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Diana

Perris, CA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 80 reviews
  • 204 ratings
  • 495 titles in library
  • 29 purchased in 2015
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  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3198)
    Performance
    (2700)
    Story
    (2719)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "Really liking PULLER"
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    Engaging story about the horrific practice of human trafficking. No clue if these scenarios actually exist but they are more than plausible. I am really getting to like Puller. I like fictional characters that we can follow in a series: Childs' Reacher, Cornwells' Scarpetta, etc. Looking forward to the Puller adventure.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3284)
    Performance
    (2881)
    Story
    (2908)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Not as good as her Cormoran Strike series"
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    Lots of characters, maybe too many for an audio version. Hard to keep track of them. Finally get them all sorted out about 3/4 through. Had many sub plots that by the end it was just ....over. just over,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Force of Nature: A Joe Pickett Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (517)

    New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box delivers a novel starring Joe Pickett’s sidekick: fan favorite Nate Romanowski.

    In Force of Nature, trouble comes calling from Nate’s past in the Special Forces, and the colleague he once called a friend won’t stop until those who know a deadly secret are silenced. Everyone close to Nate is at risk, including Joe and his family. To save them, Nate will have to convince law-abiding Joe to finally break a few rules along the way.

    Ronna says: "Best mystery series ever----great performance of t"
    "Good to learn about Nate, but flaws through out"
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    Start right with there :SPOILER ALERT. 1st i have to say that finally learning so much about Nate was a long time coming and very welcome. BUT when in the parts that dealt with JP there are several flaws.So at 7;38 in to the book when they talk about ALL of us leaving why do they leave Sheridan out of the picture. If you thought your family was being threatened by a ruthless killer why on earth would you not take the one daughter who now lives away at college (where she was easily accessed and might not be missed right away) and who IMHO has the strongest connection to Nate. You can't reach her-call the school and have her tracked down. It makes no sense. Then there is the whole 'language/word" usage by Joe's trainee. Really JP sometimes you are dumber than a box of rocks. Even me who is from Ohio but have family on the east coast caught on to 'soda, venison'. And then there is Joe stuck in the snow smelling carbon monoxide in his truck-hey CJ carbon monoxide is odorless, some people think they smell it but they are smelling exhaust. There was more but honestly there were so many I would shake my head and stop recalling. I think those flaws are what bothered me the most about the story.

    But it was so great to get Nate background that I can absolutely recommend the book. As ALWAYS David Chandler is fabulous.

    this is first of the Joe Pickett books that i havent given 5 stars in every category

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Wind: A Joe Pickett Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (381)

    When Earl Alden is found dead, dangling from a wind turbine, it's his wife, Missy, who is arrested. Unfortunately for Joe Pickett, Missy is his mother-in- law, a woman he dislikes heartily, and now he doesn't know what to do-especially when the early signs point to her being guilty as sin. But then things happen to make Joe wonder: Is Earl's death what it appears to be? Is Missy being set up? He has the county DA and sheriff on one side, his wife on the other, his estranged friend Nate on a lethal mission of his own, and some powerful interests breathing down his neck.

    Dennis says: "Excellent, edge of my seat the whole time"
    "Love JP series but really wish he'd put the screws"
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    Well all JP stories are great. Love nate of course. There is sort of a twist at the end of this but most of us who know this particular character will see part of the end coming. Just wish Joe would grow some balls with this character, have his handy dandy recorder turned on, and put the screws to this person once for frakking all. Tried to do this without spoiler.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nowhere to Run: A Joe Pickett Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (271)

    Joe Pickett's in his last week as the temporary game warden in the town of Baggs, Wyoming, but there have been strange things going on in the mountains, and his conscience won't let him leave without checking them out: reports of camps looted, tents slashed, elk butchered. And then there's the runner who simply vanished one day. Joe doesn't mind admitting that the farther he rides, the more he wishes he could just turn around and go home.

    William says: "Exciting"
    "JP needs to go to Absaroka County with Longmire!"
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    I love Joe Pickett stories but I think the protagonist sheriff line needs to fade away. First it was Bud Barnam and now its McLanahan. There is always a real bad guy in these books why does the sheriff always have to be adversarial? It would be nice for Joe and family to move to Absaroka County (yes I know its fictional) and have Walt Longmire as Sheriff. Nate would get along great with Henry. I can picture Mary Beth and Vic chatting over lunch haha.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (855)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    K Barrett says: "Maturity is the star here"
    "Glad Never arrested in Italy in the 90's"
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    I hadn't read a legal thriller in a long time and forgot that lawyers can be long winded. Guido's summation just dragged on and on. If based on how the Italian justice system really worked in the late 90's and early 2000's It was certainly telling information how inept the Italian process was then. I found myself talking back to the book! I didn't love the book but it was entertaining. In a short time you knew most of his life's trials and tribulations. I was a bit shocked at how prejudice rears its ugly head over there. The hatred of old-school Italians against people of colour. SPOILER ALERT TO FOLLOW: I wish the story would have continued with the search for the real killer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (258)

    Former game warden Pickett is now a special agent reporting directly to the governor. With someone targeting elk hunters, Pickett must head off a potentially deadly showdown when a flamboyant anti-hunting activist rolls in to town.

    Kelly says: "Box and Chandler -- another hit!"
    "I have never been disappointed with Joe Pickett"
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    I enjoy every JP novel. THis one had me more on the edge of my seat then the others. Always make sure you start at the beginning of the series as there are always incidents that relate back to a previous book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23421)
    Performance
    (19473)
    Story
    (19458)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Twist after Twist-Definitely a great read"
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    As Rachel's memory comes back in pieces so appears the twists. Literally up to the last 10-15 minutes you aren't sure if there will another twist or not-if the truth will come out or be twisted away. The 3 narrators did a pretty good. It was easy to distinguish between the characters. Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (206)

    A 12-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of northern Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder - four men who know exactly who the children are, and where their desperate mother is waiting patiently by the phone for news of her children's fate.

    Holly Helscher says: "Interesting Mystery"
    "Not Joe Pickett but still a great read"
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    Would you listen to Blue Heaven again? Why?

    probably not. it was good but not that good


    What did you like best about this story?

    the last 90 minutes


    Which character – as performed by John Bedford Lloyd – was your favorite?

    Jess


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

    no clue


    Any additional comments?

    The last 90 minutes would have been a page turner if I was actually reading. What bothered me the most was the hispanic accent on both the latino cops. Not everyone latino has an accent. just like all irish don't speak with an accent. seemed a bit much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tomb: Repairman Jack #1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (406)

    Much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, Gia, Repairman Jack doesn't deal with electronic appliances. He fixes situations for people, often putting himself in deadly danger. His latest project is recovering a stolen necklace, which carries with it an ancient curse that may unleash a horde of Bengali demons. Jack is used to danger, but this time Gia's daughter Vicky is threatened. Can Jack overcome the curse of the yellow necklace and bring Vicky safely back home?

    Elena says: "Pretty good story"
    "The Librarians & Warehouse 13 Meet jack Reacher"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    NO not really. I was intrigued at first. Other listeners were comparing Repairman Jack to jack Reacher who stayed in one place. Then entered Indian (not native american but country of India) mythology. Now I like mythology when I want to about it. I thought this was a basic suspense thriller. I was surprised when the creatures showed up and magic necklaces that heal and keep you young. I contacted the author to ask if this mythology type stuff is in every book-and he said "the larger arcs def have a fantastic / mythic element" . I may check out the 2nd in the series when and if it comes on sale but I won't a credit on it


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Back to my usual crime suspense thrillers Like Joe Pickett, Harry Bosch, Longmire, Kay Scarpetta, Harry Hole, Dept Q, King & Maxwell, Authors: Stuart Neville, Adrian McKinty, Karin Slaughter, Tana French


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

    I never listened to anything he has read before I would like to in the future, He was great at swtiching voices, good inflection, pleasing tone


    Was The Tomb worth the listening time?

    not in my opinion. other reviews made a comment I agree with: don't think too much. Very true. There were many flaws, meaning you are just getting to know Repairman Jack and you are pretty sure how he is going to react to something and he totally misses it-doesnt even occur to him-like he had a brain fart or senior moment. And you find yourself talking to book- Definitely don't think about it-its not worth your effort.


    Any additional comments?

    It might make an interesting TV movie like on the SyFy channel but not big screen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4756)
    Performance
    (4241)
    Story
    (4242)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Great Sweet Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, especially if they are a dog person or a veteran or a cop.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the facts about the olfactory senses of a dog. How they are a permanent memory like we humans remembering the colour orange. I also liked the descriptor of how Maggie didn't understand certain things but 'knew' what they meant by the demeanor, smell and tone of voice of her leader. I think what moved me most was that Scott wanted in the k=9 unit so he could be alone and not have ' a partner'- but soon learned that his K-9 partner was as much if not more of a partner than a human. That the leash was more like a nerve running between dog and handler.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    Maggie


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

    Pack - is Everything. Alpha Happy, Pack Happy.


    Any additional comments?

    Would be nice to know if there is a way to train these Military or police dogs to allow 'friendlies' like the paramedics to approach their alpha/masters when they are injured-like a specific command word that would make the dog allow them to help.

    I started this book when I first downloaded it and was so upset within the 20 minutes thinking that maggie the Military War Dog had been killed, that I stopped listening. About a year later I decided to give it another try and very pleased that I did. Worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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