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Debbie De

Author DeAnn DeVille

Georgia

ratings
18
REVIEWS
15
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3311)
    Performance
    (2953)
    Story
    (2939)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "The Witching Hour Romance"
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    Where does Speaks the Nightbird rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say it ranks in the high five.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The transformation of the storyline from a witches brew to a romance.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Gosh golly it's hard to say, there's so much action in this audiobook. I would say, the escape from the .....can't tell because it would ruin the story for someone.
    The most interesting point that stands out in this book is you never know if Matthew really and truly loses his virginity or not.


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

    No, actually the audio span was so long and the storyline so massive I enjoyed listening to this in intervals.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Robert McCammon novel however I see that his character Matthew has a series of novels where I believe he becomes a detective. I am certainly interested in reading up on young Matthew and seeing how things go for him from this point on in his life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • China Dolls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Jodi Long
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (252)

    It's 1938 in San Francisco: A world's fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade.

    Mary says: "Need a different reader!! Where is Janet Song??"
    "Glittering Lights Camera Action!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of China Dolls to be better than the print version?

    I actually did not read the print version however Jodi Long did a fantastic job as narrator.She made this story come alive right before your eyes. The 1938 San Francisco visual was definitely audible and vivid. See's words come dancing around like snowflakes falling to the ground as you listen to Jodi recite author Lee See's words. I absolutly recommend this book for the Noir Era lovers!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grace was the star character and her family situation was harsh and made the listener feel for her however I choose to go with Ruby as my absolute favorite bad girl of the story. I found myself wanting to listen more intently just to overhear the outcome of her ridged disposition. I don't want to tell too much about the story, so all I will say is Ruby was definitely colorful and Helen is not as innocent as she appears to be audibly.


    Which character – as performed by Jodi Long – was your favorite?

    I found this question a repetition of the above, thereforer the answer would be the same as above.


    If you could rename China Dolls, what would you call it?

    I would not rename this book, I believe Lee See named it perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    I give this a five star on performance and 4 1/2 on the story. This book is definitely a must read! If you like stories of dancing girls and drama, I also recommend Under The Strobe Lights volume 1 The Platinum Pussycat by Author DeAnn DeVille now selling on audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Love You More: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jennifer Murphy
    • Narrated By Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Johnathan McClain, Cassandra Campbell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Picasso Lane is twelve years old when her father, Oliver, is murdered at their summer beach house. Her mother, Diana, is the primary suspect - until the police discover his second wife, and then his third. The women say they have never met - but Picasso knows otherwise. Picasso remembers the morning beautiful Jewels showed up at their house, carrying the same purse as her mother, and a family portrait featuring her father with two strange boys.

    Delah says: "I just wanted it to be over"
    "Three Wives, Murder & Money"
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    Would you listen to I Love You More again? Why?

    Pretty much, I only listen to stories once, unless it's something I feel like I missed. It's possible, I missed something because the ending was truly a surprise. So yes, I would consider listening to this story again.


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

    Yes, I kept thinking this child Picasso, was going to end up an orphan. I don't want to give away too much of the story however it was clear one of the three ladies killed Oliver. I was dead set on Picasso's mom Diana actually being the one that pulled the trigger.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The best character was Picasso, she made the book all by herself. The storyline would not have be a story with out her witty opinions.


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

    An American Polygamous Murder


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1391)
    Performance
    (1231)
    Story
    (1225)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Tina says: "Really my rating is 4 1/2 stars."
    "Becarful what you do....."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Wicked Girls the most enjoyable?

    Kristy & Lindsay were just so fascinating and different. I never expected the two girls of committing such a horrible crime at the age of 11 years old.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Nothing really could have been done, maybe the end could have been very different. There was no reason to make one of the characters suffer. They both had been through enough and I like to have seen them both walk away scott free.


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

    Her narration made it worth listening too.


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

    Wrong place at the wrong time can be deadly.


    Any additional comments?

    I would say it was somewhat worth the purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dollbaby: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laura Lane McNeal
    • Narrated By January Lavoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (380)

    When Ibby Bell's father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father's urn for good measure. Fannie's New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been - and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum - is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie's black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.

    Sudi says: "Tale of Old-New Orleans Well Paced"
    "Fannie's dark little secret"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I indeed would. I wasn't sure if I liked the book at first, but it grew on me and became a fantastic novel.


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

    Yes, I would. It was well worth the purchase.


    Which character – as performed by January Lavoy – was your favorite?

    Fannie was fascinating and turned out to be one of the greatest outstanding characters. I would not have named it Doll Baby though Fannie's little dark secret fit it better . Ibby although the main character actually was a supporting character in my opinion.


    Was Dollbaby worth the listening time?

    Yes, of course I enjoyed this book. The setting was very fitting, the narrator was very fitting as well.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice novel with a surprising little secret at the end. I never would have guessed and as a writer myself it's often hard to surprise me, well done.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Eric Jerome Dickey
    • Narrated By Zoë Bell, Dominic Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (179)

    The Trinidad contract was supposed to be simple: To make a living man become a dead man. When the job goes bad under the watchful eye of a bank security camera, there is nowhere for agent MX-401, known as Reaper, to hide from the fearsome local warlords, the Laventille Killers. Her employers, the Barbarians, send her to Barbados, the next island over, barely two hundred miles away, with the LK's in hot pursuit of the woman who took many of their own.

    Adegoke A. Adeyemo says: "Gideon please come back!!!!"
    "The Sexy Assassin"
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    Would you listen to A Wanted Woman again? Why?

    Yes, I have listened over five times at least, I just could not get enough of this book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Goldie of course, but her sister Petracure was of course my next best favorite character.


    Have you listened to any of Zoë Bell and Dominic Hoffman ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No....but I absolutely loved this and recommended it to all my friends. They listened and not one disputed the fact the book was fantastic!


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

    I just had a complete shock and delight from every word written. I'm actually not a Jerome Dicky fan...however this book made him A+ on my list. I hope he does more work on this level.


    Any additional comments?

    This book had powerful characters and was the best novel I has read in sometime. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it to anyone in the mood for an awesome thriller! I completely loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Strobe Lights Vol. I (Under the Strobe Lights)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By DeAnn DeVille
    • Narrated By DeAnne Deville
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    This is the epic plight of an erotic entertainment establishment, known as the Platinum Pussycat. A story of sensuous entertainers, and a story of the mogul who controls the small empire in which the ladies are employed. Scintillating!

    Kevin G. Murray says: "the intimate inside world of strippers"
    "Sex, Lies & Pole Dancing"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Under the Strobe Lights Vol. I (Under the Strobe Lights) to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the narrator was awesome


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say Starlet Santana, her self liking and money motivation made her one of the best characters in volume 1. I can't wait until volume 2 comes out just to see what mayhem she wonders into or rather what hotel room she wonders into next. Crystal wasn't a main character however I liked her for her straightforward wretched ways.


    What about DeAnne Deville’s performance did you like?

    DEVILLE seem to handle narration with ease and the parts were rather difficult being the characters switched so often.I will have to give her an A on narration


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

    SEX, LIES & STRIPTEASE...


    Any additional comments?

    This story revolved around an Adult Entertainment nightclub however it was nice that the writer built the story outside the building as well. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and I'm truly excited and anticipate the second volume.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Graham Joyce
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (384)

    Twenty years ago, 16-year-old Tara Martin disappeared from a small town in the heart of England. Now, her sudden return and the mind-bending tale of where she’s been will challenge our very perception of the truth. For 20 years after Tara Martin disappeared, her parents and her brother, Peter, lived in denial of the grim fact that she was gone for good. Then suddenly on Christmas Day, the doorbell rings at her parents’ home, and there, dishevelled and slightly peculiar looking, Tara stands. It’s a miracle, but alarm bells are ringing for Peter. Tara’s story just does not add up.

    Amanda says: "Extremely Well Done"
    "...not Alice but Sexy in Wonderland!"
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    If you could sum up Some Kind of Fairy Tale in three words, what would they be?

    Odyssey of Wonderland


    What other book might you compare Some Kind of Fairy Tale to and why?

    My first thoughts were of Looking Through The Looking Glass or possibly Alice and Wonderland . I would say more of the latter due to the fact Tara returned from this fairyland to try and readjust to normal life because there have been many variations of that story in itself which would collate it to this one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many scenes I loved in this book which makes it rather hard to put a finger on the best one. If I had to pick one, I would say the story of sex women..., it was rather shocking. I like shocks in a storyline and it wasn't so much of a jolt that it turned me off from the story, in fact it added a tasteful allure to the audio.


    If you could rename Some Kind of Fairy Tale, what would you call it?

    Odyssey Through A Wonderland


    Any additional comments?

    I was skeptical of John Lee's ability to pull off the female lead however he did a wonderful job. I loved this novel so much that I listen to it twice and would listen to it again just for the bliss of it. I highly recommend this novel it was delightful and enjoyable to listen to. This was my first Graham Joyce novel, however I will certainly search out more of her work.

    0 of 1 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
    (10652)
    Performance
    (9565)
    Story
    (9572)

    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)"
    "Southern Storytelling At It's Best!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book due to the intensity and depth of the story and it's characters to all of my family and friends.


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

    I have been caught up in a insomniac slumber over this book for days. I have constantly listened to the storyline trying to figure out the plot. Seth Hubbard leaves a holographic will one year after he has had one written up by his lawyer. In this will he leaves Ledie, his maid and caregiver 93% of 23 million dollars. That alone makes you wonder and to add to it she happens to be a 43 year old not half bad looking black women and he I believe from memory was in his 70's and not a Robert Redford look alike? So, the natural response is, it was about sex or money...however I felt it was about something else?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Seth's Brother is found Hansel in Alaska by Lushun and mysteriously shows up after being ill disguised in a baseball cap and sports apparel jacket.


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

    Southern Secrets, Holographic Will's, Sex and Money


    Any additional comments?

    John Grisham happens to be a profound storyteller, when it comes to legal crime stories however Michael Beck is the best narrator I've heard in a really long time. This story is not only enjoyable but takes you on a ride through the deep south in the 80's and back in the 1900's. I give my full recommendation on this southern tale, it is worth every penny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow White Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1419)
    Performance
    (1232)
    Story
    (1229)

    On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

    C. Vincent says: "Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story"
    "Dark as Night Red as Blood White as Snow!"
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    What did you love best about Snow White Must Die?

    The way the story appears to take on different avenues and plots, leaving the listener wondering just who killed the mysterious 17 year old girls? Who has Snow White mummified all dolled up... is the scary question?


    What other book might you compare Snow White Must Die to and why?

    This was my 1st Nele Neuhaus novel however I would compare her to Lisa Gardner, if I had to compare works to another author mainly because of the diverse plots and twist and turns of the main characters guilt or innocence.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Fass – was your favorite?

    Oliver von Bodenstein complex situation with his wife during the story is by far compelling and makes him one of my endeared characters. I also cant forget the main character Tobias Sartorius who has been accused of murder. Tobias is so hot, you can't believe you could like someone who may have committed such a crime.


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

    I enjoyed listening to this audio in intervals, however the closer I came to end the more I wanted to find out who the killer was. I ended up listening to the last four hours straight to the end nonstop. I'll tell you a secret, the end is a funny surprise and turns out to be well worth the purchase.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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