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  • Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Joe Nobody
    • Narrated By D. Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This first book of the Holding Their Own series, A Story of Survival, is set in the year 2015, when the world is burdened by the second Great Depression. The United States, already weakened by internal strife, becomes the target of an international terror plot. A series of attacks results in thousands of casualties and disables the country's core infrastructure. The combination of economic hardship and the staggering blow of the terror attacks results in a collapse of the government.

    Amazon Customer says: "Worst Narrator Ever!!!"
    "Worst Audio of any audio book I've ever heard"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Nobody could enjoy this audio, the quality is soo terrible.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will think hard about another one of these books

    What didn’t you like about D. Allen’s performance?

    sounded like it was recorded on a tape recorder placed at the other side of the room. His performance was not fluid, not directed, just read in a monotone format without character differentiation. Punctuation and cadence was way off, so hard to listen too.

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

    Story content was decent if you can make it through the audio.

    Any additional comments?

    This should be pulled from the store and refunds given or newly narrated version given as a replacement asap. The narration was at the level of a 3rd grader, produced on $.99 equipment from 1970, then run over by a truck and set on fire, its honestly that bad.

    4 of 4 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.

    Susan says: "Fifty Shades of Bad Writing"
    "Even listening at 3x speed is too slow."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different narrator and better writer. The writing is terrible for the first book but does get better by the end... The joke phrase around my home with the wife is "oh my". I also wonder if the author has any personal experience or if she just intends to belittle average men and women in their "abilities". When you pay attention to the details depicting the actions of the individuals and try to picture what is happening in your head you realize that some of the actions are not possible or erotic.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Irrelevant question other than if I ever see the same narrator, I will skip it.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    In every way possible. She made bad writing worse and the better writing worse than it had to be. She could have taken the approach that our time is valuable, instead she read as if she was paid by the hour. Seriously I listened to the first half of the first part at 1x speed and was pulling my hair out, couldn't stay into it. Then found the 3x button and it actually made the characters voices differentiable and sound normal but still far slower than average people read or can receive spoken words.

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

    The book? Pissed off at the praise this book received when it is soo terrible. You want some good reading in this genre check out Cherise Sinclair. Also disappointment for the relation to Twilight. Twilight was on an entirely different level of literature.

    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it at 3x speed and bare through the first book. Don't expect greatness on the literature side or the storyline. Its an ok intro into BDSM play-style but doesn't do its potential justice.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John M.; Nan Gottman; Silver
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson

    Straightforward in its approach, yet profound in its effect, the principles outlined in this book teach partners new and startling strategies for making marriage work. Gottman has scientifically analyzed the habits of married couples and established a method of correcting the behavior that puts thousands of marriages on the rocks. He helps couples to focus on one another and pay attention to the small day-to-day moments that, strung together, make up the heart and soul of any relationship.


    This book was written with many tables, surveys, forms etc. They are all read aloud and in a non-logical order so they make no sense at all!

    I bought this then had to buy the kindle version just so I could read the tables and use the forms. Ridiculous waste of money.

    Content was good but I could have received that through the kindle version in a cheaper, more productive and less infuriating form.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful

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