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Tiffany

Huntington Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Color Purple

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alice Walker
    • Narrated By Alice Walker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1025)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (625)

    Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 - when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate - and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister", a brutal man who terrorizes her.

    Lauren says: "Good Listen"
    "Watch the movie!!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No! This is probably the only time I have ever said that the movie is better than the book. The author added NOTHING to the story as the narrator. Her tone was so flat and monotonous. It was painful to listen to the whole thing. The only good thing I can say is that listening to the book filled in a few minor holes from the movie.


    What was most disappointing about Alice Walker’s story?

    It was long winded.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alice Walker?

    Oprah Winfrey would be a great choice as narrator! She could at least add some passion to the words and do the voice of Sophia spot on!


    Was The Color Purple worth the listening time?

    Not at all!


    Any additional comments?

    I grew up watching the movie over and over again! I loved it as a child and still live it as an adult. The book has been on my bucket list for years do when I signed up for audible and saw it was on here I was so excited. It was one of the most painful stories to get through. Ms. Walker as the narrator was a huge disappointment. There was no passion or inflection in her voice. It was as if some random person had picked up a book and started reading it out loud and wasn't connecting the words to anything. It is super long winded. I'm glad I crossed this one off of my list, but it was not a good experience all around. :(

    3 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
    (14503)
    Performance
    (11902)
    Story
    (12526)

    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"
    "Don't waste your time!"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

    I don't think so.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    NO!!!


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

    This book is very disappointing. The writing is very juvenile and the Ms. Battoe's performance was terrible. I got to tired of hearing "my inner goddess". I kept telling myself that if i heard it one more time I was going to jam ice picks in my ears. It was so repetitive that it was distracting. I HATED that Ms. James referred to Anna's vagina as "her sex"!!! Who talks like that? It did not flow well, and the whole story is unrealistic. I don't know about other readers/listeners, but I want my fantasies to be a little realistic.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was terrible and Ms. Battoe's performance made it worse. If you want to see what all the hype is about, then borrow this book from someone who was dumb enough to pay for it. (Yes, I was a dumb one) :(Im pissed that I cannot get a refund!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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