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Diane

joliet, IL, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Tale of Despereaux

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kate DiCamillo
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (110)

    This is the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in darkness but covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl with a simple, impossible wish. These characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and ultimately, into each other's lives.

    Ann says: "Flawless!"
    "A Grandmothers must have"
    Overall

    I found this to be an enchanting Fairytale. The characters are charming and noble, the story is written in a way to cause suspense, and the morals true. Very delightful and inviting, this was a fun break from heavier books with a sweet light heartedness that appealed to me as an adult. I enjoyed the narrators style and learned a lot from listening to how he handled the various characters. After listening to this Newberry Medal author, I went right out and purchased the hard cover version to read aloud to my own grandchildren.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Life

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Bill Clinton
    Overall
    (1715)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (261)

    President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public. It is the fullest, most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written, and a testament to the positive impact on America and on the world of his work and his ideals.

    Drayton says: "Less than I expected"
    "The Dog Ate My Homework"
    Overall

    I have to admit, I wasn't a big fan of this former president. I just didn't get him, I mean... a picture of Elvis on the airplane? But after listening to this book, I have gotten to see him better and have decided that I was right. I don't get him. I tend to be drawn to biographies of people who have received public attention. Those we hear of and have formed strong opinions about. It is always fascinating to listen to a person describe their own strengths and weaknesses. The reason they write their biography is usually to take me into a side of their life I might not have seen and facts I might not have been privileged to. I really wanted to understand this man and the truths of his thought process and the whole Monica thing. Unfortunately, his book reveals him as a whiner and excuse maker. I did get a better sense of what he wanted to accomplish. The trouble is that he didn't do it. He didn't seem to give any good reason for the failure, except the press wouldn't listen to me. Isn't that akin to "The dog ate my homework"? I wasn't aware he had attended such prestigious schools; he doesn't seem to use those skills in public speaking situations. I got the impression that a major portion of the work was from a ghost writer. As a biography it did its job I think, showed me the man as he wanted to be remembered. It just a shame that the man didn't have more to make him memorable.

    3 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7048)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1837)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Like a Bag of Chips!!"
    Overall

    With this much attention, I just had to listen and I'm very glad I did. This isn't my typical kind of read, but I found it a great distraction. A good, long listen that kept me driving and from doing other things. The story drew me in and kept me listening. I enjoyed all the seemingly factual references to known places and art work. I really felt it gave the book 'good bones' to stand on. Several references actually started me searching the internet for accuracy. Simply remembering that this is a work of fiction kept me from becoming emotional about any attack of church or religion. I did find the fiction addicting and plan on listening to the other book (Angels and Demons) by this author. I also commend the narrator for carrying a very long, accent ridden book so well. Some narrators become a third party to the story, this one did not. I guess the most important thing to remember is that it is FICTION and as much fun as a bag of potato chips. Not really great for the body, but a fun break once in a while and VERY addicting!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A House in the Sunflowers: Living the Dream in the South of France

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ruth Silvestre
    • Narrated By Ruth Silvestre
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In 1976, in the Lot-et-Garonne region of southwest France, Ruth Silvestre and her family found Bel-Air de Grezelongue, a house that had been left, deserted, and uninhabited for 10 years. They fell in love with it.

    Diane says: "A Slow Easy Holiday"
    "A Slow Easy Holiday"
    Overall

    This is a slow easy tale of a couple who purchase an old french property as a summer/holiday get away. Through the years, they face the rebuilding of the house and grounds while growing familiar with their neighbors and townsfolk.

    While not a Peter Mayle fast paced journey, this is a nice soft diary of the process told in a slow, easy fashion. The style of the book doesn?t scream of a paid author who makes a living at writing, but more of a casual telling befitting a summer holiday.

    I, in love with all things French, found it a sweet, slow diversion. Not at all unpleasant, but no major awards, this read would be best described as a lazy holiday. Just what the doctor ordered!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2697)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1210)

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "Delighful Common Sence"
    Overall

    Not what I had expected at first, this little book draws you in. The culture was refreshingly new, and made me search for other books covering life in Africa which are hard to find. The challenges Mma Ramotswe faces as she begins her new life are not that different than other women, those of love found and lost, career, and aloneness. But I was left with a sense of accomplished and determination that all things are possible if you will only persevere and belief. I would consider this more fictional biography than mystery and as such, a great essay into common sense and fairness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter Mayle
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Armed with knife, fork, and corkscrew, Peter Mayle travels to every corner of France. From bouillabaisse to escargot, here is all the glory and pleasure of the French table in the most satisfying audiobook. Bon app├ętit!

    Diane says: "Delightful"
    "Delightful"
    Overall

    What fun. This book sent be reaching for my travel planner and wishing I too could enjoy all the local festivals and food fairs deep in the French countryside. Peter Mayle writes with wit and joy as usual and lives the life I dream of. A great look into the little known side of the France I love and the food I crave. Mayle makes the simple life the French enjoy one to be craved. Tres Bon!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2611)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (380)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "A great Listen"
    Overall

    Some could consider this book hard to start, with the changing rhythm and timelines, but as a listener I became comfortable with the writing style quickly. I really enjoyed the pretense of the wife knowing her husband from her youth even though he didn't know her when he finally met her as a woman. The characters are endearing and the situations the main character finds himself in are amusing. This isn't a book with a deep life changing message, but rather one that draws the listener into a love affair between to somewhat ordinary people. A fun listen for sure.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (2610)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (358)

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "What Makes a Great Audible Book"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this writer's style. The detail that she adds to each scene is amazing and she brings the characters to life in a way resembling a motion picture. With such dedication to details she 'draws' a complete picture of their lives, surrounds and emotions. You can't help living the story with its characters. I did not feel like I was observing them as much as I was a part of them. The main character, Lily, was drafted with an eye to detail that brought me back to my youth showing the feelings and emotions of an awakening adolescent, the struggle to be loved, and the necessary sorting of childish memories into mature facts.

    The narration was splendid and could better be stated as a performance. All in all a wonderful experience and the reason we choose audible books. A great read that is well told!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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