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carolyn

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  • 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
    (8394)
    Performance
    (7380)
    Story
    (7401)

    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..."
    "MORE! I need more Fifty Shades!!!"
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    If you could sum up Fifty Shades Freed in three words, what would they be?

    This book was AWESOME, EROTIC, and well written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ana...she was funny and innocent and naughty.


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

    She's always great!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Chistian opened up to Ana about Elena.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this author writes MORE!!!!

    25 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20893)
    Performance
    (18734)
    Story
    (18801)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "OMG this was great!!!"
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    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Gone Girl is probably in the top 25 of the books I've listened to and I've listened to several hundred books.


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    I thoroughly enjoyed both narrators. They had great inflection and I really felt like I was part of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1985)
    Performance
    (1737)
    Story
    (1724)

    Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

    HappyMom says: "to quote Lula 'I really expected a better story'"
    "Love Stephanie!!!"
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    What did you love best about Explosive Eighteen?

    Everything! I have enjoyed all of the Stephanie Plumb books. Maybe because I grew up in the area where the books are based and it "takes me back".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Boyfriend: The Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1957)
    Performance
    (1720)
    Story
    (1743)

    Owen is the organizer of the Montgomery clan, running the family’s construction business with an iron fist - and an even less flexible spreadsheet. And though his brothers give him grief for his compulsive list making, the Inn BoonsBoro is about to open right on schedule. The only thing Owen didn’t plan for was Avery MacTavish... Avery’s popular pizza place is right across the street from the inn, giving her a firsthand look at its amazing renovation - and a newfound appreciation for Owen.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Speed up your MP3 Player!"
    "Good second book in the trilogy"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Boyfriend to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version - I'm an audio addict as I listen on my commute.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Boyfriend?

    I liked how Avery handled her mother when she returned.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The proposal.


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

    I laughed a lot during the boy - the dynamic between the main characters is funny but I was also saddened a time or two.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2409)
    Performance
    (2128)
    Story
    (2138)

    The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

    krista says: "A cozy romance"
    "Another great siries by Nora"
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    Would you listen to The Next Always again? Why?

    Yes. It was a good book. As always, Nora did not let me down.


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was good. Love the way each person had their own personality.


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

    It took me a couple of days to get through becuase of the time I had available to me to read but I could've read it all at once if I had the time. I moved right into the second one and now the third one in the trilogy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3348)
    Performance
    (3056)
    Story
    (3076)

    Gideon Cross: As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction…my every desire…mine. My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful…except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity. We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession.…

    Bexlyn Wright says: "Fifty Shades Minus Twilight."
    "AWESOME SECOND BOOK IN THE SERIES!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Reflected in You the most enjoyable?

    I was glad to see it was narrated by the same reader. The story line remained captivating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story moved in a good direction and had lots of twists to it.


    What about Jill Redfield’s performance did you like?

    Jill reads well . She has great inflection and brings the characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was awesome - I enjoyed the first one too and am devastated that the third one is delated until 2013!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27628)
    Performance
    (14216)
    Story
    (14270)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "AWESOME BOOK - A MUST READ"
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    What did you love best about The Help?

    I loved everything about this book! The narrators were awesome. I loved how it told the story of each of the main characters in a different voice. Made me feel like I was there in that era.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way they went back and forth between each of the characters on each main topic/event in the story and told it from each of those seperate characters.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    It's tough to choose! I really enjoyed Abaleine, Minnie and Ms. Skeeter.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think the moment that moved me the most was towards the end when Abaleine presented Ms. Skeeter w/the book that was signed by all the folks that were involved in the book and with the church. It was touching.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smokin' Seventeen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1994)
    Performance
    (1359)
    Story
    (1357)

    Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list. Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend and the other bad boy in her life....

    WIpiglet says: "Been there read that!"
    "Stephanie is Awesome As Usual!"
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    If you could sum up Smokin' Seventeen in three words, what would they be?

    Another great book in the Stephanie Plumb series. Janet always delivers a great story in this series. The stories are funny and intrigueing and bring me back to my teenage years as I grew up in this area of New Jersey. The narrator is wonderful too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything! I like that it included all the normal quirkiness of Stephanie and her drama filled life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I found it amusing that Grandma Bella put that 'vordo' spell on her and then later took the spell off of her - never expected Grandma Bella to be nice to her.


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

    I did not have an extreme reaction to the book but I did laugh A LOT.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to more books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4512)
    Performance
    (4094)
    Story
    (4110)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "AWESOME! I want more!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bared to You to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version - I am an avid book listener and do not read books in print - the audio helps kill my commute time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bared to You?

    It was a great story line. Some of the most memorable moments was Ava telling Gideon about her past and how he handled it. And how he's learning how to open up for the first time in his life.


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

    I don't think I've listened to her before.


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

    Complicated lives make for great sex.


    Any additional comments?

    I am addicted to Fifty Shades....this....was even better! I am wanting impatiently for the second book to come out!!!

    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
    (16240)
    Performance
    (13500)
    Story
    (14125)

    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"
    "AWESOME!"
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    Would you listen to Fifty Shades of Grey again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to it again. It had me totally involved and captured. I loved the characters and the story line.


    What other book might you compare Fifty Shades of Grey to and why?

    I can't think of one to compare it to currently.


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

    Yes, Becca is great.


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

    Hot, Erotic, Thrilling!


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fantastic series! I hope the author gives us MORE!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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