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Dianne

dianne

Dallas, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Secrets of a Summer Night: The Wallflowers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1635)
    Performance
    (986)
    Story
    (997)

    Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle’s most intriguing — and persistent — admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition…but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Love the Wallflowers"
    "Predictable"
    Overall

    If you like mid 19th Century romances, this won't disappoint. I thought it was very predictable. Girl of good background with noble blood meets a "Rhett Butler" type character of ignoble birth. It isn't bad it is just predictable. I prefer Lisa's more contemporary romances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8602)
    Performance
    (7734)
    Story
    (7741)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Best book I listened to in years!"
    Overall
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    Fabulous book - this is one of my favorite narrators. This is a wonderful story based on historical facts. I highly recommend it to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cora's Heart: A Cypress Hollow Yarn, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Rachael Herron
    • Narrated By Barbara Edelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Abandoned by her mother and widowed in her mid-20s, Cora Sylvan has learned the hard way that you should take nothing in life for granted. So everything is planned out to the last detail - from how to run her farm on a shoestring, to how to survive a major earthquake. Unfortunately there's nothing in those notes to cover the return of the infuriatingly handsome Mac Wildwood, her husband's cousin, the man she loved and lost.

    Brianne Kurtz says: "Good but....."
    "Awful - unfortunately"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is very boring the narrator isn't very good. I've tried 3 or 4 times to get through it and just can't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crash & Burn

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Christina Traister, Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (760)
    Story
    (759)

    Nicole Frank shouldn't have been able to survive the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. Not in the dark, not in the rain, not with her injuries. But one thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help: Vero.

    Kerry says: "Terrible!"
    "Awful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story was really bad. Kept repeating the same phrases over and over again. I fast forwarded through most of the book because it was just that bad. Every time I would stop to listen it was saying the exact same thing over and over. I normally love everything this author writes. If this had been the first book I had listened to of hers I would never read or listen to another one of her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The See-Through Leopard

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sibel Hodge
    • Narrated By Rada Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Most 16-year-old girls are obsessed with their looks, but Jazz Hooper's obsessed for a different reason. After a car accident that kills her mum, Jazz is left with severe facial scars and retreats into a dark depression. Fearing what will happen if Jazz doesn't recover, her dad makes a drastic decision to move them from England to a game reserve in Kenya for a new start. And when Jazz finds an orphaned leopard cub, it sets off a chain of events that lead her on a two-year journey of discovery, healing, and love.

    Dianne says: "Beautifully Written!"
    "Beautifully Written!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Although the lead character is a 16 year old girl, I would highly recommend this book for all ages! Jazz was left horribly disfigured after a car wreck that killed her mother. After a long bout with depression her father feels that it might be best if they both move to an animal refuge in Africa. Although Jazz is unhappy in London, she doesn’t want to leave the home and all the memories that they shared with her mother. Soon after arriving in Africa, Jazz rescues an orphaned leopard cub. This is the beautifully written story of her journey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death Perception: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (401)

    It took a while for Abby Coopers FBI agent boyfriend, Dutch Rivers, to accept her psychic gifts as the real deal. But these days he knows better than to question Abby's visions. So when his favorite cousin Chase is kidnapped in Vegas, they both catch the next flight to Sin City.

    JEAN says: "go abbey"
    "Good story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Only negative is way too much use of the word "boogie". Was this written in the 70's - anyway still a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taken: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (638)

    When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isn’t afraid, even though she’s gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows it’s a fake, that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will call only “that boy,” and that they need money: "Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them." But she is wrong....

    R. Conley says: "One of the best"
    "Not his best"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I found this story a bit flat.
    Not sure why but it wasn't as engaging as the other books by Rbt Crais.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lakeshore Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan Wiggs
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    The prim librarian is finally getting her chance to direct Avalon's annual holiday pageant, and she's determined to make it truly spectacular. But it might just require one of those Christmas miracles she's always read about. The problem is her codirector is recovering former child star Eddie Haven, a long-haired, tattooed lump of coal in Maureen's pageant stocking. Eddie can't stand Christmas, but a court order from a judge has landed him right in the middle of the merrymaking.

    Jane says: "Christmas-in Wiggs Style"
    "Awful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    No character development - didn't like anything about it! I'm shocked it has such a high rating. The story was absolutely ridiculous!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of the Killer Divorce: Jamie Quinn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Venkataraman
    • Narrated By Carrie Lee Martz
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, has returned to her family law practice after a hiatus due to the death of her mother. It's business as usual until a bitter divorce case turns into a murder investigation, and Jamie's client becomes the prime suspect. When she can't untangle truth from lies, Jamie enlists the help of Duke Broussard, her favorite private investigator, to try to clear her client's name. And she's hoping that, in his spare time, he can help her find her long-lost father.

    zoe says: "Jaime Quinn"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable mystery!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed the characters and the writing was very good. It is a really fast read and you don't have to think a lot. If you are looking for a quick read (or listen in this case) for that boring airplane ride, this is a good choice!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Place Like Rome: A Lexi Carmichael Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Julie Moffett
    • Narrated By Kristin Watson Heintz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    Italy might seem like a long way to go to hide after a disastrous date. But when sexy uberhacker Slash (no, that's not his real name) asks me to go with him to Rome on an investigation, the timing is sort of perfect. My messed-up love life becomes the least of my worries, though, after the dead body, the near-kidnapping and the discovery of a top secret encrypted file that even I can't hack.

    Linda says: "What A Gig-The Vatican!"
    "Can't wait for the next book in this series!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love this series! The Lexi character is so realistic. Geeky, unsure of herself, doesn't realize just how awesome she is! This book is a lot of fun because it takes you to Europe and the scenes with Slash and his Nonna are hilarious! I don’t know which man Lexi will end up with, but I know it will be a fun journey along the way! I can’t wait for the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Didgeridoo: A Jamie Quinn Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Barbara Venkataraman
    • Narrated By Carrie Lee Martz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, still reeling from the death of her mother, is pulled into a game of deception, jealousy, and vengeance when her cousin, Adam, is wrongfully accused of murder. It's up to Jamie to find the real murderer before it's too late. It doesn't help that the victim is a former rock star with more enemies than friends, or that Adam confessed to a murder he didn't commit.

    Leon Miller says: "Excellent first installment of a new series"
    "Fun, Fast Litttle Mystery!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Don't let the funny name discourage you from listening to this book. This novella reads like a complete full-length mystery. It is well written and the characters are well developed and enjoyable. This is a fun, fast little mystery that I think many will enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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