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Diane

MALIBU, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • People of the Book

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1126)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (559)

    This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in 15th-century Spain.

    When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding - an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair - only begin to unlock its deep mysteries.

    Yvette says: "Amazing, fabulous, wonderful!!!"
    "Seriously excrutiating narrator"
    Overall

    This is tough one to give a star rating to because if it was just based on the book, I'd give it a 4.5, but if just based on the narration, I'd give it a 1, so I've compromised and given it a 2. Everyone's comments in here were spot on- when the narrator is talking in her regular Australian accent, it's fine. But when she attempts to do the multitude of other accents which occur frequently throughout the book, she is just excrutiating. Most of her other characters sound drunk and slur their words, many sound similar, and none sound accurate. Also, when she tries to pronounce foreign words (even as the supposed native speaking character) she mangles them. The Hebrew pronunciations were so far off that it was hard to even recognize the words. It was so painful every time that she did I found myself wishing it would end.

    Basically if I had it to do all over again, I'd buy the book and read it. Which is a real shame, because this is a great book, and with a better narrator it could have been a great audio book.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • No One to Trust

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Best selling author Iris Johansen raises the stakes and the heart rate with this relentless new thriller that follows the harrowing trail of a ruthless killer on the hunt - and the woman who is determined to hunt him down.

    Diane says: "No One To Trust"
    "No One To Trust"
    Overall

    Excellent quick moving, writting. An intense read. I reccommend it highly!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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