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Dianne

Addicted to reading on kindle or audiobooks. I prefer science fiction, fantasy, horror, epic series, and historical fiction. Favorite authors are Terry Goodkind, Bryce Countney, Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Diana Gabaldon. Don't care for forensic thrillers....same thing over and over.

Baxter, MN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3386)
    Performance
    (2400)
    Story
    (2406)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Fresh version of Oliver Twist era"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Potato Factory the most enjoyable?

    Bryce Courtney creates such vibrant and flawed characters. It is so easy to become acquainted with them and their world. Loved learning about London during this time period and later Tasmania/Australia. Harsh times but seems very accurate. Great historical fiction novel.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Potato Factory?

    The attack on Mary by the male workers....the extent of human cruelty.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    His accents and voices for each character are awesome. I could listen to him for hours and hours and have bought may Bryce Courtney audiobooks for just that reason. Prefer the audio format instead of text for these books, and Humphrey Bower has a lot to do with that.


    If you could take any character from The Potato Factory out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hawk. His soul is made of solid gold, all the way to the core. His size and appearance are so striking that he is one of the most unique characters I could imagine. As I have also listened to part 2 and part 3 in this series, I have gotten to know more of Hawk, so this book is just an introduction to his character.


    Any additional comments?

    Love these long complex stories and I just love getting to know Bryce's characters. These books (Potato Factory series and anything by Bryce Courtney) would be interesting to so many different types of people. I highly recommend them to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2799)
    Performance
    (1355)
    Story
    (1362)

    Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

    Hope says: "A Worthy Book, indeed"
    "I have listened to this more than once..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Unique presentation of classical history that we all are familiar with, but with outrageous humorous twists. I thought it could be offensive to some, but I just don't see how as it makes me laugh and laugh. First half is hilarious, and second half is a little more slow paced and obscure. There is just nothing else out there like this.


    What other book might you compare Lamb to and why?

    Unique...nothing like this. I have tried other Christopher Moore novels, and those are the most similar, but this audiobook is like no other.

    The closest type of story I could compare this to is Forrest Gump....the way history is woven into the book or explained by the book is so entertaining.


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

    Other Christopher Moore novels. I think this is his best and Biff is his perfect character!


    Who was the most memorable character of Lamb and why?

    Biff. How could you not just love him! Honest and selfish but a true loyal friend.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to this at least once a year. I can't think of any other audiobook that I refuse to remove from my library after I am done. Never gets old...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (2023)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (917)

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "Refreshing Horror and Great New Author"
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    What made the experience of listening to Heart-Shaped Box the most enjoyable?

    The suspense of what would happen next and sharing the characters' fear and anxiety.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The travels in the car from place to place helped keep the book moving.


    What about Stephen Lang’s performance did you like?

    Great voice and really portrayed Judas well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Beware what you purchase on the internet....it may haunt you!


    Any additional comments?

    I did not want to like the characters in the book. I had very little in common and did not want to feel empathy for them, but Joe Hill is a talented author and can pull you in and makes you get to know these characters. You end up cheering for them throughout the book. This was a nice short audiobook that me and my daughter could listen to during a weekend trip. We looked forward to traveling in the car so we could listen to more. Addicting. Looking forward to more novels by Joe Hill. Chip off the ol' block!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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