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Diane

Diane

LOXAHATCHEE, FLORIDA, United States | Member Since 2011

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HELPFUL VOTES
14

  • The Orchardist

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Amanda Coplin
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (389)

    At the turn of the 20th century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion.

    Marcia says: "Beautiful, rich, sweeping tale, not a fairy tale."
    "Grammar?"
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    Wow, this was like reading a rough draft or something. Review written by Erica nailed it perfectly. Use a pronoun or use a name. Both? Repeatedly? Absolutely horrible. If the story was really great perhaps one could overlook this. It is not. Seriously, didn't anyone proofread this before printing? Ugh!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Spilled Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (179)

    Linked by the Spirit River, the two towns couldn’t be more different: in affluent Barron, a powerful and secretive scientific research corporation enriches its residents, while downriver in blue-collar St. Croix, victims of that company’s carcinogenic waste struggle to survive. The bad blood between the communities escalates into open warfare when the beautiful Ashlynn, daughter of the corporation’s president, is found shot dead—and a St. Croix girl, Olivia Hawk, is accused of the crime.

    cristina says: "Excellent story"
    "Simply awful"
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    Can not believe that Brian Freeman wrote this. I have not one good thing to say about this. Besides having had it figured out in the first couple of hours, it is like watching a really bad Lifetime movie. Extremely disappointed after reading his other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "Don't make my mistake!"
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    I bought this book a long time ago and quit listening a couple of hours into it. Mainly I couldn't get past Owen Meany's voice! It sat in my library forever and I kept seeing the great reviews it was getting so I told myself to try it again and stick with it....and this is by far the best audiobook I have listened to. Absolutely incredible in every way. Funny thing is I can't imagine reading it instead of listening to it because...Owen Meany's voice! It was perfect!

    I will listen to this one many times over and cherish it more each time. SO much more to this book than I realized. My first John Irving book. I will now listen to his others but I can't imagine any others being better than this. Phenomenal.

    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
    (15337)
    Performance
    (13593)
    Story
    (13623)

    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!"
    "Great story...worst ending EVER"
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    I almost quit on this after the first third of the story. So glad I stuck with it. Sick and twisted and dark isn't what I care for but I tried it after reading all the hype. I get the hype. Great story keeps you engaged, once you see what's going on, but of all possible endings, this was the worst one. Can't take away a star for that though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duet

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kimberley Freeman
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (180)

    From the London pop scene, to the opera stages of Europe; from a tiny Greek island, to a stifling manor house full of secrets and deceptions; from the sun-drenched Queensland coast, to the silent outback; Angela and Ellie are two women both looking for something. One in search of her identity and her memory; the other in search of the love that she had and lost; theirs is a duet whose last note will not be sung until the heart-stopping climax, when a shadow from the past returns to claim them both.

    A User says: "Gosh that was a great story!"
    "WOW"
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    What a great story! Amazing that for such a long book I never once found myself losing interest or getting bored. Each character was interesting and well developed. Tied up well at the end. Another great narration by Caroline Lee.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Place of Secrets: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rachel Hore
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (160)

    Auction house appraiser Jude leaves London for her dream job at Starbrough Hall, an estate in the countryside, examining and pricing the manuscripts and instruments of an 18th-century astronomer. She is welcomed by Chantal Wickham, and Jude feels close to the old woman at once. Hard times have forced the Wickham family to sell the astronomer's work, their land, and with it, the timeworn tower that lies nearby. Jude's arrival brings a host of childhood memories. She meets Euan, a famed writer and naturalist who lives in the cottage at the foot of the tower, where Jude's grandfather once lived.

    MissSusie66 says: "Great Story..Great Narration"
    "didn't finish it"
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    I can't really say the story itself was bad because I didn't finish it. Couldn't get past the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2798)
    Performance
    (2402)
    Story
    (2412)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "FANTASTIC!!!!!!"
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    I was so in love with The Forgotten Garden I got Kate Morton's other books and was less than thrilled. When this one came out I was apprehensive. I am SO glad I got it. It's actually better than The Forgotten Garden.

    Written in the same style, the characters are perfectly developed, as is the story. Great story, perfect narration. A great read that I was so sorry to see end. Just perfect!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Christopher Graybill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    From its opening scene, when hero cop Brian Remy wakes up to find he's shot himself in the head, novelist Jess Walter takes us on a harrowing tour of a city and a country shuddering through the aftershocks of a devastating terrorist attack. As the smoke slowly clears, Remy finds that his memory is skipping, lurching between moments of lucidity and days when he doesn't seem to be living his own life at all.

    Dawn says: "Wow ..."
    "I don't get it"
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    I had just finished Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter and was blown away. I immediately bought this because I was so impressed by the author's writing style. I really wanted to like this. It is well written, but it's just not for me. Didn't even finish listening. I will definitely try another Jess Walter book though.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6679)
    Performance
    (4661)
    Story
    (4646)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Almost as good as The Help"
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    I bought this book after finishing The Help. I saw Bahni Turpin listed as a narrator and I enjoyed her so much in The Help. Other reviewers compared this book to The Help. I find it hard to compare the two. It is such a different set of circumstances from a different era.
    Sad story but a good one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5689)
    Performance
    (4922)
    Story
    (4916)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Perfect"
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    I would never have bought this book had it not been for the Audible recommendation and the great reviews. Best decision ever. Absolutely perfect in every way. Narration was stellar and the story was beautifully written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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