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Dawn E. Sanders

Dawn

Kansas City, MO United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (4705)
    Performance
    (3927)
    Story
    (3947)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Books Like This Are What Make Me Love Audible"
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    If you could sum up Dark Places in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent, marvelous, wow.


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

    Yes! Aside from the cool factor that it takes place in Kansas City, which is where I live, the plot was fast paced, and I never knew what was going to happen next. The character development is rich, and the main character is thorough in her investigation of the murders. The pieces don't all fall together until the end, but then wait, just when you think you've figured it out, there's something else different going on.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I kind of really liked the scenes involving members of the Kill Club. I liked Lyle. The Kill Club people aren't even developed characters, but they represent current reality, the real world, both instigators and grounding elements. They're the place that Libby has to periodically return to in order to gain perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    One thing that was cool was the various different perspectives from which the story was told. We hear from Libby in current time, and also the day of the murders from first thing in the morning until the event that happened late in the night -- we hear about the details of that day from both the perspective of the mother who was murdered and the brother who was convicted of being the murderer. The day started off so normal that you strongly wonder what could possibly have happened to cause it to spiral into total madness. The story takes you there!

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  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16223)
    Performance
    (13484)
    Story
    (14109)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Laughably Horrible"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If I were to answer this question, it may come across as an insult to those who would like it. I can only speak for myself!


    Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

    No.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    Becca Battoe was perfect, because she sounded really bitchy, and the main character seemed to kind of be that way.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is so not good, that it lends itself to the audiobook format, because it has to be heard out loud to be believed. I recommend anyone who wants to read it to enjoy it in audio format for a good chuckle. The two main characters were completely unlikeable, and I was relieved when the story finally ended. I was bored towards the end. After they'd had sex for the twentieth time, I didn't care anymore. I was mildly horrified to learn there are TWO MORE books, wherein they get back together. Why? She needs to go away from him. Remind me of the allure again? Oh yeah, he's hot and a billionaire -- boring.The author overuses repetitive descriptive adjectives to the point where it became a game to try to guess how she would describe his smile or her reaction. Repetitive. Did I mention that it was repetitive?

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  • Watching You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (392)

    Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched: A warm breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye that vanishes when she turns her head. She has reason to be frightened. Her husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.

    bernadette says: "Wow!"
    "It Was Okay"
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    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have sped up the pace a bit. The story unfolded a little too slowly for me. It was good enough to maintain my interest, but it wasn't a super-excited interest.


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

    He does the creepy voice REALLY WELL.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was very good. That was the best part.

    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
    (3956)
    Performance
    (3428)
    Story
    (3465)

    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.

    Word Nerd says: "Great Book"
    "This Review Covers the Whole Trilogy"
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    Where does The Maze Runner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's YA, which isn't my favorite genre. It was recommended by a friend. I'll rank it among other YA books that I've read and enjoyed -- it's way high up there. I love the dystopic future theme. The story is unique, and unpredictable, which I enjoyed. The characters are really compelling.


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

    There are so many, and I don't want to give the story away. Amazing things are always happening. I think the creepy zombie-people (called "Cranks" - who don't appear until the second book) are the most memorable. NOBODY wants to be a Crank. TRUST ME.


    Any additional comments?

    You can't just read the first one. You have to read them all, so be prepared for that to necessarily happen. Just go ahead and download all of them now so that you don't have to pause in between them -- smooth transitions, one to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1342)
    Performance
    (1203)
    Story
    (1211)

    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Eric Schurr says: "Very scary, real story, superbly written and rea"
    "File This One Under 'Crazy Medical Conditions'"
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    Would you listen to Brain on Fire again? Why?

    No, I think one time is good. I mean, it's a good story and all . . .


    What other book might you compare Brain on Fire to and why?

    That one memoir by the fourteen-year old boy who set himself on fire and recovered in the burn unit of the hospital. Do you know that one? "The Burn Journals" by Brent Runyon. Both memoirs are interesting descriptions of going through a terrible medical ordeal in a hospital, and they're both really good.


    Any additional comments?

    The author is able to piece together amazing details and tells the story in a compelling way. The whole time, I was thinking, "What? That's crazy!" And then when I found out the diagnosis, I was all, "What? That's crazy!" The brain is a fascinating and mysterious organ, I tell you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3785)
    Performance
    (3387)
    Story
    (3402)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "This Book Made Me Want to Eat Pavlova"
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    Would you listen to The Husband's Secret again? Why?

    I think it's a one-time listen. That is usually the way with fiction for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story follows the lives of three women, and they eventually intersect in a somewhat predictable way, but also with completely unexpected moments. I liked the way their lives were intertwined throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't know what pavlova was before this book, but it talks about them eating it on Good Friday (in Australia), which happened recently in real life, and I encountered pavolova at an Easter buffet (in America), which was really exciting to me. Now I know what it is. I become enthralled by new food items. It has nothing to do with the quality of the book, I apologize.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Christa Parravani
    • Narrated By Christa Parravani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (57)

    Raised up from poverty by a determined single mother, gifted and beautiful twin sisters Christa and Cara Parravani were able to create a private haven of splendor and amusement that they shared between themselves. They earned their way into a prestigious college, established careers as artists (a photographer and a writer, respectively), and entered young marriages. But plagued by their father's early rejection of them and further damaged by being raped as a young woman, Cara veered into depression, drugs, and a shocking early death.

    karyn says: "Great Story Bland Reading"
    "You Guys, This Book is Really Good"
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    If you could sum up Her: A Memoir in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, honest, poetic


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was told in a literary/poetic way that you don't often see in memoirs, but it's not too flowery. It's a perfect mix, and the word choices convey more meaning that what is actually said.


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

    Yes, I definitely wanted to listen to it in one sitting. Some of it was difficult to get through, such as the part where she describes her sister's death in detail. I paused and walked away for a bit, but the vividness of the description needed to be there, because the rest of the story is told in a vivid and raw way. So, the rawness is both compelling and at times difficult.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3692)
    Performance
    (2962)
    Story
    (2985)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Sad that Gillian Flynn Only Wrote Three Books"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main narrator, Camille, was excellent. As with all Gillian Flynn books, the main characters are flawed and not mainstream, which makes them likable and approachable. You get a real sense of her character, personality, likes and dislikes, and you truly come to see things from her point of view. Very good character development.


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

    It started out a little slowly, and I wasn't sure the direction it was going in, but after about an hour maybe, then YES. I was listening to this at work and was upset when Friday came and I had to leave the audiobook for the WHOLE WEEKEND. It was a terrible weekend, and Monday never looked so good. This author needs to write more than three books so that I may continued to be entertained. All three of her books are equally excellent. Listen to or read all of them right now.


    Any additional comments?

    The mother is really creepy, and if there is ever a movie, she obviously needs to be played by Jessica Lange. Imagine Jessica Lange in "American Horror Story" only creepily perfect. That's this lady. Also, I come from Missouri, and Gillian Flynn knows her Missourians.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A House in the Sky: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett
    • Narrated By Amanda Lindhout
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (273)

    Amanda Lindhout reads her spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into 15 months of harrowing captivity in Somalia - a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace. In August 2008, she traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia - "the most dangerous place on Earth." On her fourth day in the country, she and her photojournalist companion were abducted.

    Eric Schurr says: "Incredible story! Very well written and delivered"
    "I Hope I Never Get Kidnapped in Somalia"
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    What made the experience of listening to A House in the Sky the most enjoyable?

    The author was able to detail daily life as a kidnap victim with such clarity that you can picture it all in your head.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the little things she does to survive day-by-day or hour-by-hour or minute-by-minute are interesting. Obviously, I can't even imagine being put in a situation like that.She seems to have come out of it with a more positive view of the world and is doing good deeds with her non-profit organization to help educate women in Somalia. Good for her.


    What about Amanda Lindhout’s performance did you like?

    She gave a very neutral reading, with easy to understand diction.


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

    There were many moments, but the rape and torture events were particularly brutal. She didn't describe them in too much detail, but just enough so that you understand exactly what happened.


    Any additional comments?

    After listening to this, I learned that Nigel Brennan also wrote a memoir. Unfortunately, it's not on Audible (or maybe it was never made into an audiobook). I would be interested in hearing about the same incident told from his point of view.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1521)
    Performance
    (1372)
    Story
    (1366)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "It's a Slow Burn But Really Good!"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Good House?

    The way the author describes scenes with clarity and poetry is great. The scene where Hildy Good sells the house to Rebecca stood out. It involved a drama with horses that was heartbreaking and touching. Hildy has amazing insights into watching people, and Rebecca has amazing insights with horses. Rebecca's interaction with the horses cemented her decision to move to the town.


    Any additional comments?

    For most of the book, it didn't seem like it was about anything or that it had a plot, really. It was more of a slice of life look into life from the perspective of Hildy Good. Due to lack of plot line, I didn't know where the story was going, which I normally dislike. But the story was so well written, the characters and scenes described with such depth and interest, that I was happy to go along for this ride. It sucked me in for sure. The story culminates a dynamic shift in the character of Hildy Good, so that was a satisfying conclusion. Also? Hildy is really funny, and the narrator is PERFECT. One of the best audiobook narrations I've ever heard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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