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Diana Haynes

Vancouver, British Columbia Canada | Member Since 2000

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  • The Foreigner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Francie Lin
    • Narrated By James Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Emerson Chang is a mild mannered bachelor on the cusp of 40, a financial analyst in a neatly pressed suit, a child of Taiwanese immigrants who doesn't speak a word of Chinese, and, well, a virgin. His only real family is his mother, whose subtle manipulations have kept him close, all in the name of preserving an obscure idea of family and culture. But when his mother suddenly dies, Emerson sets out for Taipei to scatter her ashes, and to convey a surprising inheritance to his younger brother, Little P.

    Diana Haynes says: "I Beg to Differ"
    "I Beg to Differ"
    Overall

    I bought this book in spite of the bad reviews and hey, was I glad I did. I can see why it won the Hugo. It is a wonderfully drawn portrait of a Chinese American who comes "home" to Taiwan and finds himself a stranger in a strange land. The characters were all kooky, colourful and fully drawn, made even more delightful by the wonderful narrator, James Chen. A bravura performance which I am glad I did not miss. Did I mention that it is suspenceful and an interesting take on Taiwan? Highly recommended.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By David Talbot
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    Season of the Witch is the first book to fully capture the dark magic of San Francisco in this breathtaking period, when the city radically changed itself - and then revolutionized the world. The cool gray city of love was the epicenter of the 1960s cultural revolution. But by the early 1970s, San Francisco’s ecstatic experiment came crashing down from its starry heights. The city was rocked by savage murder sprees, mysterious terror campaigns, political assassinations, street riots, and finally a terrifying sexual epidemic.

    Douglas says: "A Great Book..."
    "Fascinating History of 20th Century San Francisco"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I couldn't stop listening to this riveting history of San Francisco from the 1960's on. Salon's David Talbot uses the wonderful narrative form of capturing the era with specific people, incidents and events which define the period (think Michael Lewis). Tremendously evocative of the times, I haven't read a better book about San Francisco. So interesting - many many historical details which I didn't know, even though I visited many times during this period and lived there in the '80's. The narrator was very good too and didn't detract in any way from the stories being told. Bravura achievement all round.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kent Hartman
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (146)

    If you were a fan of popular music in the 1960s and early '70s, you were a fan of the Wrecking Crew - whether you knew it or not. On hit record after hit record by everyone from the Byrds, the Beach Boys, and the Monkees to the Grass Roots, the 5th Dimension, Sonny & Cher, and Simon & Garfunkel, this collection of West Coast studio musicians from diverse backgrounds established themselves as the driving sound of pop music - sometimes over the objection of actual band members....

    Diana Haynes says: "Fascinating Story Well Told"
    "Fascinating Story Well Told"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Wrecking Crew the most enjoyable?

    Bought this book after watching the documentary and found that it contains many more stories and interesting details than the documentary (which was equally good). Who knew?


    What other book might you compare The Wrecking Crew to and why?

    I can't think of another book to compare this to - it is unique.


    What about Dan John Miller???s performance did you like?

    Good voice well paced.


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

    I wish.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who likes rock and roll would like this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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