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Diana

Saphira

Albuquerque, NM, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1010)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (816)

    One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

    David says: "Gripping novel, excellent production"
    "Wonderful mystery and Victorian intrigue"
    Overall

    I never read a book by Wilkie Collins, and I truely enjoyed this one. My favorite narrators both! What a treat. Simon Prebble and Josephine Bailey. I truely hope they read a book together again. Someone please hire both of these readers over and over! The book itself had a great story. It is still an intriguing story after all this time. Loved it!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A Matter of Class

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    Reginald Mason is wealthy, refined, and, by all accounts, a gentleman. However, he is not a gentleman by birth, a factor that pains him and his father, Bernard Mason, within the Regency society that upholds station over all else. That is, until an opportunity for social advancement arises, namely, Lady Annabelle Ashton.

    Susan says: "Wonderful romance with a twist"
    "Cute twist on the Victorian novel."
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    What did you love best about A Matter of Class?

    I enjoyed the characters and the storyline as well as the descriptive writing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Annabelle because she has a lot of "pluck!


    Which character – as performed by Anne Flosnik – was your favorite?

    Ann Flosnik does all the characters well. She is a true professional and I adore her narrations.


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

    NO FILM! I like my imagination better.


    Any additional comments?

    This novel is short and sweet, great for a Sunday afternoon. I was quilting while listening to the book. It made for a wonderfully sweet, content day.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1935)
    Performance
    (1750)
    Story
    (1752)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Great find!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rook to be better than the print version?

    YES! Susan Duerden does a terrific narration. I have not heard of her before, but I will be looking for other books with her narration. She does a great job with all the characters and has wonderful control of her voice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was just plain fun! It was quirky and kooky and I loved it. Very inventive with lots of characters and a great female protagonist!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked when she was in the dance bar and met up with her co-worker who is a vampire. Its a funny scene and its very "tongue in cheek" humor.


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

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this author continues writing a series for these characters and situations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of Dragons: Volume Four of the Rain Wilds Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (218)

    Years ago, the magnificent dragon queen Tintaglia forged a bargain with the inhabitants of the treacherous Rain Wilds. In exchange for her protection against enemy invaders, the humans promised to protect an unhatched brood of dragons. But when the dragons emerged as weak and misshapen hatchlings unable to fend for themselves, dragonkind seemed doomed to extinction. When even Tintaglia deserted the crippled young dragons, the Rain Wilders abandoned the burden of caring for the destructive and ravenous creatures.

    Joe says: "This is the Robin Hobb whose writing I've loved"
    "I loved this series!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Blood of Dragons to be better than the print version?

    YES!! Ann Flosnik is a wonderful narrator!!! She is a pro at doing males, females, dragons, different accents and her voice is so beautiful!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters! I love the way Robin Hobb creates her villians! I also like that each character has inner conflicts that seem real and natural within fantastical settings. I love her descriptive abilities and her attention to detail.


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

    Her beautiful voice! Her inflections, her mastery of story telling! She's one of the best up there with Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble.


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

    NO FILM!!! My head does better imaginings than any movie would do this story justice.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so happy to have audible.com. I have had around 3 (maybe 4 ) platinum memberships. Audible has the very best narrators and the easiest and fastest site to downloading books. I would forgo restaurants, new clothes and the like just to have my audible.com platinum membership.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ship of Destiny: The Liveship Traders, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (312)

    As Bingtown slides toward disaster, clan matriarch Ronica Vestrit, branded a traitor, searches for a way to bring the city's inhabitants together against the Chalcedean threat. Meanwhile, Althea Vestrit, unaware of what has befallen Bingtown and her family, continues her perilous quest to track down and recover her liveship Vivacia from the ruthless pirate Kennit.

    Lore says: "Wraps it all up nicely."
    "A great trilogy with depth and exciting too."
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    Would you listen to Ship of Destiny again? Why?

    I loved this trilogy especially this final book of the series. I love Anne Flosnik's narration. Her voice is superb. She does each character wonderfully. I was attached to all the characters whether they be "good" or "bad" as the author has a way of showing us both sides of each character.


    What other book might you compare Ship of Destiny to and why?

    Perhaps Eragon series. Or Robin Hobb's other Farseer's series.


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

    So much! The accents of each character, the inflections in her voice. She is a true story teller. If I read the book I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much as listening to it.


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

    YES!!! I couldn't cook dinner, take care of business, talk to other people lest anything take me away from the story!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this series so much. Highly recommended to those who like fantasy novels with excellent charactor developement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7809)
    Performance
    (2987)
    Story
    (3042)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "I am hooked!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Eragon the most enjoyable?

    The book is exceptionally read by the narrator. The books content is fun and exciting and kept my interest all throughout the story. I absolutely am enchanted by this book and plan on reading the entire series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Saphira the dragon! But I also love Eragon and the relationship they have started in Book 1.


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

    No. But I will!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It kept me from making dinner more than once as I was engrossed in the story!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for all ages from teens to the elderly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Change of Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (133)

    As a young gay man—and a werepanther—all Jin Rayne yearns for is a normal life. Having fled his past, he wants nothing more than to start over, but Jin’s old life doesn’t want to let him go. When his travels bring him to a new city, he crosses paths with the leader of the local were-tribe. Logan Church is a shock and an enigma, and Jin fears that Logan is both the mate he fears and the love of his life.

    Cristin says: "Great idea but..."
    "lots of fun"
    Overall

    I really liked this book to my suprise! I have a tendency toward books 100 years old or older, so hearing a modern novel was fun. I just finished Maurice, and gay romance stories have certainly got hotter! I loved Maurice as it is so romantic, but this book is romantic and hot all at the same time. Add paranormal werepanthers and you have a good story. I hope she makes a sequel! I also wished lesbian novels were more fun, I am a gay women and we need stories like this one too!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Anne Brontë
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings, Jenny Agutter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (76)

    This is the story of a woman's struggle for independence. Helen "Graham" has returned to Wildfell Hall in flight from a disastrous marriage. Exiled to the desolate moorland mansion, she adopts an assumed name and earns her living as a painter.

    A User says: "highly recommended"
    "Another wonderful listen"
    Overall

    This book was alot of fun. I loved the characters. Both narrators did a great job, but I especially liked Jenny Agutter. Her voice is beautiful and she did the characters very nicely. The story is lovely.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell's last novel, is regarded by many as her masterpiece. Molly Gibson is the daughter of the doctor in the small provincial town of Hollingford. Her widowed father marries a second time to give Molly the woman's presence he feels she lacks, but until the arrival of Cynthia, her dazzling stepsister, Molly finds her situation hard to accept. Intertwined with the story of the Gibsons is that of Squire Hamley and his two sons.

    Diana says: "This is a great book"
    "This is a great book"
    Overall

    I loved this book. The nuances and character developement as well as the authors insight into human nature. Josephine Bailey reads the novel with perfection. I think she is one of the absolutely BEST narrators out there!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shirley

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Set in the industrialising England of the Napoleonic wars, a period of bad harvests, Luddite riots, and economic unrest, Shirley is the story of two contrasting heroines and the men they love. One is the shy Caroline Helstone, trapped in the oppressive atmosphere of a Yorkshire rectory, whose life represents the plight of single women in the 19th century. The other is the vivacious Shirley Keeldar, who inherits a local estate and whose wealth liberates her from convention.

    Joseph R says: ""As Romantic As Monday Morning""
    "Nothing can stop me from loving Bronte"
    Overall

    This novel is long, 24 hours of listening pleasure. It was so very interesting, considering it is a historical piece. I love learned about the Napolean era and the effects it had on England. Charlotte weaves in the characters within this terrible time in history. The narrator is excellent. I was lost in time once again. I am amazed that Charlotte wrote and completed this book during a span of which her 3 remaining siblings died. Her brother, Ann Bronte, and Emily Bronte. She is definitely a novelist I would have liked to meet!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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