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Diana

I find a reason to laugh everyday!

Kamuela, HI, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Madeleine Albright
    • Narrated By Madeleine Albright
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    The next president, whether Democrat or Republican, will face the daunting task of repairing America's core relationships and tarnished credibility after the damage caused during the past seven years. In Memo to the President Elect, former secretary of state and best-selling author Madeleine Albright offers provocative ideas about how to confront the striking array of challenges that the next commander-in-chief will face.

    John says: "Disappointing"
    "A comprehensive review"
    Overall

    This is a good follow up to the Bob Woodward books on the Bush presidency (Plan of Action; State of Denial). While Woodward employs a painstakingly detailed micro-perspective of one U.S.administration, Albright's approach gives us a whirlwind tour of current world politics from the macro-perspective of her long experience. Read this one as soon as you can. It will be dated by January 2009.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (4278)
    Performance
    (1965)
    Story
    (1989)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "Try as I might, I couldn't finish the book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Wicked better?

    Maybe another presenter?


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The synopsis was interesting. The characters were least interesting. Maybe they were undeveloped?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Possibly.


    What character would you cut from Wicked?

    I wouldn't cut a character. But I never became involved with the characters. I didn't care what happened next.


    Any additional comments?

    I love science fiction and fantasy. I was disappointed that I didn't like the book.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (26912)
    Performance
    (13543)
    Story
    (13591)

    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!"
    "Emotionally involving"
    Overall

    A wonderful, heart breaking, hopeful story. A very good read. Difficult to put down. Excellent characters, story line and and narration. Enjoy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13271)
    Performance
    (5701)
    Story
    (5773)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I do not understand all the five stars. I couldn't disagree more. This amateur effort is nowhere near a classic. The plot is thin and the characters woefully undeveloped. At times it read like a cheap bodice ripper (romance novel). The author repeatedly required suspension of disbelief which this reader could not do. Bright spot: the old Jacob narrator was good and old Jacob's story was enjoyable. But this could not carry the book. I struggled to read the whole thing, and unfortunately I shouldn't have bothered.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Husband of Zebra Drive: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (268)

    In the life of Precious Ramotswe, a woman duly proud of her fine traditional build, there is rarely a dull moment, and in the latest installment in the universally beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, there is much happening on Zebra Drive and Tlokweng Road. Mma Ramotswe is experiencing staffing difficulties. Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni asks to be put in charge of a case involving an errant husband. But can a man investigate such matters as successfully as the number-one lady detective can?

    Joanne says: "#1 Ladies continued enjoyment"
    "Pleasant"
    Overall

    Like another reader said so well, each book is a visit with old friends. I have only one more book to go and that makes me sad. The author's frequent digressions into his pleasant descriptive writing can be soothing and spellbinding.

    The scene description of the Good Husband approaching the hotel for his meeting with the client was nice. I can still see the scruffy dog drowsing in the sun. I can faintly hear the fly, unnoticed by the dog, flitting around the narrow part of his nose, and I can smell the good cooking of the hotel chef drifting through the open windows.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael Cunningham
    • Narrated By Michael Cunningham
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    The Hours is the story of three women: Clarissa Vaughan, Laura Brown, and Virginia Woolf. By the end of the novel, the stories intertwine in remarkable ways, and finally come together in an act of subtle and haunting grace.

    Steve says: "Very literary, intentionally slight plot"
    "Haunting"
    Overall

    The characters in this book continue to pop into my head years after reading it. I will read it again soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Women in Love

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By D.H. Lawrence
    • Narrated By Vanessa Benjamin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    Lawrence explores love, sex, passion, and marriage through the eyes of two sisters. Gudrun and Ursula Brangwen are the two intelligent, incisive, and observant sisters whose temperamental differences spark an ongoing debate regarding their society and their inner lives. The two very different sisters pursue thrilling, torrid affairs, but their search for more mature emotional relationships reveals some startling information about themselves as well as their lovers, Rupert Birkin and Gerald Crich.

    V. T. Carson says: "Facinating unsettling view male and female"
    "Emotional intensity"
    Overall

    I am a huge fan of Lawrence. This book was tough to read due to the emotional intensity, but I couldn't stop. Engrossing. I was addicted to the story and of course the characters. The exquisitely beautiful language often juxtaposed uncomfortably with desperate human situations.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba...and Then Lost It to the Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By T. J. English
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (174)

    Havana Nocturne takes listeners back to Cuba in the years when it was a veritable devil's playground for mob leaders Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano. Thanks to strong ties with the island's brutal dictator, President Batista, the mob soon owned the biggest luxury hotels and casinos and launched an unprecedented tourist boom. But their dreams collided with those of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and others.

    Paul Abbott says: "Not for reactionaries"
    "Fascinating American history"
    Overall

    The book read like an engrossing novel. My husband and I read it together. Our dinner conversations became enjoyable mini-book club discussions. I highly recommend this book to those who are fascinated with the seamier side of Ameican history, and, of course, the American mob. Great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridge of Sighs

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    Louis Charles ("Lucy") Lynch has spent all his 60 years in upstate Thomaston, New York, married to the same woman, Sarah, for 40 of them, their son now a grown man. Like his late, beloved father, Lucy is an optimist, though he's had plenty of reasons not to be: chief among them his mother, still indomitably alive.

    Victoria Wright says: "Wonderful"
    "Memorable"
    Overall

    Months later I am still thinking about the characters. They were so well developed, and the story so emotionally involving, it's as if I may have lived in that little town for a time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Assassination Vacation

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Conan O'Brien, Stephen King, Dave Eggers, and others
    Overall
    (2014)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (493)

    Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other, a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.

    Rachel says: "extremely entertaining and informative"
    "For Sarah fans"
    Overall

    After getting to know Sarah's work on National Public Radio, this was my first of her books. Entertaining!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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