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Dianne

Ketchum, ID, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Final Account: An Inspector Banks Novel #7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    There's more than blood and bone beneath the skin... The victim, a nondescript "numbers cruncher," died horribly just yards away from his terrified wife and daughter, murdered by men who clearly enjoyed their work.

    Snoodely says: "Inspector Banks goes international"
    "A very fun listen"
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    What did you love best about Final Account?

    The characters were well developed, and the story was interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There were some intriguing plot twists.


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

    The narrator is an excellent actor with a range of accents.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't want to give anything away, but yes, one of the plot twists took me by surprise.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon's Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By John Glover
    Overall
    (1084)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (669)

    At 12, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down. At 24, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him. Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father's destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful.But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon's special skills.

    James says: "How much disbelief are we expected to suspend?"
    "Really slow"
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    Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and/or John Glover?

    I love Douglas Preston and Lincoln child's Relic series and Agent Pendergrass, which is why I tried this.


    What was most disappointing about Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ’s story?

    It was very slow. I was bored listening to it as it unfolded so slowly.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Glover?

    I don't know. I thought John Glover was good at doing several voices, but his tendency to warble from time to time, change registers dramatically, was not enjoyable for me.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None that I can think of.


    Any additional comments?

    The character of Gideon is not as interesting as those created by Preston and Child in the past.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1764)
    Performance
    (1571)
    Story
    (1578)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "Agent Pendergast is back!!"
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    What did you love best about White Fire?

    I am so happy that this novel did not deal with Pendergast's wife and family. I didn't really enjoy Two Graves--but this one is great. The story was engaging, suspenseful to the end.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The numerous switchbacks in the plot kept me entertained.


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

    The performance is excellent, as always. My disappointment in the Two Graves was with the plot, not the performance.


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

    Trouble in glitter gulch.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lexicon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (541)

    At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

    Tango says: "Fasten your seat belt..."
    "Confusing timeline"
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    Would you try another book from Max Barry and/or Heather Corrigan and Zach Appelman ?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Max Barry again?

    No


    What about Heather Corrigan and Zach Appelman ’s performance did you like?

    The readers were wonderful actors. Their performance outdid the story.


    Do you think Lexicon needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It probably will have a follow up because it ended with questions unanswered.


    Any additional comments?

    The story jumps from the present to the past, which is not unusual, but the characters have more than one name. This causes confusion. I had trouble following the narrative, and I have a Ph.D. and am a voracious reader.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5473)
    Performance
    (5087)
    Story
    (5087)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "I love the Harry Dresden series."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they like science fiction/fantasy. Even if they don't, the story is compelling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cold Days?

    The confrontation on the island between Butcher and friends and the Winter Court.
    I don't want to give it away by saying more.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Harry Dresden


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

    Yes, but it was great having it to return to when I could.


    Any additional comments?

    James Marsters is one of the best narrators out there. I am looking for books he narrates no matter who wrote them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Stephen Kunken, Cristin Milioti
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (534)

    It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again - a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family.

    Gayle A. Orner says: "Yawn!"
    "Good listen."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably not. It was a good listen because I like the character Alex Cross,
    but it's not one of the best Alex Cross stories.


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

    The narrator brings the characters to life by using different speech patterns for each.
    Very good reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4116)
    Performance
    (2782)
    Story
    (2817)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Jim says: "Remastered into chapters from CD."
    "More like Harry Potter than I would have liked."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Adolescent males.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jim Butcher again?

    Yes, I love his Dresden Files series. But I won't listen to anything from the Codex Alegra.


    What three words best describe Kate Reading’s performance?

    Excellent pronunciation and intonation


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

    disappointment because I enjoy the Dresden Files so much


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brimstone: Pendergast, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1208)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1064)

    Art critic Jeremy Grove is found dead, his face frozen in a mask of terror. His body temperature is grotesquely high; he is discovered in a room barricaded from the inside; the smell of brimstone is everywhere... and the unmistakable imprint of a claw is burned into the wall. As more bodies are discovered - their only connection the bizarre but identical manner of death - the world begins to wonder if the Devil has, in fact, come to collect his due.

    Lannette says: "Simply another great Pendergast novel."
    "The best in awhile"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Brimstone to be better than the print version?

    I enjoy audio more because I can listen while I work.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brimstone?

    The discovery of the villain.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    A. Pendergast


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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