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Francene Brown

Hightstown, NJ, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 6 reviews
  • 45 ratings
  • 94 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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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
    (16277)
    Performance
    (13535)
    Story
    (14159)

    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"
    "Loved the book!"
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    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I loved the story line of this book. What a great story!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The most memorable was the ending....I loved it.


    Have you listened to any of Becca Battoe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not listened to any of her recordings, this is the first and it was good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I listened to this book everywhere I went.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Breakable: Contours of the Heart, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tammara Webber
    • Narrated By Zachary Webber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (219)

    As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise - until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed. All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy.… As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.

    The Reading Date says: "Unbreak my heart, Lucas!"
    "Well Written"
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    What made the experience of listening to Breakable the most enjoyable?

    The book was very well written.Great chracters. Good storyline.


    What does Zachary Webber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I did not like the narrator Zachary Webber. I became used to his reading of the story but his voice was not masculine enough for this chracter. If not for the narrator, I would have given this 5 stars.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jamie McGuire
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1310)
    Performance
    (1203)
    Story
    (1223)

    The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand. Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid.

    Guiselle says: "5 things you should know before buying this book"
    "The Best Audio Book I've Heard"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Disaster to be better than the print version?

    The audio edition is much better than the print version. The print version is really good but the narration of this book is even better!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the entire story and all the ups and downs encountered.


    Have you listened to any of Emma Galvin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not but plan to seek out other stories by her.


    If you could rename Beautiful Disaster, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it, the title is perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    A great story and the best performance by a narrator ever.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Dawn: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin, Matt Walters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6748)
    Performance
    (3152)
    Story
    (3207)

    To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare, woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point.

    Angie says: "I couldn't wait for the audio book"
    "My Favorite"
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    Would you listen to Breaking Dawn again? Why?

    I certainly would! This is my favorite book of the entire series!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Edward is my favorite chracter. He is so gentlemanly.


    Which character – as performed by Ilyana Kadushin and Matt Walters – was your favorite?

    Edward, no question about it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7658)
    Performance
    (3063)
    Story
    (3125)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "What a book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Twilight to be better than the print version?

    I consider both to be favorites.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The audio version was great!


    Have you listened to any of Ilyana Kadushin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any, only Twilight Series and they are all very good. I would certainly listen to others.


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

    The entire book moved me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'll Catch the Sun: Memoirs and Musings of a Nudist

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Langdon Cook
    • Narrated By Richard Langdon Cook
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    An entertaining listen about 'life', written by a well-traveled man who simply prefers to be 'Outside' his clothes rather than 'In' them. This is an audiobook for anyone who loves the sun and the joys of 'skinny dipping', or who wants to. Travel with Richard on a global journey, sharing his nude experiences in the Mediterranian, Japan, Hawaii, South Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States.

    C says: "Lovely accent but a boring story"
    "Loved It!"
    Overall

    If you are a naturists you will listen to this more than once. It's so entertaining!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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