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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

    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"
    "Story Mildly Entertaining, Narrator Abysmal!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not at all, as I stated in the headline the story is mildly entertaining as it's kind of fun listening to the character get all worked up and being so intimidated by Grey, but as far as 'good writing', it makes me think that any child 'not left behind' can write OR EDIT a book nowadays. Too much repitititititition, and cheesy references to things. I think it could have been made way more erotic and sensual, and the character can still come off innocent, without sounding like a complete stiff-sounding twit. This "Becca Battoe" sounded like she was uncomfortably reading from cue cards. Also, if I heard the words "Holy Crap", "Double Crap", "Crap", or any other fecal-exclamation, I might have jumped out a window.The only thing that keeps me interested is my simple fixation on hoping that the 'hot but bossy' "Christian Grey" beats the "Holy Crap" out of the narrator. =)

    Would you ever listen to anything by E L James again?

    I might consider it, if they have someone tolerable, maybe even captivating to read for the audio.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    Drew Barrymore (I just like her), Heather Jane Hogan, I'm not sure--Someone who can do "Innocent" but still bring a little life to the role.

    Did Fifty Shades of Grey inspire you to do anything?

    Yeah, beg for my credit back, and maybe call up a FWB and make my own story ha-ha.

    Any additional comments?

    I doubt I check out the other two books in the series, and by no means am I a prude, because I can read and write some erotica for that matter, and I don't mean to be a literary snob, but this book is just not something I would recommend unless you are easily entertained, and NOT EASILY agitated by annoying narrators.

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  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Wish I was at the table with Skeeter and Aibileen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely YES!! The storyline is engaging, heart-felt, and just draws you in. You feel as though you are right there with the characters, and those who narrate this bring the book to life right between your ears. I've listened more than once! Great use of my credit!

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Help?

    There are so many, but I really love when Aibileen and Minnie go into the Church and are celebrated and honored with the book. Just feeling the pride of their accomplishment and the hope of making some difference moves me.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Since I despise Hilly Holbrook, I love that she greedily inhaled TWO SLICES of the pie.

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

    I really get so sad about Constantine being forced to leave, and get teary-eyed over the love between her and Skeeter.

    Any additional comments?

    I wish there was a sequel so I could see what happens for Skeeter and for Aibileen.

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