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

    • Little Fires Everywhere

    • By: Celeste Ng
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22,686
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20,531
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20,480

    A riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Boring and Drawn Out!!!

    • By M. Ryder on 10-05-17
    • By: Celeste Ng
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Release date: 09-12-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 22,686 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.
    • Fates and Furies

    • A Novel
    • By: Lauren Groff
    • Narrated by: Will Damron, Julia Whelan
    • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,090
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3,690
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,704

    Fates and Furies is a literary masterpiece that defies expectation. A dazzling examination of a marriage, it is also a portrait of creative partnership....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Tall Characters Copulating

    • By Steve M on 06-29-16
    • 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 4,090 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.
    • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

    • By: Alan Cumming
    • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,807
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7,295
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,259

    When television producers approached Alan to appear on a popular celebrity genealogy show in 2010, he enthusiastically agreed. He hoped to solve a mystery that had long cast a shadow over his family....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Best Part of Saturday

    • By George Knight on 12-16-14
    • By: Alan Cumming
    • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Release date: 10-07-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 7,807 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.
    • Homegoing

    • A Novel
    • By: Yaa Gyasi
    • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,509
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,096
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,104

    Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and will live in comfort....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • An important story but terribly disjointed

    • By Joy on 12-07-17
    • 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 4,509 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.
    • Where the Wild Things Are

    • By: Maurice Sendak
    • Narrated by: Peter Schickele
    • Length: 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 869
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 661
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 662

    Max is the hero of this beloved children's classic in which he....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • My Kid's Favorite!

    • By Diana - Audible on 06-24-15
    • By: Maurice Sendak
    • Narrated by: Peter Schickele
    • Length: 6 mins
    • Release date: 03-16-06
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 869 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!
    • Yes, Chef

    • A Memoir
    • By: Marcus Samuelsson
    • Narrated by: Marcus Samuelsson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,248
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,100
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096

    It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fun and inspiring civics lesson

    • By loix on 06-27-12
    • 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 1,248 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.