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April

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  • 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
    Overall
    (16291)
    Performance
    (13548)
    Story
    (14172)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Glutton for Punishment"
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    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Quite a few things:
    1. The first thing I noticed when listening to this book (apart from the narrator which others have discussed at length), was that it required a certain suspension of belief. Here we have a graduating English major (or lit major) with a vocabulary that consists of not more than crap, double crap, and holy crap he's freaking hot.
    2. The emails (which were painful to hear read) were a bit excessive considering this takes place in 2011 and text messages are readily available.
    3. The sex scenes really do overtake the book leaving not much if any plot. I've read erotica before, but I can't remember not being able to go a few minutes without another sex scene.
    4. The characters of the book all seemed to have a very child-like outlook on life and even when the author attempted to make the characters complex, they largely came off as immature and one-dimensional.

    Disclaimer: I am by no means a literature buff, but I read a lot of popular fiction. I can't say that any other book I've read stood out to me as shallow before reading this one. This could largely be due to the narration.


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

    Probably not. I will not be finishing the trilogy.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    I feel bad for Becca Battoe because while her voice was very annoying and all of the characters sounded like variations of a valley girl, there was not much she could do with the writing she was provided.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    While the BDSM didn't bother me at all, what did bother me was the description of what appeared to be an abusive relationship. While it is one thing to voluntarily enter into a dom-sub relationship because that's how you get your kicks, it's quite another to let someone beat you and try to become the type of person they want because you got turned out. To be afraid to say how you feel or stand up for yourself because that person might whip you. There were quite a few uncomfortable moments in this book, and for me none of them were during the sex scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for something along these lines with less intensity and amazing narration, try Outlander. If you're looking for something with intense BDSM sex scenes and a more intricate plot, try the Kushiel series. Both are period pieces. I personally saw very minimal similarities to Twilight by the way.

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  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18874)
    Performance
    (12975)
    Story
    (12871)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "What an amazing narrator!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    The narrator hands down! After suffering through narration of 1Q84 and Fifty Shades of Grey I am so impressed with the authenticity of this read!


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Her ability to give life to each character, enhancing their voices with what we would assume to be their personalities


    Any additional comments?

    Story line starts a little slow but once you get into it the story moves quickly. The graphic sex scenes didn't bother me at all since I am a fan of the Kushiel series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4274)
    Performance
    (3735)
    Story
    (3704)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "What was the point?"
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    What would have made 1Q84 better?

    Addressing the plot that was created. I spent the whole book waiting to understand 1Q84 and the little people and everything the author spent sooooooo much time on only for those points to be ignored. The book could really have been 1/4 of the length. There was so much repetition and very long excerpts from other "novels". It really felt like Murakami was trying to achieve length at the cost of quality.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    I would be hard pressed.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The only narrator I could really tolerate was the voice of Tengo. The female narrator has been reviewed enough on this board and the other make narrator had a tendency to whisper. I found this so distracting I almost stopped listening to the book when he started speaking.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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