forget her, she was dead wrong.

    Sarah says: "Good story but pretty disturbing torture scenes."
    "Couldn't put it down!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Abducted to be better than the print version?

    Don't know I only listened.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Abducted?

    The ending of who you find out it is!


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

    She did a great job of narrating and I really enjoyed it.


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

    The same Abducted! It fit.


    Any additional comments?

    It was such a good story and you just wanted to keep listening. The story kept you involved the whole time. I never felt there was a dull moment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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