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Diann

San Clemente, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Ann Veronica

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Carolyn Seymour
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    At 21, the passionate and headstrong Ann Veronica Stanley is determined to rule her own life. When her autocratic father forbids her, via formal letter, from attending a fashionable art-school ball, and even further refuses to allow her advanced study of science, she decides she has no choice but to leave her family home and make a fresh start alone. She escapes the stodgy suburbs to London, enrolling as a student of biology and immersing herself in a world of intellectuals, socialists, and suffragettes.

    Adriana says: "ahead of its time"
    "Interesting story and well read"
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    Any additional comments?

    I've never read H.G. Wells before and I'm very glad I did. Although I always knew how women had few personal rights before given the right to vote (and even decades after), this book really drew a believable image of how it really was for women back then. It makes you wonder how our great and great-great grandmothers were able to survive in a society where male dominance ruled the day - every day. This book gives you a realistic snapshot of what it was like for women back then. Very interesting read. I love books that you think about after you finish them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (868)

    After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre was hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane was pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room. But there were stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughed like a maniac, and who stayed in rooms on the third floor.

    bebe says: "a book that can be heard/read again and again"
    "I Waited Way Too Long To Read This One. . ."
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    What did you love best about Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]?

    Pretty much everything. I loved Jane's strength, intelligence, determination and especially the kindness she gave to others.I kept picturing Orson Welles who played Edward-Fairfax-Rochester in the 1943 version of this book. He did a fabulous job in the movie and that only enriched the story in my minds eye.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]?

    There we so many, it's very hard to choose. The story was so beautiful and moving, I came to tears many times. I plan to read the actual novel so I can savor it at my leisure.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

    I thought she did a really good job with all characters, especially Jane.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have never read this book, here are just a couple of quotes to pique your interest:

    “Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! - I have as much soul as you, - and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you!”

    or

    “Good-night, my-" He stopped, bit his lip, and abruptly left me.”

    Wuthering Heights has been one of my favorite books for many years, and I love it still, but this is now the on top of my list.

    Wow! What talent those Bronte sisters!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea of Grass

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Conrad Richter
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Published in 1936, this novel presents in epic scope the conflicts in the settling of the American Southwest. Set in New Mexico in the late 19th century, The Sea of Grass concerns the often violent clashes between the pioneering ranchers, whose cattle range freely through the vast sea of grass, and the farmers, or "nesters," who build fences and turn the sod. Against this background is set the triangle of rancher Colonel Jim Brewton, his unstable Eastern wife Lutie, and the ambitious Brice Chamberlain.

    Diann says: "Wonderful Story and Narration"
    "Wonderful Story and Narration"
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    Where does The Sea of Grass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high up in my opinion. The author was very poetic and descriptive. I felt like I was right there in the late 19th century, on a cattle ranch in New Mexico. The story is about ranchers, whose cattle range freely through the sea of grass, and the farmers, or "nesters," who build fences and turn the sod.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say. Each character was very interesting in their own right.


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

    No, I never have. His performance was wonderful. Great voice and great reading style. I'll be looking for more from Norman Dietz.


    If you could take any character from The Sea of Grass out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hal. He was most observant and had the most realistic observations. He saw the truth.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. I could listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Doll: The Lost Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Daphne Du Maurier
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Tales of human frailty and obsession, and of romance gone tragically awry, the thirteen stories in The Doll showcase an exciting budding talent before she went on to write one of the most beloved novels of all time. In these pages, a waterlogged notebook washes ashore revealing a dark story of jealousy and obsession, a vicar coaches a young couple divided by class issues, and an older man falls perilously in love with a much younger woman - with each tale demonstrating du Maurier’s extraordinary storytelling gifts and her deep understanding of human nature.

    Diann says: "Always Loved Daphne du Maurier's Books but. . ."
    "Always Loved Daphne du Maurier's Books but. . ."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No. Not really. Easy to navigate.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Daphne Du Maurier? Why or why not?

    Of course. She's a wonderful writer and weaves a good tale. I've read almost all her works except for these short stories.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This was tough for me to get through. The reading was ok, but her way of expression was not for me. Sounded pretentious and a little over the top. I prefer narration to be more believable. I would hire another narrator.


    Did The Doll inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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