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Diana

Perris, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Bones Are Forever: A Temperance Brennan Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (385)

    Temperance Brennan has been asked to examine the corpses of three dead babies in Montreal. It’s a difficult assignment, complicated further by the fact that her long-time flame Detective Ryan is investigating the infants’ mother, a former (and possibly current) prostitute. When the woman flees to Edmonton, the investigation is joined by Royal Canadian Mounted Police sergeant with whom Tempe had an ill-advised fling over a decade earlier. The dissonant team heads to remotest Yellowknife - mining country - to pursue an ever more sinister trail.

    Linda says: "Temperance Brennan lives up to my expectations"
    "WOW-one of the best in a while"
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    There isn't a Tempe book I don't like, but some are better than others. This is one of them. Went by way too fast. I especially like the stories that stay in Quebec but this one venturing out to Western Canada was great. Bringing in the little mentioned First Nation's People and the rape of the world by billion dollar companies.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Town: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (172)

    Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt, she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind (and a brother and uncle already on the force) - a strategy meant to isolate Kate and Maggie from the action.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Outstanding, Gutsy Crime Novel Read by a Master"
    "Thank god its over-worst Karin Slaughter book ever"
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    What would have made Cop Town better?

    Not being written


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not one with these characters. I have always like Karin Slaughters book, purchased the day they came out, but this one well................


    Which character – as performed by Kathleen Early – was your favorite?

    None of them but if I had to pick the best of the worst it would be Kate


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

    The whole book. I only read mysteries and thrillers-cop procedurals etc. THere is always an element of hatred or bigotry in all them (part of the genre) but Slaughter but every single prejudice she could think of in one book. It was a bit much.


    Any additional comments?

    It was hard to find any redeeming quality in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (96)

    When 13-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare. The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him.

    Janice says: "Fire on the Mountain"
    "Good Story, twist i didn't see coming"
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    Would you listen to Those Who Wish Me Dead again? Why?

    Maybe, but not right away


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jace/Conner (since i listened and didnt read I hope I am spelling correctly)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the second brother got his surprise-don't want a spoiler alert here ;)


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

    When Conner heard Hannah


    Any additional comments?

    I am a horse person. I have also been to that exact area of Montana in June 2000. No horse person I know would have taken a horse with an injury like Tango had out at all much less in those circumstances. Similar to any animal that has not exercised in 3 months, muscle weakens. He wasn't walked around at all. His muscle mass, tendons, ligaments and just plain stamina would have greatly reduced. having been in that exact area I know for a fact there are dozens of ranches that have horses, ride-able horses. If Alison and Ethan had lived there that long, been embedded in the community, there would have been any number of people that would have let them borrow 2 TWO horses. I dont feel that the author researched this area of his story thoroughly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1175)
    Performance
    (1099)
    Story
    (1094)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    Crystal says: "A Yawner"
    "BEST BOOK I'VE LISTENED TO IN AWHILE"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Silkworm to be better than the print version?

    Hard to compare since I have not read print version. Especially with non-US authors or books set abroad I feel the audio is much better because of the accent and slang. This narrator is amoung the best I have ever listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Strike of course! Robin is right there in 2nd place


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    FLAWLESS. His transition between characters was smooth. Easy to differentiate between the characters. Just flawless


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

    Not sure about moved but I loved the car scene where Robin avoids the accident with her superb driving skills. Although I think she is too subservient to Matthew the author certainly gives her stand out scenes that are perfect for a strong female character to help prove her 'worthiness'. I love that Strike is getting her training


    Any additional comments?

    Its quite clear that Rowling aka Galbraith was not a one-hit-wonder with the Harry Potter series. the first Strike book was great but this one is even better. Its long at 17+ hours but it is such a smooth listen you don't notice it. It took that long to build the story and the characters. I cant wait for the 3rd installment of Strike!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Criminal Enterprise

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Owen Laukkanen
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    From the outside, Carter Tomlin's life looked perfect: a big house, pretty wife, two kids - a St. Paul success story. But Tomlin has a secret. He's lost his job, the bills are mounting, and that perfect life is hanging by a thread. Desperate, he robs a bank. Then he robs another. As the red flags start to go up, FBI Special Agent Carla Windermere homes in on Tomlin from one direction, while Minnesota state investigator Kirk Stevens picks up the trail from another.

    Richard Delman says: "Laukkanen & Ballerini have everything."
    "ok read not as good as first book"
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    this is second in series, The Professionals being the first, which was a smoother read , better story line, although they both pretty far fetched. Same narrator but it wasnt as good as the first one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (635)

    A young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star - a pentagram, the devil’s star. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work. A wave of similar murders is on the horizon....

    J.R. says: "New Steig Larsson? Hah! The new Raymond Chandler!"
    "TERRIBLE NARRATOR"
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    Why don't the authors and the producers of these audio production tell the narrators how to pronounce their characters names!?!?!?! Of why don't the narrators do their homework?!?!?! Can't stand to listen when the narrator pronounces the main characters name wrong every single time. Harry Hole (who-la) is a cop so most people call him by his last name

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Collusion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (161)

    Jack Lennon is a Detective Inspector trying to track down his former lover, Marie McKenna, and their daughter -- but his superiors tell him to back off. Bull O'Kane is a bitter old man who will stop at nothing for vengeance. The Traveller is an assassin without pity or remorse, who stalks Belfast, tying up loose ends. Forced into the center of it all is former IRA paramilitary Gerry Fegan, who must confront his past -- and The Traveller -- for the fight of his life.

    Moku says: "Gripping Irish noir"
    "Love Gerard Doyle Reading"
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    Great follow up to The Ghosts of Belfast which was fantastic. I love the way the little girl Ellen has 'the gift' but in a different context than Fegan. Sorry it had to end. Definitely these 2 books are worth a 2nd and 3rd read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death on a High Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (469)

    On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration"
    "stayed with it to find out whodunit"
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    It was a bit tedious, the narrator almost put me to sleep several times. For a lawyer the main character is pretty stupid. stuck with it to find out who dun it, even though it was pretty obvious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Birdman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Damien Goodwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    Birdman showcases Hayder at her spine-tingling best as beloved series character Jack Caffery tracks down a terrifying serial killer. In his first case as lead investigator with London's crack murder squad, Detective Jack Caffery is called on to investigate the murder of a young woman whose body has been discovered near the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, southeast London.

    Amazon Customer says: "Graphic, that seemed a little gratuitous."
    "My first for this author"
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    Was recommended to this author by friend. Story was ok-nothing terribly unique-just another freaking sicko. The narrators was ok. my biggest issue was the time spacing. In a handheld book , in a chapter where there are breaks to change the scene or people that break is obvious- in an audio book it is the narrator and the director that determine that correct pause. This was the biggest issue with this book. You are listening and all of a sudden you realize you are hearing about a totally different character or scenario but there was no or way too short of a pause, so short its unrecognizable.

    It wasn't so bad I wouldn't listen to the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Absent One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (673)

    In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....

    Judith Baker says: "New favorite author"
    "Best one of his so far"
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    Where does The Absent One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is up there for certain. Really like Assad (not sure if spelled correctly since I was listening and not reading print). Can't wait til we find out more about his past


    What other book might you compare The Absent One to and why?

    Well any detective novel. Most of the good ones are about flawed detectives and how their past influences how they work a case or even which cases they deem important.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Spoiler Alert - when Kimmie accomplishes her task.


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

    WOW good question. WHERE IS NORDIC PETA WHEN YOU NEED THEM!


    Any additional comments?

    Although Kimmie was 'a bad person' she had so many evils done to her that you still rooted for her to get justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Morning I'll Be Gone: Troubles Trilogy, Book 3 (Detective Sean Duffy, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (369)

    It's the early 1980s in Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze prison. In the course of his investigations, Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot's whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside.

    B.J. says: "Great conclusion to a terrific trilogy."
    "Over too fast"
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    Would you try another book from Adrian McKinty and/or Gerard Doyle?

    YES, I have and would again to both. LOVE GERARD DOYLE'S narrations


    If you’ve listened to books by Adrian McKinty before, how does this one compare?

    Lets compare to the series of Sean Duffy. I found it a bit of a let down, not quite as good as the first 2. There was one inconsistency which really bugged me: hotel room on speaker, what informant tells the 3 of them-weren't they listening?


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    First he could read a repair manual and make it interesting! His voices of all the characters is perfect. He switches from one to the other with ease. You never have a problem knowing who it is. His inflection is perfect. He truly makes Adrian McKinty's perfect


    Did In the Morning I'll Be Gone inspire you to do anything?

    to question the above mention inconsistency! I have already read all his other books


    Any additional comments?

    I felt it over too fast - not sure how to describe that though. And why does every one think this is the last of Sean Duffy? I have an inkling we will be hearing from him again and in what capacity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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