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  • Inferno: A Novel

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,909
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,986

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings. Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Formulaic and Hard to Finish....

  • By Livia on 06-15-13

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

Intriguing to say the least. I was surprised by the lack of a romantic subplot in this story. A compelling thesis.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 31,035
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26,268
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26,895

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

Ultimately Disappointing

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-15

What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

A different type of story that was not based on an abusive controlling person.

Has Fifty Shades of Grey turned you off from other books in this genre?

Possibly. I enjoy erotic literature in general, but this particular one was a turn off.

What does Becca Battoe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think that if I had tried to read this myself I would have quit much sooner than I did.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

The whole story would have to be re-written with the male character behaving quite differently. This is the story of a mind-fuck, not a consensual trusting dom/sub relationship. After a few chapters I just couldn't make myself listen any more. At first it was interesting and exciting -- then it just became too harsh and actually felt boring to me.