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Alicia

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  • 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
    (7483)
    Performance
    (6548)
    Story
    (6552)

    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..."
    "Thank goodness the torture is over"
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    Yes I must have some masochist tendency's as I tortured myself through the whole series - audible even! Mainly to see if the author and narrator could possibly be so consistently bad through to the bitter end.


    My emotions? Frustrated there was no improvement in the writing skills of the author or narration skills of the reader. Disappointment that Ana never matures from her naive, malleable and subservient behaviors. There are times throughout the series that Ana thinks she's acting strongly and standing up defiantly for herself, against Christian, to protect her civil rights. What a bunch of horse pucky! It's sad how she so deludes herself. There are specific items/actions she considers deal breakers but will debase herself for the other 98% of time. She lets Christian roll over her like a freight train, coming and going. I lost track of the times she's trying to figure out how "not to make him so mad or so upset" - over and over. She constantly supplants her own needs for his wants and desires.

    The book is grand example of how abusive and controlling behaviors can be exhibited and some classic victim thinking to go along with it.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Helen & Troy's Epic Road Quest

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (216)

    Witness the epic battle of the cyclops! Visit the endangered dragon preserve! Please, no slaying. Solve the mystery of The Mystery Cottage, if you dare! Buy some knickknacks from The Fates! They might come in handy later. On a road trip across an enchanted America, Helen and Troy will discover all this and more. If the curse placed upon them by an ancient god doesn't kill them or the pack of reluctant orc assassins don't catch up to them, Helen and Troy might reach the end their journey in one piece, where they might just end up destroying the world.

    Charlene says: "A little twee but very funny."
    "Started skipping parts, couldn't stick with it"
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    Maybe it's just my mood today but I could not get in to this book. It looked and sounded like something I'd enjoy, especially for a little light hearted fun, but I just couldn't get interested in the characters. The narrator did a fine job and was pleasant to listen to.

    For me, the story was too predictable and characters were too blasé. I like characters with quirky personalities and I like to get into their motivations. I'm not sure if it was that the characters seemed too shallow and not dimensional enough, or if it was because the plot kept dragging along. I kept thinking it would speed up and get more interesting. Maybe it did but I missed it because I started leap frogging pages etc. I finally gave up and bounced to the end just to see what happened. Even that extreme tactic didn't make me want to go back and find out how things got to the final endpoint.

    I'd give the author one more try if I find another book that looks appealing. Othes have enjoyed his books so we'll see.

    0 of 0 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
    (14500)
    Performance
    (11901)
    Story
    (12525)

    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"
    "You're kidding, a worldwide best seller? Really?"
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    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I struggled through the first couple chapters, wondering how on earth Grey became a worldwide best seller. I ground my teeth at the poor opening introduction scenes and choppy voicing. Numerous times I stopped my finger from jamming the OFF button, mostly due to curiosity. I couldn't decide which was grating on my nerves worse - the writing or the narrating. I finally decided that it was both but by then, I wanted to see where the story went and what others found so exciting about the story.

    To me, the prose and wording of the story plays out like a bad B movie. In the hands of a better writer, the characters and story could have been riveting. I ended up finishing the book (fast fwding some) because I was intrigued by Mr. Grey. I wanted to find out what happened in his past that warped his ability to emote, love and interact with others. The altruistic romantic in me won out because I wanted to know if he was repairable (if he could change).

    Can't say I cared what happened to Anastasia in the story. There was too much shallowness and low esteem built into her character. So, I lost patience with her in this story. I'm eighty percent of the way through this book and I find Anastasia's roommate and Grey's brother (Elliot) more likeable and interesting than Anna herself.

    The intro to BDSM was interesting - probably the real reason why this is a best seller. This subject of erotica isn't usually found on the best seller list so the sex parts were thought provoking and yes, voyeuristically exciting.

    Even though I didn't want to read the next story, I didn't find this so bad I wouldn't read the next book (library though). However, I'll READ it instead of suffering through another round of the narration.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting is whether Mr Grey is going to turn out to be a real stinkbomb or if he's going to turn into a worthwhile guy who is just "kinky" by "normal" standards.

    Least interesting/most irritating? Yet another all too handsome, all too cocky, all too rich, all too irresistible, all too egotistical male who is the prime character.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Geez, where do I start? Toss the young valley girl inflections for the twenty year olds. Read, read, read your story first and be better prepared for where the story line is going. Especially at the beginning - the sentences are so choppy and short and staccato. Inflection of voice and pacing doesn't match the story line very well in many places. Hopefully with time and experience she'll improve.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I really don't know, the author doesn't give us a very large world of characters to work with. This is part of the problem.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes. The story could have been so much richer if we'd gotten to know more about the family and friends of the two main characters. More background on them, their motivations and their thoughts would have helped deepen the mystery around Mr Grey. Maybe that's another reason why this novel seems to come off as just another soft porn sex read without a lot of substance.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Iron Knight: The Iron Fey, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (511)

    "My name—my True Name—is Ashallayn’darkmyr Tallyn. I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her. My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…."

    MAB says: "Unexpectedly pleased"
    "You might like this, if you liked Thomas Covenant"
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    Would you try another book from Julie Kagawa and/or MacLeod Andrews?

    Kagawa - not again. Andrews the narrator - sure.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Julie Kagawa again?

    Not if this is typical of her writing style and characters. I didn't care for the overall feeling of depression and moroseness which seemed (to me) to permeat the story. The prince's character just kept reminding me in way of Thomas covenant (the unbeliever series).

    I ended up fast forwarding through chapters a number of times and wishing the story would get more interesting. I have not read any of the other books in the series and have no desire to do so now.


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I wasn't thrilled with the narrator's versions of the characters but not sure how much of that is due to the book itself. I'd give the narrator another try.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    For me - no. For those who've read the previous books, probably. It continues the story of Megan and Ash (sp?). Though 90% is about Ash and his personal issues.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad I got this one sale :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2794)
    Performance
    (1914)
    Story
    (1906)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Mediocre story despite great narrator"
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    Would you try another book from Andrew Peterson and/or Dick Hill?

    I LOVE Dick Hill, he's one of my all time favorite narrators. However, even he can't always save a story. As for Andrew, I may try the second book to see if the story line improves. Usually just because I want to see what happens to the main character.


    What was most disappointing about Andrew Peterson’s story?

    I'm only halfway through the story so far but overall, it's mostly because I'm not getting emotionally invested in the main character. I really don't know much about what he's thinking or what his real motivations are. Nor am I crazy about the mysterious subversive conflict w/ his Dad. I kept having a download issue w/ Audible for the second half of the story. I almost decided to bag it entirely and move on to another book. But I'm persistent and curious so I tried one last time.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    I could give you several from other books, but not this one. Not his fault though....


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    That's part of the problem, I'm not emotionally connecting with the character or the story line very well.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Second Sight: Arcane Society, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (172)

    In financial straits and on a sure path to spinsterhood, Venetia Milton thought her stay at the remote, ramshackle Arcane House, far from society's prying eyes, would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engineer her own ravishment. She was there to photograph the relics and artifacts collected by a highly secretive organization, founded two centuries earlier by an eccentric alchemist.

    Susan says: "Great storyline, too!!"
    "Not very memorable"
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    This is the first book I've read by this author. The story line looked interesting and I'm always looking for a new series. For me, the characters were too predictable, a little shallow and the whole story was pretty cliche through out. I wanted to fast forward a number of times whenever I lost patience with the writing style.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • White Lies: Arcane Society, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By David Colacci, Kathy Garver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    Relationships are challenging enough for most single over-30 women. For level-10 parasensitive Clare Lancaster, they're a minefield. The elite few who know her secret call her a human lie detector, and any falsehood, no matter how subtle or well hidden, sets her blood racing. Over the years, Clare has come to accept that someone with her extraordinary talents is unlikely to find a suitable mate. But a murder investigation with an unusual man may change that.

    Alicia says: "It's on the bottom of my list"
    "It's on the bottom of my list"
    Overall

    I didn't care for this book because the characters lacked depth and I didn't like the narrating/editing on this book. Nothing about the characters dragged me down into the story or made me want to emotionally invest myself into their situations. Still, I wanted to know what happened to the Arcane society so I hung in there to the end. If the next book in the series is like this, I'll give up.

    I struggled the most with the narration style and editing of this book. The editing during conversations between characters sounded choppy and far from fluid. It sounded like the parts were read separately and pasted together, instead of being a fluid conversation. There were too many times when both narrators sounded like very bad actors reading a bad play.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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