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Dana

Dana Zia

MANZANITA, OR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 8 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 69 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter Mayle
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Armed with knife, fork, and corkscrew, Peter Mayle travels to every corner of France. From bouillabaisse to escargot, here is all the glory and pleasure of the French table in the most satisfying audiobook. Bon appétit!

    Diane says: "Delightful"
    "A delightful romp through French food and wine"
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    I just finished up listening to this delightful tale of food and wine. The narrator was wonderful and the author had me hooked, knife, spoon and fork. The book is autobiography of Peter Mayle and his experiences with the French and their obsession; food and wine. His wit is sharp as cheese and had me giggling like a school girl with a first glass of wine. It was lighthearted and food filled. Perfect. No villains, no murder, no scandalous rendezvouses, unless you count the encounter with frog's legs. The only trouble with this book, is that it ended way too soon! I'm popping over to get another one of his books. Cheers!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (1215)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (716)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "A ripping good read! (Or listen)"
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    My goddaughter turned me on to this series and I can't stop! It might be because the narrator is probably the best I have heard since Jim Dale who did the Harry Potter series. But the writing is well done too. I enjoy the characters and they are developed well. You truly loth some and love some. After the book was done I missed our sparky Jacky Fabor and downloaded another. Off I went again on another great adventure with the spirited and fun Jacky. Fabulously entertaining and not too heavy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2701)
    Performance
    (2267)
    Story
    (2272)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "Very well read, the story a little boring"
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    I enjoyed this book even though the story line was a little slow and fairly predictable. I think that is because the performance was fantastic and I enjoy historical fiction. The book has a gentleness to it that I enjoyed that doesn't have you fearful of what is going to happen next. That is pleasant in these intensity junkie times. But at the same time it wasn't written well enough to make it unforgettable either. Now that is a good book when it doesn't assault you with violence and drama but is unforgettable. Good overall book for a gentle afternoon in the winter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34568)
    Performance
    (25684)
    Story
    (26043)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Riveting story and pretty good performance"
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    Well what can I say that everybody before me hasn't said.This is a great and slightly disturbing book read by a very good performer. I only want to add that even though Carolyn McCormick was a very good reader I was annoyed by her voice in the beginning because her voice does not fit the part of Katniss, in my mind. I think Katniss' voice should be younger but Carolyn's voice is clearly that of a mature woman. In fact her voice reminds me a lot of the actress Kathleen Turner's. In the beginning of the book she is also very stilted but her reading gets much better as the book progresses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2422)
    Performance
    (1141)
    Story
    (1134)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    txkimmers says: "A great surprise"
    "I really loved this audiobook"
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    This audio book was simply a delight! The narrator was wonderful and the storyline fresh and interesting. I also loved that this book did not have to have violence, cuss words and a twisted story to be entertaining. That takes real skill as a writer. I think it is much easier to captivate an audience with fast paced action than it is with writing skills. Helen Simonson did a great job captivating me with art. I also enjoyed the ending, fun and rich. I will look forward to her next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Hamilton
    • Narrated By Gabrielle Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (430)

    Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty fierce, hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Above all she sought family, particularly the thrill and the magnificence of the one from her childhood that, in her adult years, eluded her. Hamilton’s ease and comfort in a kitchen were instilled in her at an early age when her parents hosted grand parties, often for more than one hundred friends and neighbors.

    loix says: "A sensory feast"
    "Promising but dropped off a cliff"
    Overall

    I really was excited about this book. I am a crazed foodie and food blogger and respect Gabrielle's work. The beginning was excellent and well written. Very promising. Then starting with part two the story line took a sudden down turn into martyrdom. The story began to revolve around her unhealthy relationship with her "husband" and complete lost the story line about her being a cook and celebrated restaurant owner. And on top of that, the book ended abruptly and left you hanging. What happened? Where was the editor with any salt? I am disappointed. Gabrielle does a fine job narrating it. That is the only reason I gave it 2 stars. That and the lovely part 1.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Necromancer: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1044)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (634)

    After fleeing to Ojai, then Paris, and escaping to London, Josh and Sophie Newman are finally home. And after everything they've seen and learned in the past week, they're both more confused than ever about their future. Neither of them has mastered the magics they'll need to protect themselves from the Dark Elders, they've lost Scatty, and they're still being pursued by Dr. John Dee. Most disturbing of all, however, is that now they must ask themselves, can they trust Nicholas Flamel?

    G. House Sr. says: "building, Building, BULIDING - Can't wait!"
    "Goes on and on and on and on"
    Overall

    I have really enjoyed this series of books for the most part. But come on now, these books just go from the frying pan into the fire time after time! If you are an adrenaline junkie this is your read! I,on the other hand, like some quiet times woven into a story that develop the charters or the landscape, and give my adrenals a chance to catch up. The break neck pace these books go out actually burned me out and I sped forward to finish it. Also the readers of the first two books were amazing and this guy, not so amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9467)
    Performance
    (6974)
    Story
    (7015)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Well read and addictive."
    Overall

    The reader of this book was wonderful! I love a good reader, as you know it can make or break an audio book. The content of the book itself was a cross between the Twilight series and the Outlander series. So your basic (adult) romance between a witch and vampire. There is some time traveling and constant perils that remind me a bit of the Outlander series. The nice twist to this version is that there is quite a bit of historical references woven through out that obviously took a lot of research. (Fitting since the author is a professor of history.) It was addicting and I had to eat it up, which was huge a let down when it ends dangling for a sequel. AND she has not even written the second book yet! Geesh! Talk about left hanging! I was a bit bored at times with her patter about this and that history and some of the predictable story line but if you like the Vamp romances this is pretty good. (She does need to work on heating up her sex scenes a bit, after all this is not young adult fiction.)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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