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Diane Challenor

Blogger of accidental discoveries through books

Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (175)

    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
  • Entry Island

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Peter Forbes
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    When Detective Sime Mackenzie boards a light aircraft at Montreal's St. Hubert airfield, he does so without looking back. For Sime, the 850-mile journey ahead represents an opportunity to escape the bitter blend of loneliness and regret that has come to characterise his life in the city. Travelling as part of an eight-officer investigation team, Sime's destination lies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Only two kilometres wide and three long, Entry Island is home to a population of around 130 inhabitants - the wealthiest of which has just been discovered murdered in his home.

    Roberta says: "Love this narrator!"
    "Another excellent story from Peter May"
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    This is a stand alone story from Peter May, with a good plot driven core and an interesting historical backdrop. The narration is perfect. The characters are full of body. We enjoyed it and will be seeking out more of Peter May's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Audley's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By M. E. Bradden
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    The mystery of the modern thriller pervades the twists in the plot of this remarkable Victorian novel about the disappearance of a young man and the lady who is haunted by more than one terrible secret.

    Diane Challenor says: "Surprisingly good"
    "Surprisingly good"
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    My immersion in this story surprised me. The narrator was just right for the writing style and the plot kept me wanting to know more. The story is old fashioned but accessible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Critic: The Enzo Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Gil Petty, the world's number-one wine critic, is found dead and strung on a cross in the vineyards of France. Enzo Macleod, Scots exile and former forensics expert, finds that the genteel world of winemakers hides a business driven by greed, envy, and desperation, with no shortage of possible killers.

    Jerry says: "Only a Fair Mystery"
    "GoodRead"
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    Very good read with moments of quirky humour amidst the mystery and intrigue. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dry Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (198)

    What happened to Jacques Gaillard? The brilliant teacher at the École Nationale d’Administration, who trained some of France’s best and brightest as future prime ministers and presidents, vanished ten years ago, presumably from Paris. This ten-year-old mystery inspires a bet—one that Enzo Macleod, a biologist teaching in Toulouse, France, instead of pursuing a brilliant career in forensics back home in Scotland, can ill afford to lose.

    adrienne says: "Delightful find! First of the Enzo Files"
    "GoodRead"
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    Peter May can really tell a story. I loved his Lewis trilogy and now I've discovered the Enzo Files. Lots of good reading to look forward to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lewis Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Peter Forbes
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (134)

    An unidentified corpse is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. News of the discovery soon reaches Fin Macleod. However, since swapping his life in Edinburgh for a quiet existence on Lewis, such mysteries are no longer a concern for the former Detective Inspector. Or so he thought. The sequel to the Blackhouse which was selected for the WH Smith Richard and Judy Bookclub, and the second book in the Lewis triology.

    dumbclub says: "Visit the Outer Hebrides"
    "Excellent story, perfect narration"
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    This is the second book of Peter May's Lewis trilogy. Excellent story and perfect narration.i'm looking forward to the third book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books Saved My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Andy Miller
    • Narrated By Andy Miller
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    An editor and writer's vivaciously entertaining, and often moving, memoir — a true story that reminds us why we should all make time in our lives for books.Nearing his fortieth birthday, author and critic Andy Miller realized he's not nearly as well read as he'd like to be. A devout book lover who somehow fell out of the habit of reading, he began to ponder the power of books to change an individual life—including his own—and to define the sort of person he would like to be.

    Myrtha says: "A BOOKLOVER'S BOOK"
    "Interesting, entertaining and inspiring"
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    I've added this one to my absolute favourites. I found the book interesting, entertaining and inspiring. I enjoyed the audiobook so much that I've purchased the print version so I can dip into it whenever I want. Anyone who loves books about books must read this one. The author's narration is perfect, full of passion and self effacing humour, very British. Loved it!

    3 of 3 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
    (5916)
    Performance
    (3800)
    Story
    (3803)

    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 Crossing Places

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Jane McDowell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (259)

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Nine Tailors

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dorothy L Sayers
    • Narrated By Ian Carmichael
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    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

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