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Diana

I am an Army Wife and full time student who loves to read. If I'm not reading a book I'm listening to one.

WA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 563 titles in library
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  • Naked Empire: Sword of Truth, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1227)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (700)

    "'You knew they were there, didn't you?' Kahlan asked in a hushed tone as she leaned closer. Against the darkening sky, she could just make out the shapes of three black-tipped races taking to wing, beginning their nightly hunt. That was why he'd stopped. That was what he'd been watching as the rest of them waited in uneasy silence."

    T. Baker says: "A little less talk, a lot more action"
    "I'm done"
    Overall

    The series started out pretty well. At this point though, I'm done. Goodkind has started to preach... nonstop! I get the point already. Quit the ... whining!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Undead and Unwed: Queen Betsy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1761)
    Performance
    (771)
    Story
    (767)

    Waking up in a tacky coffin and wearing off-brand shoes, Betsy Taylor can't believe the horrible turn her life has taken; then she discovers she's a vampire. Soon, Betsy becomes a participant in a power struggle between the forces of darkness. With only her friend Jessica and the hunky vampire Sinclair to help her, this new "Queen of Vampires" will have a tough time getting her afterlife straight.

    Vanessa says: "Great Concept / Annoying Character"
    "Meh. Yup, that's what I got."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. This book was advertised at the end of the last book in the Sookie Stackhouse series and since I was looking for something to fill the void I went for it. Maybe it's because I had just finished with the Sookie series that I had my hopes up but it was not worth my time. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy light funny writing with people/vampires that opens you up to a different view. It's fun! The main character here was so annoying though! Yes, you're shallow, I get it. You love shoes and anything fashionable. Blah blah blah. I just like my heroines to have more depth. Maybe even some sense of what's happening, a big picture kind of thing, even if it's the ultimate goal to just live happily ever after. In my book that doesn't mean getting more shoes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5149)
    Performance
    (4681)
    Story
    (4733)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "So. Much. Blood!"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Memory of Light to be better than the print version?

    NO! There is so much jumping around in this book that it is very difficult to keep track of without the map in front of you. Things tend to blend together too easily.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Memory of Light?

    No details but, what happens to Egwyne.


    What does Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They are so good at bringing life to their characters! They were also very consistent in how they portrayed the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    There was so much blood! Okay, maybe not blood but fighting. I know, I can hear you. "It's the Last Battle! What did you expect?" I expected to be able to tell one battlefield from another. It is very easy to get lost in this book, and I don't mean that in a good way. I found myself drifting off for a few seconds and coming back to find that a different character was swinging a sword. I thought about going back to listen to the book again but that is so NOT gonna happen. It's entirely too long and easy to get lost in. I will stick with my hard copy for this book at least. There are just so many different battle fronts. Closing out most of the story lines was a bonus but this book definitely should be listened to with a hand hovering above the rewind button and a map.

    0 of 0 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
    (2913)
    Performance
    (2652)
    Story
    (2661)

    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."
    "Not the best but it did close story lines."
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    Where does Dead Ever After rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This falls within the top 20% of the books I have so far. It closed several of the different story lines that I was left questioning throughout the series. Unfortunately it's done in what feels like an almost rushed tone. I'm not sure what happened behind the scenes but from the writing it almost feels like her publisher told her "This is your last Sookie book, if you're gonna say it, say it now." I was also used to having only one point of view. For some reason Ms Harris doesn't follow though with this book. It's a bit jarring but once you get into the story you understand the reasoning. There is so much going on during this book that its the only way to cover everything in a reasonable amount of time. I was glad for the closure if not for the tone.


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

    I was so happy when I read that Johanna Parker was back! She does Sookie spot on. I watched the first couple of episodes of True Blood before I decided to check out the series. As soon as I started listening to the books I stopped watching. This is what Sookie sounds like, not the actress picked for the show. Overall Johanna Parker is my favorite female narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm at a loss now! So many of my regular series are finished that I feel like I've been left in the lurch with yet another one. I've already downloaded the book advertised at the end, Undead and Unwed.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9256)
    Performance
    (5303)
    Story
    (5349)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Characters brought to a new light"
    Overall

    I have been a big fan of this series for years. I already own the entire collection in hard cover and have been through the series several times. When I saw that the most recent book became available here I decided to listen this time around. It was well worth it! I would never give up my hardcover books for this but there were parts that made me see things in a different light. Having 2 narrators was a good thing. They were both wonderful at bringing the characters to life. When the Moraine tells the story of Manetheran it gave me chills! Highly recommended!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern: Dragonriders of Pern

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Sheila Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (177)

    An air of pleasant anticipation hung so thickly over the Halls, Holds, and Weyrs of Pern that it had affected even the businesslike ways of Moreta, the Weyrwoman of Fort Weyr. Her dragon, Queen Orlith, would soon clutch; spring had made a glorious debut; the Gather at Ruatha Hold was extremely merry; and Moreta was enjoying the attentions of Alessan, the new Lord Holder of Ruatha Hold. Then, without warning, a runnerbeast fell ill.

    Burt says: "Weakest Storyline So Far"
    "So far I love this series..."
    Overall

    I started at the beginning of this series with Dragonriders of Pern and I just keep going. I've only been listening to this for the first couple of hours but I find myself feeling out of breath, not because of the story which is good so far, but because the narrator sounds like she's hyperventilating! I don't know if she's that into the reading or just too close to the microphone. From here on out though I will be listening either in the car or over the speaker. No headphones please!

    As for the story, it's taken me a bit to really become attached to the characters. I think I've just gotten so used to the start of the series all being joined together in one way or another. In this book she (Anne McCaffrey) has started in the same world but with completely new characters. It's a good listen so far though.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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