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Diana

Redmond, WA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 14 reviews
  • 111 ratings
  • 254 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2117)
    Performance
    (1955)
    Story
    (1953)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "pure entertainment"
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    This book grabbed me from the very beginning and held me until the end. I found myself listening in the car, the gym, and any free time in between. I'm not even a big zombie fan and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The narrator was perfect and the zombie story was a fascinating original twist...definitely sad when it ended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7425)
    Performance
    (6749)
    Story
    (6760)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Pleasantly Surprised"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm not a big mystery-whodunit reader, so I only picked this up based on reviews and I wasn't disappointed. I wish it were a series, because now that it's over I can't stop thinking about the characters and I'm ready for the next adventure! The details, character development and pacing were all perfect and I found myself looking forward to the next car ride or run so that I could continue listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Trash Zombie Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (937)
    Story
    (932)

    Our favorite white trash zombie, Angel Crawford, has enough problems of her own, what with dealing with her alcoholic, deadbeat dad, issues with her not-quite boyfriend, the zombie mafia, industrial espionage, and evil corporations. Oh, and it’s raining, and won’t let up. But things get even crazier when a zombie movie starts filming in town, and Angel begins to suspect that it’s not just the plot of the movie that's rotten. Soon she's fighting her way through mud, blood, bullets, and intrigue, even as zombies, both real and fake, prowl the streets.

    Andrea says: "Absolutely loved it!"
    "Love this series"
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    Once again, Diana Rowland does not disappoint. This book is tons of fun and I was hooked from the very beginning. I'm hoping that Angel Crawford comes back for more White Trash Zombie drama, the characters are so likeable and I'm always a little bummed out when the books end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Still Waters

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    When the body of a murdered man literally falls at Elizabeth Stuart's feet, she's able to wash away the blood - but not the terror. Unwelcome newcomers to Still Creek, Minnesota, she and her troubled teenage son are treated with suspicion by the locals, including the sheriff. Yet nothing will stop her from digging beneath the town's placid surface for the truth - except the killer. Now Elizabeth must risk everything to save her family and unmask the killer - before the current of evil flowing through Still Creek drags her under.

    Karen says: "Hold on to your Desert Eagle"
    "Huge Disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've listened to several of Tami Hoag's most recent books and they were great thrillers with a tiny bit of romance interspersed throughout. This book on the other hand, was a horrendously cheesy romance with a flimsy "thriller" plot. I almost didn't make it through. I should have paid better attention to reviews that said that it was a romance, but the overwhelming ratings were positive, so I thought I'd give it a shot. If you're expecting a thriller, don't waste your credit.

    Also, the narrator's performance of Elizabeth was twangy and grating - for a heroine that was supposed to be an attractive woman with a voice of "sex and smoke" - she was anything but that...

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18783)
    Performance
    (16984)
    Story
    (17124)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "It's no Hunger Games"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you like best about Divergent? What did you like least?

    I thought the narration was excellent in this book. I liked the premise of the novel, but the actual execution was too juvenile and unbelievable for my tastes.


    Would you recommend Divergent to your friends? Why or why not?

    No - I think this book wouldn't be enjoyed by someone in my age range.


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

    No. Her narration was excellent.


    Do you think Divergent needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, it's left quite open ended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20898)
    Performance
    (18739)
    Story
    (18806)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Engrossing, dark, and unique"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    This is one of the best books I've listened to since becoming an Audible member. The switch in narration between Amy and Nick kept you guessing and made you swing between loving and hating the characters. The story line is unique and dark and I would think about the novel long after I had shut if off for the day. This book grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let go!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7613)
    Performance
    (6632)
    Story
    (6623)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "No more Nora Roberts books for me"
    Overall
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    What would have made The Witness better?

    This story was abysmal. The heroine in this book is so unrealistic, I couldn't understand why the writer made a supposedly exceptionally smart person so robotic and socially unaware. Additionally the 'romance' is juvenile and difficult to listen to and the 'tense' moments of the thriller are pretty boring and cookie cutter. All around fail. I haven't finished the book yet, but I'm honestly so bored and disgusted that I might give up.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Whelan???s performances?

    If she's not reading a southern or male accent, possibly. It was an alright performance, I think the book itself made me dislike her more than her actual performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bel Canto

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1761)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (925)

    Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

    Brian says: "Surprisingly engrossing"
    "Beautiful writing, poor story."
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    There is no question, Ann Patchett's ability with the written word is certainly one to admire. This is the first book of her's that I have listened to or read and I picked it up on the recommendations of the other reviewers. However, all that being said, I was sorely disappointed by this book. These are the nicest terrorists I've ever heard of, the characters are unbelievable and over-dramatic, and the ending is abrupt and lame. It almost seemed like Ann got tired of writing and needed an easy out.

    In my opinion, what started out with such promise simply fell flat. I thought Ann wrote beautiful descriptions and I enjoyed her style of writing, but this story was so unbelievable that I will probably never venture back to this author. Last note, the narrator's accents tried my patience here and there, but not enough to ruin the experience, especially considering the myriad of accents she had to cover (French, Spanish, Japanese, Russian).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Can You Keep a Secret?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (1297)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (493)

    Emma Corrigan has a long list of secrets, one of which is that she is afraid of flying. Coming back from a thoroughly ruinous sales trip to Glasgow, the plane she is on encounters some air turbulence, and she ends up spilling her guts to the handsome American sitting next to her. He gets to hear that she fibbed to get her current job and that she has never been able to satisfactorily find her G-spot. Then, the plane lands...and the American turns up in her life again. He's the CEO of her company....

    A says: "Enjoyable Chick Lit"
    "enjoyable & lighthearted"
    Overall

    I'm not a huge chick-lit fan, but decided to listen to this book based on other's reviews as well as to try something different from my usual thriller/mystery novel. I wasn't disappointed at all. The narrator is fantastic and did a wonderful job with this novel. The story itself is lighthearted and amusing and completely relatable to the average woman out there. I found myself laughing outloud several times, nervous for the heroine in uncomfortable situations, and sad during the more trying ones. I would definitely recommend this book to others, would listen again, and was so sad when it was over. A great listen during my travels to work and back - I have to admit, I was happy when there was traffic!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Envy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1542)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (701)

    New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Envy"
    "fun listen."
    Overall

    I thought that this book was a perfectly paced drama with some hot scenes - perfect as a beach escape or something to take your mind off of traffic. This was my first Sandra Brown novel and I was pleasantly surprised; I tend to enjoy thriller/suspense novels from authors like Tess Gerritsen, Dean Koontz, Robin Cook, & Michael Crichton. I thought the narrator did an excellent job and I really enjoyed the story - be forewarned that this author verges more on the side of romance/erotica as there are some steamy scenes - but the writing is good and the plot is solid. I couldn't wait to get in my car every morning to hear what happened next! I'll be on the lookout for more Sandra Brown books.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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