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Diana

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Parade's End

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ford Madox Ford
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    First published as four separate novels (Some Do Not…, No More Parades, A Man Could Stand Up, and The Last Post) between 1924 and 1928, Parade’s End explores the world of the English ruling class as it descends into the chaos of war. Christopher Tietjens is an officer from a wealthy family who finds himself torn between his unfaithful socialite wife, Sylvia, and his suffragette mistress, Valentine. A profound portrait of one man’s internal struggles during a time of brutal world conflict, Parade’s End bears out Graham Greene’s prediction that "there is no novelist of this century more likely to live than Ford Madox Ford."

    leora says: "A brilliant, challenging, and valuable work"
    "Structure was alienating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Ford Madox Ford and/or Steven Crossley?

    Yes to Steven Crossley, no to Ford Maddox Ford


    What was most disappointing about Ford Madox Ford’s story?

    The lack of interest I felt in the characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom,


    Any additional comments?

    I just didn't enjoy this book.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (4843)
    Performance
    (4410)
    Story
    (4421)

    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"
    "One little problem..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

    No.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the suspense, the characters, everything.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

    Robin.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's too long for that, but a few binge sittings, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Really liked the performance, with one exception. The actor totally misread one character--Evan Duffield. From the book it's clear that he's posh and snooty, yet this actor chose to give him, inexplicably , a working class accent. Huh?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of Your Emotions - Today

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Julia Ross
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    We're in a bad mood epidemic, but Julia Ross shows you how to rediscover your emotional well-being naturally.

    Amanda says: "Very informative, no pdf's"
    "Too Complicated"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I really wanted to like this book and it's solutions. But self-diagnosis/self-medicating is FAR too complicated. My head was reeling at the end. If the point of listening to this book is to make me feel like I'd have to go to this doctor myself to make head or tail of this cure, then it succeeded. It shouldn't be marketing itself as something you can just figure out.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Julia Ross again?

    Probably not.


    Which character – as performed by Coleen Marlo – was your favorite?

    Nonfiction...


    Was The Mood Cure worth the listening time?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Stop Being an Emotional Eater: Stop Comfort Eating and Lose Weight

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anne Morrison
    • Narrated By Anne Morrison
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Do you eat when you feel upset? Do you turn to chocolate when you’ve had a bad day? Do you want to lose weight?This self-help course, designed by Anne Morrison, Clinical and Cognitive Behaviour Hypnotherapist, can help you change your comfort eating habits. It guides you through a step by step process which will help you identify and change your relationship with food and how you cope with upset in your life.

    Ryan Simmons says: "I would never have believed it..."
    "A book that thinks it knows your problems"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Anne Morrison and/or Anne Morrison?

    No.


    What was most disappointing about Anne Morrison’s story?

    It felt like the author was basing the book on a very specific easy to pinpoint downfall rather than trying to fight a whole lifestyle. Unless you only overeat one food--and only when you're aware that you're especially depressed this won't be of any use.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Anne Morrison’s performances?

    No.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from How to Stop Being an Emotional Eater?

    I'd cut the background music--it was annoying as Hell.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hollywood Studios: House Style in the Golden Age of the Movies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ethan Mordden
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Hollywood in the years between 1929 and 1948 was a town of moviemaking empires. The great studios were estates of talent: sprawling, dense, diverse. It was the Golden Age of the Movies, and each studio made its distinctive contribution. But how did the studios, "growing up" in the same time and place, develop so differently? What combinations of talents and temperaments gave them their signature styles?

    Eleanor says: "The reader falls quite short of the book"
    "Great book, bad reader"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maybe, because the book is terrific, but maybe not because the performance is terrible.


    What didn’t you like about Barrett Whitener’s performance?

    His ignorance of the subject matter is apparent in his routine mispronunciation of names and titles. Also, his performance is poor. Please get Mordden to read his own books!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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