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Maiken

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  • The Night Villa

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Carol Goodman
    • Narrated By Susanna Burney
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Beneath layers of volcanic ash lies the Villa della Notte, home to first-century nobles, as well as to the captivating slave girl at the heart of an ancient controversy. And secreted in a subterranean labyrinth rests a cache of antique documents believed lost to the ages: a prize too tantalizing for classics professor Sophie Chase to resist.

    Maiken says: "Worth a read/listen"
    "Worth a read/listen"
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    Story

    Keeping true to the authors style in fiction with a fantasy/mythos understory. I very much enjoyed this book. There was adventure, history, mystery, mythology. A good ending(not obviously predicable) and I felt like it was well written overall.

    This story is not quite as pg as some on her other works.

    1 of 1 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
    (30463)
    Performance
    (25766)
    Story
    (26393)

    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.

    Susan says: "Fifty Shades of Bad Writing"
    "Terrible narration"
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    This book was poorly written, repetitive, and predictable. The narration was unbearable every time she read a line as a man and especially as Grey.

    The overwhelming emotion I got as this book went on was just embarrassment on behalf of the main character. To say that she is naïve would say that she just lacks experience but she is so much less than that and she left me saying out loud "are you stupid?"

    With that said it did make me feel, so there's that.

    As far as the sex goes, it really isn't that racy. There's much better erotica in the world, and anyone familiar with the broad idea of bdsm or just sex in general can see that the characters take every opportunity to have the least healthy relationship(emotionally) as they possibly can.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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