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Donna M. Davis

New York, NY USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry: A Scumble River Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (182)

    Grandma Sal's Soup-to-Nuts Cooking Challenge is coming to town, and Skye Denison is entering. And though she can't solve the mystery of the perfect mousse, murder is another story. Because a cocky contestant has been found delectably drowned in a chocolate fountain....

    deanna says: "I keep re-listening to the Scumble River Series"
    "Addictive Story Line"
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    Would you listen to Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry again? Why?

    Yes, I liked the reader's voice and the pace of the story. She differentiated between the voices of various characters very well.


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

    The plot kept me guessing till the end as to who the murder was and what were their motivations.


    Which character ??? as performed by Christine Leto ??? was your favorite?

    I like her as Skye, Ms. Leto's voice hit just the right note for the 34 year old school psychologist.


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

    I love the way that Wally relates to Skye, he knows how to treat a woman properly.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book so much that I've bought the rest of the available series on Audible and the earlier books on Kindle. I'll be listening/reading it again and again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky Stiff: A Mattie Winston Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Annelise Ryan
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    It's Christmas Day in the sleepy town of Sorenson, Wisconsin, but instead of unwrapping presents, deputy coroner Mattie Winston is at the burnt remains of a house where a charred body has been found. The victim is none other than Jack Allen - a paraplegic who recently won a huge casino jackpot. Upon closer inspection, Mattie and detective Steve Hurley are convinced Jack was murdered to steal his winnings, giving the phrase blackjack a whole new meaning....

    Beatrice says: "humorous and fun"
    "Pesonally, disappointing"
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    I loved the first few books, but maybe it's because I'm 50+, but i see Mattie making so many foolish decisions that I couldn't wait for the book to be over. Thinking that gambling is he best way to grow the settlement money you've received, losing over $30K and still wanting to go back and try some more--ridiculous! I guess it's all about advancing the plot/drama, but the fact that Mattie and Hurley can't just talk about their feelings is also ridiculous.

    I was ready to drop the series, but just realized I'd already bought the next book, so let's hope she learns how to talk to Hurley, ignore the ex-husband and get her job back--or, duh, move to another city.

    Fingers crossed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (460)

    Washington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland needs a big win to salvage her career - and her confidence - after a disastrous investigation. The perfect opportunity arises when Senator John O’Connor is found brutally murdered in his bed, and Sam is assigned to the case. Matters get complicated when Sam has to team up with Nick Cappuano, O’Connor’s friend and chief of staff...and the man Sam had a memorable one-night stand with years earlier. Their sexual chemistry still sizzles, and Sam has to fight to stay focused on the case.

    Lia says: "Wow! Suspenseful mysteries keep you riveted"
    "Another Keeper!"
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    I believe the first book was offered in one of the discount campaigns and it's been sitting in my library for months. I love episodic cozy mysteries and this one was perfect. The Washington, DC backdrop, smart characters with interesting careers and the family relations made it very interesting, the suspenseful murders and sizzling (but not too explicit) romance made the rest of the series a must to purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (161)

    Determined to find justice for her mother, top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat continues to pursue the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered her execution more than a decade ago. For the hunt, Nikki teams once again with her romantic partner, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jameson Rook, and their quest for the old spy and the motive behind the past murder unearths an alarming terror plot, which is anything but ancient history. It is lethal. It is now. And it has already entered its countdown phase.

    Stacey Joseph says: "Narrator ruins the characters."
    "A Fitting End to the Journey"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would definitely recommend it. Anyone who's a Castle fan will see the characters come through in the pages of the book and enjoy a satisfying conclusion to a storyline that run almost from the beginning of the series/book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's a close call, as all ways, between Rook and Heat, but I have to go with Rook. Rook's boyish enthusiasm over the crime as well as how his source connections are legion and always seem to give him some advantage that amazes and confounds Heat.


    What three words best describe Robert Petkoff’s voice?

    clear, modulated, fluent.


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

    Yes, I listened to and from work as well as fell asleep to it each night. I'm restarting it right away.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the Acknowledgements and his thanks to the Castle characters and the actors themselves. Amusing Castle finish to a good read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chopping Spree: Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #11

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    For Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz, business isn't just booming - it's skyrocketing. But as her friend Marla is constantly warning her, "success can kill you." Goldy knows she needs to slow down before she breaks down, and she vows she'll do it - right after her next booking: a cocktail party for the Westside Mall's Elite Shoppers Club.

    ot in the garden says: "A complete disappointment"
    "not my favorite"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I've disliked the story line for son Arch and Goldie's doormat behavior. I guess this is how teenaged, mass-murdering gunmen get their start.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    predictable, but satisfying.


    Which character – as performed by Joyce Bean – was your favorite?

    Julian, as always. He's the most level-headed character in all the stories.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    Because I'm addicted to serialized cozy mysteries, I have purchased and listened to the whole series a few times, but every time I listen I become more annoyed with Goldie's unending capacity to allow herself to insert herself into situations that are none of her business. I hope her newest story (The Whole Enchilada) takes a different turn. If not, I'm done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Happy Ever After: The Bride Quartet, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (897)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (467)

    No man has rattled wedding-planner Parker Brown in a long time, but the motorcycle-riding, raven-haired Mal seems to have a knack for it. His passionate kisses always catch her off guard, much like her growing feelings for him. Parker’s business risks have always paid off, but now she’ll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart….

    Amy says: "Wonderful ending!"
    "Didn't want it to end!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Happy Ever After the most enjoyable?

    Angela Dawe's voice adjusted well to each of the characters--and she kept the defined voices throughout all four books


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Happy Ever After?

    Malcolm's meeting with Linda at Mac's wedding and reminding her of their last meeting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Parker's dealing with the couple who bought their four uninvited and unruly children to their cousin's wedding. I love how she handled the obnoxious guest who was not even slightly apologitic about the damage and inconvenience they caused. I bet a lot of people wish they had a Parker to put uninvited guests in their place.


    Who was the most memorable character of Happy Ever After and why?

    Parker, of course, because she was the most focused


    Any additional comments?

    I'd love a follow up book 5 to pick up on the lives--if not wedding--of the quartet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bed of Roses: The Bride Quartet, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (859)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (475)

    Since she was a little girl, Emma Grant has always loved romance. So it's really no surprise that she has found her calling as a wedding florist. She couldn't ask for a better job. And on the surface, Emma's love life seems to be thriving. Though men swarm around her, she still hasn't found Mr. Right. The last place she's looking is right under her nose. But that's just where Jack Cooke is.

    LeftyMom says: "Very Sweet!"
    "Don't Let It End"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bed of Roses the most enjoyable?

    The continuity of Vision in White story and the reader's voice.


    What other book might you compare Bed of Roses to and why?

    Debbie Macomber Cedar Cove series because the books introduce you to a cast of characters and then delve into the back story of each bringing you up to present day. Wholesome characters, but not perfect.


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

    The other three books completing the Bride Quartet. Seamless, smooth reading and varying pitch, tone and pace differentiates the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desperate Measures: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (136)

    Barbara Holloway has a reputation for taking on the toughest cases - and winning them. But this time she's up against an unbeatable opponent - her father, the lawyer who taught her all she knows.

    Reed says: "Better than the first"
    "Good Story; Distracting Audio"
    Overall

    This is the second Barbara Holloway book I've read and I enjoy the characters and story. The only annoyance was that the recording repeats a line a few times throughout the recording.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13125)
    Performance
    (5566)
    Story
    (5634)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Touching Story, Technical Blip"
    Overall

    It was a bitter-sweet story enhanced by listening to a recording with two readers who sounded age-appropriate. Wanted to read it in advance of movie with Rob Pattinson, can't wait. Technical problem with the recording, Audible seems to have mixed up parts one and two. The standard Audible intro and middle-section instructions about reaching the end of a part, but not the end.... are on the second (last download), but no introduction on the opening. A little confusing at first, wasn't sure I was at the beginning of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fear the Worst

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    That's what Tim Blake finds himself asking when his daughter Sydney vanishes into thin air. At the hotel where she was supposedly working, no one has ever heard of her. Even her closest friends can't tell him what Sydney was really doing in the weeks before her disappearance. Now as the days pass without a word, Tim is forced to face not only the fact that Sydney is missing but that the daughter he's loved and nurtured, the daughter he thought he knew as well as anyone, is a virtual stranger.

    Val says: "WOW!"
    "I didn't see that coming!"
    Overall

    Great book, very suspenseful with light moments--as advertised--with a great conclusion that had me up till 3 a.m. because I couldn't stop listening. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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