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Diane

Winthrop, MA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15357)
    Performance
    (12677)
    Story
    (13318)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "There's hours of my life I will never get back!"
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    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No. I am all done with this author and narrator. I understand the author wrote fanfiction. It's too bad some publisher picked her over the hundreds of others I have read. This book was not erotic, well written or even interesting. The plot was missing, these characters had no spart and I did not buy the attraction for one minute. The overuse of 'holy', 'inner goddess', 'oh my', 'hot' and 'Christain Grey" made this book more annoying than anything else. Once you sleep with a man, he loses his last name forever. When the main character spends so much time wondering why he picked her, we start to feel the same way because she comes off as boring and unreal. We are supposed to believe that she has never had a relationship by the time she is 22? She lives with the editor of the school newspaper who comes from a wealthy urban family and has remained 'naive'? EL spend some time watching American television and you will realize there is no way thsi person exists.


    Would you ever listen to anything by E L James again?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    Absolutely NOT. She is horrible and should stand aside to let better performers obtain the job.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The emails, and the endless talks with her subconvious and inner goddess.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could get my cedit back!

    413 of 450 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4245)
    Performance
    (3966)
    Story
    (3978)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "I will read most anything by Stephen King ..."
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    What did you love best about Mr. Mercedes?

    That this had nothing supernatural to it and was extremely well written. This reminded me so much of his writing of 11-22-63.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr. Mercedes?

    The blending of the three characters, Holly, Jerome and Bill. They just worked as a trio. These characters were so well written, I felt I knew them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with Jerome and Bill.


    If you could take any character from Mr. Mercedes out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Holly. She deserves some girl time! Maybe a makeover!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2826)
    Performance
    (2626)
    Story
    (2620)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Another Win for Rowling"
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    If you could sum up The Silkworm in three words, what would they be?

    Extremely enjoyable series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silkworm?

    Any and all interactions between Strike and Robin.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Strike and his brother meet for dinner. It was great to see another side of him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Another Strike!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Longbourn

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jo Baker
    • Narrated By Emma Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (377)

    In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.

    Kim says: "Great Book, Great Narrator!"
    "Pleasantly surprised"
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    Where does Longbourn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This may become one of my favorite books. I loved hearing about the other side of Pride & Prejudice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved seeing the life at Longbourn from downstairs. I didn't think it would be so enjoyable and it was almost like it had been written by Jane Austen herself, with a few minor tweaks. Those tweaks could be easily overlooked as the story and the characters were so compelling. I loved Sarah the protagonist. In many ways she reminded me of another Austen character Anne Elliot of Persuasion.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Fielding – was your favorite?

    Definitely Sarah. The story is primarily Sarah's story and she does a wonderful job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Sarah and Mrs. Hill told each other their secrets.


    Any additional comments?

    I would happily recommend this to any lover of Jane Austen's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (4032)
    Performance
    (3297)
    Story
    (3320)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Awful, just plain awful"
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    What disappointed you about Dark Places?

    I can only think of a single character that is likeable in this book... Aunt Diane. When you don't care about any of the main players, you don't care about the plot. First, my problems with Libby, she said she didn't know things, she grew up feral, etc. She didn't even know you were supposed to change sheets. BULLSHIT. She spent 8 years with her Aunt Diane and 8 with her mother. Let's say Patty was a complete miss as a mother, Diane was not. She would have learned all of this with her, so right from the beginning, I disliked Libby and her excuses about how the world owed her.

    I grew up with someone who survived a similar tragedy when his mother's boyfriend in a jealous rage killed her, his brother, his sister and almost him before the police shot him dead. It happened when we were just about to go to high school and he spent a whole summer in the hospital recuperating. He had a tragic past, but he was not unlikeable or tragic.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    No, I'm done. Gone Girl and this proved that she is not an author I will ever enjoy. She goes into the pile that has Charlaine Harris, E.L. James and J.D. Robb.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    They were all pretty much weak, pathetic, obnoxious, etc. I could care less what happened to any of them.


    What character would you cut from Dark Places?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Could I get my credit back?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (17313)
    Performance
    (15664)
    Story
    (15788)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "I think we are all divergent"
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    If you could sum up Divergent in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling. Engaging. Enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved Tris the protagonist. She brought this story to life and I saw everything so clearly through her eyes.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    Tris and Four/Tobias. Coming from Abnegation to Dauntless must be like going from Amish to Sparta.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she jumped first. Feel the fear, but do it anyway. I love that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (853)

    Anne Elliot has grieved for seven years over the loss of her first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. But events conspire to unravel the knots of deceit and misunderstanding in this beguiling and gently comic story of love and fidelity.

    Emily - Audible says: "Juliet Stevenson is Simply Amazing"
    "My palate cleanser ..."
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    If you could sum up Persuasion in three words, what would they be?

    Love this book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Of all of Jane Austen's stories, this is my all time favorite. I read it once a year. You can tell an older Jane Austen wrote this as her character Ann Elliot is in her late 20s and not the usual 18-20. This love story rang so true to me as Ann waits for nine years for her beloved Captain Wentworth, who waited also.


    Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Juliet Stevenson played Mrs. Elton in an adaption of Emma and I loved her in that performance so I knew she would do a wonderful job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had just read three back to back intense books and needed my Persuasion fix to cleanse my palate for more books.


    Any additional comments?

    If I could only bring one book with me it would be this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2891)
    Performance
    (2681)
    Story
    (2687)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "You had me at Haverhill..."
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    What did you love best about NOS4A2?

    It was set in Haverhill. I have family there so I know it pretty well. The characters were so wonderful as they were real. I loved Vic, Lou and Wayne. They were your almost untypical dysfunctional family.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Strong women. It was not a man charging to the rescue but a strong woman.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Mulgrew’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Kate Mulgrew did a great job, but should have asked someone in Massachusetts how to pronounce some of our city and town names. Kate is Hav-Rill, not Haver-Hill. It's Woobin not WoeBurn. Other than that, she did a great job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    NOS4A2, just when you thought it was safe to enjoy Christmas again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (2023)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (917)

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "Watch out dad, your son is racing in behind you.."
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    Would you listen to Heart-Shaped Box again? Why?

    No, but I loved it. The only other author who ever gave me nightmares was Joe's dad Stephen King. His book 'Salem's Lot gave me nightmare and so did Heart Shaped Box.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Judas Coyne. He was a good man who didn't know he was a good man. I'm a little bit prejudiced against musicians (I was with one for 16 years) but Judas reminded me of my musician. He was also a good man who didn't know he was a good man until he met me. I saw Jude and Georgia go this route, although their route as a lot more bloody and scary than mine was.


    What about Stephen Lang’s performance did you like?

    I would listen to Stephan Lang read the phone book. I love his performances.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Heart Shaped Box, killer insider.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my second Joe Hill novel. I read NOS4A2 first and he pretty much ruined Christmas for me. ;) I will be reading his next book and if it's like this, during the day on my commute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6516)
    Performance
    (6039)
    Story
    (6062)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Redrum, Redrum 30 years later ..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The Shining was the first Stephen King novel I read. Years later I traveled to Colorado and saw a place like The Overlook in the mountains and read The Shining again on the trip home. Picking up this book was like visiting with an old friend after not seeing them for a very long time.


    What other book might you compare Doctor Sleep to and why?

    It's prequel The Shining. The Shining and some of his earlier books was Stephen King writing at his best. In the last ten years he has written Under the Dome, 11-22-63 and Doctor Sleep and it is like Sherman set the WayBack machine and we have younger Stephen King writing again. I love the characters in this book, specifically Danny now Dan Torrance.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Dan Torrance. Hands down. He was so real. Beautifully flawed and human. Abra Stone who was such a wonderful reminder of little Danny Torrance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Shining on...


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. King's last three books have given me an even greater regard for him as an author. I will admit I stopped reading him around Rose Madder, but picked him up again with Under The Dome and it is like reuniting with an old friend. Not only have I enjoyed the three books mentioned earlier but also his wonderful Joyland.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Obituary Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ann Hood
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (364)

    A sophisticated and suspenseful novel about the poignant lives of two women living in different eras.... On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, a young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless but secure marriage or to follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover, who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.

    Kathi says: "Parallel stories of love and loss"
    "A good read"
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    What did you love best about The Obituary Writer?

    I enjoyed going back and forth from 1961 to 1919 with the two stories. I figured out the connection long before the hints. I felt more connected to Vivien as I have experienced the loss that she did and I understood her better.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think it was quite enjoyable the way it was.


    Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    My first time listening to the performer, she did a good job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No idea.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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