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ROBERT

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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
    (15450)
    Performance
    (12767)
    Story
    (13406)

    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"
    "Twilight for Adults (that's not a compliment)"
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    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    Much better, imaginitive writing and a less predictable, trope filled story. The narration was also awful- Anna, the main character, is admittedly vacuous and uninteresting, but making her a valley girl made things even worse. The production decision to read the headers, salutation, and closings of each ot the endless, idiotic e-mails is inexplicable. When actually reading, the eye would automatically skip right over them, but in audio it is an endless, mind numbing repetition. Making the plot less predictable (seriously, who didn't know exactly what would happen?) would go a long way. Also, Anna's constant, irrational inner dialog only serves to highlight just how empty headed she really is. Honestly, I was hoping one, or both of the main characters would be killed, but no such luck.


    Has Fifty Shades of Grey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Good question- what genre is this? Seems like an "adult" version of a Harlequin romance. Given the hype, I had no idea it would be so devoid of anything interesting, or that it was


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

    Not if she continues to affect a whiny, valley girl accent.


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

    It had the potential to be interesting given the exploration of S&M (not your every day topic), but it would require characters that people might actually care about.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like to say I'm baffled by the massive sales of this book, but the Twilight series prove there is a vast audience for badly written romance novels. This one has the added attraction of pornographic content. The thought of listening to the sequels makes me shudder.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Five Million Steps: Adventure Along the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lon Chenowith
    • Narrated By Mark McDevitt
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Hiking from Georgia to Maine sounds incredulous to most. To Lon Chenowith, it is a journey that calls him into the wild - a journey that reveals true tests of faith and will in the direst circumstances. What began as a dream in his teens to trek the Appalachian Trail takes flight with a preliminary hike with his two young boys from Amicalola Falls to Unicoi Gap. The initial intrigue wears off, and Lon quickly realizes he will be making a long, arduous journey alone, save for a few hiking partners and unique characters met along the way.

    Brian says: "Really hard to get through"
    "Worst AT book to which I've listened"
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    Would you try another book from Lon Chenowith and/or Mark McDevitt?

    No


    Has Five Million Steps turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, there are many good hiking books


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mark McDevitt’s performances?

    Unlikely, but the narrator is generally secondary to the author


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

    Incredulity that something so bad could get published. I was looking forward to this, so i was disappointed, then angry. I finished it, but almost stopped halfway through


    Any additional comments?

    I'm generally neutral/tolerant when it comes to religious issues, but this is nothing but a priase the lord pile of delusional horse pucky. The author can't go two lines without mentioning god. He charaterizes EVERYONE he meets by their faith. I can only imagine how incredibly annoying he must have been to the other hikers

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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