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Sandra

La Verne, CA, USA
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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 31,392
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26,596
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,225

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

Slow and Dull

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

Reviewed: 04-09-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I guess really immature women who think a man who has money and looks is above reproach and irresistable for those two items alone.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something that is well written and a narrator who sounds older than a 13-year-old "Valley Girl."

How could the performance have been better?

The words she spoke were not her fault, but reading every "TO", "SUBJECT", "FROM" etc. from the emails was mind-numbingly boring. It would not have been a problem in the written book. I could not believe any thoughtful, sane person would think that would be worthwhile information, or that a listener would want to sit through it. At least the verbatim reading of the contract could be bypassed, but it was hard to skip the through the emails.

What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

All of them

Any additional comments?

I could not figure out what all the talk was about and so decided I could at least listen to the book while exercising at the gym. I became so irritated with the limited vocabulary of the main character -- "Holy C***, Holy S*** and Holy F***" her constant exclamations. Also, she lost her appetite as a result of just about any discussion.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Woman

  • By: Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90

Jane Ryland was a rising star in television news…until she refused to reveal a source and lost everything. Now a disgraced newspaper reporter, Jane isn’t content to work on puff pieces, and finds herself tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election. Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer. Twice, bodies of unidentified women have been found by a bridge, and Jake is plagued by a media swarm beginning to buzz about a “bridge killer” hunting young women. As the body count rises and election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected….

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Badly Flawed Production Ruined it For Me

  • By John Ellenberger on 10-09-12

Reader hampered enjoyment of this title

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

Reviewed: 12-12-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book itself was interesting, however, the quick switching between characters didn't lend itself to an audio book, as it took a while to figure out we had changed scenes. That could have been corrected by a reader who would indicate, through voice tone or pauses, that a change had occurred.

Would you recommend The Other Woman to your friends? Why or why not?

No. The narrator was too irritating.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ilyana Kadushin?

I'm not sure, but this narrator ruined the audio for me. First of all, she kept switching the pronunciation of the main character from "Jean" to "Jane." I didn't know until I checked a written description, that the character's name was "Jane." For a while, I thought there were two characters with similar names. She also mispronounced another character's name, though not as much. Most of the time it was "Moira" pronounced "Moy - Rah", which was a somewhat irritating name. Sometimes it was "Maura" or "Mora".

Any additional comments?

I have noticed similar comments from other reviewers. It is really important who narrates a book.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Paranoia

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,339

Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clever and interesting.

  • By Karen on 02-02-04

Phenomenol!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-10

This was probably the best, most entertaining, compelling audio book I've ever read, and I've read hundreds. It had everything, combined with Scott Brick's reading, who is absolutely the best, the story grabbed me from the beginning, and never let up. I actually went through a bit of depression as I was coming to the end--not knowing when or 'if' I would ever find another similar caliber story.

  • At First Sight

  • A Novel of Obsession
  • By: Stephen J. Cannell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62

Meet Chick Best - a middle-aged, self-absorbed, disaffected, California dot.com millionaire with a trophy wife. Though concerned about his life and family, Chick resigns himself to a miserable state of acceptance, until he experiences unrequited love at first sight - which leads to deadly consequences.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Sandra on 03-26-10

Disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-10

Based on the book description, I was optimistic that it would be at least an entertaining story. However, when the protagonist commits a reprehensible crime, I lost all interest. There is nothing 'sympathetic' about this character, and I ceased to care about him. The author's forward mentioned that his publisher/agent advised against publishing this book, and I must agree with them.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful