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Diane Challenor

Blogger of accidental discoveries through books

Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • 16 reviews
  • 164 ratings
  • 319 titles in library
  • 38 purchased in 2014
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  • The Crossing Places

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Jane McDowell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (210)

    When she's not digging up bones or other ancient objects, Ruth Galloway lectures at the University of North Norfolk. She lives happily alone in a remote place called Saltmarsh overlooking the North Sea and, for company; she has her cats Flint and Sparky, and Radio 4. When a child's bones are found in the marshes near an ancient site that Ruth worked on ten years earlier, Ruth is asked to date them.

    Sara says: "An atmospheric creepy mystery set in Saltmarsh"
    "Excellent mystery"
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    I really enjoyed the plot and found the characters believable. The backdrop of the Norfolk salt marshes created a wonderful damp wind blown atmosphere and in my mind's eye I could see it's beauty and feel it. The narration by Jane McDowell was just right for me. An excellent mystery.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (127)

    Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

    Cay.S says: "Such an exquisite story, I didn't want it to end"
    "Maaan, it's good!"
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    The Goldfinch. Wow! What can I say. In the words of our Australian music guru, Molly Meldrum, I will say, guys, we have a hit on our hands. Yep, I believe this book has got to be a best seller, long term a breaker of records. Man, it's good! Plus, the narration is brilliant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5024)
    Performance
    (2996)
    Story
    (2998)

    For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "What a Terrific Book"
    "Sort of old fashioned crime novel but I loved it"
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    There was something about this story. It felt dated but something about it was really enjoyable. The strong American voice, the policeman that was thwarted at every turn by people who were supposed to be on his side, all made me wonder why I was enjoying the story so much. It must have been because the story was well told and I listened to it every opportunity I could till I knew the ending. It was a page turner.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Nine Tailors

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dorothy L Sayers
    • Narrated By Ian Carmichael
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Storm-bound over the New Year at a Fenland rectory, Lord Peter Wimsey willingly lends a hand in the ringing of a New Year's Eve peal of the church bells. Some months later, a handless, disfigured corpse is discovered in a fresh grave in the churchyard. Lord Peter receives a plea for help from the rector and embarks on one of his most complicated investigations - for this is not the first crime the village has experienced.

    Eleanor says: "One of the Best"
    "This one wasn't for us"
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    We didn't finish this one. It got a bit complicated and we just couldn't get into it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Molly Peacock
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    In The Paper Garden, celebrated poet Molly Peacock explores the remarkable life of 18th-century British gentlewoman-turned-artist Mary Delany. In the 1770s, at the age of 72, the twice-widowed and nearly broke Delany turned her interest in botany into beautiful paper “mosaick” flowers still revered today.

    Diane Challenor says: "Loved it!"
    "Loved it!"
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    This story was a lovely ramble through the life of Mary Delaney. It isn't a subject that I thought I'd enjoy but I did because it is very well written and narrated and Mary Delaney was extra-ordinary.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (710)
    Story
    (705)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Melinda says: "'Something Happened'..."
    "An intriguing story"
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    The narration of this story was just right and the story itself was intriguing. I enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Teaglass

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Emily Arsenault
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens, Oliver Wyman, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (203)

    The dusty files of a venerable dictionary publisher, a hidden cache of coded clues, a story written by a phantom author, an unsolved murder in a gritty urban park: all collide memorably in Emily Arsenault's magnificent debut, at once a teasing literary puzzle, an ingenious suspense novel, and an exploration of definitions: of words, of who we are, and of the stories we choose to define us.

    Ed says: "Enjoyable Book with Great Characters"
    "Loved this one! Perfect story and narrated well"
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    The author uses an unusual backdrop to this story, that is, lexicography. The building of the story, piece by piece was at a pace just right for me and the characters were given a wholeness which made the story perfect. Excellent work!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of an English Opium Eater

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Thomas De Quincey
    • Narrated By Thomas Witworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, Thomas De Quincey's best-known work, is an account of his early life and opium addiction, in prose that is by turns witty, conversational, and nightmarish.

    Rajeev A. says: "Shocking, I suppose, when it was first written."
    "Interesting story but doesn't hold my attention"
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    This is an interesting story. I'm not sure I'll get through it. The story is interesting and so is the narration but I don't know that I'm all that interested in the ins and outs of opium eating. I selected it because its a very famous story and many people put it on their lists of must reads. So its selection is part of my desire to catch up on "famous" reads to see why the books are so famous. So far, the "famous" books I've attempted have not been able to hold my attention. I have the same problem with the "classics" so it's probably just me and not the book itself.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • N is for Noose: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Only six weeks have passed since sheriff's detective Tom Newquist died of a heart attack. His widow is sure he was keeping secrets from her just before he died, and she hires Kinsey to find out exactly what. But all Kinsey can uncover is that Newquist led an exemplary life, so what could he possibly have to conceal? And why has the town, to the last threatening redneck, closed ranks on her?

    Diane Challenor says: "What will I do when the alphabet runs out?"
    "What will I do when the alphabet runs out?"
    Overall
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    I just love this series, we're only up to N for Noose so we've got lots more to go. The story is excellent and the narration is spot on. I just wish the stories weren't "abridged".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kafka on the Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1556)
    Performance
    (863)
    Story
    (858)

    Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

    Melinda says: "Brilliant Meandering--what was in those brownies.."
    "An interesting story but I had to give up . . ."
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    I believe this is an interesting story it was just a little too strange for me so I had to give up on it after getting to chapter 25. I have many books on my reading list and I found I wasn't looking forward to "what happened next". I was reading it as the July 2011 choice of the #1book140 Twitter book club. I'm not sorry I started it because it introduced me to a story way out of my usual square. It strengthened my reading muscle.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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