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Diane De Baun

Hemet, CA, US | Member Since 2010

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  • Tricks

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated By Laura Flanagan, Jeremy Guskin, Cassandra Campbell, and others
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Five teenagers from different parts of the country. Three girls. Two guys. Four straight. One gay. Some rich. Some poor. Some from great families. Some with no one at all. All living their lives as best they can, but all searching . . . for freedom, safety, community, family, love. What they don't expect, though, is all that can happen when those powerful little words "I love you" are said for all the wrong reasons.

    Gerald W. Riley says: "Outstanding and Scary"
    "Dark and depressing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who likes sad and debauched stories


    What was most disappointing about Ellen Hopkins’s story?

    I was hoping for the story to turn around and get more positive so I listened for a while til I couldnt take it anymore, making me ill


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

    Illness, darkness. I guess the title Tricks was the clue.


    Any additional comments?

    It might actually be a good wake up call to some teens to be careful and that the world does have alot of treachery in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25487)
    Performance
    (19343)
    Story
    (19409)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Great story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What aspect of Roy Dotrice’s performance would you have changed?

    I would have chosen someone else to narrate the book or a couple people. He is good in some roles though not all. I have heard some narrators who can fill all the roles in a book better.

    I was glad I had watched the movies first. Example the "dwarf" is much better as the actor. Some of this is the actors interpretation and who they choose to play the role so not totally the narrators doing. So I picture the actors as the characters when the book is read and that improves the experience.


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

    No it is 38 hrs long I believe


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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