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Diane

Wolcott, CT, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (858)
    Story
    (856)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    Old Hippy says: "Absolutely Terrific!"
    "Totally engrossing story...."
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    Where does Chiefs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's up near the top. It had all the elements of great story telling, it presented atmosphere, characters and a story line that wove through multiple levels.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Will Henry, the first chief won my heart right from the start.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was very involved in the story line, as I loved the homespun quality of the setting.


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  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1783)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (828)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "Finally the REAL story...and it's chilling!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Columbine to be better than the print version?


    I always find the audio version more intense, and in a story such as this it's even more effective.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Columbine?

    I found it a revelation that the boys were not outcasts, nor abused or neglected or in any other way victims themselves, it was the central point of the tale. They were just evil - amoral and incapable of real compassion. They don't deserve our compassion, people like this need to be channeled and restrained for the good of society. If we can identify them early and accept what they are we (society as a whole) might find a use for them but if not, they should be destroyed or contained before they destroy others.
    Is sociopathy another type of birth defect? We wouldn't let a blind person drive a car, and we shouldn't let a sociopath free in our school system.
    I know this is harsh, but isn't what they did to the kids they went to school with, and the community at large harsh also? They left scars on their country and what's worse, they wanted to leave scars. The ultimate victory may belong to Eric and Dylan.


    What about Don Leslie’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Leslie read the story without undue drama. The story itself was the drama and his cool demeanor enhanced the effect.


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

    I was moved by everything the victims and their survivors suffered and the heroic way some of them coped, but mostly I was so sorry for the boys' parents, who were vilified and crucified and as blameless as any of the other victims. Their boys used them without mercy. And they and the people they sought out to help were completely beyond their depth dealing with the reality of these kids.


    Any additional comments?

    It's hard to describe the chilling effect of finding out these were ordinary kids, at least on the surface, that their parents were involved and caring and administered discipline in accepted manner and were struggling to keep them on track. It was scary too, to know the entire thing might have been prevented if the police had acted sooner, or if the counselors had been more experienced with antisocial behavior and been able to recognize what they were dealing with - they were involved in plenty of time to sideline the ultimate outcome but totally failed to recognize the depth of the psychopathic disease festering in these boys.

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  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1275)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (702)

    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Ann says: "Excellent story, terrific narrator."
    "I've discovered A new author to follow...."
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    What other book might you compare Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter to and why?

    I felt a little James Lee Burke in this story, only not as graphically violent as Burke can be. Lyrical descriptions and evolving characters kept the story moving and insightful. The descriptions of the places were evocative and detailed but not overdone. The story flowed, giving a sense of the place and the events as they developed through the years.

    The personalities resonated with truth, they were not overdrawn into caricatures but fleshed out to become real. The story left just enough to the imagination to seem like they were actual. Even the parts not resolved had a ring of truth. As will all really good stories you didn't want the book to end. I wanted to know how Larry and Silas made out after the dust had settled.

    Definitely worth the time to read!


    What about Kevin Kenerly’s performance did you like?

    He sounded like the real deal, he was Silas, and he added the right amount of emphasis without overdoing it. Easy voice to listen to and never overly emotive, as some audio performers can be.


    If you could take any character from Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Angie, the girlfriend, although a minor character I'd like to here her side of Silas's evolution!


    Any additional comments?

    I was impressed and delighted by the depth of the characters and the ease of weaving the past and the present. This is truly a gifted writer and I'll be looking for more of his books in the future!

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  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2911)
    Performance
    (2590)
    Story
    (2592)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "How about the UNLIKELY EPITHANY OF HAROLD FRY?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like character-driven stories that slowing chip away the outer shell of a person and reveal the soft inner core this is a story you will enjoy. No astounding action, no breath-taking plot. A simple walk undertaken by a simple man for a simple reason. And all the pieces carefully woven together to form the story of Harold Fry and his little family.
    This is the kind of story that has your mind wandering back to it and rethinking it for weeks after. I didn't quite buy the ending, maybe a little too trite for this otherwise unique piece of writing. I'll look forward to more Rachel Joyce books in the future.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harold, of course, everyone else was adjunct to him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the scene where the doctor is caring for Harold's feet. So much gentle humanity and from a character not likely to show this side to just anyone.


    If you could rename The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, what would you call it?

    The reconciliation of Harold Fry, although I think Pilgrimage is a better choice.


    Any additional comments?

    I sincerely enjoyed this, the struggles to do this ridiculous thing, walk 500 miles to be at the deathbed of Queenie....it's extraordinary and mundane all at the same time. Well done story that slowly peels away the years of pain and suffering covering the Fry family's wounds to show the painful truths and enduring love inside each of them.

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  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3881)
    Performance
    (3276)
    Story
    (3259)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "Another out-of-park hit for Grisham!"
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    Would you listen to The Racketeer again? Why?

    Page by page Grisham weaves a story that intrigues and entangles the reader. Who is the good guy? Who is the bad guy? You can't help but laugh out loud as a few of the plot twists and turns are revealed. Well crafted tale from one of today's masters and he lives up to his reputation with this must-read story!


    What about J.D. Jackson’s performance did you like?

    perfectly done! Great modulation without undue emphasis that might have led the listener to draw a conclusion. I will be seeking more of Mr. Jackson's readings in the future.


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

    yes, but I didn't. I took it over the course of a few days, eagerly returning to it whenever I could.


    Any additional comments?

    Just exactly what I want when I pick up a Grisham book!

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  • The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. L. Stedman
    • Narrated By Noah Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1192)
    Performance
    (1052)
    Story
    (1034)

    In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

    Sandra says: "Wonderful story.....terrible narrator."
    "Outstanding story, not so much the performance"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, because the story is so good and the characters so vivid and sympathetic


    What other book might you compare The Light Between Oceans to and why?

    Maybe Sophie's Choice, it was that sad.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    This narrator was very hard to understand, his accent was a bit too much and his volume was low ( I mean his projection, I guess)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Be Careful What You Wish for....


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very sad love story, a nearly perfect love torn apart because of the man's need to give her all she ever wanted. Be careful what you wish for - there is always a price to be paid. In this story it was paid by everyone.
    I loved it though and look forward to the author's next endeavor. I'll be there waiting for it!

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  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2946)
    Performance
    (2585)
    Story
    (2589)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    Marci says: "I Miss Her"
    "Everything it's cracked up to be...."
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    Would you listen to Wild again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen to it again, it's a magnifcent story of self discovery and growth and it's true and you know it's true which makes it an actual inspirational experience. I wish I were still in my 20s or 30s or 40s or even 50s, I do this. In fact, I might do it anyway, just in short intervals and probably with a companion.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her exposure of her grief and the coming to terms with her mother and her mother's shortcomings. This was so incredibly real, and universal. We all have to undergo a sea change in our lives that brings our parents into focus, if they die too soon it's so much harder to get there. I felt badly for cheryl but I didn't pity her, I found her facinating.


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

    Yes, she is a favorite of mine. She modulates well and expresses without overdoing. Some readers can inject too much of their own feelings into a reading and this takes away from my own reactions. Bernadette doesn't do this. I love her voice.


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

    no, I wanted to think about Cheryl's journey from one listen to another, sometimes replaying a section, to get the full extent. How brave she was! But brave in that naivee way we can be when we don't fully appreciate what we're getting ourselves into!


    Any additional comments?

    Some people won't find this at all interesting, the story of a girl walking. But I loved it and I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in self exploration and self actualization. If you aren't there yet, wait until you are. It's worth the read!

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  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3081)
    Performance
    (2508)
    Story
    (2478)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "You Can Count on Harry for a good read!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Drop to be better than the print version?

    I don't have a good answer for that since I only listened to the audiobook, but I'd rather read it than not indulge at all! I just love audiobooks though, they are the perfect activity for long otherwise boring drives, for mindless household tasks (like folding laundry or washing dishes or as in my case painting walls!)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Drop?

    I can't chose one, the story wound itself out, I love the parts that make Harry human, the tough guy raising a daughter and glimpses into his home life add so much to the overall story. But chose one moment? Can't do it.


    Any additional comments?

    Connelly knows how to flesh out his characters, they become real people with real motivations. Harry is a favorite of mine and I love him even more as he ages in these stories, he has his own life, his own reality to me. That's Connelly's talent, to take the 2 dimensional and make it live.

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  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4503)
    Performance
    (1979)
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    (1970)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "I was reluctant..."
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    What did you love best about Room?

    the story pulled me in...I didn't really feel compelled to read it, it was on the best seller list for ages before I gave in and I found the child's voice to be a little too precious at first, but then the story started to draw me into it and then it gripped me and I found all the characters to be very engaging and life like.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hands down I loved 'MA' and also Grandma, so very real I felt they were my friends - I wanted to give them a cup of herbal tea and a shoulder to cry on...they did right by this little boy in a harrowing experience. they felt that real to me!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Well done, by all the performers, especially the child,


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    'There's no place like ROOM'


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I invested in this book, and I'd recommend it to everyone, just give it a chance to draw you in and then take the ride...it's a unique story with a unique point of view that will stay with you for quite awhile.

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  • Faceless Killers: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (371)

    It was a crime of senseless violence. On a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer was bludgeoned to death, his wife left to die with a noose around her neck. As if this didn't present enough problems for Ystad police inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word, his only tangible clue, were foreign. If publicized, they could be the match that would inflame Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments.

    Joanna says: "A new favorite detective series!"
    "Not Quite...."
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    Would you try another book from Henning Mankell and/or Dick Hill?

    Not as intriguing as Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and this writer is compared to Stieg Larrson but this novel at least doesn't come close to that. It's a good listen, though the characters just aren't as appealing, I didn't find myself unable to stop listening. Just in the middle of the pack, not overly good or bad.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    didn't have one, that was the problem, none of them caught my imagination or inspired my symphathy.....


    What aspect of Dick Hill’s performance would you have changed?

    He has a unique way of phrasing that I often found disquieting, it's as if he runs out of breath.


    Could you see Faceless Killers being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I will try later novels by this writer but I don't see him reaching the same level as Stieg Larrson. It's unlike I'll eagerly await his next book as I do with my favorites!

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