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Des Moines, IA, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 2 reviews
  • 32 ratings
  • 179 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • The Watchers

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jon Steele
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Beneath Lausanne Cathedral, in Switzerland, there is a secret buried before time began.... Marc Rochat watches over the city at night from the belfry of the cathedral. He lives in a world of shadows and "beforetimes" and imaginary beings. Katherine Taylor, call girl and daydreamer, is about to discover that her real-life fairy tale is too good to be true. Jay Harper, private detective, wakes up in a crummy hotel room with no memory. Three lives, one purpose: save what's left of paradise before all hell breaks loose.

    Carol B. says: "Well worth the effort to get into the story"
    "Interesting Plot and Great Narrator"
    If you could sum up The Watchers in three words, what would they be?

    The Watchers weaves biblical and Swiss history through a maze of interesting characters and mysterious mysteries. The unique characters and plot twists are sure to keep you interested while you absorb a very interesting history lesson on the book of Enoch. A very intruiging story mixed with loveable and interesting characters make this a must read.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Watchers?

    One of my favorite parts of the book was the interaction between Ms. Taylor and Rochat. The hardened madam and the innocent and hearthwarming young man make for a great story line. I loved character Steele built in Rochat. His innocence and outside-the-box perspective on life really made for an interesting change. It is a nice twist to all the hard and unforgiving characters we read about in other mystery/historical fiction novels.

    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    Rochat was the best character. It is a hard character to portray in a convincing manner. But I think Mr. Davis pulled it off splendidly.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You never know who is watching.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Rick says: "Should've read the reviews first."
    "Very boring and redundant plot line/writing style"
    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    I would shy away from readin EL James again. It seems to me that she is a new writer who hasn't quite developed a good foundation of creative and unique words. I was frustrated hearing the same expressions and cliche descriptions over and over. I can handle a writer of average talent. And I have never labelled an author as subpar. however, James is deserving of that review.

    Would you ever listen to anything by E L James again?

    No, for reasons mentioned above.

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

    She had a nice voice but you can't sugar coat crap. She was reading a poorly written novel. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to another novel read by Becca. There were sometimes when I felt more emotion could have been injected into certain parts of the book. But she did a good job considering the recording was done last minute due to poor choice of the first narrator.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    All I can say is nice try, but I am not even sure why this book was published.

    Any additional comments?

    Save your money. I'm sure there will be a movie...

    27 of 31 people found this review helpful

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