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Sara

EDISON, NJ, United States

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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
    (15660)
    Performance
    (12962)
    Story
    (13597)

    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"
    "Interesting Story. Bleh on the narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No. This is not the best book for an audio book


    Would you be willing to try another book from E L James? Why or why not?

    Yeah - this book is a trilogy so I may choose to read the rest


    Did Becca Battoe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No. She nailed the main character Ana on the head - she is a very prudish and innocent character but her depiction of the male character Christian was awful. He deserved an ACTUAL guy with a sensual voice do this - it would have been better if two people did this book


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

    Proceed with caution.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18206)
    Performance
    (16238)
    Story
    (16293)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Great Story, Annoyed at the ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    The two narrators did a great job and made it very easy to listen to


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I thought it was strange at first but once the main plot and story was revealed i liked it


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    They did great interpretations of the characters


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Without giving away any spoilers - the plot where we discovered what was really going on with Amy.


    Any additional comments?

    **Spoiler*
    I strongly disliked how the ending turned out. It is my hope that Gillian Flynn has plans to perhaps do a sequel so we can how Amy and Nick are doing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (4829)
    Performance
    (1466)
    Story
    (1479)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Indifferent Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes - but I would tell them to skip over


    If you’ve listened to books by Elizabeth Gilbert before, how does this one compare?

    Haven't listened before


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Elizabeth Gilbert?

    Hmm...I'm not sure but I definitely don't think Elizabeth Gilbert was the person to narrate it.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This book is a movie - I am considering renting it.


    Any additional comments?

    I really disliked Elizabeth being the narrator. I get it was HER story but she made her story sound really whiny.

    I only liked the book after Italy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29985)
    Performance
    (23098)
    Story
    (23272)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Best of the trilogy"
    Overall
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    Where does Catching Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite books in recent memory. I'm really glad I downloaded it


    What did you like best about this story?

    Like I said with my previous review of the other Hunger Games book - this trilogy is amazing. I love every part


    What aspect of Carolyn McCormick’s performance would you have changed?

    I think she makes Katniss to girly and weak when Katniss is a POWERFUL character.


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

    And nothing else matters.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35243)
    Performance
    (26292)
    Story
    (26669)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Love the story...Meh to the narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I love this trilogy overall. There is nothing I could really pinpoint about one single thing.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I really didn't particularly like the narration. She makes Katniss seem like such a little girl and that's not what her character is about


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

    They did make a film about this book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6486)
    Performance
    (5771)
    Story
    (5766)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Excellent & Intriguing"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Night Circus to be better than the print version?

    Yes absolutely. I love Jim Dale - it's one of the reasons I chose this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was so wrapped up in the details


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Marco kisses Celia


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book! Almost bought the hardback book just to have it in my collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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