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  • 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
    (7789)
    Performance
    (6719)
    Story
    (6720)

    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.

    FanB14 says: "Horrible on All Accounts"
    "Narrator better, and worse...."
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    Where does Fifty Shades Darker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's definitely a different type of story than I usually listen to


    What did you like best about this story?

    The personal journey Christian undertakes to make a better life for himself and Ana.


    What aspect of Becca Battoe’s performance would you have changed?

    Where to start? She does better in sounding more mature in regards to Ana's character, losing the "valley girl" intonations, but Christian and Jack Hyde sound absolutely ridiculous! Who talks like that? I didn't have a problem with those characters in book one....

    And she definitely hasn't learned to correctly pronounce several words....


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

    I listen to books constantly as I don't have time to sit down and read them myself.


    Any additional comments?

    I really think the author should be consulted when choosing a narrator to insure that the audio comes off the way she meant it to when she wrote it....

    41 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • Reached: Matched, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ally Condie
    • Narrated By Jack Riccobono
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (537)

    After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. In this gripping conclusion to the Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.

    Anastasia says: "Disappointed ..most likely will return this book"
    "Dawson's Creek revisited, but still good"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure...I have to disagree with some of the other negative reviews I read, especially the ones advising not to "waste a credit" on this book. This is after all, a series written for a younger audience, so of course the pace is different. I thought the narrators did a nice job, and I disagree with those that felt Ky "whined"....he was deliriously ill after all....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorite


    Which scene was your favorite?

    no favorite


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

    I listen 24/7, over and over, but yes, this one held my interest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Styxx: Dark-Hunter, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (502)

    Centuries ago Acheron saved the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge. As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother's side. They've spent more centuries going at each other's throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he's willing to trade his life and future for Acheron's.

    Catherine says: "Stick with it..."
    "REALLY????"
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    Would you try another book from Sherrilyn Kenyon and/or Fred Berman?

    Of course...I'm as sucked in as everyone else, as I still want to know what happens to my favorite characters, although their whole histories might be re-written at any moment, as evidenced by this book....


    Has Styxx turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    PRONUNCIATION!!! I mean, really, all the pronunciations are on S.K.'s website! Although Fred has a wider range of foreign accents than Holter, every time I hear "Sharontay", instead of Karontay, I want to scream! Yet he does the river Charon "Sharon", as if it was "Karon"...ugh!

    And as others have noted, what's with the Irish accent with Artemis?


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Getting rid of the raunchy sex stuff...I mean, really, we've heard the same things over and over for what, 24 books now...we get it, OK, we are all well-instructed in the sex department....a little more story, please...


    Any additional comments?

    OK, since when is Appollymi a vampire? She didn't bite Tory when she gave her powers...
    Did S.K. forget that Styxx was a groomsman in Ash's wedding?
    Ryssa would have not written "BC" when dating her journal...
    Since the Thonians are the "police force" for the Gods, how could Appollymi "shield Savitar's powers" so he couldn't see Ash's childhood?
    Didn't anybody edit this book? Since when is Seth Sin's brother? (As introduced by sin during the "pow-wow" on Savitar's island...
    Aside from the "copy/paste" from various other books in the series, (must be nice to make $ again and again from the same info) so much was not "pasted" correctly...if she couldn't remember the conversations, she or the editors could have just referenced previous books, or did she think anyone too stupid to notice?

    I could go on, and on...

    As everyone else has noted, the last 20% of the book was certainly worth listening too, if you can look beyond the discrepancies....I did enjoy having more of Savitar and Ash/Tory, and of course, Simi, and I did like how so many loose ends from other books were tied up in a neat little package, however, now there are a few new loose ends....

    Archon says he prohibited appollimy from conceiving, so that leaves the question of who Ash's father is? Were it not for the fact that Ash seems to be part Charonte, I would have thought Savitar, but who knows?

    Who is the slave/spy working for Noir?

    Since when are Seth and Set reconciled?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2454)
    Performance
    (2247)
    Story
    (2249)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "I don't know what everyone is complaining about..."
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    What did you love best about Dead Ever After?

    I always enjoy the twists and turns...once Sookie gets out of one situation she falls right into another.I am happy with the way the series was wrapped up....despite all the "team Eric / team Bill" nonsense, it was always inconceivable for Sookie to end up with either of them, and there has always been an undercurrent throughout the series, that if you paid attention, led you to Sookie and Sam ending up together. It was blazingly obvious at the end of the last book, but the author didn't do the cheesy "and they lived happily ever after" ending, she made it very realistic and kept Sookie true to herself first. Before buying this book I read a lot of complaints about this and that, how the series had been going downhill, etc., and I disagree with all of that. Yes, it would have been nice for Sookie to ask Bill how Bubba was doing, so we would know what became of him, but the book coming out in October should take care of that.


    What other book might you compare Dead Ever After to and why?

    None that I can think of....


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

    Unlike some narrators, she has been consistent with the voices of the characters throughout the entire 13 books, so you are never confused about who is speaking.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I think, after reading some highly uncomplimentary reviews of this book, that people should remember that this is fiction, for entertainment purposes, and ultimately the author's creation. Anyone who feels so strongly that this book is crap is more than welcome to write something better.....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Retribution: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (430)

    A hired gunslinger, William Jessup Brady lived his life with one foot in the grave. He believed that every life had a price. Until the day when he finally found a reason to live. In one single act of brutal betrayal, he lost everything, including his life. Brought back by a Greek goddess to be one of her Dark-Hunters, he gave his immortal soul for vengeance and swore he’d spend eternity protecting the humans he’d once considered prey.

    Liz says: "Was left hanging ..."
    "Love Holter Graham......BUT........"
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    What did you like best about Retribution? What did you like least?

    Love Jess from Dance with the Devil, and glad to see him get a story, but I'm very confused...I downloaded this book the day it came out, and listened to it many times, as it was so very different from the other DH books, with the native American theme and all.....
    Then, in anticipation of the upcoming "Time Untime" I listened to it again this week, and it was different ...I mean, the end was different.... Much more detail, and I am VERY confused....


    What didn’t you like about Holter Graham’s performance?

    He really has no range.... All his characters sound "American" despite the discriptions of their ethnic backgrounds....While, in comparison to Maggie meg reed, carrington macduffie, and (shudder) William Dupree, he's the lessor of all evils, he can't seem to remember that he's done these books before, and doesn't carry through with his characters.... The main discrepancy being Nick, but there are many more....Sin, Zarek, Dev, etc.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably, out of morbid curiosity


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13885)
    Performance
    (12255)
    Story
    (12283)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Wow! This is a real Mind-F***....."
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    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    The narrators nailed it..... I loved all "Amy"'s sarcasm.....The narrator did such a good job that I can easily forgive her one mispronounciation.....it's Fes-teeeeee-va....

    And the twists and turns....don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it yet, but it was totally " M. Knight Shayamalon" for me.....things you totally didn't see coming....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick, of course.....


    Any additional comments?

    Wondering if the very unpleasant, mind-boggling, unsatisfying ending for poor Nick might be leading up to a sequel?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Side of the Moon: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (210)

    Susan Michaels was once the hottest reporter on the Beltway Beat until a major scandal ruined her life and left her writing stories about alien babies and Elvis sightings. Life as she once knew it is over, or so she thinks until she gets a lead on the biggest story in town: The Seattle Slayer. She heads to the local animal shelter, expecting a tip on the latest rash of killings. Instead, she gets a story about the mayor feeding citizens to a ring of vampires. Yeah, just another day in her life.

    customer818 says: "Abridged? Butchered!"
    "Why in the World was this book ABRIDGED???????????"
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    Would you try another book from Sherrilyn Kenyon and/or Maggi-Meg Reed?

    Sherrilyn, yes, Maggi, no


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Side of the Moon?

    One that was not included in the audio abridged version


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She had a very annoying voice


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dark Side of the Moon?

    Trust me, this book has been butchered enough, and anyone who follows the series would agree that integral parts were cut from the audio. As an editor, I'd put them back...


    Any additional comments?

    yes, PLEASE....Re-do this audio book UNABRIDGED, with Holter Graham or Fred Burman, who have done the rest of the series....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By L. J. Smith
    • Narrated By Rebecca Mozo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (117)

    With the help of charming and devious Damon, Elena rescued her vampire love, Stefan, from the depths of the Dark Dimension. But neither brother returned unscathed. Stefan is weak from his long imprisonment and needs more blood than Elena alone can give him, while a strange magic has turned Damon into a human. Savage and desperate, Damon will do anything to become a vampire again - even travel back to hell. But what will happen when he accidentally takes Bonnie with him?

    Jo says: "Good entertainment..."
    "Disappointing....(Warning, spoilers ahead)"
    Overall

    After listening to the other 5 books, I was of course anticipating the completion of the series...however, this particular installment was drawn out, boring, and left many loose ends and unanswered questions; such as....what the heck happened to the kitsunai who gave stephan the bouquet? We never heard anything else about him, and the whole subject of stephan becoming human was just forgotten...I did notice, that though this was to be the completion of the series, the door WAS left open for more books....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Peta Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Persuasion, Jane Austen's final novel, follows the romance of Anne Elliot and naval officer Frederick Wentworth. They were happily engaged until Anne's friend, Lady Russell, persuaded her that Frederick was "unworthy". Now, eight years later, Frederick returns, a wealthy captain in the navy, while Anne's family teeters on the edge of bankruptcy. They still love each other, but their past mistakes threaten to keep them apart.

    M. Blackstock says: "Worst version imaginable"
    "you'll have to listen at warp speed on this one"
    Overall

    Not sure how I ended up with this version, but I don't think this narrator took a breath through the whole book. She reads at warp speed, but I can't listen at warp speed, and the hissing sound of her 'S's grated on my nerves...

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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