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M. Diana

Marietta, GA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • My Losing Season

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Chuck Montgomery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    America's ultimate storyteller reveals the story of his own boyhood. With poignance and humor Pat Conroy (author of Beach Music) reveals the inspirations behind his unforgettable characters, pinpoints the emotions that shaped his own character as a young boy, and ultimately recaptures his passage from athlete to writer.

    M. Diana says: "Dare I say "Beautiful"?"
    "Dare I say "Beautiful"?"
    Overall

    This is the heartbreaking real-life story of Pat Conroy as a member of the basketball team at The Citadel. It's the true tale of "The Lords of Discipline," but reality is harsher than fiction. Thank God Mr. Conroy grew to loves books as he has and was given the ability to write words that make us laugh hysterically and cry uncontrollably. That's why he's my favorite.
    His recounting, especially, of his meeting with basketball teammate Al Kroboth would make even the harshest critic shed a tear.

    Brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beach Music

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Peter MacNicol
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    From the American South to the ancient ruins of Rome, and from the horrors of the Holocaust to the lingering trauma of Vietnam, Beach Music sings with life's pain and glory. Jack McCall, an American expatriate in Rome with his young daughter, is trying to find some peace after his wife's suicide. But when his sister-in-law begs him to return home, he finds himself drawn into a painful, intimate search for the one haunting secret in his family's past that can heal his anguished heart.

    Chris says: "loud and lame music"
    "Conroy's Greatest Yet!"
    Overall

    This has become one of my top five all-time favorites. Pat Conroy is an artist when it comes to dialogue. I didn't want it to end. The bonus is that the story took place in two of our favorite places, Italy and the islands off South Carolina.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catholic Digest: Words for Quiet Moments

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Catholic Digest
    • Narrated By Teri Garr, Loretta Swit, Efrem Zimbalist, and others
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    M. Diana says: "Really"
    "Really"
    Overall

    This is a great little book, full of wonderful quotes - however, the sound is very poor and I find myself constantly playing with the volume in order to hear it. Very bad sound quality. I suggest reading the book instead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (306)

    John Grisham's first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet.

    Mark says: "Good Book - Not Typical Grisham"
    "Wonderful Commentary on our"
    Overall

    Yes, this is not a typical Grisham book, but it's about time someone addressed the abuses of our judicial system. This was a travesty of justice, and it's not isolated. Mr. Grisham sent us a wake-up call about the fact that we all must hold our judicial system accountable when it is responsible for ruining lives. District Attorneys should be heavily prosecuted for maneuvering innocent people into plea-bargaining in order to save the "win" in court. It's disgraceful how this system is abused so often! Our system of justice is the best in the world, no doubt; but when there are people manipulating it to their own advantage, it turns ugly. That was the case with this young man, and unfortunately, with many others as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Judge & Jury

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1023)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (108)

    Senior FBI agent Nick Pellisante is closing in on the notorious mob boss "The Electrician", when the scheduled sting goes spectacularly awry. Two FBI agents are dead, the boss is wounded, and Pellisante vows the Electrician's next move will be from a jail cell.

    Julie says: "Judge and Jury"
    "Loved It!"
    Overall

    I thought this was his best until I started reading Step On a Crack. Now I'm not sure which is his best. He just keeps getting better and better. I love the fact that most of his books are written where I grew up, Long Island and New York City. I can see all the places clearly as he describes them, and his dialogue is almost as good as Pat Conroy's.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4519)
    Performance
    (1815)
    Story
    (1816)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "Exciting Thriller"
    Overall

    Loved it! It moved right along with no bumps in the road. It flowed perfectly and not once was my attention diverted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Same Sweet Girls

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Cassandra King
    • Narrated By Patricia Kalember
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (4)

    None of the Same Sweet Girls are really girls anymore, and none of them have actually ever been that sweet. But the story of this spirited group of six Southern women, who have been holding biannual reunions ever since they were together in college, is nothing short of compelling.

    Jessica Gottlieb says: "Delivers What it Promises"
    "Huh?"
    Overall

    What a waste of time! I'd like to count how many times the word, "gourd" was used in this book! Seriously - gourds? The last few pages were laughable as the dying woman gave each of her college buddies a little gourd and then left them with instructions for the disbursement of her ashes in her "special" gourd, which each of them caressed as though it were a newborn baby.

    I thought I was reading the redneck version of Sinclair Lewis' "Main Street," except for the fact that this wasn't a satire.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Becky Ann Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (38)

    Best selling author James Patterson has written a love story! Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas is a powerfully moving and suspenseful novel about families, loss, new love, and hope. Browse more Patterson.

    Ella says: "A good"
    "Pure Pap"
    Overall

    I couldn't believe James Patterson could be so trite. The dialogue in this book was about as cheesy as a cheddar omelette - WITH SYRUP.

    Too cutesy for me. Give me back "Judge and Jury" or "Cross" or "Mary Mary." Save me from another trip to Candyland!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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