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Donna

Growing up in England, surrounded by amazing literature, I was devastated when my eyesight made reading difficult. Audible is truly a gift.

PLANO, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1265)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (500)

    Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

    Barbara A Danner says: "Disappointing"
    "Great Read!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sharing a great story is always a pleasure, and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is just such a story. It really is an in depth look at life in China from a woman's perspective in the early 1800's. Women were considered nothing, but as mother's of males, they were critical. This book gives you such insight into the lives of women and the importance of friendship is a major theme. Considering how isolated our society has become, it is interesting to see that the Chinese culture made sure women always had a small group that would stay with you for the different periods in life - childhood, marriage, widowhood.


    What other book might you compare Snow Flower and the Secret Fan to and why?

    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan could be compared to some of Amy Tan's books as well as Dreams of Joy by Lisa See.


    Which character ??? as performed by Janet Song ??? was your favorite?

    Snow Flower was my favorite character in this book because she made the most of what life gave her. She was also multi-dimensional and fun!


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

    This book is too long to listen to in one sitting unless you are on a long trip and need to stay awake. This is a book to savor over several days.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley of Amazement

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1133)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (1017)

    Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

    Pamela J says: "Just could NOT get past the ugliness"
    "Best Amy Tan Book Ever!"
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    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I loved the narration. The narrators fit the characters beautifully.


    Any additional comments?

    Lisa See and Amy Tan are two of my favorite authors. I have to admit I have hundreds of great authors that I also love. I actually enjoyed this book more on the second listen. It really is like the layers of an onion and many books worth reading are deeper after the first read or listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Petals on the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By V. C. Andrews
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (227)

    After several terrifying years of captivity, the three surviving Dollanganger children have found a way to escape their prison, but they have been scarred forever. Petals on the Wind follows these children into adulthood. Although they find success and fame, they are led deeper into the curse that still haunts their family. As the three struggle to lead normal lives, revenge draws them back to the one who turned the key in the lock so long ago.

    Alicia says: "So Bad it's Good?"
    "Terrible Ending..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book was not time well spent. It could have had a much more satisfying middle and ending. V.C. Andrews seemed to lose her train of thought and began taking the reader from one direction to another, culminating it a troubling ending...


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

    I would have either given Kathy rich, satisfying vengeance or made peace and given the characters a happy ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Kathy and Chris found out that it was their mother who was trying to kill them with the poisoned donuts.


    Was Petals on the Wind worth the listening time?

    No...


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15708)
    Performance
    (13006)
    Story
    (13641)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "The performance was terrible!!!"
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    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Becca Batloe was a poor choice for this book. She sounds whiney and slow. This book needs an intelligent sounding woman and a MAN for Christopher. I couldn't listen to it... It ruined my memory of the book that I read. I hope it is rerecorded with higher quality artists.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Shades of Grey?

    When I READ the book, the sex scenes. Unfortunately, I couldn't listen to this for over an hour.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    NO


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The book is full of grammatical errors and poor sentence structure. I have never read an erotic book before, and hope to see more that are designed for women. The real book was a secret pleasure.


    Any additional comments?

    Please re-record.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Sassy Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Olive Ann Burns
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (130)

    The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around fast. If the preacher's wife's petticoat shows, the ladies will make the talk last a week. But on July 5, 1906, things take a scandalous turn. That is the day E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, elopes with Miss Love Simpson, a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee!

    D says: "EXCELLENT"
    "Fabulous Story - Great Narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend, Cold Sassy Tree, to anyone who just wants to get lost in an entertaining story. One of my favorites!


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

    Tom Parker brings a sense of authenticity to the story that is enhanced by his accent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Creatures Great and Small

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (537)

    In this first volume of his memoirs, then-newly-qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, and he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? The local farmers? And what will the animals think? This program is filled with hilarious and touching tales of the unpredictable Siegfried Farnon, his charming student brother Tristan, and Herriot's first encounters with a beautiful girl named Helen.

    Sara says: "A Wonderful Listen--Stories That Never Get Old"
    "Donna M."
    Overall

    Great Read! It's easy to just listen and immerse yourself into a simpler time and place. All time classic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12988)
    Performance
    (5340)
    Story
    (5386)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "A Great Read!"
    Overall

    Ken Follet is a genius as a story teller. You care about the characters, you hate some, love some, and see human nature at its finest and lowest. It is amazing to see how no matter what, human nature stays the same. The CEO's of large corporations, Drug Lords, and those trying to reach the top, are the Popes, Kings and Knights of yesteryear.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8975)
    Performance
    (3402)
    Story
    (3438)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Immerse yourself in this magnificent book."
    Overall

    I enjoyed every minute of this. I read Pillars of the Earth first and fell in love with Follett's ability to tell a great story and put it all in great historical context. He writes of rich characters with all of man's faults and highest aspirations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Fish from Drowning

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    Twelve American tourists join an art expedition that begins in the Himalayan foothills of China - dubbed the true Shangri-La - and heads south into the jungles of Burma. But after the mysterious death of their tour leader, the carefully laid plans fall apart, and disharmony breaks out among the pleasure-seekers.

    bulldoglady says: "one of my favorites"
    "Not Pleased"
    Overall

    I love Amy Tan books, but this was a disappointment. It is hard to stay with and just sort of off. I'll always continue to follow Amy Tan, but I wish I had not bought this audio book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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