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Diane

Winthrop, MA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Obituary Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ann Hood
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (373)

    A sophisticated and suspenseful novel about the poignant lives of two women living in different eras.... On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, a young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless but secure marriage or to follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover, who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.

    Kathi says: "Parallel stories of love and loss"
    "A good read"
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    What did you love best about The Obituary Writer?

    I enjoyed going back and forth from 1961 to 1919 with the two stories. I figured out the connection long before the hints. I felt more connected to Vivien as I have experienced the loss that she did and I understood her better.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think it was quite enjoyable the way it was.


    Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    My first time listening to the performer, she did a good job.


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

    No idea.


    2 of 5 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
    (16005)
    Performance
    (13282)
    Story
    (13909)

    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!

    428 of 466 people found this review helpful

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