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RockaBetty

Reformed Tom Boy

Member Since 2012

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  • Joseph Smith: A Prophet

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Donald W. Hemingway
    • Narrated By Marvin Payne
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Live in the period of 1830-1844. Feel the personal thoughts of Brewster Cabot who followed, loved, and suffered persecution with one proclaimed to be a prophet, Joseph Smith, the man who started The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    kathy says: "I expected much more than I received."
    "Learning the Entertaining Way"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If they are interested in the life of Joseph Smith but are bored by your run-of-the-mill biography, then yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that Hemingway included a story line. Joseph Smith's biography was, in a way, snuck into the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Payne's voice is a bit theatrical for my taste. At first, I thought I wouldn't finish the book but I got over it and am enjoying it now. With Hemingways extensive detail and Payne's deep voice, it is easy to zone out. I found myself skipping back regularly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2972)
    Performance
    (2716)
    Story
    (2737)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "I forgot that I didn't like this book."
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    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    The narrator sounded like Brad Pitt. Is that petty? That's petty. Oh, well.


    Did The Great Gatsby inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me not to drink or do drugs. I forgot that I disliked the interplay among the characters when I first read it in high school but I figured that I'd matured and perhaps I'd like it now. No such luck. The dialogue made me feel high which may have been FSF's objective but I didn't like it n


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8767)
    Performance
    (3002)
    Story
    (3074)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Dumbed down?"
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    If you could sum up The Lost Symbol in three words, what would they be?

    Educational, interesting, slow


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

    The linguistics, symbology, and history of the Masons.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm afraid Brown seems to have been dumbing down his novels. Some points seemed to be repeated so many times that I was almost offended. At one point, I said aloud, "I get it already!"

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (14369)
    Performance
    (11780)
    Story
    (12409)

    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.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Poorly written. Annoyingly performed."
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    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The writing was average and predictable. The imagery was cliché and the characters were flat.


    What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

    Her voice was annoying. It went up like a valley girl and moaned at the end of each sentence like a teenager. What's worse, her pathetic attempt at a male voice made Grey laughable instead of sexy.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your credits.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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