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Diane

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  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (4709)
    Performance
    (3931)
    Story
    (3950)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Awful, just plain awful"
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    What disappointed you about Dark Places?

    I can only think of a single character that is likeable in this book... Aunt Diane. When you don't care about any of the main players, you don't care about the plot. First, my problems with Libby, she said she didn't know things, she grew up feral, etc. She didn't even know you were supposed to change sheets. BULLSHIT. She spent 8 years with her Aunt Diane and 8 with her mother. Let's say Patty was a complete miss as a mother, Diane was not. She would have learned all of this with her, so right from the beginning, I disliked Libby and her excuses about how the world owed her.

    I grew up with someone who survived a similar tragedy when his mother's boyfriend in a jealous rage killed her, his brother, his sister and almost him before the police shot him dead. It happened when we were just about to go to high school and he spent a whole summer in the hospital recuperating. He had a tragic past, but he was not unlikeable or tragic.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    No, I'm done. Gone Girl and this proved that she is not an author I will ever enjoy. She goes into the pile that has Charlaine Harris, E.L. James and J.D. Robb.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    They were all pretty much weak, pathetic, obnoxious, etc. I could care less what happened to any of them.


    What character would you cut from Dark Places?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Could I get my credit back?

    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
    (16227)
    Performance
    (13488)
    Story
    (14113)

    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"
    "There's hours of my life I will never get back!"
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    Would you try another book from E L James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No. I am all done with this author and narrator. I understand the author wrote fanfiction. It's too bad some publisher picked her over the hundreds of others I have read. This book was not erotic, well written or even interesting. The plot was missing, these characters had no spart and I did not buy the attraction for one minute. The overuse of 'holy', 'inner goddess', 'oh my', 'hot' and 'Christain Grey" made this book more annoying than anything else. Once you sleep with a man, he loses his last name forever. When the main character spends so much time wondering why he picked her, we start to feel the same way because she comes off as boring and unreal. We are supposed to believe that she has never had a relationship by the time she is 22? She lives with the editor of the school newspaper who comes from a wealthy urban family and has remained 'naive'? EL spend some time watching American television and you will realize there is no way thsi person exists.


    Would you ever listen to anything by E L James again?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    Absolutely NOT. She is horrible and should stand aside to let better performers obtain the job.


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

    The emails, and the endless talks with her subconvious and inner goddess.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could get my cedit back!

    436 of 474 people found this review helpful

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