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Diane

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Seattle, WA | Member Since 2010

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  • Commitment Hour: League of Peoples, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Alan Gardner
    • Narrated By Darren Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
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    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In the 25th century, Tober Cove is a wonderful place to be. With most of Earth's population long since departed for other planets, and with them the technology that makes such a journey possible, life here is simple and serene - especially for Fullin, a gifted musician whose talent commands many times the wages of a farmer or fisherman. But Fullin is twenty years old. And at that age, each person in Tober Cove must make the most important decision in life.

    Diane says: "Crazy Twists"
    "Crazy Twists"
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    I'm so happy to have one of my favorite authors make it into audible. His stories really transform the world and scenery to what he has portrayed and with few hiccups on how it makes sense. This book is no exception where it almost depicts and transforms how Earth would change if we became prey to alien scientists or humans, and how they would figure out what makes us tick. Different layers of rules for society, the country, universal and common sense made me feel like it's a high priced chess match with incredible weapons.

    I would recommend this book but preferably after you read some of the other books in the series. You can hop around the book list but you get a better introduction of the societies and rules involved if you read the first ones before this one. He explains everything well, but you will have a smaller chance of getting lost in the dialogue if this book is not your first read from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2875)
    Performance
    (2446)
    Story
    (2446)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "Snarky and loving it!"
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    Jane is such a character. There are times that you flinch but it's all believable. Her personality is endearing because she gets bested in ways you could imagine you would react; from nervous giggles, uncertainty or accidentally saying your thoughts out loud. Then at other times she just has a bull in a china shop feel, that made me silently root for her outbursts and drama. With that said, it's not completely over the top and she comes off as a believable character considering the world that she is in.

    The story is complex which makes it harder to predict. There are several characters that you scrutinize but you can't quite get a straight answer from. Regardless I wasn't upset about it because there is so much going on you aren't worried about the little details. Almost as if the author hints or tempts you to wonder a little but not stress over not knowing...yet. Given that the main character isn't a dolt and the story has a fair amount of twists make this book highly addictive.

    1 of 2 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
    Overall
    (25029)
    Performance
    (18923)
    Story
    (18984)

    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"
    "WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT!?!?"
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    You get engaged to the characters and grow to love them. Then things slowly get worse, people start dying. Ones that you have invested time to think how awesome they are, and they are gone! The people are individual and not mass molded. Each one has a view, each one has a story and depending on their cunning, the politics or out of sheer luck, you really wonder how anyone survives and wonder if you pray if the author will spare your favorites.

    If you want to get addicted to a series and don't have HBO, then you should read this series, because there is a character for everyone and a storyline, plot and scheme that they will conquer or ruin all!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5133)
    Performance
    (2742)
    Story
    (2780)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "Aliens make better Humans"
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    What could an alien do if their race made Humans nearly extinct and they wanted to garner your trust? Would you trust them? How could you tell if they used humans as hosts? Would you believe them if they said they were peaceful? Those are the kinds of questions you think as you read and go through the trails of being an alien/human hybrid of Melanie and Wanderer, where all they want is to make sure Melanie's human family is safe. The other worlds you learn and dynamics of these personalities trying to share or get along while humans are being hunted is fascinating. So much better IMO than Twilight, too bad it's not a book that can transfer well to the movie screen. Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep, and Understand a Man

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Steve Harvey
    • Narrated By Steve Harvey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (387)

    In the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, Steve Harvey gave millions of women around the globe insight into what men really think about love, intimacy, and commitment. In his new book, he zeros in on what motivates men and provides tips on how women can use that knowledge to get more of what they need out of their relationships.

    Yolanda says: "Felt like I finally got the talk from my father I"
    "LOVE ME SOME HARVEY!"
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    This book is great! The way he goes over every aspect of how we work is humbling and revealing. It takes away the myths and the 'he said she said' and gets down to the facts. I have downloaded and listened this with my friends. The facts are universal and understandable, you can see everyone you know go into the categories listed, because you can relate to what he is saying. Sure there are some points that may be viewed as old fashioned but that's not quite a bad thing. To have class or at least adhere to what you believe or understand what he is trying to say is the main point. It's like he is illustrating the golden rule for dating and relationships, it's entertaining and informative at the same time. Well worth a purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Geoff Colvin
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2128)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1217)

    One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called "What It Takes to Be Great." Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field - from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch - are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

    Sasha L. Stowers says: "An Even-Handed Look At Talent"
    "Eye Opening"
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    This book made me realize how humans as a core really are able to do whatever we want if we put the time into it. The idea of talent was something I thought I got from my parents from their genes or a unique innate ability to do certain skills better because that was my destiny. This book helps reshape your views and realize just how much we develop without trying and how the amount of work does pay off to the point were talent is almost an insult. It makes you appreciate everything a little better because the reality is there is not such thing as talent, just hard work and pride. This book is just another way to view the world that makes you feel less like a failure and more like an explorer after reading. I would recommend this book to anyone and especially to those who are doing something new in their life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Glen Duncan
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (371)

    Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but otherwise in the pink of health. The nonstop sex and exercise he’s still getting probably contribute to that, as does his diet: unusual amounts of flesh and blood (at least some from friends and relatives). Jake, of course, is a werewolf, and with the death of his colleague he has now become the only one of his kind.

    Squeak says: "Grizzly, just like a werewolf book should be!"
    "Masculine Man In Drag"
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    That image in your head kind of sums up this book. Rough edges, ruthless but with enough quirk and moxie to make the story incredible. The main character is hard and rough because of the lifestyle he lives, and being the last of his kind makes him not pitiful but engaging with all the stuff he knows. The people he meets and how the world is run is turned upside down making you want more and wonder will happen next. The ending makes me hope somehow there is a sequel. If you are western fan, love scotch, or just like a good old duke it out fight, this book is golden.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessor: Chainfire Trilogy, Part 3, Sword of Truth, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1275)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (697)

    Descending into darkness, about to be overwhelmed by evil, those people still free are powerless to stop the coming dawn of a savage new world, while Richard faces the guilt of knowing that he must let it happen. Alone, he must bear the weight of a sin he dare not confess to the one person he loves...and has lost.

    Randall says: "ridiculously repetitive and predictive"
    "FINALLY!!! WE SURVIVED!!!"
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    Anyone who has read this far knows when I say by finally. This group of characters have been through it all and let's just say that they are ready to hang up the cape. Richard gets kind of annoying to me because he is so powerful that it's like trying to fight superman. He will always win, which is why I approve of the Author's approach in this last book where everyone's knowledge is slipping and you find yourself shouting out stuff, you know they know but they forgot. The ending is great because it tidies up everything and makes you happy that *all together now* That it's all over!

    I don't think I could have handled another trilogy attachment with them, because they seriously go through so much. Just let them get a tan and go on vacation! Please they need a break and they so deserve it. So this is my favorite book out of the series for obvious reasons.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3489)
    Performance
    (1207)
    Story
    (1225)

    An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

    Suzn F says: "I confess, I loved it!"
    "Gripping from beginning to end"
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    Grisham is amazing with his editing to the story that leaves on just the right notes that make you sway before landing on what happens next. The situation is near impossible, but just crazy enough to be seen happening now. This book was captivating and leaves a clear picture in your head while everything plays out. How this book unfolds makes you want to hold on to something for stability. The ending was perfect and made me smile in a horrible way. I won't ruin it, but it's nice to read something so relatable, and foreign. Truly entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanish: A Firelight Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sophie Jordan
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (282)

    To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again... and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will's memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone. she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again.

    Lynn says: "Way too much self loathing!"
    "Team Tamra!!!"
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    If it wasn't for her I would probably not continue with the series. The fact that she goes beast mode made me happy. The story is a little crippled because of the choices the family made in the first book but you start to fight what Jacinda does. I get her personality, I just don't connect with her, so I find myself wondering why I continue to listen. Then I realize I'm waiting to see what happens to Tamra. Team Tamra!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden: A Firelight Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Sophie Jordan
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (191)

    Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride. But she resisted her fate long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.

    Donna says: "GREAT SERIES - LOVE TO SEE IN MOVIE"
    "Characters and their life choices..."
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    The ideas are good, but the faculty and their plan seemed too unstable. The love triangle is starting to get pretty suffocating but it all works out in the end. There are quite a few twists and revelations that shake the core of their community that stuns the characters. Don't get me wrong, the stuff is pretty startling but the no breaks between revelations make you kind of drained and numb by that point. Almost like "why not, sure. Add that on, not much difference now.Just keep it coming."

    All sarcasm aside, by the end I felt like good riddance. It was a quaint little story that had you running all over the place, but seriously makes you doubt how 'perfect' the endings would ever be for these characters. They run into scenarios, choose poorly, and attract trouble everywhere. The way it ended and how it ended seemed too much of a stretch and rushed. I would not be betting against them and their future of life long happiness if I seriously didn't question their ability to live without drama. I think the author could have changed my view if they took a bit more time to elaborate but overall I'm just happy for Tamra. And that's what matters. Team Tamra!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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