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Diane

Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States | Member Since 2010

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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
    (1044)
    Performance
    (846)
    Story
    (847)

    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"
    "Unique storyline in the framework of a classic."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Woman in White again? Why?

    No - It's a long narrative


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

    Yes and No. At times the characters were a bit hard to keep straight but for the most part it kept you engaged


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene when the husband of the aunt was introduced to the household along with his physical description and psychological presence


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

    Neither - Just absorbed in the plot


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (273)

    Narrator Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

    Nancy says: "A great listen"
    "Mesmerizing"
    Overall
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    Where does Frankenstein rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was one of the best. Dan Stevens was outstanding and created a dark mood of torment and passion.

    I loved it. The story of Frankenstein, although, fantasy, is a brilliant one. I believe we all remember it from our childhood but Dan Stevens turned it into an adult read that is compelling.

    I hope Dan continues as an audiobook reader.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The monster. I loved his voice of anguish and torment


    Which character – as performed by Dan Stevens – was your favorite?

    Frankenstein by far.


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

    Yes. It was hard to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I know the story well, I didn't want it to end. It seemed new

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18232)
    Performance
    (16265)
    Story
    (16318)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Unique, Twisting Mystery Thriller"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    You did not know where the plot was taking you..so many twists and turns which held your interest.The readers were very good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

    When you learned the truth about the wife. When she reveals herself


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    Kirby


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm an avid thriller/mystery reader and therefore very cynical about what holds my interest and how well the story is written and developed. This was a good one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Rage in Harlem: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Chester Himes
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (344)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Star Wars films), fresh off the success of his uproarious, Audie-nominated performance of the mock children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep, delivers a swaggering, darkly-humored rendering of Chester Himes’ classic first novel.

    Kitty says: "A Visit to Another Era"
    "The characters were colorful and well developed."
    Overall
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    Would you listen to A Rage in Harlem again? Why?

    No -
    There are too many choices, past, present and future.


    If you’ve listened to books by Chester Himes before, how does this one compare?

    No


    What about Samuel L. Jackson’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding!


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

    The title is tantalizing enough.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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