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  • Beauty Dates the Beast: Midnight Liaisons Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jessica Sims
    • Narrated By Leah Mallach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    WANTED: Single human female to join charming, wealthy, single male were-cougar for a night of romantic fun - and maybe more. Me: The tall, sensuous, open-minded leader of my clan. You: A deliciously curvy virgin who's intimately familiar with what goes bump in the night. Must not be afraid of a little tail. Prefer a woman who's open to exploring her animal nature. Interest in nighttime walks through the woods a plus. My turn-ons include protecting you from the worst the supernatural world has to offer.

    Jennifer says: "Over...noooo!"
    "Amusing, fun and well-told!"
    What made the experience of listening to Beauty Dates the Beast the most enjoyable?

    The great acting and storytelling of Lea Mallach gave me pause. The characters and their relationships were interesting and the plot was fun, well written and full of mischief.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the interesting creatures and the development of their wants and needs alongside a well thought out plot.

    What about Leah Mallach’s performance did you like?

    Where do I begin??!! Each character's intentions were always very clear and the transitions between characters were seamless such that I always knew who was speaking and literally saw the story unfold in my mind's eye. She made great vocal choices for the characters. I think that if Leah had performed the "50 Shades" story, I might have been able to stomach getting through more of it than I did before I gave up and threw it into the fireplace.

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

    It is too long but here goes - "... an accidental adventure into the secret supernatural dating society of New York."

    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely look out for other books written by Jessica Sims and other performances narrated by Leah Mallach.

    Also, please note that since this was my first read of a book in this genre, I resisted the urge to give it all 5 stars in every category, so that I can have somewhere to go for mind-blowing reads or those stories I do not like as much.

    1 of 1 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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "I hated this with every ounce of my being!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I found the story poorly written and very juvenile in writing and character portrayal. I felt like I was reading the musings of either (a) a highschool girl with extremely low self esteem, attracted to jerks or (b) a guy who has a really low opinion of women and what they think women want. That being said, perhaps it was written for the "20 somethings" who are still exploring self-esteem issues and the archetypical "bad boy." If that was the intended audience, then it was just not for me. Classier writing style, thoughtful adult situations and relationship parameters that exclude the glorification of "the jerk" would have helped.

    What was most disappointing about E. L. James’s story?

    I found the whole concept of young women pursuing jerks very disappointing.

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

    No. Her voice was so irritating - but perhaps that was more a function of the irritating characters she was portraying.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I would have just thrown the book in the fireplace and started over.

    Any additional comments?

    I bought the books (yes, unfortunately I bought the sequel too) because of the media hype - "women everywhere are going crazy about this book"! I think those women should be in therapy. There are so many other great books with romance and eroticism that did not have the marketing machine that "50 Shades" did. I would like to get my credits back - what a waste!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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