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Donna Gilleece-Smith

Union, NJ United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Welcome to Serenity

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sherryl Woods
    • Narrated By Liv Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    When Jeanette Brioche helped launch The Corner Spa in Serenity, South Carolina, she found a whole lot more than professional satisfaction. She discovered the deep and loyal friendships that had been missing from her life. But even the Sweet Magnolias can't mend the terrible rift between Jeanette and her family or persuade her that the holidays are anything more than a season of misery.

    Karla says: "Wonderful!"
    "Why?"
    Overall

    Why don't they stick to the same narrators when they do a series??? I can't keep track of the story because the narrator's voice is annoying me so much. She doesn't keep the voices she does straight. I'm so dissappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Look of Love: The Sullivans, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bella Andre
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    Overall
    (994)
    Performance
    (884)
    Story
    (890)

    With The Look of Love, best-selling author Bella Andre introduces you to a fun and emotional contemporary romance series about the Sullivan family. Because when a Sullivan bad boy falls... he falls hard. And it's forever. Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she's convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her must be too good to be true. Or is he?

    Angelia says: "Great find! Romantic, Sweet with serious Heat!"
    "So Dissappointed..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was the first time I read/listened to a book by Bella Andre. I took a chance based on all the good reviews. I was so disappointed. I could barely find the story in the midst of all the sex scenes. I like reading happy romances and falling in love just as much as the next person. But this story was so improbable. The amount of sex that was had in 3 days. I'm not a prude but I didn't get a chance to like the main charachters. I speed through it to find out what happen with the ex. I'm sad I didn't do what I normally do and just try one book before I bought another in the series. The 5th book was on sale and based on the reviews I took a chance and bought it before the end of the sale. Now I don't see myself listening to it. I'm not sure the narrator helped things. She read so slowly that it dragged things along also. First time a review has failed me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Boyfriend: The Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1876)
    Performance
    (1651)
    Story
    (1674)

    Owen is the organizer of the Montgomery clan, running the family’s construction business with an iron fist - and an even less flexible spreadsheet. And though his brothers give him grief for his compulsive list making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn’t plan for was Avery MacTavish... Avery’s popular pizza place is right across the street from the inn, giving her a firsthand look at its amazing renovation - and a newfound appreciation for Owen.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Speed up your MP3 Player!"
    "Narrator Terrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I can't rate the story because I didn't listen to it. The narrator was so terrible it distracted me from the story and I couldn't pay attention. I was so annoyed as I paid for the credit and the more I tried to pay attention the more annoyed I got. I wasn't going to spend another $9.99 for the ebook and it was my fault for not sampling the narrator like I usually do.

    I finally found the book at my local library and put a hold on it. I had read the first book and I know I will like the story so ignore the 1 star for the story. But it wouldn't allow me to leave a review without putting something down. Why do these publishers or authors allow books to be read by narrators that don't do their books justice? I just don't understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Tea at Sunrise: Sweet Magnolias Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sherryl Woods
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Emotionally wounded single mom Sarah Price has come home to Serenity, South Carolina, for a fresh start. With support from her two best friends – the newest generation of Sweet Magnolias – she can face any crisis. But sometimes a woman needs more than even treasured friends can provide. Sexy Travis McDonald may be exactly what Sarah’s battered self-confidence requires.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Author - AWFUL Narrator"
    "ugh the narrator!"
    Overall
    Performance

    The story was good. But it's so hard not to be destracted by the narrator. I would have rather her just read it with out the southern accents. She kept forgetting who she assigned what voices and kept switching them up. Plus she kept making all the men sound like they were all idiots. What a way to ruin a book. I would have enjoyed it more had it been another narrator or I had read it myself. Such a shame.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Switch

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Filomena Contessa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (164)

    "Don't get me wrong, I'm not in the habit of reading other people's mail, but it was just a piece of paper with a few lines scrawled on it, clearly meant for the apartment upstairs. It looked so innocent, but decidedly - deliciously - it was not."

    Stephanie says: "LOVE MEGAN HARTS BOOKS."
    "ugh"
    Overall

    It is extremely rare that I review a book. And even more when I don't finish one. I got one hour into listening to this book and gave up. If I heard I more curse word. The subjects in just one hour jumped from one to another - I just couldn't follow. The author spent so much time on describing stationery and than jumps to a scene where every other word is a curse. I bought it on sale - and it was so not worth it. On sale items is usually when I try new authors - this time for me it back fired. Win some loose some...

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 6 Rainier Drive: Cedar Cove #6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Andrea Gallo
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    In 6 Rainier Drive listeners are whisked away to Cedar Cove, Washington, where Justine and Seth Gunderson are feeling the shock of the arson that destroyed their restaurant. They're eager to move on, but divided over which direction to take.

    Amazon Customer says: "An Excellent Romance/Family Drama"
    "good book narrator - ugh"
    Overall

    Shame on the publisher - why after the whole series they use one narrator Sandra Burr. Do they go and switch for two of the books? At first I didn't like Sandra thinking she was too mature for the series, but after hearing Andrea ugh - I find myself day dreaming and getting annoyed at her mispronouncing countless words. I'm not even through half the book and I'm angry enough to write the publisher. What a distraction. She can't even keep her character voices straight with in minutes. And some of her female voices sound like she's on the top of her voice range which is like nails on a chalk board. I feel bad criticizing a narrator, but these people are professionals getting paid to do a job and should know from one book to another how to pronounce charachter's names. Never mind how to pronounce regular words. If I hear her pronounce Leaf wrong one more time - no, I can't say it - I've already yelled at her in my car. It's a shame - I know I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if they continued with the other narrator. I'm glad book 8 continues with Sandra.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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