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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-14

I loved it!

If you could sum up Close Your Pretty Eyes in three words, what would they be?

Hard-hitting, heart-jerking, brilliant

What did you like best about this story?

Olivia makes me want to help kids like her

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Yes! The whole time we are getting to know Olivia we are trying to decide if we are going to trust her or not, and somewhere in the fighting and fear you realise that you love her whether or not she does turn out to be the anti-hero

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Nothing! The narrator was wonderful!

Any additional comments?

Buy it. Listen. You're welcome!

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-13

No idea I was buying Erotica- it should be labled!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

One of the other reviewers wrote "50 Shades of Vampire". I wish she'd had her review up when I bought this.The story was pretty good, but I couldn't finish it, though I think that the book was well written and if you like that kind of thing you would propbably really like this book. The reader was really engaging and I loved the story line, mostly.The thing I didn't like was the graphic, sometime barbaric- bordering on rape (the scene in the cemetary) sex scenes. As I said I didn't finish it, being a rape victum it made me totally uncomfortable. That's why I can't give this book the justice it might deserve for the genre and it's reflected in the star rating, which really isn't fair. Sorry, not a fan of erotica and it should have been properly labled by Audible.

Would you recommend Dead Until Dark to your friends? Why or why not?

No- graphic, sometime barbaric- bordering on rape (the forcing her into it scene in the cemetary) sex scenes.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I thought the beginning was really interesting and had a good set up with a lot of hooks for the reader to continue reading onward.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

NO thanks!

Any additional comments?

AUBIDLE please lable this properly as Erotica! It is quite shocking for those of us who don't suspect it from the discription. Thank you!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-13

Very unexpectedly funny from the first chapter

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, this is a funny, yet heart wrenching story about love, loss, and finding your place in the world.

Which character – as performed by Joe Thomas – was your favourite?

The main character

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-13

A nice surprise

Would you listen to Nora, Nora again? Why?

Yes, having heard nothing of this book previously, I thought the blurb sounded interesting and bought it. It begins with a very angery child trying to find her place in her southern town and into womanhood. All the characters are very well portrayed down to the secondary, and passer by characters. I liked the relationships with Nora, her Grandma and her father, as well as her frienemies in the Loosers Club. This book would have gotten 5 stars if it had not had a very strange and unresolved plot line via the grandmother before her death that was underdeveloped and caused the girl to act out of character. I didn't understand why it was in there if she wasn't going to do anything else with it, but even with this very annoying bit in it the book, overall, fantastic. For some reason it gave me the To Kill a Mocking Bird feel, but I'm not sure why. I recomend this book.

Have you listened to any of Debra Monk’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but I liked this one.

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

No, not any one part over another.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-13

skip the introduction to get to the story

Would you listen to What Southern Women Know about Faith again? Why?

Yes, but not the introduction because of the background music mixed so you couldn't hear what was being said. The rest of the book was great, though; a real insight into Southern life now and in the past.

The introduction was quite annoying because of the much too loud background music and almost put me off listening any further, but I had to do some house work and put it back on after a few weeks. I'm so glad I decided to finish listening to this book. I really liked this view inside the world of a Southern family. Because the author reads it with her Southern accent, it really gives you the down home feel. The stories that were related to the reader were really sweet, and sometimes inspirational, filled with some Southern Christian values. I bought this because, not be from the south, I was doing some research and being abroad right now in Scotland left me with very few choices in research material. It really spoke of days gone by and of a culture that I felt privileged to spend some time in.

Did Ronda Rich do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Yes, she really gave each friend her own 'flavor'.

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

It made me laugh in places

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-13

Excellent book, terrible narrator

I want to give the book itself a 5 star, and the narrator 0, but ther is no option for that. When she does other accents she is fine, but as the narrator's voice her Rs are lazy ('woom' instead of 'room') and she is very robotic in places, pausing, or not pausing at odd times and slurring words. I'm dyslexic (hence audible), and I have empathy for speech impedaments, but that's not the case here. As I said, when in a character's accent/voice she is fine. I believe it is a dialect of some sort and inexperience that is coming through. It makes listening as confusing for me as trying to actually read the book. Having said that, Ceila Rees is fantastic and I'm actually going to abandon this audiobook and read her book- quite an undertaking for me- as the narrator is that bad. This is a real shame. What an injustus to Pirates! and Celia Rees. Please look for reviews on Amazon of the book, as this is sadly more to do with the awful reading :(

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-12

Why did I waste my time?

I have over 100 audible audiobooks, but this is one of two that were so bad I couldn't even finish it. I got to the beginning of chapter 18 and had to ask myself why I kept hoping it would get better (I'd given it 18 chapters after all!), as it already made me upset that I'd listen this long. It was very cleche from the beginning. The "voice" (as in not the actual voice of the actress reading to us) of the main character didn't sound like a teen, but more like an author trying to sound like a teen and failing. It was really unbelievable: the reactions of the character, the terrible scene when she is at the doctor, the abismal scene where the killer is at her house & she doesn't get help from a neighbour even though she escapes to safety into their back yard, but then goes back past the killer & into her house & THEN goes out to get the letter the killer puts in her mailbox in the dead of night, doesn't wake up any one in her own house, is terrified by the letter, then goes to sleep. Not to mention the scene where she almost bleeds to death, doesn't wake up her parents, & then goes to sleep as if it was nothing. The author has tried to throw in some romace and friendship for the main charactor, but it's patchy, unbelievable, and very confusing- shoved in weird places, more of an afterthought than an actual part of the plot line. I'm dyslexic, but I'm also an award winning author & I have to exceeding hate someting to give it a bad review because I know how hard that is for an author, but I feel cheated out of my money, and don't want anyone else to feel like this. By the way, the only other one star review I've ever given on was a selfpublished book on here that was rediculous. I really love audible, as with my slow reading I just couldn't keep up with current books without it, but I'm really disappointed in this audiobook.

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