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Diane Soucy

Truckee, CA, CA United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 62 ratings
  • 861 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10225)
    Performance
    (9356)
    Story
    (9376)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "too many drugs"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Donna Tartt and/or David Pittu?

    It would depend on the subject.


    Has The Goldfinch turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The descriptions of how drunk and stoned they got and what drugs they took, seemed to drag on forever. I like long books, and always look for that, but the drug stuff was just boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1577)
    Performance
    (1447)
    Story
    (1448)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    Steph says: "Fabulous but mismarketed - its not Harry Potter"
    "Did not like reader."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Samantha Shannon and/or Alana Kerr?

    Maybe


    What was most disappointing about Samantha Shannon’s story?

    The narrator ran words together and spoke very fast at times.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Slower and clearer.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bone Season?

    I did not finish the book, so I could not say.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Songs in Ordinary Time

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Mary McGarry Morris
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Songs in Ordinary Time is set in the summer of 1960 - the last of quiet times and America's innocence. It centers on Marie Fermoyle, a strong but vulnerable woman whose loneliness and ambition for her children make her easy prey for the dangerous con man Omar Duvall.

    Maggie says: "Don't waste your time."
    "An annoying waste of time"
    Overall

    I kept listening, thinking something good or resonable would happen. But no. Just hours of low life, grim, crazy people getting into bad situations, then worse ones.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Grayheart: Tales of the Wolves, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Tara K. Harper
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Rezsia, granddaughter of Dion, was unequipped to face the wilderness. Although she was a wolfwalker, her telepathic link with the wolves was too new to give her the strength and experience she needed to survive in the forest. Then the elders asked her to investigate a series of strange deaths. The older wolfwalker, Coale, could teach Rezsia to join in the packsong and run with the wolves. The scouts assigned to escort her could instruct her in survival skills.

    Brenda says: "Grayheart"
    "Awful"
    Overall

    I was very dissapointed in this book! Too much long drawn out description of every feeling, every twinge of the girl. Maybe it was the reader, but I didn't even finish it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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