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Dianna B. Johnston

DBJ

Alexandria, Va United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 5 reviews
  • 52 ratings
  • 314 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jonathan Harr
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    An Italian village on a hilltop near the Adriatic coast, a decaying palazzo facing the sea, and in the basement, cobwebbed and dusty, lit by a single bulb, an archive unknown to scholars. Here, a young graduate student from Rome, Francesca Cappelletti, makes a discovery that inspires a search for a work of art of incalculable value, a painting lost for almost two centuries.

    Jeremiah says: "an incredible and complex story unfolds seamlessly"
    "Riveting"
    Overall

    It's amazing that a book about art historians digging through archives can be so fascinating, but it is. This is a real tour de force; I cannot recommend it highly enough!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1855)
    Performance
    (1667)
    Story
    (1668)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "A breathtakingly beautiful novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does All the Light We Cannot See rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The novel ranks among my top 10 favorites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions of the characters and the atmosphere in France during and immediately following WWII are amazingly sensatory.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale of Two Cities [Recorded Books]

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (537)

    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." So begins this classic, one of the most beloved novels of all time. Charles Dickens brings the French Revolution to life through such vivid characters as Charles Darnay, the Old Doctor, Sydney Carton and Lucy Manette. The action peaks with the storming of the Bastille, the dreaded symbol of government authority. And the blade of La Guillotine falls again...

    Amazon Customer says: "Absolute literature...and a page turner at that!"
    "A Tale of Two Cities"
    Overall

    I got the version narrated by Frank Muller; it was fabulous!! I had started to read a hardcopy and had trouble getting past the archaic writing style. However, Mr. Muller got me totally engrossed and, of course, I ended up loving the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1754)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (803)

    Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

    Katherine says: "Great With One Exception"
    "Lyrical"
    Overall

    A beautifully crafted book superbly rendered by the narrator!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4598)
    Performance
    (2283)
    Story
    (2311)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Spellbinding"
    Overall

    These intersecting stories about the building of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and a serial murderer are equally riveting and work perfectly together. The book is both entertaining and educational; a fascinating slice of American history!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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