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KD & CW

Georgia, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Through the Grinder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (176)

    There's trouble brewing at the Village Blend. Business is booming--but Clare's customers are starting to die. Soon after stopping at the coffeehouse, a regular jumps to her death in the subway. Or was she pushed? Detective Quinn is convinced that someone has an axe to grind, especially after the "suicide" of another female customer. Unfortunately, his prime suspect is Bruce Bowman--the new man in Clare's life. Bruce is the perfect blend of rugged good looks and potent personality.

    Ronna says: "Who is "The Genius"?"
    "Not as engaging as the first but still good."
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    What about Rebecca Gibel’s performance did you like?

    She's really great at creating a believable character!


    Any additional comments?

    To me, the story wasn't as strong as the first in the series. However, it's still a good, easy listen and I'm looking forward to the next book.

    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
    (16337)
    Performance
    (13589)
    Story
    (14214)

    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"
    "This was horrible."
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    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    Toss it and start over.


    What was most disappointing about E. L. James’s story?

    If you're going to write something elicit, then at least make it good. I'm so disappointed in the general public for giving this piece of garbage such undeserved credit.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    Anyone. It took a while to ignore her bad acting but then again, she didn't have much to work with. Horrible writing.


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

    Apathy for the general public's opinion. After all the hype, I thought this would be an interesting listen and maybe a little innovative. Boy, was I wrong. I'm not easily turned off by elicit writing but this was just immature and dumb. It wasn't provocative, in the least, to me. The writing was terribly predictable and the characters were not multidimensional, although the writer was trying hard to make them so. Maybe if the characters were a little older and the heroine a little less naive and "innocent" this would have made for a better story. I felt like I was reading S&M for teens. Disgusting.


    Any additional comments?

    The emails back and forth, which were constant in the book, were the most annoying thing I've ever made myself sit through. There was a point where I actually felt bad for the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6922)
    Performance
    (6265)
    Story
    (6266)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Wonderful story! Terrific narration!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything


    Which scene was your favorite?


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

    Within a few days


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (658)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "Great easy listening! Love the narration!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of On What Grounds to be better than the print version?

    Depends on your taste. Personally, I enjoyed Rebecca Gibel's narration immensely!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like that Claire is not obnoxious or overly awkward, as some leads in these types of chick lit seem to be. She's just an everyday person who is passionate about something as everyday as coffee. To me, that makes her interesting. I'm hoping to find out more about Matt, Quinn and Madame in the following books.


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

    I practically did!


    Any additional comments?

    I really loved the fact that this novel wasn't all about steamy sex scenes. I'M SO OVER THAT!!! Just give me a good story! Thankfully, Cleo Coyle has done just that! I'm purchasing the entire series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead in My Bed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jessica Sims, Molly Harper, Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Leah Mallach, Abby Craden, Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (507)

    In "Shades of Gray" by Katie MacAlister, Noelle is a Guardian: a demon-wrangler, imp-banisher, and all-round secret protector of humans from the Otherworld. In "Undead Sublet" by Molly Harper, executive chef Tess Maitland is banned from her five-star kitchen in Chicago to recover from "exhaustion". Jessica Sims's "Out With a Fang" features Ruby Sommers, a lonely were-jaguar who signs up for a blind date through the paranormal dating agency Midnight Liaisons.

    NDiaye says: "Dynamic Trio... hmmm maybe"
    "UGH! Skip the first story."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    My advice...skip the Katie MacAlister story and move on to the other two. That is, unless you're into vampire erotica, which I am NOT. I love Molly Harper's wit and will check out some of Jessica Sims now but oh my, the first book is not my taste at all!


    If you’ve listened to books by the authors before, how does this one compare?

    Just skip this and purchase a full-length Molly Harper book. The Nice Girls series is wonderful.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Undead in My Bed?

    The entire first book...Shades of Gray...I mean, really?!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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