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Dianne

New Bern, NC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Peter Golenbock, Jose Baez
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    When Caylee Anthony was reported missing in Orlando, Florida, in July 2008, the public spent the next three years following the investigation and the eventual trial of her mother, Casey Anthony. On July 5, 2011, the case that captured headlines worldwide exploded when, against all odds, defense attorney Jose Baez delivered one of the biggest legal upsets in American history: a not-guilty verdict.

    Tracy says: "Blah, blah, blah"
    "More than one side to a story"
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    Where does Presumed Guilty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    a 9 out of 10


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Presumed Guilty?

    Cindy Anthony panic over the missing grandchild.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    Pleasant to listen to


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The finding of the body.


    Any additional comments?

    Jose Baez seems to have a "pity me" focus in the book. He could have left some of the persecution of his character parts out without effecting the story. People are more interested in information that would assure us that the jury made a good decision.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Rose for Her Grave - and Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (114)

    "A Rose for Her Grave" - the principal story of this collection - vividly recreates the cautionary tale of Randy Roth, a misogynistic sociopath from the Pacific Northwest whose rage was directed primarily at women and children. Addicted to his own greed, Roth exercised a powerful aura of control over his victims, using his ability to charm and boyish good looks to lower their defenses. By the time they saw the reality of the madness in his eyes, it was usually too late.

    Laura says: "Interesting nonfiction cases"
    "Ann Rule at her usual best."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Rose for Her Grave - and Other True Cases to be better than the print version?

    Only for the picture value. Most of her books do include pictures.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way criminals always think they are smarter than anyone else.


    What does Laural Merlington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She made the evil pop out in her voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Everytime the truth was revealed.


    Any additional comments?

    Never get enough of Ann Rule!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1522)
    Performance
    (1372)
    Story
    (1367)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Wonderful characters"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes Yes Yes Its a book you don't want to have an ending.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hildy of course. What a study in denial.


    What does Mary Beth Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She sounds just like I vision Hildy


    Who was the most memorable character of The Good House and why?

    Frank- He just kept being himself and hanging in there.


    Any additional comments?

    Lovely human insight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5725)
    Performance
    (4912)
    Story
    (4920)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "Loss youth"
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    Would you try another book from Arthur Conan Doyle and/or Alan Cumming?

    Maybe


    Would you ever listen to anything by Arthur Conan Doyle again?

    Maybe


    Would you be willing to try another one of Alan Cumming’s performances?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle?

    Characters OK


    Any additional comments?

    The story was so ordinary in today world that it really doesn't make an interesting read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genesis

    • ORIGINAL (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dr. Bill Creasy
    • Narrated By Dr. Bill Creasy
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (119)

    In Genesis the curtain rises on our story. Genesis introduces most of the major themes in the Bible. Listen closely as Logos Bible Study’s Dr. Bill Creasy takes you through the story of creation, the fall of man, grace, atonement, faith, justification, redemption and much more in this extraordinary story of beginnings.

    Shari says: "Dr. Creasy brings the Bible to life!!!"
    "Understanding the Beginning of Sin"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very Much!! Greasy is a wonderfully educated teacher.


    What other book might you compare Genesis to and why?

    Any books by Bill Creasy. He has such insight into the geography.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Joseph's family history


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The deceitfulness of Biblical characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I've never read anything that puts the story into context like Bill Creasy can do.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Paul Collins
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1039)
    Performance
    (859)
    Story
    (860)

    In Long Island, a farmer found a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discovered a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumbled upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime were turning up all over New York, but the police were baffled: There were no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most perplexing murder.

    deborah says: "Great look at NYC crime, forensics, and journalism"
    "Confusion in excess"
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    What would have made The Murder of the Century better?

    Story doesn't seem to be very well written


    Has The Murder of the Century turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What didn’t you like about William Dufris’s performance?

    Not much


    What character would you cut from The Murder of the Century?

    I'm not sure any cuts would help.


    Any additional comments?

    Had a hard time finishing this audio.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3814)
    Performance
    (2717)
    Story
    (2722)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    A User says: "Outstanding"
    "Surprising Read"
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    What did you love best about A Prayer for Owen Meany?

    The readers performance and the author storyline


    What other book might you compare A Prayer for Owen Meany to and why?

    Secret Life of Bees


    What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A wonderful voice for this book


    Who was the most memorable character of A Prayer for Owen Meany and why?

    Owen Meany....He was so comfortable with his station in life.


    Any additional comments?

    A story that touches your very heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors: And Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (97)

    It’s a chilling reality that homicide investigators know all too well: The last face most murder victims see is not that of a stranger, but of someone familiar. Whether only an acquaintance or a trusted intimate, such killers share a common trait that triggers the downward spiral toward death for someone close to them: They are masters at hiding who they really are. Their clever masks let them appear safe, kind, and truthful. They are anything but - and almost no one can detect the murderous impulses buried deep in their psyches.

    Dianne says: "The Evil People Do"
    "The Evil People Do"
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    What did you love best about Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors: And Other True Cases?

    Based on facts.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The inner evil contained in the hearts of human beings.


    What about Laural Merlington’s performance did you like?

    Pleasant voice.


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

    Pure Evil


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy everything that Ann Rule writes. Would love to see some movies based on her stories.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (887)
    Performance
    (809)
    Story
    (810)

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "Beyond belief"
    Overall
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    What would have made Beyond Belief better?

    Fine as is as far as I can understand the experiences detailed


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Mystery


    What didn’t you like about Sandy Rustin’s performance?

    Sandy was ok but wasn't into the content


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    unbelief that people can be so controlled mentally.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is geared to a certain audience. People that have been under the influence of mind control organizations need to read this.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Exodus

    • ORIGINAL (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dr. Bill Creasy
    • Narrated By Dr. Bill Creasy
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    Join Logos Bible Study as we continue the story of redemption. As told by Dr. Bill Creasy, Israel falls into the cruel bondage of slavery in Egypt. And it is no accident: God had said to Abraham 500 years earlier that his descendants would be “enslaved and mistreated four hundred years”.

    Steven A. Davis says: "Excellent Bible Study"
    "Bible based information"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Exodus?

    Bill's input into the facts.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Exodus?

    Moses conversations with God.


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Bill adds factual information based on his experiences in the areas Exodus refers to.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This reading based on the NIV and Bill's expansions are eye openings to the Exodus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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