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Jim

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • 29 purchased in 2014
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  • Northanger Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (385)

    When Catherine Morland, a country clergyman's daughter, is invited to spend a season in Bath with the fashionable high society, little does she imagine the delights and perils that await her. Captivated and disconcerted by what she finds, and introduced to the joys of "Gothic novels" by her new friend, Isabella, Catherine longs for mystery and romance. When she is invited to stay with the beguiling Henry Tilney and his family at Northanger Abbey, she expects mystery and intrigue at every turn.

    Johnny says: "Awesome"
    "I love Juliet Stevenson"
    Overall

    Northanger Abbey was always my least favorite Jane Austen book. With Juliet's superb narration, I understand the genius of the story in it's comic simplicity. I have listened to every Jane Austen book of Juliet's narration and I'm happy to say this one will be repeated as often as the others.

    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
    Overall
    (16277)
    Performance
    (13535)
    Story
    (14159)

    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"
    "Not for me."
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    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I keep wondering why women are clamoring to read this book. The hot, steamy sex shriveled up and died after about the third sexual act in one day. The dom/submissive stuff was a complete turn-off for me. Back in the 70's, bodice-rippers perpetuated the notion that if you love a man hard enough, he'll change. It goes right along with the fantasy that you can stand up to pain, and he'll be gentle. These books tell women if they learn how to submit, they'll find the pain exciting. Nope. Sorry. I don't care how rich and beautiful he is. Don't know why I read all three books, but the last conclusion of the last book left me completely cold.


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Deborah Moggach
    • Narrated By Juliet Mills
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (107)

    When Ravi Kapoor, an overworked London doctor, reaches the breaking point with his difficult father-in-law, he asks his wife: “Can’t we just send him away somewhere? Somewhere far, far away.” His prayer is seemingly answered when Ravi’s entrepreneurial cousin sets up a retirement home in India, hoping to re-create in Bangalore an elegant lost corner of England. Several retirees are enticed by the promise of indulgent living at a bargain price, but upon arriving, they are dismayed to find that restoration of the once sophisiticated hotel has stalled....

    C. Telfair says: "Screenwriters Changed it for the Better"
    "A disappointment."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I usually enjoy a book so much more than a movie, so when I saw the movie I was determined to read the book. The stories are completely different. This story did not engage my interest. I was not put off by anything, I simply didn't care what happened to the characters. I was enchanted by the movie and will buy it for my collection.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    In one of the most popular novels in English literature, excitement begins to fizz in the Bennett household when young and eligible Mr. Charles Bingley rents the house nearby, and brings along his haughty and even wealthier friend, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. While Mr. Darcy irks the vivacious Elizabeth, the second of the five Bennett girls, Elizabeth annoys Mr. Darcy.

    Lynn says: "One genius deserves another."
    "Great Narration!"
    Overall

    I have listened to other versions of Pride and Prejudice. Kate Reading is the best by far. I found myself listening to the story and not thinking about the narrator's pitch or tone. I enjoyed the book all over again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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