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  • Celebrity in Death: In Death, Book 34

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1766)
    Performance
    (1536)
    Story
    (1527)

    Her career in homicide has taken her into the darkest depths of New York City’s underground - and sometimes Lieutenant Eve Dallas feels more comfortable in those kinds of places than in the high-rise, high-society world of her billionaire husband, Roarke. But while she’s no party girl, she’s managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating the debut of The Icove Agenda. This time it’s Eve, not Roarke, who’s a guest of honor, since the film is based on one of her famous cases. Her partner, Peabody, is practically giddy....

    Amy Huber says: "Susan Ericksen is amazing!"
    "The Bar is set very high for J D Robb books"
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    If you could sum up Celebrity in Death in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable, predictable, slow


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I always enjoy more of the major characters although I do not enjoy the fighting between Eve and Roark. I like to wonder what's happening with the subplots of Roark's family in Ireland and would like to see Eve and Sommerset get a little closer even in their adversary ways. This story is not in my opinion as good as previous but as I said, the bar is set so high it is hard to top. At her worst Robb is better than most. As an aside, the narrator is the best in the business and makes all Robb's characters have their own individual and unique personalities. I eagerly await each and every book.


    What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As above, I think Ericksen makes the books just that much better. She is an exceptional reader and she makes each character special. Love her


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

    Not as much as many others. I have cried or laughed a lot in other books in the series but not in this one. Nothing very moving. I never felt close to any of the characters introduced in this book other than our familiar favorites.


    Any additional comments?

    There has never been an

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Iced: A Dani O' Malley Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1295)
    Performance
    (1184)
    Story
    (1184)

    Dani "Mega" O’Malley plays by her own set of rules - and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the few humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

    Katheryne says: "Dude, It exceeded my expectations"
    "Not up to her usual"
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    Would you try another book from Karen Marie Moning and/or Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross ?

    Yes I have read several


    Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Marie Moning again?

    yes I enjoyed others


    Would you be willing to try another one of Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross ’s performances?

    Sure, I will give it a try


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

    I liked the characters, mainly the main character although I would like to have seen her written as a little older than 14


    Any additional comments?

    This was so convoluted and disjointed I didn't enjoy listening, I kept at it hoping it would smooth out and things would come together but it was not entertaining though it was challenging. I ended it with a thumps down (In tribute to Roger Ebert).

    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
    (16259)
    Performance
    (13519)
    Story
    (14144)

    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"
    "Really?????"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It would have been better to actually have a story amongst the kink. I like a good steamy novel but I don't like to see women accept being used and abused in ANY way. I hate thinking young women will read this and think it is acceptable. It is NOT. I hate thinking young men will read this and think it is acceptable. It is NOT. Not a good sexy and even kinky book since in my opinion it lacks an interesting story line. You want some steamy and graphic sex/love scenes? Listen to a J.D. Robb mystery, it has the elements of a good book with a fantastic reader. The reader in this book was totally a wrong choice. I think it's all hype and no substance.


    What could E L James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Become a world traveler, s/he now has the money.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The "little girl" voice was distracting and even the reworking of the audio did little to improve. I would have used 2 readers, 1 mature woman and 1 man.


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

    I think every chapter became a copy of the one previous with only one goal in mind.


    Any additional comments?

    I am an avid reader and Audible listener but I guess I took this personally and feel it is a serious misstep in the area we as readers/listeners are accepting. It is ugly, demeaning and frankly stupid. James at least benefits each time one of us uses the poor judgement to see what all the hype was about. Yea for the first amendment but we (including I) need to stop paying for this junk. Time is as valuable as money and this was a waste.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Song Is You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Arthur Phillips
    • Narrated By Christopher E. Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Critically acclaimed author Arthur Phillips skyrocketed up best-seller lists and won immense popularity for novels such as The Egyptologist and Prague. With The Song Is You, Phillips again demonstrates his mastery of form with a tale of love and obsession in the digital age.

    Book Worm says: "An Okay Story"
    "The Song is You"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the book and especially the reader until the end. I expected a better ending and was dissapointed. Call me a romantic but I really was sorry to have invested so much time for it to end that way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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