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Dianne

Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • 29 reviews
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  • Daughters of the Witching Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mary Sharratt
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Bess Southerns, an impoverished widow, lives with her children in a crumbling old tower in Pendle Forest. Drawing on Catholic ritual, medicinal herbs, and guidance from her spirit-friend Tibb, Bess heals the sick and foretells the future in exchange for food and drink. As she ages, she instructs her best friend, Anne, and her granddaughter, Alizon, in her craft. Anne ultimately turns to dark magic, while Alizon struggles to accept the power she has inherited and dreams of a simpler life.

    nursebettyknitting says: "Fascinating"
    "Turns history into a fascinating tale"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this trip to the 1600's and the view of the lives of these women. I've done a bit of reenacting in my life but I have to say the story of these women's lives make me so thankful that for me it has been make believe and not real. However, the strength of these women just amazes me. They go through so much in their lives and yet no matter how hard things get for them they value their family and friendships so much that they go on no matter how rough the road gets. This tale is so realistic and believable and tells the story of the witches in a whole new way. I loved this book. I can't wait to give it to my daughter to listen to and see what she thinks of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden: Alex Verus, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (218)

    With his talent for divining the future, Alex Verus should have foreseen his friends' reactions to the revelations about his previous life. Anne Walker no longer trusts him-and has also cut all ties with the mage community after getting kicked out of the apprentice program. As a favor to Luna, Alex's own apprentice and Anne's best friend, he checks in on her only to be told to leave her alone. Then Anne gets kidnapped.

    Amazon Customer says: "Keep 'em coming!"
    "This tale has great potential"
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    Where does Hidden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Bottom ten I would have to say


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

    I doubt any of my friends could stand to listen to the narrator.


    What didn’t you like about Gildart Jackson’s performance?

    Jackson has an extremely irritating voice and he practically screams his way through the story. It reminds me of when I was a child and we would stage plays for our neighbours and families. The evil person had always seemed to try to achieve this high pitched, bossy, condescending and self important attitude.


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

    I couldn't possibly sit through a whole evening listening to this.


    Any additional comments?

    I actually liked the writing, it was an entertaining bit of fluff, but the narrator gave me a headache! I swear I will cringe whenever hear the name Anne for the rest of my life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Preternatural Affairs, Books 1-3: Witch Hunt, Silver Bullet, and Hotter Than Helltown

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By SM Reine
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (23)

    My name's Cesar Hawke. I'm a witch working for a division of the government you've never heard about. The world's not what everyone thinks it is - unless you think that our world's a pawn in a game of chess between Heaven and Hell, and riddled with as much magic and wonder as it is with evil. In that case, the world is exactly what you think. My place of employment - the Office of Preternatural Affairs - takes a modern approach to an ages-old problem.

    Dianne says: "Bad, "it was a dark and stormy night" bad"
    "Bad, "it was a dark and stormy night" bad"
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    Would you try another book from SM Reine and/or Jeffrey Kafer?

    No


    Has Preternatural Affairs, Books 1-3 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Hi did his best but he was working with a sophomorphic piece of crap.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration! The author needs a dictionary! If you are going to use a poultice in your story you could at least look it up and find out how it is used! You don't eat a poultice. It was disappointing because I spend good money buying books and it's an investment in someone's writing career when I do. This author did not live up to his end of the bargain. Tired cliches, using words he didn't understand, using every scatological word in the English language whether they were called for or not, total lack of character development etc., etc., etc. what terrible writing!


    Any additional comments?

    "Praise Allah", "
    "Yeah, baby it's me"
    "The room spun around me"
    This is the best this author could come up with?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (765)

    In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are 36 bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again.

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable, but not my favorite"
    "Good story, if a tad predictable"
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    Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and/or Jonathan Marosz?

    Perhaps. I enjoyed the tale although this one seems to be a bit formulaic in that certain characters have been reanimated from the previous volume in the series under new names. They all seem to be caricatures of the bumbling overweight dumb cop, that have become too plentiful in this kind of story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the museum descriptions even though they do jump the shark from time to time.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator has a good voice, however he mispronounces a number of words that he should have gotten right. They certainly aren't that obscure.


    Could you see The Cabinet of Curiosities being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yeah, it would be another in a long line of movies with similar story lines.


    Any additional comments?

    A fair bit of fluff for entertainment, not overly intelligent or challenging, but a time passer while doing other things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (617)

    Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Epic Fantasy"
    "Great story, horrible sound effects"
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    Where does The Magic of Recluce rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's definitely in the top 25% of the 700 or so books I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a unique story. When you listen to as many books as I do, after a while they seem formulaic. This tale was a refreshingly different story


    What does Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I didn't care much for his reading style to begin with but he came to sound right for the part. I absolutely hated his sound effects though, the crow sounds and the pony sounds were extremely irritating. I almost gave up on the book because they were so loud and obnoxious.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoyed the whole story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brian P. Easton
    • Narrated By Basil Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    It takes more than silver bullets to kill a werewolf. Sylvester James knows what it is to be haunted. His mother died giving birth to him and his father never let him forget it; until the night he was butchered by a werewolf - the night a full moon ruined his life.

    jonny0z0 says: "Interestingly dark , but maybe a bit much ?"
    "Wow, this was surprisingly good"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but if the first hour or so is any indication I'm not sure I would have continued to read. I'm so glad I was listening instead. I was working and listening to the story and before I knew it, I was hooked solidly and completely.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter?

    There were so many memorable moments, but I think the internment camp and subsequent escape were the most memorable. This really defined the main character in ways that make his actions later in the book much more understandable.


    Have you listened to any of Basil Sands’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I've never listened to him before. As I mentioned earlier, if I was basing my opinion on the first hour or so, I would not have been impressed. He gives the narration the inflection that the story requires and I would definitely buy more books narrated by him. My only fault is his mispronunciation of a few place and people names (such as Jimenez).


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment in the woods where he was brought to the Mexican in the old car.


    Any additional comments?

    Most pleasant surprise! This book does not waste time with stupid romantic sidelines, it's gritty, rough, and sometimes even bordering on scary but it is a great study of what it is to be a human being and how even good people can do bad things. Makes you want to have a closer look at your own morality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Evil: Krewe of Hunters Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (288)

    Emerging from the bayou like an apparition, Donegal Plantation is known for its unsurpassed dining, captivating atmosphere, haunting legends... and now a corpse swinging from the marble angel that marks its cemetery’s most majestic vault. A corpse discovered in nearly the same situation as that of Marshall Donegal, the patriarch killed in a skirmish just before the Civil War. Desperate for help traditional criminologists could never provide, plantation heiress Ashley Donegal turns to an elite team of paranormal investigators who blend hard forensics with rare intuition.

    Jennifer says: "Storytelling at its best!"
    "Trashy Romance"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It might be of interest to fans of sparkley vampire stories or teenage romances.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    My next book is going to have more story, real characters who indulge in less female swooning and no men answering doors naked except for a towel.


    What three words best describe Luke Daniels’s performance?

    He's a great narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I like the narrator, unfortunately not enough to finish this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Take a pass, this book is not worth a credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orphanage: Jason Wander, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert Buettner
    • Narrated By Adam Epstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    Mankind's first alien contact tears into Earth: Projectiles launched from Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, vaporize whole cities. Under siege, humanity gambles on one desperate counterstrike. In a spacecraft scavenged from scraps and armed with Vietnam-era weapons, foot soldiers like 18-year-old Jason Wander-orphans that no one will miss-must dare man's first interplanetary voyage and invade Ganymede. They have one chance to attack, one ship to attack with. Their failure is our extinction.

    Professor says: "A bit Childish and simple but good"
    "worst narrator EVER!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The narrator is so bad the half the time you can't understand him.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Orphanage?

    Couldn't begin to tell you. The story wasn't bad but the narration sucked.


    How could the performance have been better?

    the narrator puts the emphasis on the wrong words, adds emphasis where it doesn't belong, and reads in the same tone of voice throughout the book as if every word was the most important in the whole book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Orphanage?

    if I could hear this story read by someone who could actually read I might be able to answer this. Every scene was as unimportant as every other scene.


    Any additional comments?

    a new narrator might make a difference but this guy makes buying this book a total waste of money, in I addition to making it one of the most irritating books ever. I gave the story three stars because the story was compelling enough to keep me listening for quite a while before I had to give up due to the irritating narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Fearless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3818)
    Performance
    (2638)
    Story
    (2667)

    Outnumbered by the superior forces and firepower of the Syndicate Worlds, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous retreat across the enemy star system. Led by the legendary Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, the Alliance is desperately trying to return home with its captured prize: the key to the Syndic hypernet, and the key to victory.

    Jean says: "The lost fleet: fearless"
    "Repetitive"
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    Would you try another book from Jack Campbell and/or Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell ?

    I've listened to three of the books in the "Lost Fleet" series and though it was an interesting series to begin with, by the third book I've become pretty bored hearing the same reminders about time lags over and over and over. I've even read one of the second Lost Fleet series, but it's pretty much the same as the first. Same battles, same story lines, same boring reminders about time lag.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jack Campbell? Why or why not?

    I might listen to another sometime, but for now I can't even remember what book I'm reading because they are all starting to sound the same.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance is very good. The narrator even seems to sound interested in what he's reading. I would definitely listen to his reading again.


    Do you think The Lost Fleet: Fearless needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No! I think the whole series could have been much shorter if the repetitions were omitted. It's not just the repetition in the time lag, it's repetitive in describing the enemy of the moment, it's repetitive in the battle scenes. After a while you just don't care anymore.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been reading Science Fiction for about 50 years now, and I always go into a new tale with optimism. I can forgive a lot of "shark jumping" but I can't forgive an author for treating me like an idiot. I don't need to be reminded over and over again about the same thing. Make a point then move on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp: A Mindspace Investigations Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alex Hughes
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (261)

    As a Level Eight telepath, I am the best police interrogator in the department. But I’m not a cop - I never will be - and my only friend on the force, Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino, is avoiding me because of a telepathic link I created by accident. And I might not even be an interrogator for much longer. Our boss says unless I pull out a miracle, I’ll be gone before Christmas. I need this job, damn it. It’s the only thing keeping me sane.

    Dianne says: "great story, I can't wait for number 3"
    "great story, I can't wait for number 3"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sharp the most enjoyable?

    The narrator has one of the most pleasant voices I've heard yet in an audio book. The story is unique, something seldom seen these days in sci-fi-fantasy books. I loved every minute of these two novels by Alex Hughes and I can't wait for more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adam, the main character is a flawed, guilt ridden individual who is desperately trying to stay on the right path but life gets too much for him and he decides to go astray. However, fate seems to have other plans for him and he just keeps putting one foot in front of the other. His demons do come back to haunt him from time to time though.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel May – was your favorite?

    Adam of course.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Schwartz is in the hospital and Adam realizes how important this man is to his survival, and his sanity.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the book and the narrator.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden City: The House War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Michelle West
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (112)

    Orphaned and left to fend for herself in the slums of Averalaan, Jewel Markess - Jay to her friends - meets an unlikely savior in Rath, a man who prowls the ruins of the undercity in search of artifacts and treasure. Nursing Jay back to health is an unusual act for a man who renounced his own family long ago, and the situation becomes stranger still when Jay begins to form a den of other rescued children in Rath’s home. But worse perils lurk beneath the slums....

    Richard says: "An unexpected gem."
    "could use a good editor"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would edit this book down until it was about half the length. It is a decent story but the writer seems to be beating the reader over the head with every concept. The ideas are repeated, revised, regurgitated, and reanimated like a boring but insistent school teacher.


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

    Edit at least four hours of regurgitated concepts out of it. At times I think the writer forgets that the reader has been reading the book and starts to write it over and over again.


    What didn’t you like about Eva Wilhelm’s performance?

    Her reading improves as the story progresses but at first its like someone reading a phone book.


    Could you see The Hidden City being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I wouldn't care who the stars were, I've wasted enough of my life with this story already.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful

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