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Donald W. Cloud Jr.

THUNDER93

Monterey, CA | Member Since 2005

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  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3208)
    Performance
    (1411)
    Story
    (1420)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "dissapointing ending"
    Overall

    For the length of the book the ending was left short & undone. I figured out what happened long before the ending, but I was left frustrated with the lack of closure & details, especially after hours of details leading up to it. The language could have been a little cleaner as well. It's a struggle to find books that I will enjoy on a long drive, but not give my kids and early education on foul language.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Lucky One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1218)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (772)

    Is there really such thing as a lucky charm? The hero of Nicholas Sparks's new novel believes he's found one in the form of a photograph of a smiling woman he's never met, but who he comes to believe holds the key to his destiny. The chain of events that leads to him possessing the photograph and finding the woman pictured in it is the stuff of love stories only a master such as Sparks can write.

    Amber says: "Very enjoyable!!!!"
    "Predictable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story plot was a bit predictable. I could see this one as being better as a movie than a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5960)
    Performance
    (4114)
    Story
    (4122)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Unfinished"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I've loved all the Outlander series. Most have a bit of a cliffhanger at the end, but still can stand on their own. The major plot of the story was finished and the cliffhanger just led you into the next story plot. This book left MASSIVE story plots unfinished, like she hit her page limit or deadline and just stopped writing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10915)
    Performance
    (6111)
    Story
    (6160)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "ending leaves you pondering"
    Overall

    Overall I liked this book even though it was slow in some parts. I wish I was in a book club and could have discussed and debated the ending with other people. The ending really leaves you pondering about the truth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Virgins of Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Barbara Wood
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (9)

    Jasmine and Camelia Rasheed grow to womanhood under the watchful eye of their grandmother inside the walls surrounding a beautiful house on Virgins of Paradise Street in exotic Cairo. They come of age in society in which the subjugation of women is assumed - they must wear veils, are forbidden to leave the house, have no independent rights, and are circumcised to ensure purity and obedience.

    Donald W. Cloud Jr. says: "eye opening"
    "eye opening"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book - it kept me intertained on a 4 day road trip. The different cultural perspectives were interesting and scary at the same time.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazing Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Danielle Steel
    • Narrated By Tom Dheere
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    On a warm May night in San Francisco, the Ritz-Carlton ballroom shimmers with crystal and silver as a glittering, celebrity-studded crowd gathers for a charity dinner dance. The evening is perfect - until, just minutes before midnight, the room begins to sway. Glass shatters. And as the lights go out, people begin to scream....In the earthquake's aftermath, the lives of four strangers will converge.

    Donald W. Cloud Jr. says: "too nice"
    "too nice"
    Overall

    The first part of the book was good and the plot seemed interesting. The second half of the book was too "nice" to the point of being predictable and boring. It can be refreshing to have good morals or nice characters in a book, but not at the expense of having a plot. I used enjoy her books, but this is the first one I have read in years, and I doubt I will spend any money on any more of her books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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