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Diane M Benetz

Parkville, MO United States
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  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,021
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,880
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,896

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

One of my top 5 books ever

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-10

Fabulous new talented author. I wait in anticipation for her next novel. Next week would not be too soon! Terrific narrators I really believe this book was even better listened to than read due to the talent on this recording. Great story it really makes you stop and think about many issues we still too sadly still live with today in 2010.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Atossa Leoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,784

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent

  • By Bill from Florida on 05-29-07

Great read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-07

This author was able to transport me into situations in which I have had no remote experience nor probably ever will living in the middle of the US. It really made me look at Afghanistan in a whole new way and the citizens of this war torn region. He is a fabulous author. "Kite Runner" was slightly better but that still means this was an exceptional read.

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  • Keep Me Close

  • By: Clare Francis
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Catherine has become a victim in her own home. First a string of nuisance calls, then a vicious attack by a mysterious intruder. Now, as she struggles to come to terms with her injuries, two very different men seem anxious to uncover the truth. There is Terry Devlin, entrepreneur and fixer, the local boy made good from Catherine's almost forgotten past. And Simon Jardine, her husband's business partner. But do either of them really want justice?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Keep Me Close

  • By Peggy on 05-28-05

Good storytelling

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-24-06

The story was well written except for the description of the characters. You immediately discern the good vs. bad instead of slowing evolving.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Double Whammy

  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,868
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,878

A twisted tale of murder in the world of big-stakes bass fishing tournaments. Filled with ex-wives, evangelists, and an armed pit-bull, this is a story that could only be concocted by Carl Hiaasen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author, and czar of Florida noir fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First For Me

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-04-04

Fun, Fun, Fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-06

If you want to sit back, relax, smile and laugh then this is the book for you. He develops the characters so you end up falling in love with even the weird and cheering for the hero. This is a talented author and I highly recommend his books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Plain Truth

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 776

The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Plain good!

  • By Susan on 08-05-10

Very enjoying book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-06

Captivated my attention even though somewhat predicatable.

  • Eventide

  • By: Kent Haruf
  • Narrated by: George Hearn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

One of the most beloved novels in recent years, Plainsong was a best seller from coast to coast, and now Kent Haruf returns to the High Plains community of Holt, Colorado, with a story of even more masterful authority.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Bill L. on 05-17-04

Loved this follow up to Plainsong

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-06

Love this author! Would love for him to write more. Read 'Plainsong' first though it will make more sense.
These books made me laugh and cry, which in my opinion is a very good experience.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Wedding in December

  • A Novel
  • By: Anita Shreve
  • Narrated by: Linda Emond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41

At an inn in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, seven former schoolmates gather for a wedding. Nora, the owner of the inn, has recently had to reinvent her life following the death of her husband. Avery, who still hears echoes from a horrific event at Kidd Academy 26 years ago, has made a life for himself in Toronto with his wife and two sons.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Story Without Substance

  • By Judith on 10-31-05

Luke-warm read.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-06

Not one of Shreve's best. She is such an excellant author but this was not very satifiying.

  • Irresistible

  • By: Susan Mallery
  • Narrated by: Cecelia Frontero
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507

When ex-Marine Walker Buchanan stops to help Elissa Towers change a tire, he tells himself it's just the neighborly thing to do. And when Elissa finds herself baking him a thank-you pie, she's just returning the favor...right?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • exciting

  • By MaxineSap on 11-04-07

Predictable but Rated R!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-06

Very predictable sappy romance. Rated R pieces so be prepared!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Husband

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524

With each and every new novel, Dean Koontz raises the stakes, and the pulse rate, higher than any other author. Now, in what may be his most suspenseful and heartfelt novel ever, he brings us the story of an ordinary man whose extraordinary commitment to his wife will take him on a harrowing journey of adventure, sacrifice, and redemption to the mystery of love itself, and to a showdown with the darkness that would destroy it forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent read!

  • By David on 06-09-06

Great book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-06

Really a pleasure to listen to. Another terrific Dean Koontz thriller.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Falling Off Air

  • By: Catherine Sampson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Robin Ballantyne's life is finally coming together. After learning she was pregnant with twins and being abandoned by her irresponsible boyfriend, Adam, she's settling into life as a single mother. But one night, after putting the children to bed, she hears an argument and suddenly, a body falls past her window. Running outside, she finds the body of Paula Carmichael, a renowned activist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rich, developed and unusual

  • By Hannah on 02-02-05

Nicely written mystery.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-06

The author does a good job of 'pulling you in' to the story and liking the main character - flaws and all.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful