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Diane M Benetz

Parkville, MO United States | Listener Since 2004

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  • 30 reviews
  • 142 ratings
  • 369 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • The Second Summer of the Sisterhood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ann Brashares
    • Narrated By Amy Povich
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (44)

    With a bit of last summer's sand in the pockets, the Traveling Pants and the Sisterhood that wears them embark on their 16th summer.

    Amy says: "Fabulous"
    "Didn't even finish the book"
    Overall

    The characters were not interesting, the supposed close relationship was not developed, etc. I just didn't like the writing.

    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27514)
    Performance
    (14115)
    Story
    (14164)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "One of my top 5 books ever"
    Overall

    Fabulous new talented author. I wait in anticipation for her next novel. Next week would not be too soon! Terrific narrators I really believe this book was even better listened to than read due to the talent on this recording. Great story it really makes you stop and think about many issues we still too sadly still live with today in 2010.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5214)
    Performance
    (1436)
    Story
    (1439)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Great read"
    Overall

    This author was able to transport me into situations in which I have had no remote experience nor probably ever will living in the middle of the US. It really made me look at Afghanistan in a whole new way and the citizens of this war torn region. He is a fabulous author. "Kite Runner" was slightly better but that still means this was an exceptional read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keep Me Close

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Clare Francis
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Catherine has become a victim in her own home. First a string of nuisance calls, then a vicious attack by a mysterious intruder. Now, as she struggles to come to terms with her injuries, two very different men seem anxious to uncover the truth. There is Terry Devlin, entrepreneur and fixer, the local boy made good from Catherine's almost forgotten past. And Simon Jardine, her husband's business partner. But do either of them really want justice?

    Peggy says: "Keep Me Close"
    "Good storytelling"
    Overall

    The story was well written except for the description of the characters. You immediately discern the good vs. bad instead of slowing evolving.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Double Whammy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1337)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (544)

    A twisted tale of murder in the world of big-stakes bass fishing tournaments. Filled with ex-wives, evangelists, and an armed pit-bull, this is a story that could only be concocted by Carl Hiaasen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author, and czar of Florida noir fiction.

    David says: "First For Me"
    "Fun, Fun, Fun"
    Overall

    If you want to sit back, relax, smile and laugh then this is the book for you. He develops the characters so you end up falling in love with even the weird and cheering for the hero. This is a talented author and I highly recommend his books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plain Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Christina Moore, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1203)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (444)

    The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.

    Susan says: "Plain good!"
    "Very enjoying book"
    Overall

    Captivated my attention even though somewhat predicatable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eventide

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kent Haruf
    • Narrated By George Hearn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    One of the most beloved novels in recent years, Plainsong was a best seller from coast to coast, and now Kent Haruf returns to the High Plains community of Holt, Colorado, with a story of even more masterful authority.

    Bill L. says: "Wonderful!"
    "Loved this follow up to Plainsong"
    Overall

    Love this author! Would love for him to write more. Read 'Plainsong' first though it will make more sense.
    These books made me laugh and cry, which in my opinion is a very good experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Wedding in December: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Anita Shreve
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    At an inn in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, seven former schoolmates gather for a wedding. Nora, the owner of the inn, has recently had to reinvent her life following the death of her husband. Avery, who still hears echoes from a horrific event at Kidd Academy 26 years ago, has made a life for himself in Toronto with his wife and two sons.

    Judith says: "A Story Without Substance"
    "Luke-warm read."
    Overall

    Not one of Shreve's best. She is such an excellant author but this was not very satifiying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Irresistible

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Cecelia Frontero
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (231)

    When ex-Marine Walker Buchanan stops to help Elissa Towers change a tire, he tells himself it's just the neighborly thing to do. And when Elissa finds herself baking him a thank-you pie, she's just returning the favor...right?

    MaxineSap says: "exciting"
    "Predictable but Rated R!"
    Overall

    Very predictable sappy romance. Rated R pieces so be prepared!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (204)

    With each and every new novel, Dean Koontz raises the stakes, and the pulse rate, higher than any other author. Now, in what may be his most suspenseful and heartfelt novel ever, he brings us the story of an ordinary man whose extraordinary commitment to his wife will take him on a harrowing journey of adventure, sacrifice, and redemption to the mystery of love itself, and to a showdown with the darkness that would destroy it forever.

    David says: "Excellent read!"
    "Great book!"
    Overall

    Really a pleasure to listen to. Another terrific Dean Koontz thriller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Off Air

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Catherine Sampson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (32)

    Robin Ballantyne's life is finally coming together. After learning she was pregnant with twins and being abandoned by her irresponsible boyfriend, Adam, she's settling into life as a single mother. But one night, after putting the children to bed, she hears an argument and suddenly, a body falls past her window. Running outside, she finds the body of Paula Carmichael, a renowned activist.

    Hannah says: "Rich, developed and unusual"
    "Nicely written mystery."
    Overall

    The author does a good job of 'pulling you in' to the story and liking the main character - flaws and all.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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