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Rochelle Jones

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  • Two for the Dough: Stephanie Plum, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1394)
    Performance
    (1172)
    Story
    (1173)

    Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back, packing a whole lot of attitude. This time around, she's on the trail of Kenny Mancuso, a boy from the working-class burg of Trenton, New Jersey, who has just shot his best friend. Fresh out of the Army and suspiciously wealthy, Mancuso's also distantly related to Joe Morelli, a vice cop with questionable ethics, a libido in permanent overdrive, and a habit of horning in on Stephanie's investigations.

    debra says: "2 for the Dough - Funny, funny, and funny"
    "Great Listen"
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    What did you love best about Two for the Dough?

    Another good Stephanie Plum story. I like the humor Janet Evanovish puts in her books. Keeps you entertained for sure.


    What other book might you compare Two for the Dough to and why?

    One for the Money...


    What does C. J. Critt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does a good job of changing her voice to accomidate the character changes. Plus she seems to have a real boston accent which is helpful since the story is based in that area.


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

    I need a friend like Rex


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uglies: Uglies, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (939)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (682)

    Tally Youngblood is quickly approaching her 16th birthday and the mandatory pretty-making surgery that accompanies it. But Tally isn't sure if she wants to be a placidly happy Pretty. When a top secret organization threatens her with remaining Ugly forever, she reluctantly spies on the rebels who have refused the surgery. They think it changes more than just looks and are working on a cure. But they need someone to become Pretty to test it out.

    Cather says: "Unexpectedly enjoyable"
    "Imaginative"
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    Where does Uglies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Just short of all time favorite listens.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tally Youngblood. She's the main character so by default she will get the most favoritism. But its because her character is more crafted than the other.


    Which character – as performed by Carine Montbertrand – was your favorite?

    David. Least amount of "Valley girl" sound in his voice.


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

    Standards of Normal will be obliterated.


    Any additional comments?

    good story. a bit immature but still a good story. at least its creative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love in the Afternoon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Alison Packard
    • Narrated By Gia St. Claire
    Overall
    (912)
    Performance
    (778)
    Story
    (779)

    Kayla Maxwell is eager to shed her slasher-flick bimbo image - and she plans to do just that in her new role on daytime's most popular soap. With a chance to showcase her dramatic range, Kayla will be able to wash away the lingering betrayal and public humiliation left by her controlling, philandering ex-boyfriend. Sean Barrett, the son of an influential, award-winning actor, is the hottest soap star in the country. Paired on-screen with the talented and beautiful Kayla Maxwell, Sean is determined to keep her at arm's length, burned before by fame-seeking actresses who had no qualms about using him to get to his famous father.

    MAB says: "Shocked that I enjoyed this so much"
    "A little Predictable"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Love in the Afternoon to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version.


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

    I have not listened to books by Alison Packard before.


    What about Gia St. Claire’s performance did you like?

    She did a good job. Voice changes are key. she could used to develope them a bit.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, it was just another story. Nothing really struck me about it.


    Any additional comments?

    Decent story, I got it for free on Feb 14th so I cant complain too much. A touch predictable, but at least it was in a setting I dont usually have anything to do with (soap opera set)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (1191)
    Performance
    (1000)
    Story
    (1012)

    Many consider this rich social commentary to be Jane Austen's finest novel. It is certainly among her more famous ones. Austen sets her entertaining study of manners and misconceptions against the backdrop of a class-conscious society in 18th-century England.

    Rachel Kapila says: "Flo Gibson Reads You Stories"
    "Classic For A Reason"
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    Where does Pride and Prejudice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've only listened to 8 and I would say somewhere at about 5 or 6 based off of performace alone. The narrator was not very good; it became hard to distinguish between characters in places.


    What other book might you compare Pride and Prejudice to and why?

    Classics really are the only one that should be compaired against each other. I would say it has a great story like The Count Of Monte Cristo.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Cant say there was someting I liked but I didnt like the Narrators performance. The narrator was not very good; it became hard to distinguish between characters in places.


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

    Classically Proud


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9668)
    Performance
    (8438)
    Story
    (8464)

    When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

    SIMARA says: "We ate the dessert first..."
    "Can I have the option of a Negative Star rating?"
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    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades Freed?

    In a word, ALL. I listened to the whole trilogy only to be completely disappointed in the books as well as society for liking them.

    The only thing worse than the plot line was the way it was written. I don’t know how many times I heard "Oh my", “and in that moment” and "subconscious" but it was incredibly annoying. (How would someone even know, as well as Ana seems to know, what is going on in their subconscious? Wouldn’t it be more accurately defined as your “conscious” since Ana is actively aware of the thoughts coming from it?)

    James did not once try to change the words used to explain the story. If it had been me I would have pulled out a thesaurus I’ve owned since elementary school to help break it up.
    The repetition was beyond annoying.

    Then from their the character compositions were dreadful with Christian’s ridiculous predispositions and then sudden changes of heart and then enduring the self-revelations and pitiful self-doubt of Ana that were on every page. I mean really, are we watching a baby take its first steps or picturing and adult woman consenting to intercourse?!?! The maturity level of Ana is just sad and I would have thought that given the nature of the content in this book James would have done a better job of creating characters capable of consenting and enjoying themselves.

    Then there is the underlining idea that you can change someone or that you can just decide not to be something so extreme that you have been for so long (applicable to various aspects/dispositions in life.) Wrong, and women everywhere should be advised; its not love if you have to change the person.

    I kept hearing people raving about how liberating these books were and how after reading it women felt empowered….was this a section of the book that was left out of my unabridged audio book? I was anything but liberated and empowered because of these books. I found myself bored the more I listened and then annoyed that I was bored and not finding a better use of my hearing ability.


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

    NO. I doubt James's writing skill will improve at this point, and these books burned my so bad, I wont give her books a second look.


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

    Hard to say, since the story sucked to begin with. Even the best of narrators would crash and burn with this story.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades Freed?

    Ana. Ridiculous, annoying, immature kid....I could deal with Christian's character flaws if Ana were gone...


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time if you are wanting a "steamy" story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • One for the Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2313)
    Performance
    (2020)
    Story
    (2019)

    You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do? If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man that took her virginity....

    Burns says: "Liked the story but not the narrator"
    "Very Enjoyable!!"
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    My mother started reading these sometime when I was in high school, and I can remember we would be sitting there and all of a sudden she would just bust out laughing while reading these books. I have heard both good and bad about this series but dedided to check it out for myself.

    I really enjoyed the storyline of this book, it was refreshing to have a story with a plot that actually had a climax of excitment. I did not have many of the "bent over laughing" moments, but my sense of humor is different from some people, and can say that most of the funny content did make me smirk with appreciation for the humor.

    I appreciate that the narrator actually had the appropriate accent for the characters, but I would have liked to hear her have more voice changes as characters spoke. She did to some extent, but they were not significant enough of a difference to really distinguish the characters from each other.

    Overall it was a good listen. I would recommend it to anyone looking for something different than what they typically listen to. (It doesnt really fit in with the mystery category, and is still different from comedy and humor)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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