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Diana

Perris, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 67 reviews
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  • 436 titles in library
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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
    (2380)
    Performance
    (1989)
    Story
    (2011)

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (477)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Barbara N. says: "Great story, narration a disappointment"
    "Great Bosch - sort of miss Len Cariou"
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    Great bosch story, like his new probie Soto, looking forward to the next installment. I miss Len Cariou as the narrator a bit. When Welliver is voicing Harry he is spot on but when he is narrating back ground or thoughts he's kind of monotone, hard to describe. With Welliver portraying Bosch in the new series on Amazon Prime its nice he have his voice as Harry in the books, he just needs to work a bit on the background voicing. This comes from someone who only listens to books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (4557)
    Performance
    (3791)
    Story
    (3810)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Most Disturbing depessing Book I have ever read"
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    What is the saying "you need a license to own a dog but anyone can have children". You know this is fiction but you also know there are people like this out there. Makes me wonder about the mind of the author. You definitely won't figure it out but you think you will have done so several times. I wish I liked rom/coms or something.

    The writing is great, the narration spot on. Just have a happy place to go after you read it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winterkill: Joe Pickett, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (205)

    In the third adventure in C. J. Box’s engrossing series, Joe Pickett finds himself at the center of a confrontation between a special investigative team and a group of government-hating survivalists camped out on federal land. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Joe lays his life on the line to protect an innocent girl before a wave of violence surges over the Bighorn Mountains.

    Vickie Oakley says: "I can not seem to put it down!"
    "Like the book but Joe needs to grow some balls"
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    I won't give any spoilers since the whole April issue starts right off. Mary Beth is an educated woman, Joe maybe naive but not dumb SO WHY didn't they get a lawyer the minute April's 'mother' appeared in town. Then unless Wyoming foster's system is 50 years behind the times: you can't just go right in and take your child back. There are hearings, especially in the case of abandonment. That was my main problem with this book. If that had been done in the beginning then the whole April situation probably wouldn't have had the same outcome.

    Its a good story on the corruption of parts of our government-they partake in cover ups all the time as we the public eventually hear about well after the fact.

    Obviously there are 'survivalists' every where but they are not all bad, not all gunslingers. There are some that just want to be left alone but then step-in the others that want to blame them for every thing.

    And about Joe's balls: everyone else steps right up and says what they are thinking so why can't Joe open his mouth and just speak, stand up for himself and others.

    I enjoy the series for the wilderness aspect: the animals. I have been to Wyoming and Montana, camped there for extended periods years ago and loved it, when I was younger I wanted to move there. I just hope that as the series goes along that Joe becomes more confident and stands up for himself, speaks his mind.

    Sheridan is favorite character-I was her as a child- tomboyish-caring for the animals. I had a friend who was like Lucy who couldn't and still can't see past the makeup and the dolls.

    In this book my fav was Nate. I hope he comes back since they can't prove anything. He needs to teach Sheridan falconry, I know Joe says he will but that's Nate's job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bones Never Lie

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (201)

    Unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD's Cold Case Unit, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she's been asked to meet with a homicide cop who's a long way from his own jurisdiction. The shocking answer: Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common - the killer.

    bcarter says: "Another awesome book by Kathy Reichs."
    "Knew who did half way through"
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    Literally at the half way mark I knew who had done it. I can't imagine any reader of mystery and thrillers wouldn't. What surprised me was that it didn't even dawn on Brennan or Ryan. I don't retain the exact contents of every book I read but I am pretty sure that in at least one of the Reichs' books there is Behavioral Analysis type psychology. So when heard the news (no spoiler) it should have switched a bunch of light bulbs off in both their heads.

    All that aside, the writing and the rest of story, the wording etc are worth finishing the book.

    I really liked the absence of Harry and Katy and the wonderful addition of Brennan's mother.

    OH and the narration was marvelous.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (752)

    "The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

    Jim says: "CAN NOT UNDERSTAND HALF THE BOOK (AUDIO)"
    "TERRIBLE FEMALE NARRATOR-RUINED THE BOOK FOR ME"
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    It was hard for me to rate the story when the FEMALE narrator absolutely ruined the book, for me. She has one of those voices like on a commercial or maybe morning talk radio that you just find your self ignoring. All of a sudden I realized I wasn't listening and had to rewind, kept doing it over and over. Stephan Hogan was excellent as he was in Broken Harbor, why couldn't the author or the publicist choose the narrator from the Likeness?!

    I remember being a teenager, not in the cool group of kids. I went to a private girls school though not boarding. I knew the boys at the boys school. My best friend went to a catholic boarding school and she still knows knows the school and the nuns of today-granted in the US not UK. They conduct searches of the girls rooms, would have found those phone, she feels. They are not oblivious to the newer age things the kids can get into. So I found the story a bit unbelievable in that area.

    The detective part was OK. I was a bit disappointed that the pattern Ms French seemed to have going : of using one detective from the previous novel to be that main detective in the next. I thought that was an interesting pattern to have created. it kept the detectives fresh while continuing with the Dublin Murder Squad. Not that I don't enjoy 10 or 17 or 22 books all with the same lead character but I think it would be quite interesting to write-in these new detectives each new book.

    So , sadly, after waiting 2 very long years for Ms French's new book- I was disappointed and couldn't wait until when I wouldn't have to hear Lara Hutchinson's voice ever again.

    I have listened to the other 4 books twice and must go listen to one again just to get her voice out of head.

    I must also say the very end was no surprise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Open Season: A Joe Pickett Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (615)

    C.J. Box’s Open Season is a rare debut mystery that “immediately sets itself apart from the crowd” (Booklist). This thrilling novel stars Joe Pickett, a game warden in Wyoming who finds his life in danger after he looks into a murder investigation and discovers a conspiracy involving an oil pipeline and its threat to an endangered species.

    Kristina says: "Disappointed."
    "THERE SHOULD BE MORE THAN 5 STARS"
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    What a delightful book. New and interesting involvement with an endangered species. Love Joe Pickett, game warden, looking forward to more on him. This book has it all: a good mystery, murder, great family, animals, children, endangered species. The last 3 hours are absolutely nail biters. If I was reading a actual book I would the page ready to turn before I was done reading that page. And David Chandler was magnificent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Various Haunts of Men: A Simon Serrailler Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (268)

    A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquility and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet town. Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case; she's new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, and dedicated to the task of unraveling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events.

    karen says: "Best of the best...."
    "THANK BLOODY HELL IT'S OVER"
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    I started this book 3 times. this is one book I think is maybe better read than listened to so you can flip back the pages and figure out whats going on. That's hard in audio. There were lots of characters, you don't hear from them for an hour or even more, then you go "wait who is this, is this a new character oh yeah its so and so'. This is called the Simon Serrailler Series-having started with this one because it's the first- you would expect a series named after a character would have that character in it- a lot-right?

    If you are into naturopathic/homeopathic medicine you wont like this book. It's the typical allopathic rhetoric that they are trained to lam-blast from med school 101.

    The only thing this book had going for it was the narrator. Don't think I have listened to him before but thought he was marvelous and look forward to listening to him again, just not in this series.

    There wasn't anything left at the end of this book that made me want to pick up the next one. There is no character development of Simon, you know more about his sister. You like the copper / investigator Nathan better than Simon.

    Any way so glad I can finally take it out of my iphone library and start something better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Event in Autumn: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    After nearly thirty years in the same job, Inspector Kurt Wallander is tired, restless, and itching to make a change. He is taken with a certain old farmhouse, perfectly situated in a quiet countryside with a charming, overgrown garden. There he finds the skeletal hand of a corpse in a shallow grave. Wallander's investigation takes him deep into the history of the house and the land, until finally the shocking truth about a long-buried secret is brought to light.

    Diana says: "How nice to revisit Kurt Wallander"
    "How nice to revisit Kurt Wallander"
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    Some of my favorite books ever were Kurt Wallander novels. It was sad to let him go in The Troubled Man.

    I saw this novel realized with Kenneth Branagh on BBC Masterpiece Theatre I think it was, and remember thinking ' I don't remember reading this story'. I also remember looking it up and realizing it did not exist.

    What a wonderful surprise when I saw it in Audible, I purchased immediately and listened right away. I am just sorry it was so short.

    It was good to hear his grumpy retorts and his philosophy on life. To remember how he worked through the crime scenes.

    I just regret that it made me sad again to know there were no more to be listened to.

    Simon Vance was wonderful as always. I would listen to him read about garbage pick up.

    After the book is over There is a wonderful afterword by Henning Mankell telling about the inception of Wallander and the writing through his life. Make sure you listen all way to the end.

    "Bye Kurt"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder Bag

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tony Parsons
    • Narrated By Colin Mace
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (148)

    Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

    Charles Atkinson says: "Can a narrator make a good book great?"
    "THERE SHOULD BE MORE THAN 5 STARS FOR THIS 1"
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    This is by far the best book I have read all year, maybe longer. And I can't say enough about Colin Mace. What a pleasure to listen to. This is one of those books that when you finish you have to digest. You can't go into your library and start another one right up.

    Some one else's review made mention of no real gore or vulgarity, they were correct. The crime scenes were so well written you didn't the gore.

    There was a point when I 'figured out' at least part mystery/crime but then you think you have the whole story and wham there is a twist I did not see coming.

    Love the father/daughter/dog relationship. It's heartwarming.

    And Colin Mace - WOW not sure I have listened to him before but I would seek out others that he has read. The different accents were wonderful, transition flawless, and just his voice-perfect.

    I hope this becomes a series!!!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (1296)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (814)

    In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

    Maggie says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Some funny moments, several flaws"
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    This was just an OK book. As a multiple dog owner all my 59 years, used to work for a vet, used to show & breed, work with rescues, etc, I found several things I would consider flaws. the one that bugged me the most was the shelter scene. What dog shelter doesn't immediately scan a dog for a microchip! this book takes place in current times and I don't even know a vet office that doesn't check. Then.... Chet should have been micro-chipped. Hence Bernie should have called out the shelter people for not scanning Chet the minute he arrived. He was a police dog in training and as far as my acquaintances in law enforcement tell me the minute a dog/puppy is taken in to the training program they would be micro-chipped. There were just so many dog owner errors in this book, it really bothered me. Including the feeding, don't get me started. I finished this book only to see how it actually wrapped up. I am also just getting tired of so many characters, smart characters, not catching on. At least the author made Susie, the reporter, quick on the ball!. Don't think I will listen the others in the series though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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