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Andi

Green Valley, AZ, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Steamed: A Gourmet Girl Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jessica Park, Susan Conant
    • Narrated By Kim McKean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    The perfect mystery for readers with an appetite for crime. Food connoisseur Chloe Carter is on a quest for the perfect meal and man. That's why the "Gourmet Girl" accepts an online date with "Dinner Dude". Too bad he's murdered in the restaurant. Leave it to Chloe to fall in love with the chef, who's also suspect number one.

    V says: "Fun Story, Sorority Girl Narrator"
    "OK book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Listening to this book while commuting to and from work made the story OK but not great.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jessica Park and Susan Conant before, how does this one compare?

    This was the first book by these authors that I have listened to. I don't know if I will be interested in another one.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader's voice was very annoying. It has this grating quality and all the "voices" sound the same. I suggest that the authors find another reader. Perhaps a different reader would make the story more enjoyable.


    Could you see Steamed being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This could be a movie. Probably not a TV series. Not familiar with all the young actors - don't know who might play the leads.


    Any additional comments?

    Get a new reader. Sorry Kim.

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  • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7706)
    Performance
    (6750)
    Story
    (6755)

    When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

    SIMARA says: "We ate the dessert first..."
    "other reviewers should give this book some slack"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Fifty Shades Freed in three words, what would they be?

    literary excellence not


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christian of course


    What aspect of Becca Battoe’s performance would you have changed?

    Her voice and representation of the characters. I think another reader would have been better.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh at times but no really EXTREME reaction


    Any additional comments?

    Other reviewers have really trashed the books in this series. The books did not promise to be great works of literature. The writing was said to be poorly done, the characters were criticized and just about everything else met with their disapproval. The books are what they are and if you are expecting a great Shakesperean romance or tragedy then you should pick up a copy of Romeo and Juliet or Othello. Yes, it did drag on in places and yes, there was much repetition (Oh my!), and yes, the character of Ana was immature and childlike and made bad decisions and Christian was overbearing and possessive (is that redundant?) and definitely a kinky sex crazed megalomaniac but going beyond the surface and the sex and looking deeper into the characters and the conflicts between them and themselves does provide some redemption of the books. I thought it was a great love story, I liked the way Christian evolved and I enjoyed listening to all three books. Would I recommend them? Yes. If all you read is heavy literary works and intense fiction this is a respite. Don't expect excellence in literature, this is romance for Christsake! Kind of kinky but just sit back and let yourself enjoy the stories as they unfold.

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