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Evelyn

Carlsbad, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 23 reviews
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  • 17 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
    (14539)
    Performance
    (11933)
    Story
    (12560)

    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"
    "The Hype keeps selling this book"
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    I was curious, like many, about this book that was getting so much attention. The storyline sounded intriguing and erotic. I have to agree with those who mention the absolute poor writing skills of this author. If the subject had not been so titillating, we would have never heard of this novel. Imagine an eighth grade student writing about a tenth grade student's sexual fantasies. It's already been mentioned, but the repeated metaphors and declarations (oh my , holy crap , exquisite, my breath hitched, in my belly or my behind.....) and the emails were literally painful to listen to. Becca Battoe might be perfect for some roles, but not for the characters in this story. There are so many performers who do a brilliant job with male and female character voices. Becca simply lowers her voice for the men. Anastasia's Valley Girl sound made me want to slap her. I had thought I might listen to the trilogy, but I don't care what happens to these people. EL James will make a lot of money from this sensational book, but she won't win any prizes for her writing skills. Save your credits.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5978)
    Performance
    (5683)
    Story
    (5693)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "My Husband asked me to change my first review!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have to say that I absolutely did not like this book.....which makes me part of the one percent I guess. So many stellar reviews. I really don't get it. Halfway through I skipped to the final chapter just to see how it ended and get it overwith. It's all technical, computations, middle-school humor, predictable, no character interactions and no personal information about our stranded astronaut to make me care what happens to him. BUT, I asked my husband (I.T. geek) to listen just to prove my point. HE liked it. Found it fascinating and thought the humor was actually funny. BUT he's British, so he doesn't really know much about humor :) So I changed my ONE star to a THREE to be fair.


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

    If I had any friends who were Scientists, Mathematicians or Astronauts......I would recommend this to them. For my friends who like a good story with 'feeling' and suspense and characters playing off of each other.....I think not.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the beginning.....how he finds himself stranded and how the reality of his situation sinks in. You can't help wondering what you would do.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Only by force.


    Any additional comments?

    It all comes down to preference as we know. I commend this author for writing a book that has captured such a following. The research must have been intense and exhausting. Just not my style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1373)
    Performance
    (1266)
    Story
    (1263)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    linda says: "Engaging, Room for Improvement"
    "Imaginative Tale..............but......"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would if they prefer books written for for the "Twilight" generation. Meaning the book series and not the elderly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author created an imaginary future (WHY is the future always so bleak?!) with new creatures and new politics and talents demonstrated by those deemed unnatural. There is a great deal of detail describing abilities and magical remedies highlighting an imaginative mind behind the story. I also like the narration. I think she handled the various characters well and I am still amazed at how anyone can do multiple accents and genders and age groups.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene near the end where good begins to triumph over evil.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hide your aura......


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (5790)
    Performance
    (5265)
    Story
    (5278)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Who is Paying for the Great Reviews???"
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    I cannot believe how disappointed I am in this book! All the hoopla and glowing reviews.....I feel I can no longer trust the legitimacy of the reviewers. Go back and read the reviews. So many are nearly identical. "Who is this great new author?" "I hope they make it into a series!" Audible asks "what is your favorite scene?" and the answer is some obscure page in the novel. There is NO depth to the characters. They are simply one-dimensional. Good guys and Bad guys. The ONLY action in this book is the initial balcony fall on page one and the fight at the very end. EVERYTHING in between is just conversation. I'm serious. Just conversation and verbal speculation. The Detective puts all the pieces together in the final pages and must be using a crystal ball. There is nothing to explain how he figured it all out. We are enlightened FINALLY while the Detective relays his hypothesis to the killer. The narrator did a great job with the various accents. I can't imagine how boring this book would be to actually READ. We all know who Robert Galbraith is. I expected SO much more and feel deceived by what seem to be fake reviews. Save your credits!!

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3993)
    Performance
    (3566)
    Story
    (3562)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Dogs Rule!"
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    If you're a dog person and you also like a mystery, this one's for you. It takes off from page one and rarely slows down. The characters are real and flawed and doing the best they can. But Maggie the dog is the best part. I liked everything about this book, except ....it ended. I'd like to request a series including Maggie and her "pack" and her inner thoughts. I shared this with my husband and he just finished it today. He claims it's the best book he's listened to in a long time. So it should appeal to ALL genders .... even if you're secretly a cat person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2096)
    Performance
    (1762)
    Story
    (1774)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.

    lisa says: "Wait for it to go on clearance!"
    "Even My Husband Liked This Book!"
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    I told him he would, but he figured it was basic "chick lit" and skipped over it for a while. Once he started listening, he would talk to me about the story and give me his latest opinion of 'who dun it'. The book introduces quite a few suspects and provides motives for the possible crime committed. So it keeps you guessing. My husband's only complaint was that he wanted more "action" and less of the heroine's inner thoughts. But I guess that's what makes it appeal more to many female readers. The narrator did a great job and you are kept guessing until nearly the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2695)
    Performance
    (1520)
    Story
    (1523)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "All but the ending....."
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    There is so much of this book that I really liked. While the beginning is disturbing - - anytime a child is mistreated - - you usually figure that there will be some sort of justice or happy ending to make the ride worthwhile. The narrator did a great job with the varying characters. They were all distinct , but somewhat one-dimensional. Either good guys or bad guys. The ending spoiled it for me. And this is a long book to wade through to find yourself feeling a bit cheated at the end. It felt to me as if the author had a deadline and had to finish in a hurry to "wrap things up". The leading character's behavior did not match the boy you had grown up with along the span of the story. I found it disappointing, but again, found many things to enjoy along the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Lucky You Are

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kristyn Kusek Lewis
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (61)

    In the tradition of Emily Giffin and Marisa de los Santos, How Lucky You Are is an engaging and moving novel about three women struggling to keep their long-standing friendship alive. Waverly, who's always been the group's anchor, runs a cozy bakery but worries each month about her mounting debt. Kate is married to a man who's on track to be the next governor of Virginia, but the larger questions brewing in their future are unsettling her.

    glamazon says: "This Story Never Gets Old"
    "I loved this book!"
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    This story focuses on our tendency to envy the seemingly perfect lives of others. Due to their wealth, perfect relationship, perfect jobs, bodies, and home. As a woman, there is too much to adequately describe how familiar these characters feel. You know these people and you will see yourself in at least one of them. I found myself "nodding" along when brilliant metaphors were woven into inner thoughts. I found myself feeling less alone, and more connected to our fellow travelers as we apparently celebrate and suffer similar experiences. I found a personal epiphany through one of the characters and forgave choices made earlier in life. I will probably want to read this again. The Narrator is ideal and portrays the various characters perfectly. When I finished this book, I searched Audible for other books by this author.....only to discover that this is her first one. She has a gift and I hope she continues to use it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • MILA 2.0

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Debra Driza
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Mila was living with her mother in a small Minnesota town when she discovered she was also living a lie. She was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was never supposed to remember the past - that she was built in a computer-science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do. Now she has no choice but to run - from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much, and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology.

    M. Herbert says: "Quick fun read"
    "Just Can't Go On....."
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    Maybe this is unfair....because I'm only about an hour into this book, but I simply cannot continue. Knowing it is in the "young adult" category, I was hoping for something akin to Hunger Games or even Divergent. But this seems to be written for the young pre-teen with all of the girlish squealing and boy-crazyness early on. I think I might have liked this book when I was 12, but that was a long time ago.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Split Second

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3474)
    Performance
    (1687)
    Story
    (1683)

    Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

    John says: "Listen again"
    "Had to make myself finish this one"
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    Slow story with way too much conversation attempting to decipher clues. Once again, starring a leading man with great looks and psychic skills in his ability to Leap from clue to the right answer. Once again, in touch with a gorgeous, athletic female (this one earned a medal in the Olympics) hopelessly drawn to him. New characters were constantly introduced as suspects leaving me asking "who is this one??". Many conversations are filled with "what if...." and "maybe he....." and "how about it....." and basically showing off amazing guessing skills. I enjoyed this Baldacci book the least of those I've read. I found Scott Brick's performance to be annoying. Remember Robert DeNiro's voice when asking "you talkin to me??". Scott Brick has this habit of ending each characters voice with this Brooklyn upswing. For a better Baldacci experience, try "First Family".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2185)
    Performance
    (1816)
    Story
    (1840)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "Just Okay"
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    Not one of his best, but it moves along and will keep most interested until the end. After reading several books by this author, I'm beginning to see similar characters and similar patterns of storyline. The leading men are always very tall and handsome and muscular and basically MacGyver-ish in their skill sets and Sherlock Holmes on steroids in their ability to figure things out.....with minimal clues. The women are athletically gorgeous and tough and sexy. Not a bad read if you don't expect to be wowed and on the edge of your seat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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