I really liked the guys speaking voice...I mimick it, so that I can sound more like him when I talk to my employees at work. I like listening to it on the drive to work, because even though I already know these things, it's nice to hear a reminder...gets me in the right mindset.
I liked the part where he says managers who suck say they don't care about being friends with their employees...lol....because then he says he didn't SAY you need to be friends.yet, every time I meet managers who have problems, that's the first thing they say.haha.nice way to begin, I was hooked after that.
I love that I can put this book down, read another book, and then come back to this book without missing a beat. I love that I can start this book on ANY part, and still be sucked right in. I love that the book is extremely well written, visually descriptive, and full of subplots that move the story along beautifully. I also love the narrator, who makes the characters come alive...I was scared of this book when I saw the length, and the first chapter scared me more when I was introduced to over a dozen characters-and then even more characters in the next chapter. I was worried I'd be lost quickly, unable to follow the story, unable to remember these people.however, the story is so well told, that I have been able to remember every single character so far-the author paints vivid pictures that makes it easy to remember and follow. I'n still only half way through, but I feel as though I've read 5 different books already, all of them great.therefore, this book is a 5.just what I've heard already has been worthy of 5 stars...I could've finished by now, but this book is so good that I am devouring it slowly, savoring every bit.
I like how it starts out with the characters as children, and then as teenagers, and as young adults, and then adults...amazing to see the character development as the plot thickens.
I liked gwenda as a teen after she escaped when her dad sold her into prostitution for a cow. I LOVED caris as an adult when she fought the trial against her for witchcraft-but I was sad after she had to become a nun or be killed.but my goodness, there are so many wonderful characters-I think john lee does a wonderful job narrating-he really breathes life into these people, none of the characters speak the same-neither with accent, intonation, depth....fantastic!!!!best narrator I've ever listened to.
I read the reviews-I was looking intentionally for something good, disturbing, riveting, and a quick read....careful what you wish for, I guess. This book was so utterly disgusting, because it tells you exactly what the pedophile is thinking...exactly...and the most disturbing part was that even at the end of the book, the pedophile still doesn't understand that he is wrong-oh so cruelly wrong!!! That is the part that got to me, the part I'll always remember, and the reason why I can' ever recommend this book, though I thought it was good-it is too good, it is too true, despite being a novel....the little girl gemma, despite the sickening abuse and torment at the hands of her mom's boyfriend and the pedophile who kidnaps her, she still remains childlike, naiive, carefree....it is as if she is totally aware of the abuse, but forgets it immediately after she steps through the doors of her school....the way we read books to escape from work, she goes to school to escape from her crappy life.it is like she doesn't even remember the abuse by the time she is out of school-not until it begins again that night.ugh...it totally captures a child's internal dialogue, and it is sickening...it is sickening because it reminds me of the friends I had as a child, who later admit as teenagers they had been abused similarly-yet looking back as a child, I can only recall them being happy. I never stopped to consider they were only happy because they were having fun at my house away from the nightmare...that is what this book exposes...the secret life of abused children.
as annoying as it was to listen to her performance of gemma-rapid, unyielding, honest...it was kinda refreshing too.because as the story continues, you WANT to forget that this is a LITTLE GIRL.but the narrator performs the little girl voice with a little girls pace...realistically, albeit annoyingly-but hey, if you've ever listened to a little girl prattle on, you know meg tilly NAILED it.i really appreciated how she read normally for the narration of the adults-though it was rather sickening the way she captured the internal dialogue of the pedophile so perfectly....ugh....southern accents and bad grammar, meg tilly did a fantastic job.she read it so seamlessly, even the toungue twisting lines that I'd have to read 2 or 3 times were I not listening to an audio book.perfect.i just wish little girls didn't sound so annoying-but hey, it is true, this is how they talk!the best part of the performance was when she played gemma on trial...this is where you could really hear meg tilly's vocal talent as a narrator.
Seriously, every bad review nailed it on the head for me, but I'm an optimist and assumed incorrectly that it was all an exaggeration, like naysayers saying nay. For the first time in my life, I was wrong. This book sucked. The listening would've been at least entertaining if the narrator followed the authors instructions.....the author said the character hissed....how do you hiss a word without any s sounds.quite a feat.this annoyed me.also, does becca not know how to mutter? I heard it said a hundred times, but not once did she verbally express it.
No. I thought the first book was a long intro.the second book was like the first.I thought this book would finally give a story, but all it did was throw together a bunch of events and lame sex, even by vanilla standards.at this point, I'm considering googling the author to see how fat and ugly and old she is, because that's how she sounds.I'm certain this is a woman.men might be simple, but they aren't this repetitive, and I've only met across few women this dumb but none of them have ever orgasms without a hand.
I thought becca did alright....she sounded clueless, just like the inner dialogue of the character....I don't know if anyone can mutter the way the author intended....maybe Jim Carrey....
Leila.unnecessary drama, unlikely, unbelievable.
Just believe the one star reviews next time.they are better written anyways.
The first book read like a really long, poorly edited single chapter. The only thing that happened is we are introduced to the characters, Ana and Christian. Christian immediately sizes up stupid native virgin Ana, but somehow we are supposed to believe he is surprised to find out she is a virgin? He is 28, if he can't recognize a 21 year old virgin, that's a clear red flag. We are supposed to believe he undressed her while she was passed out drunk in his bed, but he never examined her? Yeah right.he had to already know what he was working with.Ana lives off her rich friend Kate, even wearing her clothes, using her things, living in he house....yet she has a problem accepting the generosity of a billionaire?again, nonsense. Either you are a person who gives, a person who takes, or a person who lives independently within their means. Ana is obviously a taker,and so is Christian because you don't just wake up a billionaire.therefore, the only part of the story that makes sense is their hindered spirits.yet, they supposedly have to take turns taking, therefore that is the conflict.hmmmm, why was she riding him in the tub?obviously because she is equally a control freak.why is she meeting his thrust?this is not something women do, unless they are trying to dominate the sex.the point of good sex.is being able to kick back and enjoy.then return the favor.I'm nit saying the sex here wasn't good, I cans definitely remember my first time being similar.but all the sex they had was normal sex. All he does is talk about doing strange sex, but it never happens. Then, at the end of the long chapter broken into 26 mini chapters, he finally spanks her 6 times. And instead of developing a story,the "book" ends.nonsense
just when you could have made a decent story, you ended it.nothing happened.I read this book quickly, thinking something would happen, or at least, that Ana would grow.but no, she is still just as dumb and aimless and still a user of people, only now she is not a virgin. At a stretch, this was a coming of age, but all she did was get a little older, and not the least bit wiser.even Christian gets annoyed with her stupidity and lack of growth, by forcing some typical adult rules on her:eat regular meals, work out regularly,bathe and groom regularly, wear nice clothes in public and sexy lingerie just because you are a woman.hmmmm...duh?
Actually wrote a story?maybe planned out a plot?maybe developed the characters?maybe read a dictionary thesaurus prior to writing this "book".seriously, there are many ways to say "oh my", and many ways to describe how a person spoke, beyond "murmured".and stop calling this sex vanilla. Vanilla sex is when there is no kissing, socks are on, and nobody find except the guy. This sex was good sex, lip biting is good sex....I can tell the author never had great sex because she would've had that tongue sucking sex, that licking the back of the knee, backs scratching, ball smacking sex that normal people have, that isn't bound and gagged tied up Christian grey non sense.
She did okay.characters are dumb, therefore she nailed it because she sounded extra dumb.totally believable as the idiotic Ana.
It was a good intro.sham it didn't lead anywhere.characters are not even a week into the relationship and they only had sex.big whoop.there was no black or white way to view the story, because nothing happened except premarital sex between adults.Christian is an admitted who're who buys prostitutes regularly, Ana is a virgin for no reason-she just never had any guy persue her over the years...maybe if she was a virgin for moral or religious reasons-but no.she just never had a real opportunity.if Christian hadn't come along, she would've been banging the photographer.all the other guys in her life were to young and polite to take her virginity.big whoop, an older guy takes it right away.no story there.
Get this book free, don't pay for it.and get the other books, this book is basically just an introduction.nothing happens other than they meet, have sex, she begs for a spanking in the last chapter, then breaks up with him supposedly because she doesn't realize it hurts and there was nothing sexual about a spanking.duh.moving along, nothing to see here.
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