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Diane

I've loved reading and writing for as far back as I can remember. I live in Ontario, Canada with my dear dog Joram (Maltese).

Garson, ON, Canada | Member Since 2013

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  • Diary of a Mad Diva

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Joan Rivers
    • Narrated By Joan Rivers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (168)

    Following up the phenomenal success of her headline-making New York Times bestseller I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me, the unstoppable Joan Rivers is at it again. When her daughter Melissa gives her a diary for Christmas, at first Joan is horrified—who the hell does Melissa think she is? That fat pig, Bridget Jones? But as Joan, being both beautiful and introspective, begins to record her day-to-day musings, she realizes she has a lot to say. About everything. And everyone, God help them..

    Fermin says: "ICON"
    "Diva's Diary Amazes"
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    When I came across this book I didn't hesitate. I had to have it. For me Joan Rivers has always been the best. The thought of a diary by Joan Rivers made me feel all tingly with anticipation.

    This book was an amazing experience. I loved the whole thing. I wish that the diary would have covered every single day of the year for which this diary covers. Some days are missing. I can think of many good reasons why these days would have been missed and I do understand. We can't all have everything we want, right? Well, I sometimes think we all should have everything we need. Let me tell you this book came to me at a time when I really needed it. (I've been going through such troubles this year) This book got me smiling and laughing and that was what I was really in need of!!

    Thank you so much Joan Rivers for this book. You're always amazing!!
    I'm so glad that you narrated this book yourself, your words always need to be heard in your voice. You're unique and your voice is unique. I enjoyed this book so much.
    It was very much worth the credit I used to get this book and I have already listened more than once. Everyone really needs to get this book, it's an experience you won't regret.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By David Grimm
    • Narrated By Graham Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    In this fascinating exploration of the changing status of dogs and cats in society, pet lover and award-winning journalist David Grimm explores the rich and surprising history of our favorite companion animals. He treks the long and often torturous path from their wild origins to their dark days in the middle ages to their current standing as the most valued animals on Earth. For pet lovers or anyone interested in how we decide who gets to be a “person” in today’s world, Citizen Canine is a must-have. It is a pet tale like no other.

    Gillian says: "Cats and Dogs Unite!"
    "Love furry companions"
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    I had some friends tell me not to get this book as it was not good. Well, I don't know what they were talking about or what they were thinking. This really was a good book! Not perfect but most definitely not bad.

    I love that David Grimm includes experiences with and feelings about his cats. Also, I enjoyed the variety within the types of people that he spent time with while 'researching' this book. There were so many great moments here. It was very worth it to me to have spent one of my credits on this book, I really enjoyed it.

    Graham Hamilton was a good narrator for this book. He did a good job.
    I do recommend this book and I will be listening to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rebecca Musser, M. Bridget Cook
    • Narrated By Rebecca Musser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (219)

    Always seeking to be an obedient Priesthood girl, in her teens Rebecca Musser became the nineteenth wife of her people's prophet: 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs. Finally sickened by the abuse she suffered and saw around her, she pulled off a daring escape and sought to build a new life and family.

    Briley says: "Compelling and emotional read"
    "When will it end?"
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    My question refers to evil. Will people who commit evil acts continue to get away with it?
    Perhaps some will think that has nothing to do with this book, but that is what I was left feeling when I finished this book.

    There is much of the book that is quite hard to get through due to the horrid (that's the best word I can come up with at the moment but nowhere strong enough) things that happen and are discovered. Which leads me to another thought what is going to happen to the women and girls and innocent children. Is there something we can do for them?
    I am glad that I came upon this book and that I have listened to it. I'm not sure if I would've gotten through it if I was reading it myself. I do feel that it was worth the credit that I spent on it.

    I am hoping that Rebecca Musser will give us another book in the future and I applaud her for her courage and determination. Thank you for sharing this book with us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Styxx: Dark-Hunter, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (769)
    Story
    (771)

    Centuries ago Acheron saved the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge. As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother's side. They've spent more centuries going at each other's throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he's willing to trade his life and future for Acheron's.

    C. Mendez says: "Stick with it..."
    "How do we deal with guilt?"
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    I find it hard to describe the experience that this book provides but I need to try. I have both the physical copy of this book as well as this audio. It was very much worth it to me to get both forms. I was anxious for this book to come out for a long time and it was worth the wait. As usual Sherrilyn Kenyon sent me on a roller-coaster ride emotionally and this time the ride was epic!! I was left with a great sense of guilt for having judged Styxx without knowing his story as I've heard that many other people did as well.

    I've since read this book a couple extra times and I'm sure that I will give it at least one more perusal. I really enjoyed the narration for this book. Fred Berman did a great job and I don't have any complaints.

    It's my opinion that everyone needs to experience this book!!!
    There are parts of the book that are hard to get through but there are also amazing wonderful moments. I will probably be saying this for quite some time but I'll only say it once here: I LOVE this book!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thief's Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Grant Cartwright, Hannah Norris
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (171)

    In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.Elsewhere, in an land ruled by priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels.

    Jacobus says: "Has the magic dried up?"
    "Good book but disappointing"
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    This book was quite good. I found it annoying and frustrating the way in which the story switches between Tyen and Rielle. Another thing that bothered me was that I was fully expecting something to happen between two of the characters and it never did. It is a good story well written however.

    The narration was quite good. I was pleased with both narrators and didn't have any complaints. I must mention though that I did enjoy Hannah Norris the most. There wasn't anything lacking with Grant Cartwright. He narrated just as good as Hannah Norris, I can't explain why I enjoyed her narration more but I did.

    I'm not sure if I will be listening to this book again anytime soon. I wouldn't have any problems listening to it again, but there are so many other books out there and too little time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth W. Harl
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    Locales like Mesopotamia or the Indus Valley, peoples like the Hittites or Assyrians, or rulers like Sargon, Hammurabi, and Darius are part of a long-dead antiquity, so shrouded with dust that we might be tempted to skip over them entirely, preferring to race forward along history's timeline in search of the riches we know will be found in our studies of Greece and Rome.

    AlexIndia says: "Great material lecture"
    "My ears needed time to recover"
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    I was really anxious to sink my teeth into this course. The subject matter was truly satisfying for me (I love soaking up all the history that I can). The course itself was great! I thoroughly enjoyed the course itself. However, this was much overshadowed by the 'performance' . I don't know if it's just his style of lecturing but Professor Kenneth W. Harl seemed to always be yelling. There would be times where this approach would have improved the presentation of the lecture if done sparingly. When he seems to be yelling all the time through every lecture through the whole course this most definitely ruined it for me.

    I highly doubt I will ever be listening to this again just because of the 'performance'. The 'performance' is what ruined this course for me and therefore why I rated it the way that I did. I've since noticed that Professor Harl has done many other courses whose subject matter I very much would like to learn of, but I am extremely hesitant to get them due to how he narrated this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4526)
    Performance
    (4148)
    Story
    (4141)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Janice says: "What does it mean to be human?"
    "Give me another!"
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    I liked the beginning. I appreciated finding out the reasons behind why the Golem was made. There is tragedy and comedy in this book in a good way. Such as the way the Jinni is released from his 'prison'. It did bother me by how long it took for the Golem and the Jinni to meet. Their meeting could have happened a lot sooner. Also, I wasn't very happy with the ending. However, the ending did leave me feeling that there should be many more books to follow this one. I did look and wasn't able to find one.

    George Guidall did a good job narrating this book. I have no complaints here. I have heard some of his narrations that I didn't like as much as this one. Here he really did do a good job.

    This book is a definite must read/listen. I was very happy with it and disappointed when it was nearing the end for I did want more. It was well worth the credit spent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The White Princess: Cousins' War, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (548)

    The newest novel from #1 New York Times best-selling author and "queen of royal fiction" (USA Today) Philippa Gregory tells the passionate story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen, who gets caught in the middle of a battle for the crown of England. A princess from birth, Elizabeth fell in love with Richard III, though her mother made an arranged betrothal for her with the pretender to the throne: Henry Tudor. When Henry defeats Richard against all odds, Elizabeth has to marry the man who murdered her lover in battle.

    Bonnie-Ann says: "My ears are bleeding"
    "Heart-breaking"
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    I love the writing of Philippa Gregory, her work always puts me through a gamut of emotions. The thing that really stuck out for me with this book was cruelty. Elizabeth of York was treated so cruelly by the King and his mother, yet she maintained her dignity and always acted as a queen should.

    There were many heart-breaking moments throughout the book, there were a few times where I needed to stop listening for a while as the injustices were overwhelming me. Yet I was anxious to return to the book, such a spell had been weaved. I have to think what would truly be going on inside the mind and hearts of those who actually lived these lives. What would they make of how we live today?

    I consider this one of the greatest books that I've ever read. It certainly ranks above some of the others in this series although I did love each book.
    Bianca Amato did an amazing job as narrator! Indeed I may be tempted to check out what else she has narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (142)

    Pandora is the first in a series of novels linked together by the fledgling vampire David Talbot, who has set out to become a chronicler of his fellow Undead. Pandora is 2,000 years old, a child of the millennia, the first vampire ever made by the great Marius. David persuades her to tell the story of her life through the ages. Also available abridged.

    Stephanie says: "A wonderful Tale"
    "Another wonder"
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    Before purchasing this one I was a bit hesitant...let me explain. For years I'd wanted to read Pandora, I wanted so much to hear about her life, experiences, etc. However when reading the description I felt that it was showing that the book was only going to cover her time with Marius which is only a fraction of her life, she is approximately 2000 yrs old. I had gotten to the point where I felt I needed to find out what Pandora had to say. So I bought it.

    My suspicion proved correct. The book only covered her time with Marius. I was so happy to be hearing historically things which I'd never learnt about...I am absolutely obsessed with history and love to soak in all forms historical. So, in that vein the book truly satisfied me, up to a point...I wish that this book(or perhaps a sequel, or an addition to the series)would cover the years that were not covered here.

    It was a joy to find out exactly what it was like for Pandora and Marius to be together from Pandora's perspective. There was so much attention to detail. (though I wish we could have found out what happened to Flavius after he left Marius and Pandora) I enjoyed the story so much that I would have given it 5 stars if the huge gap left out of her story had been touched on. This "gap" bothered me so much that I had to go with 4 stars. But I have to say it is a great book! I will be listening to it again, for what is there of Pandora's story is such an intense and wonderful experience that I definitely need to experience it again.

    With that said I need to send out this prayer "Anne Rice please give us a really long book!!!"
    I am a lover of epics I must say.

    Kate Reading was awesome with the narration. Due to her accent there were a few instances where I had to concentrate on what word I was hearing (I hope you understand what I mean) but these were a few instances, I'd say no more than 5 throughout the whole book. I must mention that I'm not good with understanding accents, so I believe in this case it was my failing, thus I did give 5 stars for performance as it was indeed a good narration.
    In case you haven't caught it I very much recommend this book! It was more than well worth the time and the credit used!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of the Gryphon: The Belador Code, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    As an Alterant who fights everything from trolls to demons, Evalle has lived as an outcast among the Beladors, but can now change all that... and find answers to her origins as well. Those answers and a traitor hide within the Medb coven, an enemy poised to destroy the mortal world and all that Evalle holds dear. While her best friends Tzader and Quinn want to help, they have their own conflicts and face unthinkable choices as relationships with the women they love twist in unexpected directions.

    Linda Wiliams says: "great story; bad narration!"
    "Intense!"
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    This book turned out to be an intense ride! I have loved the whole series since I discovered it recently, however I have to say this book definitely is in a category of it's own, in a good way.

    Firstly I want to say that I had the hardest time getting any sleep because all I wanted to do was get back to the book and soak it all in. I will definitely be listening to it many more times.

    The reason I gave 4 stars in stead of 5 for story and performance are simple to explain. With the story I was loving the whole thing but i had 2 issues. There was in one scene a very crude word used which was offensive to me and ruined the whole scene. The second issue I had was the last hour of the book felt too rushed. It was like now that the end was near the authors rushed towards the conclusion. By the way, the "conclusion" left me aching to get to the next book. Please release the next book soon!!!

    I had to give 4 stars for the performance although I really wanted to give 5. It was such a minor issue but I felt that it wouldn't be right to overlook it and give 5. There were two instances in the book(there may have been more and I didn't notice them or not) where the narrator messed up on the accent of one of the important characters. Stephen R. Thorne did a great job narrating, making the book more of a thrill ride and I have lots of respect for how difficult it is to do what good narrators do, but the fact that the accent was of an important character could not be overlooked by me.

    I most definitely do recommend this book, it is a must listen!! I will definitely be listening again. As my headline suggests this book is an intense thrill ride!!!! Happy listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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