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Diana

Kalaheo, HI, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Vows, Vendettas, and a Little Black Dress

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1026)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (574)

    Overjoyed at Maryanne’s engagement, amateur sleuth Sophie Katz can’t wait for the wedding vows and party toasts to begin. But then Dena—best friend, bridesmaid and all-around vixen—is mysteriously shot just after the announcement. Leave this to the authorities? No way. Dena may never walk again, and Sophie vows to marry her fists with the shooter’s face.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Must Read!"
    "Confusing, long winded overuse of bad language."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Cut out the sexual graphic descriptions/verbiage.


    Would you recommend Vows, Vendettas, and a Little Black Dress to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, needs to be cleaned up and abridged.


    What three words best describe Gabra Zackman’s voice?


    Reasonable n clear


    Could you see Vows, Vendettas, and a Little Black Dress being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No idea. Would need to be a late night movie


    Any additional comments?

    I had anticipated this book being similar to a Stephanie PLum novel, no where near.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earthly Delights: Corinna Chapman Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Louise Siversen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (288)

    Baking is an alchemical process for Corinna Chapman. At four am she starts work at Earthly Delights, her bakery in Calico Alley. But one morning Corinna receives a threatening note saying "The wages of sin is death" and finds a syringe in her cat's paw. A blue-faced junkie has collapsed in the dark alley and a mysterious man with beautiful eyes appears with a plan for Corinna and her bread. Then it is Goths, dead drug addicts, witchcraft, a homeless boy and a missing girl and it seems she will never get those muffins cooked in time.

    S. Sarabasha says: "Don't know why I waited so long."
    "Hungry for Muffins created and baked by Jason"
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    What made the experience of listening to Earthly Delights the most enjoyable?

    It is a modern story dealing with everyday life, the characters very interesting, not boring in any way, love all the description of baking, aren't all good cooks heavy, they seem to be in Hawaii, good advertisement for their food. My first introduction to Goths, I have led a sheltered life!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Earthly Delights?

    When Corrina was "poured" into her Goth outfit and realised she is a very attractive woman.


    Which character – as performed by Louise Siversen – was your favorite?

    Corinna. Louise Silversen is an outstanding narrator.


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

    Come try an exceptional muffin.


    Any additional comments?

    A very good book, would heartily recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shades of Twilight

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (245)

    Shades of Twilight is the story of Roanna Davenport, who grows up in a wealthy southern family but never quite fits in. She isn't pretty or popular, and she has a real talent for saying the wrong thing at precisely the wrong moment. She's in love with a distant cousin, Webb Tallant. But Webb marries their cousin Jessie, the bane of Roanna's life. When Jessie is found murdered, Webb is blamed for her death, even though there isn't enough evidence to charge him.

    Erin says: "It's about time!"
    "BORING"
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    What disappointed you about Shades of Twilight?

    Very slow moving, if I had borrowed this book from the public library I would have taken it back immediately but as I wasted 1 credit on it I kept listening just in case it got any better. It didn't, have now given up one third of the way thru. Big disappointment.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Linda Howard again?

    No


    What three words best describe Natalie Ross’s voice?

    Narrator has pleasant voice.


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I had picked something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7440)
    Performance
    (5338)
    Story
    (5331)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "TOO MUCH ANGST"
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    Where does The Kitchen House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Quite a long way down the list.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Did not listen to the end.


    What about Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin ’s performance did you like?

    The readers were very good, story content the downer.


    If you could rename The Kitchen House, what would you call it?

    Servitude


    Any additional comments?

    This book deals with man's inhumanity to man. Surely the author could have included at least one uplifting sequence. Bad choice on my part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Horse Boy: A Father's Quest to Heal His Son

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Rupert Isaacson
    • Narrated By Rupert Isaacson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (126)

    When his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson was devastated, afraid he might never be able to communicate with his child. But when Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, rode their neighbor's horse with Rowan, Rowan improved immeasurably. He was struck with a crazy idea: why not take Rowan to Mongolia the one place in the world where horses and shamanic healing intersected?

    Linda says: "Magical"
    "OUTSTANDING"
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    Would you listen to The Horse Boy again? Why?

    Yes, Much material to digest, second listening would be more in depth.


    What other book might you compare The Horse Boy to and why?

    Do not have any comparables, this book was No.1 above and beyond.


    Which character – as performed by Rupert Isaacson – was your favorite?

    Rupert Isaacson himself, as narrator and father. He has a great talent for looking on the bright side of very difficult situations, even when full of self doubt.


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

    Impossible to listen to all in one sitting, I actually listen to audible during my commute a half hour drive each way, Often I do not want to get out of the car when I arrive at my destination, listening makes commuting a small matter even if there are traffic jams..


    Any additional comments?

    Have recommended this book to many people, definitely 5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unsung Hero: Troubleshooters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (801)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (410)

    After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton - the sweet girl next door who has grown into a remarkable woman.

    Melissa says: "The first of many"
    "The Unsung Hero"
    Overall

    The basic storyline of this book is interesting but what I do not like is the graphic sex descriptions, it goes on and on when I only want to listen to the story. This book needs to be "abridged", a few choice words would do for the sexual descriptions thus allevating the listener's boredom. I guess the author has heard "sex sells books"!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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