LISTENER

donnacdavis

  • 100
  • reviews
  • 147
  • helpful votes
  • 114
  • ratings
  • The Stranger Inside

  • By: Laura Benedict
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 245

There's a stranger living in Kimber Hannon's house. He tells the police that he has every right to be there, and he has the paperwork to prove it. But Kimber definitely didn't invite this man to move in. He tells her that he knows something about her, and he wants everyone else to know it too. "I was there. I saw what you did." These words reveal a connection to Kimber's distant past, and dark secrets she'd long ago left buried. This trespasser isn't after anything as simple as her money or her charming Craftsman bungalow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!!!

  • By Anonymous User on 02-06-19

Hard to follow.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-19

It starts out on a interesting concept. You go away from a retreat and when you return, someone is living in your home. And you can't go near the house even after the police have made a report. He has your house and everything in it including all of your clothing, shoes, person things.....That is hard to believe as the police should let her in to retrieve her personal belonging.
Then the story goes haywire, skipping around back and forth through the years... family members, relatives you didnt know you had. No one is who they say they are so who do you trust?

I wouldn't recommend this unless you were bored or deserted on a island with no other source of entertainment.
Well, even talking to a soccer ball might be a more rewarding experience......

  • The Shotgun Lawyer

  • By: Victor Methos
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

Personal injury attorney Peter Game has a reputation: cynical, untroubled by ethics, and willing to take any case, anytime, in his pursuit of the win. He dreams of a sweetheart score that’ll make his name and net him millions. Then comes the lightning rod: a school shooting just outside of Salt Lake City. His client: the devastated mother of one of the victims. What she wants is understandable - just not simple: to sue the manufacturers of the automatic weapon used in the mass killing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never underestimate desperation...

  • By shelley on 10-24-18

A new author.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-19

I really enjoyed this book. The young lawyer sounds like the kind of lawyer we all hope we can hire when we need someone strong in our corner.
Some who thinks outside the box and knows rules are made to be broken. Simply Fearless.


I look forward to hearing more from this author.

  • Due Process

  • Joe Dillard, Book 9
  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457

A young exotic dancer claims she was sexually assaulted at a party thrown by a university football team. Three players are accused. In the ninth installment of the best-selling Joe Dillard series, Dillard finds himself defending one of the players accused of assaulting the young woman. The case receives national attention, quickly escalating into a platform for deep-seeded division and hatred. It also ensnares Dillard, along with his son, Jack, and Charleston Story into a web of lies and deceit spun by a mysterious figure with a hidden agenda.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 9th marvelous legal thriller in the Joe Dillard...

  • By Wayne on 05-03-18

Joe Dillard Never Disappoints but........

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-19

I love the Joe Dillard series. However, it feels as this was a hurried book. There was really not a lot of time devoted to developing the characters, or any suspense as to what was really happening.

Still a good book, just not one with the usual mystery or challenge facing Joe Dillard.

  • The Ruined Wife

  • A Psychological Thriller
  • By: Marin Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Piper Goodeve
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

Alastair has found the perfect partner in husband Steven. Together they've built a successful life, had a beautiful child, and still behave like newlyweds long since the day he carried her over the threshold. But all of that changes in an instant thanks to a thoughtless deed that has lifelong repercussions. With secrets bubbling to the surface, the pair find their American dream life suddenly in jeopardy, and neither one of them are willing to let go at any cost.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • could not finish!

  • By Maureen D. on 01-30-19

Twisted Minds

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-19

When one woman gets the idea that another woman is partially responsible for destroying her life, this book is a how to guide of extreme revenge.

A man at a bar, a pretty woman and one too many drinks lead to one single backseat Fu**. A mistake that cost a man his wife, daughter, their comfortable lifestyle and almost his life.

But it was all intentionally set in motion for revenge by a woman who is psychologically unstable. She blamed someone loosely associated with the death of her child, and she was going to make sure everyone suffered.

And she almost got away with it all. Almost.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Terrified

  • By: Kevin O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Megan Keeler died years ago - or so everyone believes. In fact, she disappeared to escape from her sadistic husband, Glenn. When dismembered body parts were found near their home, Glenn was convicted of his wife's murder. And Megan, terrified for her unborn child's safety, never came forward with the truth.... Since then, Megan has built a new life in Seattle for herself and her son, Josh. She's never forgotten that she's a fugitive, and Josh knows nothing about her past. But someone does. There are anonymous emails and threats, just as she learns Glenn has been released from prison.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good not Great...

  • By shelley on 12-02-18

Got it already!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-19

Well, this author impressed with with his first book which I listened to. Wow, it was great.Throw cold water on me to stay away good.

The second seems to be a rerun of the same theme with the players and villains having different names and places in society.

Psycho kidnaps someone which he has been watching and may or may not be obsessed with them. He has a home with a basement where he holds his prey, meanwhile taunting their loved ones. Killing anyone in the way is no problem for the sickos in these books.

So, number three is developing into another basement or secluded room, no one knows where the victims are, as they just vanish. Until he is finished with them. Then bodies start showing up

So, I’m done with this author until he changes his books to another theme.

I want my credit back.

  • They Won't Be Hurt

  • By: Kevin O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

The lights are on at the Singleton vacation home on Lopez Island, Washington, illuminating the horror within. The family is found dead, and the police's main suspect - the property caretaker - has disappeared. In her secluded vineyard home two hours away, Laura Gretchell is on edge. Her husband is out of town on business, and the children are understandably shaken. Laura tries to tell herself there's no reason to fear. Then the door handle rattles, and the real terror begins.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You never forget your best teacher...

  • By shelley on 01-08-19

This should be a movie

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-19

My first book by Kevin O'Brien... But definitely not my last.

From the first chapter of the book until the very last word of the book, there was not a single moment of boredom. When life's happenings kept me busy, getting back to my book was something I looked forward to. Trying to imagine what would happen next and who if any of the characters would ererge and what carnage would be left behind. How do you ever get a step ahead of evil and do you dare havein any hope of escaping a seemingly deadly ending for another family.

Indeed there are many evil people in this world that seem to have ice water in their veins. Motivated by love, lust, jealousy, thirst for power or revenge. This book as a little bit of it all.

But, a mother's love can be stronger than any of these motivators. And there really are good people who just happen to gross paths with someone evil and get caught up in my the path of their twisted minds.

I'll not give away a moment of the storyline.
Don't miss this one.

  • As Long as We Both Shall Live

  • A Novel
  • By: JoAnn Chaney
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Matt frantically tells park rangers that he and his wife, Marie, were hiking when she fell off a cliff into the raging river below. They start a search, but they aren’t hopeful: No one could have survived that fall. It was a tragic accident. But Matt’s first wife also died in suspicious circumstances. And when the police pull a body out of the river, they have a lot more questions for Matt. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, weird narrator

  • By Cory Yniguez Pironti on 01-28-19

Makes you think about your marriage.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-19

I listened to only the first 30 minutes. It was depressing. Nothing nice to say about it. I returned it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • An Anonymous Girl

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,247
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,227

Seeking women ages 18-32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed. When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking...and what she’s hiding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Frances Hampton on 01-09-19

Psychological Puzzle

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-19

This was by far one of the most.... intriguing is the best discription... books I have ever randomly selected. The story just seemed to drag on for hours, and the narrators voice was like nails on a chaulkboard, haunting and drawing you further into the story. Therefore I must assume the irritating inflection was intentional.

It took me quite a while to listen to the entire book. It is a game of cat and mouse. Would someone whose degree demands respect use their training to play a dangerous mind game on unexpecting individuals? Could this "professional "really manipulate their family and friends and the indivodials have no way of knowing they were part of a dangerous mind game? And as in mamy games, someone wins and someone looses, at times with little regards for the human pawns discarded on the path of victory.

This is truly a book that will keep you wondering who is in control. Who can you really trust?

I did give up on this book many times, but just really wanted to hear the last chapter and be done. Unfortunately for this listener, this is a book that must be heard entirely as it unravels.

Indeed, this one makes one aware of how trust makes you vulnerable to anytjing or anyone.

  • The Burglar

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 411

Elle Stowell is a young woman with an unconventional profession: burglary. But Elle is no petty thief - with just the right combination of smarts, looks, and skills, she can easily stroll through ritzy Bel Air neighborhoods and pick out the perfect home for plucking the most valuable items. This is how Elle has always gotten by - she is good at it, and she thrives on the thrill. But after stumbling upon a grisly triple homicide while stealing from the home of a wealthy art dealer, Elle discovers she is no longer the only one sneaking around. Somebody is searching for her.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From breaking the law to helping the law....

  • By shelley on 01-09-19

Starts with a bang and ends with a puff of air.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-19

The book started off with a bang. Female burglar
making her living by robbing homes in the richest areas of CA. Then she breaks into a house with 2 women and a man together in bed, all shot in the head.

Freak the heck out and get out of there! Then she notices the movie camera on a tripod. So the rational thing to do is steal the camera and be done. But... what if the murderer is seen on the tape and can be identified? Logically, the thing to do is break back into the house, steal the tape, make a copy, cut off the part when she walks into the room and put the tape back into the camera before the police discover the bodies. No problem.

But what she doesn’t know is there are eyes and ears all over this house and someone has been watching her. Now, they want to exterminate her.

Can she stay one step ahead of them until she figures out who and why these murders happened? She hides out with her best friend only to come home and find she and her boyfriend dead. Then there are the tracking devices on her vehicle, the cute guy who tries to murder her.....the goons in the black car behind her....

How the hell is she going to figure this out before they find her and who is she going to tell without exposing herself?

The reason for the killings has something to do with art galleries and a con game with too many players to keep up with. She should be a detective with her reasoning abilities.

Now, I am thoroughly bored. Days and days of reading stolen papers to put the unrealistic plot together.

Meanwhile sneaking in and out of the business that has employed the goons who are trying to find her and kill her to gather more info. Sorry. Too hard to believe 1) she would go back there knowing there are cameras hidden everywhere 2) knows she is dead if she is caught 3) no 20 something year old girl is THAT good at her job, unless she’s a ghost.


She turns over all her tapes and evidence in a most unusual way, and heads into the sunset to live happily ever after.

Just didn’t like the way he wrapped things up. It’s like HE got bored and just wanted it over. We do agree on that.

On to next book.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Boy

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210

When Detective Nick Fourcade enters the home of Genevieve Gauthier outside the sleepy town of Bayou Breaux, Louisiana, the bloody crime scene that awaits him is both the most brutal and the most confusing he's ever seen. Genevieve's seven-year-old son, P.J., has been murdered by an alleged intruder, yet Genevieve is alive and well, a witness inexplicably left behind to tell the tale. There is no evidence of forced entry, not a clue that points to a motive. Meanwhile, Nick's wife, Detective Annie Broussard, sits in the emergency room with the grieving Genevieve. A mother herself, Annie understands the emotional devastation this woman is going through.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like watching dominos...

  • By shelley on 01-04-19

Tami Hoag at her best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-19

It has been a while since I have read a Tami Hoag book. Her last few have just not kept my attention.

This one kept my attention to the point I made myself stay awake to finish the last 90 minutes.

When the new sheriff of a small town is called to a run down home, he is shocked to discover a child so brutally murdered, his deputy is in tears. His mother had tried to stop the intruder, but when he turned to attack her, she manages to escape to a neighbor's home. Who could have done such a horrible thing? Or should we say WHAT could have done this as the mother is convinced she saw something red with horns in the house. Was it one of the Bayou's mythical evil creatures?

When a second child, this time a girl doesn't come home, had she run away from the disfunctional home filled with caios and very little adult supervision as she had threatened often or had something also happened to her?

The new sheriff is not liked or respected by members of his department. Nor is he willing to involve any outside authorities.

Too many things just don't add up for a husband/wife deputy team. Too many events and people from the city which the new sheriff had just left are discovered, but how do they all fit together? And could they figure it all out before another life is taken?

This is a real who done it. But in the end, the question of why will shock every one.

Hope this becomes a series. Love the Cajun flare!
As we all know, things in South Louisiana aren't always as they seem.