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Donn's Hill

Narrated by: Jessica McEvoy
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
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"Grief can change us... rewire our brains and shift the way we look at the world..."

After returning home from her father's funeral to find her boyfriend in bed with another woman, Mackenzie Clair is looking for a fresh start. She thinks she'll find it in her favorite childhood vacation spot, but returning to Donn's Hill awakens more than nostalgia. Mac regains a lost psychic ability to talk to the dead, and the poltergeist haunting her apartment is desperate to make her use that gift to find his killer.

Aided by her new roommate - a spirited Tortoiseshell cat named Striker, and the ghost-hunting crew of the nationally televised show Soul Searchers, Mac struggles to learn how to use her powers. But she'd better get a handle on them fast, because someone in town is hiding a deadly secret. If Mac can't somehow divine the truth, Donn's Hill will never be the same.

©2017 Caryn Larrinaga (P)2017 Immortal Works

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The cat is really good, and also a murder mystery

This is a really good murder mystery story (which in a way is impressive, because when it involves a psychic you’d almost expect it to be solved on the first page), and Jessica McEvoy’s voice acting is superb. But the main reason I’d recommend it is because the cat is really good. Which is just another credit to the voice acting - it almost feels weird when the cat is being described doing something and there’s not a cat noise, but I suppose that would probably break the flow a bit. The only slight problem I had is that when the killer is revealed, their character does seem to act completely differently to the previous 9 hours of the book, although I don’t think it’s completely inconsistent, just maybe with a bit more time it could’ve felt more natural. I’ve no complaints about the cat.

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Absolutely Brilliant

Mackenzie has recently lost her father, and after finding her fiancé in bed with another woman she packs up her bags and moves to Donn’s Hill, a place she and her mother used to go to on vacation. The town is renowned for being haunted and it isn’t long before she starts getting strange things happening in her apartment. Luckily a stray cat who had befriended her and seems to be trying to protect her. This is not the only strange thing that happens though and when she gets a job with a ghost hunting crew, more things start showing themselves to her and she is determined to solve a murder. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Donn’s Hill, it was kind of spooky at times and the mystery and twists were great. It kept me engaged from start to finish. Mackenzie was a fantastic character and the cat! I love cats and this little lady was an amazing protector. Caryn Larringana wrote a brilliant book and Jessica McEvoy Was the perfect narrator, she made me fall into the Donn’s Hill and I didn’t want to leave.

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Subtly spooky

Jessica’s performance as ever is awesome. The story is easy going listening with beautifully illustrated characters and a subtly spooky twist to a mystery story

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Really loved this book.

A great story and amazing narration. Loved it really want more like this story and Jessica has a great voice.

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  • Marcus Damanda
  • 05-08-17

Haunting Story, Award-Worthy Performance

Mackenzi Clair is leaving home--or is she finally returning there? This is the unstated question that colors the rich beginning of a book that invites the reader to come home to Donn's Hill as well. Pull up a chair, put on some Chai tea, and grab a plate of lemon squares. But don't get TOO comfortable. This home has a history, and you're about to get a full serving of it.

Enter Mac's world--at twenty-seven years old, she's lost both of her parents and finally ditched that duplicitous boyfriend. She's completely adrift, and finds her focus by returning to the vacation home she remembers so fondly from childhood. Listeners get a complete tour of the place, and we come to love the people in it: the ghost hunting apartment neighbor Kit, Gabrielle the medium, Yuri the show runner, even the unaccountably and perpetually cantankerous deputy-mayor who's got it in for Mac from the start, for no reason at all. Or ... is there a reason after all?

Because there's a reason for EVERYTHING at Donn's Hill, and a complete story-unto-itself for every character. The listener may be lulled into a false sense of comfortably wandering security early in this book, but really, you're kind of being set up, here. Author Caryn Larrinaga knows exactly what she's doing from the start, and you don't want to miss any of the details.

Ghosts, hauntings, poltergeists, and murder--take THAT with your lemon squares, Listener. This book has a real tendency to lure you in and then unexpectedly scare the stuffing out of you, so without spoilers, fair warning.

But half of the dark and comfortably-scented magic of this whole experience is the performance of the young but veteran voice actor Jessica McEvoy. In this particular medium (see what I did there?), there's absolutely no one better. She has an uncanny knack for reading the story exactly as you might hear it in your head, whether the part in question being read is a narrator of her own generation and gender, a middle-aged Russian, a Spanish gypsy psychic, or a ... strangely intuitive cat. Yes. Cat. She plays a cat. And before you tune out, listen to me: she pulls it off. Seriously.

More importantly, Jessica McEvoy has a natural empathy with the full emotional range of the human condition, and she brings reality to situations that are beyond the scope of most people's experiences. Couple that with an instant relatability to the simple pleasures, disappointments, self-doubts and fears that we all feel and express--she draws you in with the authenticity of her voice and delivery. It's really amazing, every time. She's done it before, but it surprises me every time.

Donn's Hill is so, so worth the time and investment. To reveal any more here would be criminal. But do yourself a favor: check it out. Enjoy the experience. It'll be one you don't soon forget.

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  • Derek
  • 06-08-17

A fun mystery indeed

Caryn Larrinaga's newest book, Donn's Hill, was a blast to read/listen to and I quite enjoyed Jessica McEvoy's vocal talent as always. She brings the story to life and makes Mackenzie's character her own and the mix of great writing and wonderful character voices makes this audiobook a must-have for any fan.

A simple but well written novel for the entire family, this is a must-have for any fan of mystery on the more casual side.

Check out the Sample and see for yourself if this wonderful tale is worth your time. For me, it was.

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  • Mike
  • 16-08-17

outstanding audiobook

Miss McEvoy is an outstanding voice talent with a well written story. drew me in

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  • Bewitch324
  • 07-08-20

Small town paranormal intrigue

I really enjoyed Donn’s Hill and am downloading the sequel as I write this. I enjoyed the story of this interesting small town, getting to know the characters as our heroine got to know them. Mac is new in town, and she’s about to learn a whole lot about ghosts, murder, tv production and herself. The narrator does a good job characterizing Mac and her cat (sounds funny, but bad animal sounds can pull you out of a story). The other characters “voices” are distinct and clear. Overall an absorbing interesting story, and I look forward to learning more about Mac and her new friends .

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  • Deedra
  • 05-08-20

Donn's Hill

I absolutely loved this book!Mackenzie loses her father ,then her boyfriend,so she leaves town.She goes to a place she visited as a child.It is full of ghosts,psychics and mystery. Jessica McEvoy was a wonderful narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'

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  • Kimberly Smith
  • 11-06-20

Fun story, odd narration

The story is interesting and pulled me in from the beginning. However, the narration made it a difficult listen at first. The narrator speaks slow and enunciation is very exaggerated. Words endinga in ‘D’, ‘G’, ‘T’ were especially jarringa because they soundeda like they endeda in ‘A’. I sped up the narration to 1.5x and it made it listenable, if a little rushed in places. Overall, I enjoyed the story and characters. I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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  • Rhonda
  • 09-06-20

Excellent story!!

This was a very well written book. It kept my attention all the way through and I started book 2 immediately after listening to this one. I loved the story and the characters and even recommended it to my daughter about half way through this book! For the most part, I enjoyed the narration. My only issue while listening is how she pronounced her T's and G's. They were very pronounced. Instead of just saying words with those letters, she actually put emphasis on those letters. It was extremely distracting and became annoying quite quickly. Other than that, she did an great job. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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  • Sarah S
  • 09-06-20

Interesting Premise, Fun Characters

I listened to the audiobook for this story and enjoyed the production by narrator Jessica McEvoy. In Donn's Hill, Mackenzie Clair moves back to the town she remembers from childhood to restart her life after a nasty break-up with her cheating boyfriend. The town is haunted, however, with a lot of strange activity, and her road to reinvention and self-discovery leads her into paranormal territory she's never taken seriously before. An old cat named Stryker also adopts her for its new owner after the original owner passes away, and the cat's personality and antics play a large role in taking Mackenzie through her journey to unravel mysteries about herself and her childhood town. This story is mainly about the main character rediscovering her gift for sensing the supernatural, and learning more about the secrets of her deceased parents. The first half of the story is character development in this regard, with adventures that lead the main character to join a ghost hunting TV show crew, dabble in psychic activities with the town's medium, volunteer at a town festival celebrating the dead, and forge new friendships with a variety of characters, including a possible budding new love interest. The second half evolves a brief murder mystery and personal conflicts between herself, law enforcement, and the town mayor. Discovering the strength of her own gifts, and following her cat into eavesdropping range of others in town who have deep personal secrets, complicates all of these. This cozy paranormal story with mystery elements is delightful and entertaining. The story moves at an easy, unhurried pace, and has an interesting premise. The main character is likable and assertive, with relatable flaws. The accompanying characters have a few layers, and aren't exactly what they first appear to be on the surface. And the backdrop of Don's Hill, where the story takes place, has fun quirks. I love how Caryn has given a wave to Salt Lake City, and integrated her own love of cats and passion for animal rescue into the main character's background and story.

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  • Terri
  • 27-05-20

Story Good, Different Narrator

I tried many times to listen to the story, but even though the story seemed good the narration was just to much to off. The narration seemed more for children and not for adults listening to a horror story or at the very least a ghost story. Don't get me wrong, she has a good voice, but for children books maybe. I just couldn't handle the added cat purr and singing, but the laughing put me over the line. It sounded very, Snow White for this genre. She didn't make mistakes that I caught, at least within the 1st 4 chapters. If I could have made it around the narration I could have made it to the end, but it just was extremely sickening sweet sounding in the reading. I am sorry, I did try. I could recommend the book, yes!! I would not recommend the narrator. This book was given to me for free at my request & my honest review was given voluntaily.

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  • Teresa Noel
  • 25-05-20

Good start to the series.

Mackenzie Clair has had a rough time of it. Her father just passed away and after coming home from the funeral she finds her boyfriend in bed with another woman. She decides its time for a change, and new start. She gets a bit more then she expects. She heads back to Donn's Hill. A place she loved going on vacation as a child. She starts to find out a few things about her mother who passed several years ago. She also is found by a kitten who decides Mackenzie is her person. She also meets a group of Ghost Hunters known as the The Soul Searchers. Oh yea and Mackenzie is psychic, she just doesn't know it yet. This book is a mix of murder mystery and urban fantasy. The spook factor is there from the first few pages. And the body list builds quickly. Caryn Larrinaga does a really great job with this story. Jessica McEvoy's narration is pretty good. At time her over pronunciation got a but rough, but other then that I really enjoyed the book.