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Diane

Winthrop, MA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1579)
    Performance
    (1424)
    Story
    (1437)

    For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

    Amazon Customer says: "You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers"
    "Not bad"
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    Would you try another book from Kiera Cass and/or Amy Rubinate?

    I may read the second book in this trilogy. The story wasn't bad, but it was definately based on the Hunger Games, but instead of children fighting to the death, it's 35 women trying to win one man. I expected to hate this book but found it amusing and entertaining. The names were inane America Singer?? And she happens to he a singer??


    Would you recommend The Selection to your friends? Why or why not?

    Let me read the second one and then I will tell you.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I thought the narrator did a good job.


    Did The Selection inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    5 of 6 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
    (17339)
    Performance
    (14419)
    Story
    (15038)

    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"
    "There's hours of my life I will never get back!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No. I am all done with this author and narrator. I understand the author wrote fanfiction. It's too bad some publisher picked her over the hundreds of others I have read. This book was not erotic, well written or even interesting. The plot was missing, these characters had no spart and I did not buy the attraction for one minute. The overuse of 'holy', 'inner goddess', 'oh my', 'hot' and 'Christain Grey" made this book more annoying than anything else. Once you sleep with a man, he loses his last name forever. When the main character spends so much time wondering why he picked her, we start to feel the same way because she comes off as boring and unreal. We are supposed to believe that she has never had a relationship by the time she is 22? She lives with the editor of the school newspaper who comes from a wealthy urban family and has remained 'naive'? EL spend some time watching American television and you will realize there is no way thsi person exists.


    Would you ever listen to anything by E L James again?

    No.


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

    Absolutely NOT. She is horrible and should stand aside to let better performers obtain the job.


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

    The emails, and the endless talks with her subconvious and inner goddess.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could get my cedit back!

    444 of 485 people found this review helpful

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