Diana Dapito - Audible Editor

AUDIBLE EDITOR

Diana Dapito

Diana is a longtime Audible editor who spends her commute captivated by literary fiction, author-narrated memoirs, narrative nonfiction, and the occasional YA novel. She happily shares listening time at home with her children and has been known to tackle 1,000-piece puzzles as an excuse to keep listening to her favorite books.

Diana's Recent Reviews

    • By: Celeste Ng
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Release date: 09-12-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 34,122 ratings
    • Quietly Complex
    • I loved Celeste Ng’s debut (Everything I Never Told You) and so couldn’t wait to hear this follow-up. While some reviewers are lamenting that ‘nothing much happens’ in Little Fires Everywhere, I found myself quickly drawn into the lives of Ng’s thoughtfully developed characters – from the everyday details of family dynamics to the lingering secrets that lead to tragic events. Jennifer Lim, an award-winning stage actress and frequent TV guest star, is new to audiobook narration, but brilliantly captures the nuances of Ng’s attention to detail and deliberate pacing – elevating this quietly complex novel to the top of my Best of 2017 list.
    • A Novel
    • By: Lauren Groff
    • Narrated by: Will Damron, Julia Whelan
    • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
    • Release date: 09-15-15
    • 4 out of 5 stars 4,293 ratings
    • There Truly Are Two Sides to Every Story
    • Some of my favorite stories are told from multiple perspectives – The Help, Let the Great World Spin, Gone Girl – and I find this alternating context is always fascinating. I expected Fates and Furies to take a similar path, with Will Damron and Julia Whelan alternating chapters in revealing the truth behind one couple’s 24-year marriage. Instead, I was (pleasantly) surprised to hear Lotto’s story first, and then Mathilde’s, and revelations about the two are woven masterfully throughout. My jaw dropped a few times when the second half of the book started, driving home the point that there truly are two sides to every story. Lauren Groff’s breakout novel is smart, ambitious, and beautifully written.
    • By: Alan Cumming
    • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Release date: 10-07-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 8,802 ratings
    • An Amazing Storyteller
    • I can't get over how good this book is - so insightful, brave, witty, and honest. There was no doubt Cumming the narrator would be amazing, but Cumming the author is just as talented, as this moving memoir proves time and time again. One of the best I've ever heard.
    • A Novel
    • By: Yaa Gyasi
    • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
    • Release date: 06-07-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 5,529 ratings
    • A Knockout of a Debut
    • Yaa Gyasi’s command of language is absolutely stunning in this moving, sweeping tale of two sisters separated in 18th-century Africa and set on two very different life paths. With Dominic Hoffman’s understated, yet powerful performance leading the way, we follow the sisters and their descendants across 300 years – from Ghana to America and back again – and the stories of slavery and survival, family and faith are simply unforgettable.
    • By: Maurice Sendak
    • Narrated by: Peter Schickele
    • Length: 5 mins
    • Release date: 03-16-06
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047 ratings
    • My Kid's Favorite!
    • I love that my son wants to listen to his favorite books when we're in the car, and Where the Wild Things Are is always his #1 pick. Even better, he gets to see the illustrations from this beloved classic while we're listening, and it's just the right length to get us to the grocery store!
    • A Memoir
    • By: Marcus Samuelsson
    • Narrated by: Marcus Samuelsson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
    • Release date: 06-26-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399 ratings
    • Much More Than a Foodie Memoir
    • While the descriptions of food and all of its pleasures in this memoir are just lovely, I am more impressed by Marcus Samuelsson's storytelling abilities and his brutal honesty.

      Here is a hard-working chef who traveled all over the world and faced some pretty significant challenges to master his craft, and, in doing so, admittedly neglected some responsibilities in other areas of his life. Samuelsson's background and story are unique, and his passion and determination refreshing.

      But by far, the best part of this fascinating memoir is the fact that Samuelsson himself narrates it. His voice does take some getting used to - he sometimes emphasizes syllables that a native English speaker wouldn't, and pauses in unexpected places of his narration - but it makes the book truly come alive and it's wonderful to hear him speak in the many different languages he's learned from all the kitchens he's been in.