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Dianne Bartley

Hermosa Beach, CA USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5220)
    Performance
    (4416)
    Story
    (4430)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Another spectacular Ken Follett Book!"
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    If you could sum up Winter of the World in three words, what would they be?

    Epic historical novel


    What other book might you compare Winter of the World to and why?

    This is very similar to Fall of Giants because of it's historical passage through time. I love how the author weaves the fictional characters with the historical people.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The bombing of Pearl Harbour was one of my favorite scenes.


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

    I like to listen to this book in parts to stop and dig out more historical facts about the time period.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7059)
    Performance
    (5010)
    Story
    (5000)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Spectacular book with unforgetable characters!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would totally recommend this book to a friend and especially if this was to be there very first audiobook. The readers brought the characters to life!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kitchen House?

    When Mama finally confronts Marshall! The build up and drama were amazing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the scenes of "jumpin the broom"


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did cry during many of the gripping scenes with Mama and Lavinia. The readers were so believable and you could feel all of the emotions


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Locked On

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3813)
    Performance
    (3271)
    Story
    (3257)

    Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he’s honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous.

    Joseph says: "Give me more! Loved it!"
    "Another great Tom Clancy book!!"
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    Would you listen to Locked On again? Why?

    I never listen to audible books again so most likely I wouldn't listen to it again. Loved it the first time!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Ryan is always a favorite of mine because he's so likable


    Which character ??? as performed by Lou Diamond Phillips ??? was your favorite?

    Jack Ryan


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

    For sure! I have a long commute to work everyday and I didn't want to get out of the cars most morning!


    Any additional comments?

    More Tom Clancy books please!!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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