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Diana

Walnut Creek, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ted Kerasote
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (207)

    Ted Kerasote met and adopted Merle, a Labrador mix, while he was on a camping trip. Merle had been living in the wild, and after taking the dog home with him to Wyoming, Kerasote soon realized that Merle could not adjust to inhabiting exclusively the human world. So he put a door in his house to let Merle live both outside and in. A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable animal, Merle's Door explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face.

    John says: "The Best Audio Book I've ever listened to"
    "This Book is Not Meant for Most Dog Owners"
    Overall

    I am quoting from a review on Amazon that says it better than I ever could (and that I wish I'd read before my purchase):

    "The fact is, I found myself hating this man, even as I grew fond of his dog. Jackson Hole is rife with his type of arrogant, he-man, gotta-eat-wild-animals, gun loving, opinionated jerks. He even goes so far as to say that vegans are responsible for the destruction of animals and insects because farming supplants wildlife habitat. Yet it's somehow okay for him to go out and blast away at elk, antelope, deer, various birds, and God knows what else. He is downright irresponsible with his wonderful dog. As for the idiotic idea that dogs should run free, I live in a rural area where people let their dogs do just that, and people do get bitten, and dogs do attack other dogs and livestock, and they do get hit by cars and shot by people who have had it with dog owners just like Kerasote."

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rule of Four

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (67)

    Princeton. Good Friday, 1999. On the eve of graduation, two students are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Famous for its hypnotic power over those who study it, the 500-year-old Hypnerotomachia may finally reveal its secrets to Tom Sullivan, whose father was obsessed with the book, and Paul Harris, whose future depends on it. As the deadline looms, research has stalled, until an ancient diary surfaces.

    Michael says: "BETTER than Dan Brown"
    "A Wonderful Ride"
    Overall

    This book was perfection. Filled with lots of fascinating history, intrigue, suspense, great characters with real relationships and an ending I couldn't improve if I tried. And I'm critical of most endings.

    This book will leave you wanting to learn more about the Hypnerotomachia, the Renaissance, classical literature and even Princeton University.

    I can't wait to see what these two authors write next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bel Canto

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1761)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (925)

    Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

    Brian says: "Surprisingly engrossing"
    "A Truly Beautiful Book"
    Overall

    It's not often you find a book that has an excellent plot AND reads like poetry. I thought every sentence from this book was worth treasuring and pausing over, but I was so interested in seeing what was going to happen, that I rushed through it. Fortunately, I'll enjoy listening to it a second time just as much.

    I loved all the well-developed characters, and it was so refreshing to read a book with such a unique premise.

    This book had the effect of making me want to appreciate to the fullest every day of the rest of my life.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Death Match

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Barret Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (261)

    The Thorpes were the perfect couple: young, attractive, and ideally matched. But the veil of perfection can mask many secrets. When the Thorpes are found dead in their tasteful Flagstaff living room, having committed double-suicide, alarms go off in the executive offices of Eden, Incorporated, the worldwide matchmaking phenomenon that uses its astonishing artificial intelligence to create supercouples and guarantee its customers just one thing: lifelong happiness.

    Rodney says: "Sounds like something from the WWF, but no..."
    "A Really Fun Book!"
    Overall

    I loved this book! It was thrilling and I listened to it straight through the first time. A fun, light read. I think the criticisms here have been way too harsh. I've got a B.S. in Computer Science, but I knew this book was FICTION so I didn't expect reality. (For really good non-fiction on AI, read "On Intelligence".)

    I thought the writing was perfectly acceptable, the plot really clever, and the characters very well developed. I thought Liza's character was quite touching and I thought the ending was perfect -- although few seem to agree with me on that. I can't think of any other ending I would prefer.

    Someone said this was like a cross between "2001" and "War Games". I would agree with that and point out that those were both really fun thrillers as well. Get it and suspend disbelief. You'll enjoy it a lot that way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (136)

    Set on both sides of the Atlantic, Zadie Smith's third novel is a brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, intersections of the personal and political, and an honest look at people's deceptions. It is also, as you might expect, very funny indeed.

    Sarah says: "two thumbs up"
    "I'll look for future books from this author!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book and was sorry when it ended, even though it was one of the longest audiobooks I'd ever heard. I didn't feel any of the story dragged, and really cared about each of her characters. Women and men were represented in a balanced, three-dimentional way. The narrator was a very good choice and gave distinct voices to each of the characters. I think the end could have been better, but that's my only criticism -- and it still gets 5 stars from me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By William Hope, Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (178)

    This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, a librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry 30. Impossible but true, because Henry has Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his past, present, and future.

    Lucy says: "Worth trying to sort it out"
    "Best Book Ever!"
    Overall

    This is hands down the best book I've ever read (or listened to) and I agree with a previous reviewer that the book stayed with me for weeks and weeks afterward. I loved the two main characters and I wanted my relationship with them to go on and on forever. I've recommended this book to everyone I know and they've all loved it too. Definitely read it -- you won't regret it.

    I'm truly amazed by the negative reviews of this book and wonder if we're even talking about the same book! I guess that's what makes horse races.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6230)
    Performance
    (2389)
    Story
    (2415)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "One Really Great Read!"
    Overall

    I enjoyed every minute of this book! The narrator does a great Greek accent and the author has created a book that is funny, fascinating, moving . . . I never wanted this book to end! I'm going to read his other books and wait for any future books from him. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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