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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
    (1534)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (907)

    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
  • Citizen Insane: A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karen Cantwell
    • Narrated By Nan McNamara
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    If you think PTA meetings are boring, then you haven't attended one in Barbara Marr's neighborhood, where murder is on the agenda. Always one to stumble into trouble, Barb learns the hard way that a seemingly innocent yearbook scandal is actually part of a seriously sinister and deadly plot. Join soccer mom and movie lover Barbara Marr in this second laugh-out-loud, chaotic mystery, where high-profile crime and suburban living collide in an unexpected fashion.

    Dianne says: "Fast Paced Entertainment!"
    "Fast Paced Entertainment!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was a super fun listen. Yes, the story line is a bit of a reach, but it is written so well that it doesn’t matter and in fact the craziness of the plot makes it that more enjoyable. I for one have enough of real life situations and enjoy reading something that can take me away from my ordinary life. The main character is a mom and is trying to keep her marriage together which most of us can relate to, but her situations are completely crazy and so funny that it will make you laugh. If you enjoy fun, fast paced mystery, intrigue and complete escapism then this is the book for you. BTW, the narrator is absolutely FABULOUS!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Take the Monkeys and Run (A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery #1): A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Karen Cantwell
    • Narrated By Nan McNamara
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Film lover Barbara Marr is a typical suburban mom living the typical suburban life in her sleepy little town of Rustic Woods, Virginia. Typical, that is until she sets out to find the missing link between a bizarre monkey sighting in her yard and the bone chilling middle-of-the-night fright fest at the strangely vacant house next door. When Barb talks her two friends into some seemingly innocent Charlie's Angels-like sleuthing, they stumble upon way more than they bargained for and uncover a piece of neighborhood history that certain people would kill to keep on the cutting room floor.

    Candy Lyons says: "Take The Monkeys and Run Hits a Home Run!!!"
    "Hilarious Entertainment!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Other reviews have already outlined the plot, so I will just give my opinion of the book.
    I read the book and liked it so much that now a couple years later, I listened to the audio book. The writing is very well crafted and the plot leads you on a rollercoaster ride of hilarious escapades. Throw in a soccer mom, an estranged husband that looks like George Clooney, an ex-boyfriend and some mafia characters and you are in for an entertaining ride!
    I have already read book 2 and plan to read the rest in the series and anxiously wait for more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas: A Sophie Katz Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (462)

    Sophie Katz, bestselling mystery writer and amateur sleuth, has just discovered that Anatoly, her sexy Russian P.I boyfriend of six years is actually married to the daughter of a Russian mafia boss. Devastated by his betrayal, Sophie banishes him from their beautiful San Francisco Victorian home. Desperate to distract their friend and pull her out of her depression, Dena and Marcus spirit Sophie away to Vegas for a "fun filled weekend" at a Sex Toy Trade Show. But bigger trouble awaits in Vegas. Anatoly is there; his beautiful Russian wife is there; and so is a dead body stuffed into a closet

    G. House Sr. says: "Better and Better"
    "Kyra does it again!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love the Sophie Katz books; I try to save them for when I'm going on a trip to make the travel time more fun.
    I saved this one for when we had a family reunion in Vegas this year. Loved it!!! The writer and the narrator did not disappoint. I laughed all the way thru!
    Keep it up Ms. Davis!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    Overall
    (2211)
    Performance
    (1981)
    Story
    (1978)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Quirky Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Maria Semple and/or Kathleen Wilhoite?

    No. I'm sure a lot of people enjoyed this book as shown in the reviews. I found the mother very angry and not someone I enjoyed reading about. Once she disappeared, I liked the book a whole lot better!!! I did enjoy the young girl (her daughter), sorry I've read several books since and can't remember the daughter's name...


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting was the way the daughter stood up for her mom.
    The the least interesting was the mom's character.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kathleen Wilhoite?

    don't know


    Do you think Where'd You Go, Bernadette needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2562)
    Performance
    (1267)
    Story
    (1276)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    Jeanne says: "A Wonderful Listen!"
    "one of the best books ive listened to!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this was such a great story and the narration was absolutely wonderful! Storytelling at its best!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Saving Ceecee Honeycutt?

    I loved so many of her conversations with Oletta. One of the best quotes would be "It is what we believe about ourselves that determines how others see us."


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

    I have listened to several other books narrated by Ms Lamia. She is hands down the best!!!


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1245)
    Performance
    (984)
    Story
    (974)

    Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

    Cheryl says: "Hold on to your seat!!!"
    "Couldn't get past the first hour of this one!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Falling Glass better?

    Couldn't follow the story - so maybe a better story? The story kept skipping around and it was very difficult to be interested in what was going to happen next.


    Has Falling Glass turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    hard to follow the accent


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    no

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Cove: FBI Thriller #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (192)

    The Cove is a quaint little postcard town made up only of old folk who sell the World's Greatest Ice Cream - a secret recipe that brings lots of tourists into town.

    Into The Cove comes Sally Brainerd, daughter of murdered Amory St. John, of Washington, D.C., seeking sanctuary, and FBI Special Agent James Quinlan, who's undercover and after her. He's got a murder to solve, and he believes she's the key. But is she really?

    bookish327 says: "Not for anyone sensitive about sexual violence"
    "Very Nancy Drewish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story line


    What was most disappointing about Catherine Coulter???s story?

    It seemed so amateurish.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sandra Burr???s performances?

    yes, she wasn't the problem, the story/plot was


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Cove?

    All of them


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night Road

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (421)

    For 18 years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows - her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close-knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable. Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm’s way. It has always been easy - until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss.

    selena says: "Took awhile to get into but worth it"
    "Must Read!"
    Overall

    Everyone with children should read this book! This could happen to any of us. It is written very well and the narrator does an excellent job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four to Score

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1041)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (630)

    Stephanie Plum, Trenton, New Jersey's favorite pistol-packing, condom-carrying bounty hunter, is back and on the trail of a revenge-seeking waitress who's skipped bail. With the help of 73-year-old Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker Lula, a transvestite musician named Sally Sweet, and the all-too-hospitable, all-too-sexy Joe Morelli, Stephanie might just catch her woman.

    Mike says: "Narrator was great!"
    "Wrong Narrator!"
    Overall

    I agree with everything said about the narrator. She is a good reader; she does not sound like a 20 something girl from NJ!!! Please pair up the narrators with the characters. She definitely needs to read for a 50+ character and would do a great job as long as the subject isn't too comedic... She has great pronunciation and diction, etc. I have nothing against CJ Critt, she is just soooooo wrong for Ms. Plumb!!!!!! That said it is a good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Talk to a Widower

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Eric Ruben
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    Doug Parker is a widower at age 29, and in his quiet suburban town, that makes him something of a celebrity - the object of sympathy, curiosity, and, in some cases, unbridled desire. But Doug has other things on his mind. First there's his 16-year-old stepson, Russ - a once-sweet kid who now is getting into increasingly serious trouble on a daily basis. And then there are Doug's sisters.

    Zan says: "The Characters Have Character"
    "Pleasant Surprise!"
    Overall

    I really didn't know what to expect when I purchased this book during a sale, but thought I would give it a try. I was very pleasantly surprised! It was entertaining and funny! A good listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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