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Donald

SAN DIEGO, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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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
    (13629)
    Performance
    (11102)
    Story
    (11732)

    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"
    "Don't see what the big deal is."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Have a more interesting story. The female lead character just seemed weak to me. Not someone to root for.


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

    The sex (most of the book) is very hot. The characters a little unbelievable. I think there is definitely an audience for this. The plot was a little light for me.


    Could you see Fifty Shades of Grey being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not sure. It's pretty graphic. Will be interesting to see who and how they play out the scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Just ok. I actually didn't quite finish it. Very hot and graphic bondage scenes. The new narrator (I originally downloaded with the first recording) is so much better and sounds more age appropriate to the character.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Seduction in Death: In Death, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (720)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (417)

    Dante had been courting his victim in cyberspace for weeks before meeting her in person. A few sips of wine and a few hours later, she was dead. The murder weapon: a rare, usually undetectable date-rape drug with a street value of a quarter million dollars.

    Kellie says: "Where'd Peabody go??"
    "Ignore the other reviews - the perforamce is great"
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    If you could sum up Seduction in Death in three words, what would they be?

    I was worried about the other reviews I had read - apparently this book in the series was the first one recorded so the narrator hadn't developed the characters. Honestly if that is true it didn't bother me in the least - the characters all sounded like they had up until this point. Peabody especially sounded like her old Minnesota sounding self. Roarke sounded like himself too - maybe they fixed or re-narrated the book. I also will note that many of those reviews are several years old.

    This was actually one of my favorite of the series. Highly recommended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (6901)
    Performance
    (3488)
    Story
    (3520)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "First of a great series - but not my favorite"
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    If you could sum up Dead Until Dark in three words, what would they be?

    A great way to get into the Southern Vampire Mysteries


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Until Dark?

    The climactic end scene


    Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favorite?

    Sookie of course


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16093)
    Performance
    (14247)
    Story
    (14197)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Nice Surprise"
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    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. What surprised me most was that it was a love story above all. A little different from other Stephen King stories but just as excellent.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fight scene. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. And also the very last scene. Very emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent narration. It took me a few chapters to get into it but the narrator really brought the characters to life. A terrific story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smart Pills

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Tony Teora
    • Narrated By Mark Douglas Nelson
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    The mayhem starts when two bumbling Jersey mobsters, Nick and Squeaky, decide that their only way to get rich is to insure and burn down an old apartment building. Unfortunately their complex is above ancient alien beacon for communicating with their galactic space brothers. First contact by the aliens sets in motion a destructive course for mankind and the aliens. The fate of the galaxy depends on the decisions of Markus, a mobster named Squeaky, and a dog named "Snoop".

    Donald says: "Loved it"
    "Loved it"
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    If you could sum up Smart Pills in three words, what would they be?

    A friend of mine recommended this - and I'm glad I bought it. This was alot of fun listening to. The intro is great, then it took a little while for the story to build so keep going. Also, you can't take it completely serious, this is basically sci-fi humor. I liked the way the author builds on the story of a complete idiot becoming President of the United States. The whole time I'm thinking how does this go? And yes there are some fart jokes but it's still funny (at least to me). After this one, I wish there were more of Tony Teora's books in audio format. I also thought the narrator did a good job bringing the characters to life. Recommended.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Smart Pills?

    I hate to give it away but I loved the ending - I was waiting to figure out how this idiot becomes president.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the big explosion.


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

    Even an idiot can be President


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there were more books by Tony Teora in audio. I don't have time to read much and love the audio format.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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