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kimberly a. servello

Avid reader (and listener). Obsessive Tudor-period embroideress & designer.

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  • The Good Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Stuart Cuno has decided to become good. Not believing in God, he invents his own methods, which include celibacy, chastity, and the abandonment of a promising academic career. Interfering friends and relations question his sincerity, his sanity and his motives.

    Geoffrey says: "A Squabble of Smartypants"
    "Loved it!"
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    I'm glad to see Audible is getting some Iris Murdoch books, she's one of my favorite authors.

    6 of 8 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
    (14584)
    Performance
    (11974)
    Story
    (12601)

    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.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Bad Book, Bad Performance"
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    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    No.


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

    No.


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

    Does it matter?


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I found this book to be right on par with the Twilight series - not worth my time.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Bitter Truth: A Bess Crawford Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (196)

    When battlefield nurse Bess Crawford returns from France for a well-earned Christmas leave, she finds a bruised and shivering woman huddled in the doorway of her London residence. The woman has nowhere to turn, and propelled by a firm sense of duty, Bess takes her in.

    Jen says: "Beloved Bess"
    "A Bitter Disappointment"
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    Any additional comments?

    I found the plot too far fetched at times - example: A group of people searching for a child in a country filled with orphans, all of whom immediately recognize her from a portrait of her aunt...Unlike two of the other reviewers I didn't find Bess to be a strong woman. The novel begins with Bess on leave from war and preparing for a trip to see her family. A stranger appears at her door and Bess, due to one request after another, spends all of her leave with the stranger's family - and NOT because she's enjoying herself. I kept wondering why she would allow this family & its priorities to overtake her life & put the feelings of her own family aside - a family longing to see her before she goes back to a war zone. I thought she should stand up to them & insist that she go home (this was, of course, before the murder).

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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