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Elaine

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States

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  • 5 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Overseas

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Beatriz Williams
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (239)

    When twenty-something Wall Street analyst Kate Wilson attracts the notice of the legendary Julian Laurence at a business meeting, no one’s more surprised than she is. Julian’s relentless energy and his extraordinary intellect electrify her, but she’s baffled by his sudden interest. Why would this handsome British billionaire—Manhattan’s most eligible bachelor—pursue a pretty but bookish young banker who hasn’t had a boyfriend since college?

    Cassie says: "I WANT ONE!!!"
    "A SWEET OVER-THE-CENTURY ROMANCE"
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    Although romance isn't the genre I usually read, I still enjoyed this one. It is very, "vanilla" by most romance standards, but still has an interesting twist and likeable, if not terribly developed characters. The author also managed to tie up most of the lose ends and answer most of the questions posed in the story by book's end (something I especially like author's to do.)

    The book wasn't "Outlander" caliber, but then it didn't take days to read (or years waiting for the next part of the story either). I'd call it a "doughnut" book- a sweet treat, enjoyable every once in awhile.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15629)
    Performance
    (13860)
    Story
    (13894)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Entertaining Read"
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    Story

    I enjoyed the twisted plot; thought the narration was good, and liked how the story keeps your interest to the end...but thought the ending was a little weak. Still a good read, though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7146)
    Performance
    (6225)
    Story
    (6208)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Good Read"
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    I have listened to and enjoyed the JD Robb "In Death" series for years, but not too many by the Nora Roberts pen name. However, after this book, I find I like this persona as well, and will add Nora Roberts to my list of favorite authors.

    The book is well written; has an interesting storyling and characters you can like and empathize with. I recommend this one.


    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
    (14484)
    Performance
    (11886)
    Story
    (12510)

    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"
    "Twilight Saga with a "playroom""
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Okay, I bought this trilogy in spite of the reviews because I like to know what people are talking about, even when it turns out to be stupid. I was very surprised, though,that not one of the reviews mentioned that this series was an attempted remake of the Twilight Saga some X rated parts thrown in for spice). It had nearly the same cast (pale faced, darkhaired, clumsy, virgin girl meets gorgeous, rich, copper haired, "cold", mysterious man with " no soul", who likes to go fast and (surprise) plays the piano; scatterbrained, but lovable mom who has bad luck with men; folksy dad; ethnic "friend" who wants to be more--And it even took place in Washington state! Some of the dialog was even the same! But, hey I guess everyone's entitled to copy (I mean capitalize) on someone else's idea. (Especially when that idea made mega bucks)-- look how many verisions there are of the same movie--but an original plot, story line, characters, etc would have been nice.

    I thought the emails were funny and some parts of the book were quite informative. I liked the "Inner Goddess" (it reminded me of that commercial where the person is walking along very normally and their shadow is doing the happy dance). As far as the narator goes, the heroine WAS really immature, so I thought her voice fit (except that everyone else sounded like Thurston Howell III from Gilligans Island.) I probably still would have read this series, but I wish I'd gotten them free from the library instead of adding to the "author's" bank balance.

    Bye the way, I DID like the Twilight Series, but I didn't expect it to be any more than it was. That may be why this series was so disapointing, I expected more.


    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (11417)
    Performance
    (9931)
    Story
    (9967)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Sorry to say, I'm also disapointed"
    Overall

    I loved the first three books, thought the 4th was a little lame, but was really looking forward to the 5th book and got it the day it was released; read it the rest of the week...and kept expecting to find out what happened to all of my favorite folks. GRRM did let us know about a few of the main folks, but several just seemed to disappear. I also hated the voices of the women, but enough people have commented on that. My biggest complaint was with the story itself. It really wandered, and there were so many new folks and their stories introduced. What happened to Sensa? How did Biaene escape being hanged?What the hell is Aria doing---being trained as an assasin??? Too many unanswered questions. Too many new intrigues without finishing up with the old ones. And now Bran and Jon are skin changers?
    All in all it was disapointing.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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