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Romi

Los Angeles, CA USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Katherine: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Anya Seton
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (305)

    Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the classic romance Katherine features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets - Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II - who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king's son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine.

    Patricia says: "Wonderful the 2nd time around, forty years later!"
    "Love after all..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this audiobook. Wanda McCaddon did an excellent job giving a voice to each character in the book. I started the story all over again when it ended. I have never done that with an audiobook before. I didnt want to leave that world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how Katherine accepted what her circumstances were in life and learned to live with them no matter how difficult.


    Which character – as performed by Wanda McCaddon – was your favorite?

    I liked Katherine and John. The story was about them so it wasn't hard to pick a favorite.


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

    It was not a book I wanted to listen to in one sitting. The material was very heavy at times and I wanted to drag it out so it wouldn't end too soon. I don't think this is something you listen to for light reading.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a lovely work of historical fiction, well read and worth listening to. I highly recommend this audiobook for anyone who enjoys history and romance joined together.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9317)
    Performance
    (8116)
    Story
    (8131)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "More bang for your buck in book two..."
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    Where does Fifty Shades Darker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Entertaining for what it is but not on my keeper shelf. A one time listen is enough.


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

    Now that would spoil it for those who haven't read or listened yet so I will plead the fifth here. This book was the most adventurous of the three if that helps.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Not a fan of the narration of this book. Sorry to say...


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

    Cover your eyes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8297)
    Performance
    (7289)
    Story
    (7309)

    When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

    SIMARA says: "We ate the dessert first..."
    "The chains that bind..."
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    Where does Fifty Shades Freed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It would not make my top ten list, sadly.


    What other book might you compare Fifty Shades Freed to and why?

    I don't think there is any book like this that I can think of right now. It's definitely a one-of-a-kind!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I really wasn't a fan of this book in Audible form. I was hoping for so much more. It seemed campy and super cheesy and made me laugh when listening to it because I thought it sounded ridiculous. I rolled my eyes a lot!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Reading this particular book and listening to it are two different things. I liked it better in book form. The audible version was lacking for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this series. I think a different narrator might have made it better. I don't think it was a good fit for the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18319)
    Performance
    (12456)
    Story
    (12353)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Survival of the fittest..."
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    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    Adventure-love-Jaimie!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie, sigh! He is funny, strong, sensitive, hard-headed, and always entertaining.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Claire is the main character so I would have to say her - but - Jamie steals the show every single time he appears on the scene.


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

    The wedding day, and night...


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book made even better by an outstanding narrator. Davina Porter does an outstanding job bringing so many characters to life in this series.

    0 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
    (16057)
    Performance
    (13326)
    Story
    (13952)

    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"
    "Words fail me..."
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    Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

    I'm not so sure I would listen again. I didn't think the narrator matched what the story needed. My first impression was jarring surprise. It took a while to get used to the way Christian's voice was depicted. Not a fan, sadly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the story better in written form. Listening to it on Audible changed my views on it completely. Ana sounds like a complete moron when you hear the story. It's not Becca Battoe's fault, it's the content. Every sentence out of Ana's mouth is a silly question. "What's she doing here?" "Who's that?" "Christian loves me?" "Is that a car?" "Are we driving?" "How did I get in this bed?" "Where am I?" ... And on and on...for a smart girl she sure is dumb! It kind of wrecked it for me and made it a really silly book after listening to it.


    Did Becca Battoe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Some were okay, some were fine, and Christian's voice, wasn't the best.


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

    No pain, no gain!


    Any additional comments?

    This story is entertaining and not anything more which is what it was meant to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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