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Carolina

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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
    Overall
    (14486)
    Performance
    (11888)
    Story
    (12512)

    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"
    "If I could give it ZERO stars, I would"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not buying it.


    What was most disappointing about E L James’s story?

    I couldn't get past the bad writing to even hear much of the story. Seriously, the least unflattering term I can use for this is "inelegant prose." A more accurate description would be "absolute dreck." I endured only a couple of chapters before I gave up in disgust over the poorly constructed narrative, redundant rendering, and puerile dialogue.


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

    NOPE.


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

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money on this nonsense. I'm not even addressing the more risqué content, such as it might be. It's just plain poor writing. And it isn't even good storytelling, which might excuse some shortcomings in prose building. This book is just plain BAD.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Mists of Avalon

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (499)

    A posthumous recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, Marion Zimmer Bradley reinvented - and rejuvenated - the King Arthur mythos with her extraordinary Mists of Avalon series. In this epic work, Bradley follows the arc of the timeless tale from the perspective of its previously marginalized female characters: Celtic priestess Morgaine, Gwenhwyfar, and High Priestess Viviane.

    Carolina says: "Davina Porter brings an old favorite back to life!"
    "Davina Porter brings an old favorite back to life!"
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    I first read this book more than a quarter century ago as a college student. I had very fond memories of it, but hadn't reread it until I found it on Audible last month. Not only that, it was narrated by Davina Porter, who has become my favorite narrator through her reading of Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series.

    I find Marion Zimmer Bradley's characters to be very real, and their interactions genuine. I love the general sweep of the story, and the elegance of the prose. And Porter's narration brings that depth of character development and storytelling to a new intensity.

    One thing, if you are looking at the four-part "series" of this book, note that "The Mists Of Avalon" is the collection of the other four (Mistress Of Magic, The High Queen, The King Stag, and The Prisoner In The Oak). The full book costs one credit, and the parts also cost one credit. Save yourself three credits and buy the complete version at once.

    72 of 72 people found this review helpful

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