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Diane R. Katz

Syracuse, NY United States | Listener Since 2005

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  • 4 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 112 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13659)
    Performance
    (6047)
    Story
    (6127)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "WOW!!"
    Overall

    What a book!! From the very first paragraph I was hooked. The author's descriptions of people, places, and especially the animals were incredible--I could see it all clearly in my mind. Both the narrators were great. I was truly sorry when the book ended.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2508)
    Performance
    (1212)
    Story
    (1206)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    Sara says: "A Surprising Treat!"
    "Loved Major Pettigrew!"
    Overall

    Sometimes I wonder, with some books, how I just READ them before. With a book like Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, it almost cries to be listened to. The narrator does a marvelous job of reading this book, what's more, for me he became Major Pettigrew, with all his fuddy-duddiness and his never ending wish to keep things all things so "veddy veddy Engish." But the best part was how human he made him. I loved this book and was really sorry when it ended. It really was an old fashioned love story of two unlikely people and it makes for a great read. It was also hysterically funny and the Major cetainly did get himself into some situations. I highly recommend it!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27614)
    Performance
    (14206)
    Story
    (14257)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "ONE OF THE BEST!!!"
    Overall

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. Not only was the subject matter interesting and relevant, but the different voices were incredible as well. Why this book isn't Number 1 on every book list is a mystery to me. DOWNLOAD IT EVERYONE AND FEAST YOUR EARS AND SOUL ON A WONDERFUL STORY!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Digging to America: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Two families, who would otherwise never have come together, meet by chance at the Baltimore airport: the Donaldsons, a very American couple, and the Yazdans, Maryam's fully assimilated son and his attractive Iranian wife. Each couple is awaiting the arrival of an adopted infant daughter from Korea. After the instant babies from distant Asia are delivered, Bitsy Donaldson impulsively invites the Yazdans to celebrate.

    Everett Leiter says: "Life in transition"
    "Loved It!!"
    Overall

    I absolutely loved listening to this book. Blair Brown's characterizations along with Ann Tyler's brilliant take on humanity are a great combination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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