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Diana Prince

Diana

Winthrop, WA USA | Listener Since 2010

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  • 14 reviews
  • 15 ratings
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  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • Dancing at the Rascal Fair

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (216)

    Dancing at the Rascal Fair by National Book Award nominee Ivan Doig captures the passion and tenacity of turn-of-the-century immigrants struggling to build new lives amidst Montana’s windswept Rockies. The tale unfolds into a contest of the heart between Anna Ramsay and Angus McCaskill—kept apart by obligations—as they and their stormy kin vie to tame the brutal land.

    Dana C. Nicolay says: "New Favorite"
    "I Loved This Book"
    Overall

    This is a low-key, kind of slow-moving (in a good way) book, but it is a well-written, engaging story of human life. Despite its length, I was sorry when it was over. My only complaint was that I found the sort of Gone-With-The-Wind ongoing "love" story a bit overblown but that is a very minor complaint. This was a very good listen and I highly recommend it.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Shaara
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1030)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (478)

    After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

    Gene says: "Almost a Perfect Audiobook"
    "Great Story, Great Narrator"
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    Performance
    Story

    Wow, I really enjoyed this book. The author creates personas for each of the major generals of the Civil War and the narrator does an outstanding job putting voices to the men. The story is gripping and heartrending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Locked Ward: Memoirs of a Psychiatric Orderly

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Dennis O'Donnell
    • Narrated By Dennis O'Donnell
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The Locked Ward is an extraordinary memoir that sets out to reveal the true story of life in a psychiatric ward - the fear, the violence and despair, and also the care and the compassion. Recounting the stories of the patients he worked with, and those of the friends he made on the ward, O'Donnell provides a detailed account of day-to-day life behind the doors of the most feared and stigmatised environment in healthcare.

    Paul says: "Narration unbearable"
    "Enjoyable and Educational"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed this book once I grew accustomed to the reader's (author's) heavy Scottish accent and vernacular. He is a better reader than most authors, on a par with a professional reader. He showed great compassion for the mentally ill subject matters of his memoir of the locked psychiatric ward, as well as a great deal of insight. An all-around good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonwalking with Einstein

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joshua Foer
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1386)
    Performance
    (929)
    Story
    (916)

    Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget.

    Christopher says: "Got the Ball Rolling"
    "Bought This Book As A Gift"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was fascinated by this book, so much so that I bought it (in hard copy) for my son-in-law's birthday after listening to it here. The book not only discusses the process of memorizing but also branches into educational theories and other areas that I found very interesting, including so-called idiot savants. It all appeared to be well-researched and documented. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the process of memorizing and in our educational system.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel J. Siegel
    • Narrated By Daniel J. Siegel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (345)

    From everyday stress to severe trauma, many obstacles to a full life can be overcome by developing what Dr. Daniel J. Siegel calls "mindsight," our ability to perceive the mind and literally redirect the flow of energy and information within our brains. Through this powerful capacity for insight and empathy, we can "rewire" crucial connections, create dynamic linkages, and open ourselves to relationships in a new way.

    Anastasia Burke says: "DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK!"
    "Mixed Feelings"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed the author's descriptions of how our brains work and many of the anecdotes. I don't think he really made the case for his Mindsight method, or perhaps there wasn't enough depth for me to really grasp it, or perhaps this is a book better studied in print. I also found his voice somewhat gravelly, which annoyed me at times.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nick Reding
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (267)

    Crystal methamphetamine is widely considered to be the most dangerous drug in the world, and nowhere is that more true than in the small towns of the American heartland. Methland tells the story of Oelwein, Iowa (pop. 6,159), which, like thousands of other small towns across the country, has been left in the dust by the consolidation of the agricultural industry, a depressed local economy, and an out-migration of people.

    Sean says: "Interesting, then not."
    "Good, Interesting, Educational"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like the style of this book. The author involves just enough of his personal life to make it interesting but not so much that it interferes with the main story. The reader was very good although he did mispronounce some California town names, which I only know because I lived in California for many years (Merced, for example). It would have been more interesting for me had the book focused a bit more on how rehab-resistant and hard to kick meth is compared to other drugs, which I personally believe is part of what makes it so destructive. Nevertheless this book offered a good overview and provided information I did not already know about meth and was a worthwhile listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To the Lighthouse

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    To the Lighthouse tells of one summer spent by the Ramsay family and their friends in their holiday home in Scotland. Offshore stands the lighthouse, remote, inaccessbile, an eternal presence in a changing wolrd. A projected visit to the lighthouse forms the heart of this extraordinary novel which, through the minds of the various characters, explores the nature of time, memory, transience and eternity.

    Norman Wendth says: "Better heard than read!"
    "Short Book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The reader of this book is outstanding and brought the characters to life. If, like me, you like lots of bang for your buck then pay attention to the length of the book; it is very short. It is a sort of slice of life book, which I enjoy, and well-written, but it is so short it is not very satisfying to listen to. I think this book is better read in hard copy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1522)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1016)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "Relevant and Comprehensive"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a long book but I listened to it intently and through to the end. So much of Washington's history is relevant to our politics today, especially when the supposed wishes and desires of the Founding Fathers are hurled about so casually. With the focus (obviously) on Washington, the book fills in many of the gaps I had in my knowledge of the early days of our country. Chernow does a good job of portraying a very admirable Washington without glossing over his shortcomings and human foibles. He also does a good job of trying to describe the mind-boggling and inexplicable oxymoron of the harsh slave owner who is at the same time against slavery as an institution. All in all a good and worthwhile book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Waiter
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (204)

    According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.

    Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

    Manmit says: "Read the blog first"
    "Highly Entertaining!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I truly enjoyed this book. Books that give a different perspective into everyday life are among my favorites. All of us have dealt with waiters but few of us know what it is like to be on the other side of the check. This book was informative, entertaining and amusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1861: The Civil War Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Adam Goodheart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (414)

    As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, 1861 presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began. 1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal.

    James says: "Fascinating."
    "I Learned A Lot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed this book. It wandered around the country in the time leading up to the Civil War and illustrated the mood of the country, capturing a moment in time. There was a lot about the campaign and election of Abraham Lincoln that I never knew or even suspected. It is quite a contrast viewing him before the Civil War versus the entrenched of him post-Civil War. I recommend this book as a unique view of American history full of interesting and little-known or -noticed nuggets.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No Simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Norman Davies
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (156)

    If history really belongs to the victor, what happens when there's more than one side declaring victory? That's the conundrum Norman Davies unravels in his groundbreaking book No Simple Victory. Far from being a revisionist history, No Simple Victory instead offers a clear-eyed reappraisal, untangling and setting right the disparate claims made by America, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union in order to get at the startling truth.

    Nikoli Gogol says: "The Best Account of WWII in Europe"
    "More of a Reference Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I made it all the way through the book and learned a great deal I never knew or suspected about World War II so I'm glad I did. Despite the always-fantastic narration by Simon Vance, the book reads more like an encyclopedia or a reference book than a novel or even a historical book. If you are a true WWII buff I would think you would the hardcopy of this book so you can thumb through it and look up the topics that interest you. If you are more of a casual historian (as I am) it can be tough to make it through but it's definitely worthwhile. Note that the author minimizes the U.S.'s role in the war and role in bringing the war to victory. His position is well-substantiated but some Americans might find that viewpoint off-putting or even painful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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