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  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32,251
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27,362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,992

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fifty Shades of Bad Writing

  • By Susan on 05-04-12

Poorly edited and PAINFUL performance

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Recast and better editing for the Audible reading. The emails and the repetitive use of certain words and descriptions made me roll my eyes, completely took me out of the story again and again and again.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Engrossing sex scenes. Superficial and unbelievable characters. (I can't tell if I would like and believe that characters more if I had read the book myself.)

What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

While Becca has a pleasant enough voice, her intonation, pronunciation and delivery are painfully distracting from the story and characters.

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

Irritation and arousal.

Any additional comments?

My friend called to tell me I MUST read this book immediately. She read it in three days and couldn't stop thinking about the characters. I had time to listen to the book but not to physically read it. Wish I had read the reviews first because now I feel the whole series is ruined for me because of the performance of the reader.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Bird by Bird

  • Some Instructions on Writing and Life
  • By: Anne Lamott
  • Narrated by: Anne Lamott
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 166

What does it take to be a writer? What does it mean to live a writer's life? This instruction book gives the answers to these questions, ranging through all aspects of writing - from faith, love, and grace to pain, jealousy, and fear.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully honest and funny

  • By Colin on 04-26-07

Encouraging

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-11

A.L. is always great for me for about the first 5 chapters. Her self deprecating humor is initially welcomed with tears and hysterical laughter but grows stale and a little irritating by the end. This book is a simple reminder of what is required to be a writer, it will leave you frustrated if you are looking for more than encouragement.

  • The Guinea Pig Diaries

  • My Life as an Experiment
  • By: A. J. Jacobs
  • Narrated by: A. J. Jacobs
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

Best-selling author and human guinea pig A. J. Jacobs puts his life to the test and reports on the surprising and entertaining results. He goes undercover as a woman, lives by George Washington’s moral code, and impersonates a movie star. He practices "radical honesty", brushes his teeth with the world’s most rational toothpaste, and outsources every part of his life to India—including reading bedtime stories to his kids.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining but hard to listen to.

  • By Rikki on 09-12-12

LOLed

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-11

I truly enjoyed listening to this book on walks and while spring cleaning. If you are concerned about laughing out loud in public, lock yourself inside to listen, especially for the first few chapters. It was a special treat to hear his wife speak at the end of the book. I wish we could hear her response after every experiment.