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Donna K. Ford

English Mystery Collector

Little Rock AR USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 13 reviews
  • 157 ratings
  • 648 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2014
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  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2352)
    Performance
    (2082)
    Story
    (2068)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Hosseini's Mountains Echoed Total Disappointment!"
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    After the power of Kite Runner and Thousand Splendid Suns this book
    left me cold. It just jumps around with little or no depth. In spots there
    are glimmers of what this author is capable of but they don't last. After
    the long wait this book was a waste of my time and suffering through it
    has left me resentful.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2661)
    Performance
    (2495)
    Story
    (2484)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Written in My Own Heart's Blood is SUPERB"
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    Story

    If you are like me and have read all of the Claire and Jamie books you know that one or
    two of them have been slow but with Gabaldon at the helm they did come around.
    This new one is so like the first three or four books and it is so difficult to put down. When it was over I had to make some time just to think about it before I could start another book.
    Gabaldon does not disappoint in any way and the ending is glorious!

    Don't miss this wonderful addition to the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Roger Stone
    • Narrated By David Rapkin
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    In The Man Who Killed Kennedy, you will find out how and why he did it. Political consultant, strategist, and Libertarian Roger Stone has gathered documents and used his firsthand knowledge to construct the ultimate tome to prove that LBJ was not only involved in JFK's assassination, but was in fact 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, this is the perfect time for The Man Who Killed Kennedy to be available to listeners.

    Theo Tsourdalakis says: "COMPELLING BOOK - THE CROOKS ARE IN POWER"
    "Stone Has Written a Blockbuster"
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    Every American should read this book particularly those of us who lived through this
    era. I will never look at American Politics again in the same way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9079)
    Performance
    (8335)
    Story
    (8377)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Game of Thrones Bk 4 is a DUD!"
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    On the strength of the first 3 books which I could not put down I bought 4 and 5. What a
    mistake--too many characters left out, new characters go on forever and are a big yawn.
    My favorites didn't appear at all. I can't imagine what Martin was thinking!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watching the Dark: An Inspector Banks Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (108)

    A decorated detective inspector is murdered on the tranquil grounds of the St. Peter’s Police Treatment Centre, shot through the heart with a crossbow arrow, and compromising photographs are discovered in his room. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is well aware that he must handle the highly sensitive - and dangerously explosive - investigation with the utmost discretion. Because the case may involve police corruption, an officer from Professional Standards, Inspector Joanna Passero, has arrived to work with Banks and his team.

    Lynn says: "Banks, Annie and Simon Prebble All In Top Form"
    "A Less than Stellar Outing from Robinson"
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    I've read the Banks series and other novels by Robinson. I was looking forward
    to another very good read. It didn't happen.

    The book lacks focus, wanders and has no real oomph. How an editor let this happen
    I'll never know because the ideas are there but they fall flat.

    Since the Banks series is great especially the early books I'll not give up on this
    author but I will wait to see what others think before I buy the next one.

    Even Simon Prebble couldn't save this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1626)
    Performance
    (1407)
    Story
    (1370)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Richard Delman says: "Dave Robicheaux lives!"
    "Burke and Patton have Teamed up for a Winner"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Creole Belle to be better than the print version?

    Will Patton's narration makes this book even more mesmerizing. Clete and Dave comealive as they would not on the printed page.


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

    The evil in this tale is horrific and you always wonder what is about to happen to Cleteand Dave. Now that they are feeling their mortality due to age you just never know.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've read all the Burke books including those older ones narrated by Mark Hammer whowas also wonderful. After his death, Patton came on the scene and I have not reada bad one done by him.


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

    There is laughter, there is pain, there is evil--in short the book has everything.


    Any additional comments?

    To my knowledge this is the longest book in the series but I did not want it to end.I dreaded the next book after Glass Rainbow but this one is over the top in every way.
    In my view James Lee Burke is a national treasure!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2757)
    Performance
    (2462)
    Story
    (2447)

    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!"
    "I Wasted My Credit on Nightbird"
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    What disappointed you about Speaks the Nightbird?

    Plot goes nowhere except down. Language is appalling as are the constant perverted sexual scenes----a penis covered with thorns---really?? Book is way too long.
    I wasted 7 hours hoping this would get better but it did not.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure at this point because this is my first failure in a long time as I usually research my books carefully before choosing. Since I know that many of the writing trends today are not my cup of tea I will simply have to be more careful. One new writer recently caught my eye and I consider it a READ OF THE YEAR: A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash which Audible has. It has everything well done and cannot be put down.
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    Would you listen to another book narrated by Edoardo Ballerini?

    He is OK as narrator but why a good reader would want to perform a book like this is beyond me.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Speaks the Nightbird?

    I would probably have cut half the book or more. There were times when the story tried to take off but failed.


    Any additional comments?

    Books are like clothes; one size does not fit all and we have to choose carefully.
    We also have to accept mistakes when they happen but of course that is hard to do.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1380)
    Performance
    (1039)
    Story
    (1032)

    Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

    connie says: "the best of both Holmes"
    "Watson and Holmes Are with Us Again!"
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    Would you listen to Dust and Shadow again? Why?

    Yes, as the language and humor invite another visit since it is easy to miss the subtle nuances of both Watson and Holmes's thinking and behavior.


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

    Most of the time because the book is very well written. There are few slow spots and the author's skill keeps the reader listening and wanting to return to a new account of a favorite era.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    His pacing is nearly perfect. Vance is never boring and each character comes aliveas he reads.


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

    This tale will allow you to re-enter the world of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful effort from a new writer. Good new authors are as scarce as hen's teeth these days, especially those that challenge the reader's intellect and produce a great story as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1302)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (729)

    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Ann says: "Excellent story, terrific narrator."
    "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is GREAT"
    Overall

    I usually keep 2 or 3 audio books going at once. Not so with this one. I could not put it down and the
    reader is perfect. Great plot, superb characters, and it all hits from page one. Don't miss this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (227)

    Psychologist Joe O'Laughlin fails to stop a confused woman from jumping off a bridge to her death. Joe knows she had been talking on a cellphone. Now he needs to find out who - or what - was on the other end of the line.

    Old Hippy says: "First rate suspense story, great narration!"
    "Robotham's Shatter"
    Overall

    If you like tension that stretches till you can't bear it, great flawed characters with more humanity
    than you can bear,this THRILLER has it all! I've read all of Robotham and this is his BEST! I could not put it down and the narrator is a lot of the magic. Don't miss this one!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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