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DIANE

I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2009

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  • April Fool's Day

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (110)

    This is Bryce Courtenay's moving tribute to his son, Damon, a hemophiliac who died from medically acquired AIDS on April 1, 1991, at the age of 24. April Fool's Day is controversial, painful and heartbreaking, yet has a gentle humor. It is also life-affirming, and, above all, a testimony to the incredible regenerative strength of love: how when we confront our worst, we can become our best. This tragic yet uplifting story will change the way you think.

    Louise says: "This is A Love Story"
    "Heartbreaking and Triumphant"
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    Where does April Fool's Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a different sort of book as it was extremely personal, and instead of weaving a story about fictional characters, Bryce Courtenay was pouring out his own life. Having read many of his books, I appreciated his effort in telling his hearbreaking but triumphant story... the story of his son Damon.


    What other book might you compare April Fool's Day to and why?

    I have no books to compare this to and it is entirely unique among the hundreds of books I have read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't think you can say that there is a favourite scene. It is not that kind of book. I cried and laughed and got angry... the gamit of emotions was passed through as I listened to this book almost continuously from beginning to end.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from April Fool's Day?

    I think the poignancy of the medicallly induced AIDS problem and ignorance/insensitivity of people looking after those infected with this terrible virus was painful to acknowledge, but I think it was important to bring it to the reader. Every person who is educated and encouraged to be more compassionate towards AIDS sufferers and those with Hemophilia will make this book even more worthy of having been written.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt it was particularly helpful to have the various members of Damon's family narrating from their own perspectives. Altogether, a wonderful book. Now Bryce is with his beloved Damon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Player

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (765)
    Story
    (764)

    When Hanna Bergstrom receives a lecture from her overprotective brother about neglecting her social life and burying herself in grad school, she's determined to tackle his implied assignment: get out, make friends, start dating. And who better to turn her into the sultry siren every man wants than her brother's gorgeous best friend, Will Sumner, venture capitalist and unapologetic playboy?

    Katheryne says: "5 Smoking Hot Stars!"
    "Love this author's style!"
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    What I love about Christina Lauren's style is that she intersperses a real story line with sex.
    The sex is very hot and the voice is wonderful, as provided by Grace Grant. I like the characters and how they are developed. I also like that Ms. Lauren has taken the three members of the threesome and developed a story surrounding each one of them and the ladies that they develop relationships with. Hannah is at times, almost a bit annoying in her naiveté. But I am sure that this is done to enhance the sex scenes between her and Will.
    I really enjoyed this trilogy and will listen to all the books again for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captivated by You: Crossfire Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield, Jeremy York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (148)

    Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own. The vows we'd exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn't sure I was strong enough to bear.

    Ex-Student says: "What... what?!?!?"
    "Not the end...."
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    This was the first book in which there were two narrators, one male and one female.
    Each narrator does the voice at times, of the opposite sex. I did not feel as if the voice of Gideon was what I would have imagined his voice to sound like. It was not forceful enough.
    The story was like a shit storm... It was almost as if Ms. Day was looking for things to mess Gideon up with, and I had trouble understanding why Chris Sr. saying he didn't know about the abuse, sent Gideon over the edge. Perhaps this will be explained in the next book. I feel like Gideon needs to work through his dreams and talk out his problems to the point where his nightmares stop... otherwise, there is no happy ending in sight. Common Ms. Day... help Gideon out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dressmaker: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kate Alcott
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (207)

    Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly-hewn but kind sailor and the other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes. Amidst the chaos and desperate urging of two very different suitors, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat. Tess’s sailor also manages to survive unharmed, witness to Lady Duff Gordon’s questionable actions during the tragedy.

    Victoria says: "Good story, awful narrator"
    "An interesting outlook on the Titanic disaster"
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    The title would never give away the fact that this novel surrounds the Titanic disaster, and the effect it has on numerous people, including the protagonist. There is a bit of romance thrown in, and the heroine has to choose between two suitors... one with money and one without, and she makes the right choice in the end. A good story but not great. It was not memorable particularly, but was an enjoyable read. Can't say I'd be running to recommend it though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Complete Me (The Stark Trilogy): The Stark Series #3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. Kenner
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (635)

    For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes the third novel in the erotic, fast-paced trilogy including Release Me and Claim Me. This sexy, emotionally charged romance continues the story of Damien Stark, the powerful multimillionaire who's never had to take "no" for an answer, and Nikki Fairchild, the Southern belle who only says "yes" on her own terms.

    Jordy says: "Complete Me the final book of the Stark Trilogy!"
    "Twists and turns galore"
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    This installment in the trilogy brings mystery, whodunnit factors, and a lot of hot sex.
    I didn't think I could find a series as "stimulating" as the Crossfire series but wow... this outdid it in my opinion. The ending is satisfying though there is some heartbreak thrown in for good measure. Not spoiling it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claim Me (The Stark Trilogy): The Stark Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By J. Kenner
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (753)
    Story
    (765)

    Damien Stark’s need is palpable - his need for pleasure, his need for control, his need for me. Beautiful and brilliant yet tortured at his core, he is in every way my match. I have agreed to be his alone, and now I want him to be fully mine. I want us to possess each other beyond the sweetest edge of our ecstasy, into the deepest desires of our souls. To let the fire that burns between us consume us both. But there are dark places within Damien that not even our wildest passion can touch. I yearn to know his secrets, yearn for him to surrender to me as I have surrendered to him. But our troubled pasts will either bind us close...or shatter us completely.

    Katheryne says: "50 Shades better than the rest..."
    "Bravo Kenner and Willingham"
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    This book fleshed out the relationship between Damien and Nikky, and there was a lot of suspense intertwined with the sex. As in the Crossfire series, Nikky doubts herself a lot during the books, and struggles with her urge to return to cutting herself, a practice she began after having grown up with an overly controlling and emotionally abusive mother. This is disturbing, but kept in check through the book. As Nikky becomes more sure of Damien's love for her, she is able to overcome this, except during the most stressful situations. Damien is able to understand her need for pain and provides her with outlets for it that are much healthier. I really like this couple.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Release Me (The Stark Trilogy): The Stark Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. Kenner
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1079)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (989)

    He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist. Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me. Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past - and risk breaking us apart. But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him - and us - forever.

    Katheryne says: "Why isn't this book in your library????"
    "OMG"
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    Jeez... I thought the Crossfire series was hot. This certainly gave them a run for the money.
    The combination of the hot dialogue, fabulous narration by Sofia Willingham and numerous sexual fantasies and slightly kinky sex made for a very hot but enjoyable book. Other characters were also developed, and I was left wanting to listen to the other two books. Which I did. Wow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3303)
    Performance
    (3012)
    Story
    (3033)

    Gideon Cross: As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction…my every desire…mine. My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful…except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity. We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession.…

    Bexlyn Wright says: "Fifty Shades Minus Twilight."
    "Listened over and over."
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    This series was addictive. Really ramped up the juices! Eva and Gideon work out the kinks in their relationship as this second instalment in the Crossfire series continues. Eva and Gideon really are very well suited to one another...Eva just seems to miss that point on numerous occasions, letting her insecurities and fear of abandonment from her childhood influence her faith in Gideon's love and devotion to her. A great series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Entwined With You: Crossfire Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    Overall
    (2544)
    Performance
    (2360)
    Story
    (2374)

    The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires.... From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I also saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside - so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat. No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

    AudioAddict says: "I would title it "Bored with You""
    "Happily ever after... maybe???"
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    This book is a perfect segway into a fourth Crossfire novel. Eva and Gideon appear to be happy, finally. But who knows? Things keep getting in the way of their happiness, and both of them have skeletons in their closets that rear their ugly heads on a regular basis. Anxious to see what happens in Captivated by you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    Overall
    (4448)
    Performance
    (4032)
    Story
    (4047)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "Redfield nails Gideon"
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    Well, this was my first foray into erotic fiction. It certainly was hot. I felt Ms. Redfield really nailed the voices of both Eva and Gideon which is not an easy task. This book set the scene for the remainder of the trilogy which followed this pair through numerous ups and downs, and showcased the damage that can be done to a soul from sexual abuse. Both the characters were developed in that light and this was interesting to see. Overall, very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ship of Brides

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Nicolette McKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    1946: World War II has ended and all over the world, young women are beginning to fulfill the promises made to the men they wed in wartime. In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other war brides on an extraordinary voyage to England - aboard HMS Victoria, which still carries not just arms and aircraft but a thousand naval officers. Rules are strictly enforced, from the aircraft carrier’s captain down to the lowliest young deckhand. But the men and the brides will find their lives intertwined despite the Navy’s ironclad sanctions.

    Lou says: "3.75 stars"
    "Disappointing"
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    Normally, I love JoJo Moyes' books and I have read several. This one just could not grab me. I kept reading the same passages over again, as my attention seemed to easily wander during listening. That is not typical of most of Ms. Moyes' books. In the end, I did not finish the book. Perhaps I shortchanged myself. I guess I will never know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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