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Diana

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  • The Devil Wears Prada

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Rachel Leigh Cook
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, is hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the successful editor of Runway magazine. Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether the job is worth the price of her soul.

    Diana says: "A light read but entertaining"
    "A light read but entertaining"
    Overall

    This book is pure junk food: No substance for a literary mind but a great read for giving your brain a rest. The length is good and the story keeps moving in this abridged addition. There were no preachy or long, whiny diatribes of the injustices Andrea suffered at the hands of her boss, (which I absolutely hated in the Nanny Diaries.) However, it annoyed me that the author weakly tried to tackle a moral/social issue (which is more important, job or friends). I think it detracted from the strengths of the book, which were its gossipy look into fashion publishing and those wonderful interactions with the devil herself, Miranda Priestly.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Tim Robbins
    Overall
    (1538)
    Performance
    (935)
    Story
    (942)

    The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's portrait of the Jazz Age in all its decadence and excess, is, as editor Maxwell Perkins praised it in 1924, "a wonder". It remains one of the most widely read, translated, admired, imitated, and studied 20th-century works of American fiction.

    Redhawk Readers says: "Something you won't fall asleep to..."
    "Tim Robbins' reading is mesmerizing"
    Overall

    I have had this audiobook for a couple of years now. I keep it on my ipod and listen to it often, whether all the way through or just random parts. Tim Robbins makes Fitzgerald's prose sound like music, and every time I listen I am amazed by Fitzgerald's genius.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Out in Style

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Chloe Green
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The Dallas O'Connor Mystery series, starring a savvy and sassy fashion stylist from deep in the heart of Texas, is a hit with critics and fans. Dallas arrives for a photo shoot only to find the model dead and Raul the photographer holding a knife. When Raul takes off, Dallas is suddenly the prime suspect. She'll have to go on the run to prove her innocence. This wild ride is filled with eccentric characters.

    beatrice says: "Good Read"
    "Fun for Dallasites"
    Overall

    I have to state up front, I live in the DFW area and have a degree in fashion design. Liking this book, I am sure, has less to do with plot and more to do with pondering similarities of some of the characters to actual people/companies and imagining those people and businesses in the book. Also, it was fun because I knew exactly where the characters were most of the time, i.e. stuck in traffic on 75 or going up and down the steep hills at Fossil Rim.

    I liked Dallas. She is that perfect blend of airhead and genius. But I was disappointed in the choice of narrator. She definitely is not from Texas. This isn't a suspenseful or serious mystery. It has more in common with Shopaholic than Dave Robicheaux, but I liked Dallas better than Shopaholic. The story's conclusion had some flaws but nothing that ruined the book for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The English American

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alison Larkin
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (984)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (339)

    When Pippa Dunn, adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Alison Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.

    Michael says: "Outstanding"
    "I loved this book!"
    Overall

    Funny, serious, sweet and silly. This book didn't have a disappointing or dull moment. I loved all the characters and could really identify with Pippa's need to know her birth parents. A book on this subject could have been too pathetic or painful, but Alison delivers it perfectly --she delves into difficult situations but with a sense of humor and a sunny disposition.

    There are so many unique characters in this book, and the author somehow manages to give each character a voice in her amazing narration. Highly recommended.

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Monsters of Templeton

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lauren Groff
    • Narrated By Nicole Roberts
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    In the wake of a disastrous affair with her married archeology professor, brilliant Wilhelmina Cooper arrives back at the doorstep of her hippie mother-turned-born-again-Christian's house in Templeton, New York - a storybook town her ancestors founded on the shores of Lake Glimmerglass. Upon her arrival, a prehistoric monster surfaces in the lake, bringing a feeding frenzy to the quiet town. And Willie learns she has a mystery father her mother has kept secret for Willie's entire life.

    Dan's Gal Sal says: "SPOILER ALERT!!"
    "Nonsense"
    Overall

    I like occasional light reads, love a good mystery and enjoy far-fetched plots (such as monsters in lakes), so I thought I could not go wrong with this selection. Not true! I almost quit reading, yelled in frustration at the stupidity and immaturity of the main character and the inability of the author to keep her story line believable. The stories from the past were enjoyable and interesting but hard to follow in audiobook format. I did download the family tree, which did help.

    In the end I could have cared less what happened to this selfish, disrespectful, immature character and felt that the reasons for the monster and for her father's hidden identity were not supported by the plot. The parts just didn't come together to make a satisfying read/listen.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Alan Alda
    • Narrated By Alan Alda
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    He's one of America's most recognizable and acclaimed actors: a star on Broadway, an Oscar nominee for The Aviator, and the only person to ever win Emmys for acting, writing, and directing, during his 11 years on M*A*S*H. Now Alan Alda has written a memoir as elegant, funny, and affecting as his greatest performances.

    Lauren says: "Worth It!"
    "Well thought-out, life affirming"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book and have a new respect for Alan Alda, the person. I particularly enjoyed reading about his early struggles and the side jobs he took to support his dream. I found his insights into his life to be honest, especially concerning his parents. I liked that he didn't play up his successes but really wrote about the growth and thought processes involved in his life and his decisions. At first I had a twinge of disappointment that Alan Alda didn't read the book himself, but I believe it gives more objectivity to his story. This isn't a book about the public life of an entertainer. It is a story of a man with a dream and a wonderful attitude towards life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Anne Fadiman
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Anyone who has ever loved a book will relish this playful, yet deeply literate collection of essays celebrating the joy of reading. From building castles with books as a child, to the trauma of joining her library with her husband's, the author reveals, with much warmth and humor, the intimate details of her lifelong affair with books. For Anne Fadiman, books are not built for function, and certainly not for decoration. They are close personal friends who never fail to delight and amaze.

    Diana says: "Reading IS fun!"
    "Reading IS fun!"
    Overall

    This is a book I will listen to again. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Ms. Fadiman's quirky family. I vicariously searched used book stores with her and polled my own reading friends regarding what they would consider to be their "odd shelf." The reader, Suzanne Toren, adds just the right touch of humor and sophistication to make this book a very enjoyable listen! Listening to this book reminded me of the common bonds among readers and at the same time, the uniqueness of our own stories.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Vanishing Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Julia Gibson, Jim Jenner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (254)

    Jodi Picoult, the New York Times best-selling author of Second Glance and My Sister's Keeper, is a master at crafting powerful stories that are filled with suspense. In Vanishing Acts this acclaimed author delivers the gripping tale of a woman caught between her forgotten past and her uncertain future.

    Cindy Carson says: "One of the Best!"
    "Impressive!"
    Overall

    This book far exceeded my expectations. It sounded like an interesting story, but I soon found that the interaction among the characters is as incredible as the plot itself. The author weaves a tapestry of significance in even the mundane events of the book and builds upon that with the narrative and the characters. I couldn't stop listening to this book. Her characters get into hard situations, most of them which seem to be insurmountable. They respond so humanly and realistically that I was kept guessing what was going to happen. The ending was no let down. I read many books but can name few that have an outstanding insight into human nature, multi-faceted characters AND the ability to carry out a satisfying story as well. This is one of those books.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Marion Meade
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    This is an exuberant group portrait of four extraordinary writers, Zelda Fitzgerald, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker, and Edna Ferber, whose loves, lives, and literary endeavors captured the spirit of the 1920s.

    Diana says: "Fascinating lives!"
    "Fascinating lives!"
    Overall

    The people in this book prove the old adage that truth is stranger than fiction! This book gives such in-depth descriptions of events and personalities that, although the book really focuses on the 1920's and cannot be all-inclusive given the number of characters covered, I feel as though I have a very good sense of who they were. It was heartbreaking, funny and gossipy. I highly recommend this book!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Word Smart, Genius Edition: Building a Phenomenal Vocabulary

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Julian Fleisher, Michael Freedman
    • Narrated By Julian Fleisher, Michael Freedman
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (22)

    Do you have a proclivity for using sesquipedalian words? Has your prose become ossified because you haven't augmented your vocabulary lately? Here's the perfect, pedagogical solution. Word Smart, Genius Edition teaches more than 150 of the most captivating and challenging words in the English language.

    Jason Rinka says: "Entertaining way to build your vocabulary."
    "Great way to increase vocabulary"
    Overall

    Although many of these words won't be used in daily conversation, the definitions of these words has been helpful in listening to or reading books, as I have come across many of these words in various books. (Did the authors of those books listen to this book?) The conversational style is just superfluous at times but overall the readers do a great job at reinforcing the definitions. I was able to remember definitions upon hearing the words months after listening to this book.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Something Rotten: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (269)

    After spending her time chasing a stray Minotaur into pulp Westerns, filling in for Joan of Arc, and raising her infant son, Friday, Thursday needs a break in the real world. But her return to Swindon is far from relaxing. Rogue fictioneer Yorrick Kaine and the evil multinational Goliath Corporation are trying to rule the world, and a deadly assassin called the Windowmaker is tracking Thursday's every move.

    Karen says: "Re: the different narrator"
    "Best one yet!"
    Overall

    Of the Thursday Next series, this is my favorite. I haven't laughed out loud this much while enjoying a book in a long time. I would give the book a 10 for its overall witty fun. I felt the ending was too muddled and bogged down an otherwise perfect book. I, too, missed Ms. Sastre's narration and almost opted to read the book instead of listen. However, I decided to keep an open mind, enjoyed the narration for the most part and am glad I listened!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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