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Dianne

A busy Mum and Accountant. Listen to books while driving to work or sunbathing is my guilty pleasure.

Member Since 2012

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  • 18 reviews
  • 62 ratings
  • 212 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • The Ludwig Conspiracy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    While putting away books from an estate sale purchase, rare book-dealer Steven Lukas finds a box he's never seen before wedged between books on a high shelf. In it he discovers what looks to be a small diary written entirely in code, a lock of hair, and old photographs of the Fairytale King. It isn't long however, before his excitement turns to fear as he realizes that mysterious others want the diary too - and will apparently kill to get it. Suspecting that his find may contain the secret truth behind Ludwig's death, Steven consults with art historian Sara Lengfeld. Soon they find themselves on the run together, investigating each of Ludwig's three castles for clues....

    Die Falknerin says: "A little predictable"
    "A pleasant suprise, not what I expected :-)"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Ludwig Conspiracy the most enjoyable?

    It was a good story, had great flow, just enough historical fact to make it interesting, the relationships worked well, and the storyline kept you listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything


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

    No, I it was a pleasant voice, and his interperation was great.


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

    When reality hitted the main character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17385)
    Performance
    (11586)
    Story
    (11479)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "What a book, great storyline and action packed"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If this the first book in the series, it was a great start.


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

    First time I have heard Davian Porter. She gave a excellent patrial of the characters, although towareds the end sometimes I felt her voices sounded very similar to the other.


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

    I could have listen to this in one sittling if time allowed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gilded Cages: The Trials of Eleanor of Aquitaine

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ellen Jones
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Tumultuous. Passionate. Timeless. The marriage between Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry Plantagenet was like no other, born of power, politics, and an all-consuming, fiery love. Within two years of their wedding, Henry conquered England and together they ruled a vast kingdom. At first they worked to unify and repair their war-torn lands - before being torn apart by intrigue, adultery, and deadly revenge.

    Dianne says: "Strong woman, who's story should be better known"
    "Strong woman, who's story should be better known"
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    What made the experience of listening to Gilded Cages the most enjoyable?

    I knew nothing of Eleanor of Aquitaine before I read this book. This is a very interesting story that lives up to the saying 'Behind every great man is a great woman'. It was informative, you learnt some interesting facts without any effort. I also loved the use of the period slang.


    What other book might you compare Gilded Cages to and why?

    The Lady Elizabeth: A Novel had a similar feel, which is not surprising considering it is a the same genera.


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Jasicki – was your favorite?

    All the characters were great.


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

    It is a very long book, but I did listen to most of it in one weekend.
    I will differently be listening it again during my holidays.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whodunnit?: Murder on Mystery Island

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Anthony E. Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1193)
    Performance
    (1070)
    Story
    (1080)

    Ten excited co-workers arrive at the beautiful Avondale Resort on a remote island in the middle of the Caribbean, having been told that they are being rewarded for their hard work and productivity. But their relaxing tropical getaway soon turns into a murderous nightmare.

    AudioAddict says: "Surprisingly good for a free listen!"
    "Predictable after reading Murder on Manor"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend, but suggest they only read after a signficant period of time if they had read previous books in the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (2918)
    Performance
    (2635)
    Story
    (2632)

    It's Christmas in Half-Moon Hollow and newly turned vampire Iris Scanlon-Calix wants to make Gigi's first visit home from college as normal and special as possible. It's taken months for Iris to work up the nerve to spend time around her baby sister after her vampire transition, so she enlists help from Jane Jameson and Company to keep her blood-thirst under control and assure Gigi's safety. Gigi, on the other hand, has problems of her own, including the demise of her relationship with high school sweetheart, Ben, and a looming job interview with Ophelia Lambert, the scariest potential employer in the Hollow.

    AudioAddict says: "Clever Christmas Cheer!"
    "Great story, but finish was rushed"
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    Would you listen to Free: I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas again? Why?

    Yes, I think I would listen to this story again. It is a great story to fill in a few hours. It has a nice flow.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought the ending was rushed, I am not sure if this done on purpose as it does open up the opportunity for a second book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The were many scenes, and some made me laugh out loud.


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

    I did listen this in one sitting, and it would do it again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anywhere But Here

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mona Simpson
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    A national best seller upon its publication, Anywhere but Here is a moving, often comic portrait of wise child Ann August and her mother, Adele, a larger-than-life American dreamer. As they travel through the landscape of their often conflicting ambitions, Ann and Adele bring to life a novel that is a brilliant exploration of the perennial urge to keep moving, even at the risk of profound disorientation. Simpson's first novel is ultimately a heart-rending tale of a mother and daughter's invaluable relationship.

    jennifer says: "Fantastic character study"
    "Mother & Daughter one is nothing without the other"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not really, you got a true insight into the daughters thoughts and lives.


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

    Yes it would make a good story - chick flick


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1476)
    Performance
    (1359)
    Story
    (1354)

    Ten excited guests arrive at the Westlake Estate, expecting a lavish retreat. They are the winners of a sweepstakes to "Live Like a Billionaire for a Week." But what was supposed to be a promising escape soon turns into a horrific nightmare. Within hours of arrival, the guests sit down for an extravagant dinner. When they pull their party poppers as instructed, a loud chorus of bangs resounds, followed by earsplitting screams as the guest seated at the head of the table bursts into flames and slumps to the floor.

    Stacy says: "As Ridiculous and Unimaginative as the TV show."
    "Love Whodunnits? This will keep you guessing"
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    Would you listen to Free: Whodunnit? again? Why?

    I don't think I will relisten to this book, because I have two Whodunnits on my player. Then again, you whould never say never. I wouldn't object listening to it again in a year or two.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I did enjoy trying to out wit the players of the game and a number of times I did. I personally love Whodunnits. I wouldn't buy them myself, but as a freebie I am thankful of the gift.


    What does Gildart Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love this narrator. His voice not only brought the characters alive but every detail of the story. I perfect choice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (1706)
    Performance
    (1437)
    Story
    (1445)

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    "Great story, no bad points"
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    If you could sum up Sandman Slim in three words, what would they be?

    Ticked all boxes


    What other book might you compare Sandman Slim to and why?

    I stumble onto this book and I am pleased I did. Yes, it is a part of a series, but it was a complete story. It read at a good pace. You can't help be drawn into the lives of the characters and be swept along with the story. I have already relistened to the story three times now.


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

    It was a very pleasant to discover that MacLeod Andrews was narrating. He would be one of my favourite reader, and he didn't disappoint this time.


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

    The whole book was full of points that made me laugh and provide a good level of suspense.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Brian Donovan
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1072)
    Performance
    (940)
    Story
    (945)

    Forty million people in the US have tried Internet dating, which means 40 million people have probably gone on some pretty crappy dates. Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters is about one guy who experienced more than his fair share. Brian Donovan, a writer and comedian whose work has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR, and Chapelle's Show, has been on over 100 Internet dates in a genuine search for love and happiness.

    Erin - Audible says: "Dating in New York is a Horrible Crapshoot."
    "Great listen for a long trip"
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    What did you love best about Not a Match?

    I read this during a 8 hour car ride and because each chapter was like a shortstory, it didn't matter that I was interrupted many times.The stories were a mixed bag, some made me laugh and others I fast forward.


    If you’ve listened to books by Brian Donovan before, how does this one compare?

    N/A


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes the narriation matched the pace of story.


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

    The authors advice was rather good, and written in a non-threatening way.If I needed to go onto a dating site, I think I would use some of his tricks.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Girl with Glasses: My Optic History

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Marissa Walsh
    • Narrated By Margie Lenhart
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (410)

    Being a Girl with Glasses isn't just a style choice; it's a way of life. If you've ever had your specs steam up when walking into a bar, squinted into the sun on the soccer field, or laid eyes on a new haircut only after your locks are strewn across the floor, you know what it's like to be a GWG. Marissa Walsh has worn glasses since third grade. Now - 10 pairs of glasses, one pair of prescription sunglasses, and endless pairs of contacts later - she has fully embraced her four-eyed fate.

    Caryn says: "I could not finish!"
    "Hidden gem - very enjoyable - reread for sure"
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    Would you listen to Girl with Glasses again? Why?

    I have already listen to this book again, because the author and I are of the same age. Her descriptions of the different decades found me thinking back to the 80s, 90s and 20s.


    What other book might you compare Girl with Glasses to and why?

    I wouldn't normally choose this type of book, and don't have anything to compare it too.
    I am please I did, thank you Audible to this freebie and I looking for more books by this author.


    What does Margie Lenhart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She made you beleive that it was her story and not the authors.
    Yes, I would read another book of hers.


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

    To many moments to list.
    Just a really good story and moved at a good pace.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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