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Gwen

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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
    (9293)
    Performance
    (8093)
    Story
    (8108)

    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.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "BRING BACK THE ORIGINAL NARRATION! "UN" REMASTERED"
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    What did you like best about Fifty Shades Darker? What did you like least?

    I am only into the first 10 minutes and I cannot stand the narration. YOU HAVE RUINED CHRISTIAN!!


    If you’ve listened to books by E L James before, how does this one compare?

    I LOVED Fifty Shades Of Grey, Ana sounded young but SHE IS! I loved Christian's voice, strong but sexy. I am happily married for 16 years but this book captues perfectly the feeling and the excitement of falling in love. I am anixous to see how their relationship evolves and I am rooting for them both. SO far, in this book all I keep thinking is about how bad they screwed up the voices.


    Did Becca Battoe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Becca did a great job in the first book but again the male voices are horrible in this version. I don't think this is Becca's fault but how Random House altered the version. Christian and all the men sound DOPEY and OLD. Ana is so listless she sounds like she is taking too much Prozac.


    Was Fifty Shades Darker worth the listening time?

    As I said, I am only into the first 10 minutes but I am worried I will not be able to enjoy the rest due to the "remastered" version!!! After being a member of Audible for years now, for the first time I am seriously considering buying and reading the book because I don't want the story to be ruined by listening to the horrible sounding male voices.


    Any additional comments?

    I could not wait until Darker came out. Counting the days until today and then I heard Christian's voice. Now I am not sure I will finish the book. AUDIBLE-tell Random House to offer the UN-remastered version to those who fell in love with Ana and Christian in Fifty Shades of Grey.

    51 of 60 people found this review helpful
  • The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo: Love at Stake, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kerrelyn Sparks
    • Narrated By Paula Costello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (171)

    Dougal Kincaid has something to prove. After being injured in a battle with the Malcontents, he's ready for active duty protecting unsuspecting mortals from these villainous vampires who want to rule the world. But first he has to get control of himself...because just the sight of a certain lovely doctor has his injured hand doing some peculiar things, not to mention the sizzling sensation that burns along his dragon tattoo....

    Melanie J. Luther says: "Not my favorite out of all of Kerrelyn's books."
    "The Narrator made this story perfect!"
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    Where does The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    When listening to audiobooks vs. reading books, the narrator can truly make or break the book. This was wonderful story, the perfect mix of paranormal and romance but it was Paula Costello's Scottish accent that made me swoon at the dialogue between Dougal and his love.


    What other book might you compare The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo to and why?

    Again, this book had the perfect combination of romance and paranormal with a dash of sexiness. The hero was sweet and strong like Samantha Young's Down London Road and the story had humor and paranormal like my other favorite author Katie MacAlister!


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

    I just don't think the words that Dougal spoke to his love would have made me feel the same way without Paula Costello's perfect Scottish accent! Also, sometimes narrators can do a great female voice and a horrible male voice or the other way around. Of course Paula does the female voices great but she also makes the males sound like their characters-strong, funny, romantic.


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

    YES-because of the narration. I love that the book is told in both the female's point of view and the male's point of view. And because Paula does both narrations so well, I just wanted to listen to the whole story through to the end. Unfortunately work and sleep got in the way.


    Any additional comments?

    I love all Kerrelyn Sparks books but this one is one of the best.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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