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Amissville, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 2 reviews
  • 31 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014

  • Alif the Unseen

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By G. Willow Wilson
    • Narrated By Sanjiv Jhaveri
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients — dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups — from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif — the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind.

    Nick says: "Entertaining and insightul"
    "A disappointment"
    What disappointed you about Alif the Unseen?

    Too much minute description of everything, from walls, to floors, to every creatures, to clothing, while the story drags and drags and drags.

    Would you ever listen to anything by G. Willow Wilson again?

    Probably not. If this is his typical style, I probably could not get through another book.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sanjiv Jhaveri?

    Don't know...but his attempts to give every character a different voice failed miserably. He was awful.

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

    Can't think of any.

    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

    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"
    "Awful !"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Can't think of any reason that any semi-literate person would enjoy this book. My first reaction would be to say that someone looking only for titillation might enjoy the book. But even the sex scenes are poorly written. There is just no redeeming value here at all.

    Has Fifty Shades of Grey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I've read and enjoyed other books in this genre, because they were well written, had well developed and believeable characters, were at an adult reading level, etc., etc., etc. Anne Rice's "Beauty" trilogy being an example. Even Ms. Rice's fantasy characters in a fantasy land were much more believeable than Ms. James' characters. This book was awful not because of the genre but because it was badly written, infantile, and had completely unbelieveable characters.

    What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

    I have to be cautious here, because she had such drivel to work with. But it seemed to me that her interpretation, tone, inflection, etc. made the characters even less believeable than the author had.

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

    Anger and disappointment certainly. It also saddens me that a book as badly written as this could be such a sensation. Speaks volumes about who is reading it.

    Any additional comments?

    I can't say it enough, so I will say it again. This book is awful.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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