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D. WARD

Diana bookworm

Midlothian, Virginia United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 66 reviews
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  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    Overall
    (2542)
    Performance
    (2225)
    Story
    (2237)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    Darwin8u says: "Pagford upon Avon"
    "A very British flavoured book"
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    What did you love best about The Casual Vacancy?

    The realness of the characters and fascinating story of their lives after an event that affected them all in different and unique ways.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't have a favorite character.


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

    No I haven't, but I enjoyed his narration very much. I love the British colloquialisms and sense of humor.


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

    It built and built and came to a crescendo that I didn't anticipate.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (1002)
    Story
    (987)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "I was hesitant in choosing this book…..."
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    But oh my goodness I am so glad I did. I was hesitant because I thought it would be more of a child's book. I was so wrong. This is a beautiful written and narrated story. It's about a
    couple eking out a life in the frozen extremes of Alaska in the 1920's. Their excruciating sadness at the loss of their own premature baby and the magical appearance of another child. One that seems to have sprung from their hopes and dreams. The narrator has a beautiful patient voice that harmonizes with the gentle but intense story. You'll love this book. Im very partial to action packed mysteries and thrillers but was captivated from the very beginning. I can't wait to see what this author writes next. Ill be waiting…..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Signature of All Things: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (563)

    In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

    Dina says: "An Educational and Epic Oddity"
    "I didn't expect to love it"
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    So you know already this epic story is about the lives of firstly Henry Whittaker..a brash unlovable character who succeeds amazingly well in the business of (basically) pharmaceutical botany and his brilliant but lonely daughter Alma…who spends her life studying mosses….it sounds so boring but it's a fabulously interesting tale and I was hooked after the first few minutes. Of course the narrator is one of the very best. A melodious perfectly moderated voice….believable accents….just the right speed and
    style. This is one of my favorites….unexpectedly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (4797)
    Performance
    (4368)
    Story
    (4378)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "JK Rowling at her best"
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    I hope the main character features in sequels in the future, Comoran Strike is such an
    appealing personality. He reminds me of Harry Hole in the Jo Nesbo books...damaged,
    rough, and completely endearing in his faults and intellect.

    The narrator did a marvelous job with all the characters....seamless and believable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Vanishing Point

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Antonia Beamish
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    thriller with a nightmare scenario: a parent who loses her child in a bustling international airport. Young Jimmy Higgins is snatched from an airport security checkpoint while his guardian watches helplessly from the glass inspection box. But this is no ordinary abduction, as Jimmy is no ordinary child. His mother was Scarlett, a reality TV star who, dying of cancer and alienated from her unreliable family, entrusted the boy to the person she believed best able to give him a happy, stable life: her ghost writer, Stephanie Harker.

    Greg says: "Great Book except for the last 10 minutes"
    "Kept me interested and riveted"
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    An unexpected and unusual storyline. Lots of twists and turns and you'd better pay
    attention or you will be 'rewinding' to catch important details. I liked it very much and will be
    reading this author again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2508)
    Performance
    (2072)
    Story
    (2065)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steven L. Otis says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "another Baldacci winner"
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    Great character development....good story telling. The only thing I have to comment on is that I prefer a single narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (226)

    Before Harry took on the neo-Nazi gangs of Oslo, before he met Rakel, before The Snowman tried to take everything he held dear, he went to Australia. Harry Hole is sent to Sydney to investigate the murder of Inger Holter, a young Norwegian girl who was working in a bar. Initially sidelined as an outsider, Harry becomes central to the Australian police investigation when they start to notice a number of unsolved rape and murder cases around the country. The victims were usually young blondes. Inger had a number of admirers, each with his own share of secrets, but there is no obvious suspect.

    KP says: "Not as good as the others...."
    "At last, the first book"
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    We are introduced to Harry Hole....making sense of all the references ( in subsequent books) to the events that occur in this first book.

    John Lee is one of my favorite narrators. The anticipation I feel when looking for a new book is always peaked when John Lee is the narrator. Wonderful Norwegian accents....

    This a a great mystery, complicated, unexpected and you wont see the ending coming.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2452)
    Performance
    (2246)
    Story
    (2248)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "What a sad flat ending"
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    Totally underwhelmed, what a shame Sookie's story ended with such a disappointing book. It seems Ms Harris just took all the characters and unfinished story lines and just stuck a conclusion on each.

    After finishing a great book I love the feeling of completion and regret that the book is done. So lacking at the end of this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2362)
    Performance
    (2033)
    Story
    (2046)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Louise says: "Over the Top - and not in a good way"
    "A good mystery"
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    I liked the principal character. The predicaments he got himself into were a bit frustrating at times, but thats all part of the book engaging you. Scott Brick gives any book
    instant credibility in my opinion.

    This was the first Harlan Coben book for me and I will try another.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Total Control

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (538)

    Sidney Archer has the world. A husband she loves. A job at which she excels, and a cherished young daughter. Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything changes. And suddenly there is no one whom Sidney Archer can trust.

    Rachel says: "Go back to your old narrator!!"
    "Loved the story"
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    But didn't care for the narrative style. Sounded to me like every sentence was read with the same inflection, rhythm and moderation. Initially it was so annoying and almost hard to ignore but the story was so good I put up with it.

    The story was fast moving and you have to pay attention so as not to miss something important.

    Its a Baldacci book so of course it is gripping and well written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4053)
    Performance
    (3716)
    Story
    (3705)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Fun rich fantasy"
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    When you have gallant swashbuckling heroes Royce and Hadrian, a bright underestimated princess and a waif for the unexpected heroine, plus a wizard and a mythical creature, it all adds up to a great listen.

    Fun, energetic, just the right amount of suspense and surprises. I enjoyed it and have already downloaded the next two books in the series. I had to order those via Amazon to Audible.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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