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Andrea

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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
    (15453)
    Performance
    (12769)
    Story
    (13408)

    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"
    "Save your credit for something else"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better writing, where were the editors in this book? Or better yet, the author could really benefit from some writing workshops. However, since this series is so popular, the author is probably laughing all the way to the bank. Why improve your craft if horrible writing makes a lot of money?


    What was most disappointing about E L James’s story?

    Terrible writing. I would expect better writing out of a class of advanced high school English / literature students. I don't understand how this is popular. As badly written as Twilight was, at least there was a payoff if you took the book as a romance book. I don't understand the attraction to Christian at all. And the book could be much more tightly written.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The poor narrator did not have much to work with here. The narrator was fine.


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

    Tighten the book up. It takes too long to get going.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17513)
    Performance
    (15837)
    Story
    (15962)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Can't wait for more from Roth"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Roth can write, which is such a nice dose of fresh air. Haven't gotten to Hunger Games yet, so I can't compare and contrast the two. Roth's phrasing during the opening mirror scene between Beatrice and her mother grabbed me right away. Her phrasing and approach to her characters reminds me George R.R. Martin. Martin and Roth treat her readers like adults and there isn't always a happy ending with characters, and death is not always how we expect it.

    The story was quite engaging, I literally had to sit down and stop to listen to hear how the scene with Christina hanging on over the river was going to play out, same with Albert, Tris, and the knifes. Is there a certain level of formula to the story? sure. But it's young adult and fiction. Even one of my favorite series, Dresden Files, gets quite formulaic. But at the end of the day, it's about the characters. And I do want to know what happens with Tris and the others, even the despicable characters. Hope Roth pulls this series off. If she does, she goes to #3 on my fav fiction writer list under Jim Butcher, with George R.R. Martin at the top.

    Narrator was fantastic with this story. Onto the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mendacity of Hope: Barack Obama and the Betrayal of American Liberalism

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Roger D. Hodge
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Americans find themselves in genuine confusion and dismay concerning the actions of President Obama's administration, especially when it comes to the financial crisis and health care. Obama's reform packages, passed with great fanfare, ignore the most significant perils facing the United States.

    Andrea says: "Terrible, terrible narration"
    "Terrible, terrible narration"
    Overall

    I would have been better served to buy the Kindle version of this book and use the text to speech function. The narration would have been better. The narrator is terrible on this book, very monotone. I would like to give some insight into the content of the book, but no matter how hard I tried to pay attention, the narration blanked out my mind. A total waste of my credit. I wish I could get a refund.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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