I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
I bought this to see what the big deal was. It is a little too sexy for me but it has a great story line. It held my interest right from the start so I bought the other two. You are never really sure where this thing is going. I would recommend this to any adult reader.
As children we all live in a world of imagination and fantasy. It's wonderful when it follows us into adulthood. -Jim Henson
Fifty Shades was just erotica with a lot of repetitive words.
This was tiring to listen to. Felt like I had to finish to see what all the "greatness" was about this book. If I ever write a book I want E L James' publicists. 5 stars to whoever they were!!
I know this book is meant for adults. However, I shudder to think of some young adult women thinking this may be fun or interesting to try with WRONG CHOICE OF MAN!!
I agree with other listeners about the narrator. She is NOT suited for this book. Editor should have changed some multiple uses of the same words over and over again. I may be sick if I hear "oh my", "hot" or " my sex" EVER again!!
I actually enjoyed listening to this book.
E.L. James almost won me over to the dark side with her portrayal of Christian Grey. It started with his insistence on honesty and trust. From such an unconventional guy, these were pretty normal things for a relationship, right? And honestly, I was kind of intrigued by his whole outlook on the s&m lifestyle. The fact that he kept insisting it wasn't about pain - and he fact that he was so willing to work with Ana to quell her fears, really won me over. He was sort of sweet.... In his dark, twisted way. E.L. James almost had me in the palm of her romantic hero's hand.
Then.... The end. The end of the story came. I literally could not listen to another word after I heard our "hero" Christian telling Ana he was "sorry [he] hurt [her]" and hearing Ana shrug and say "[she] asked for it." this floored me. I want to know how. HOW could a female author write such dribble in he 21st century and get away with it? HOW could this sentence have been published, unedited? HOW could it have been nonchalantly narrated in an ungripped, unchanging tone?
15 minutes from the conclusion of this story, I unplugged the iPod and immediately stopped listening. I don't want to know how it ends. I have never been more upset at a national best seller and the dangers of others, like myself, experiencing what passes for literature with little to no warning about the horrors within.
I do not blame Becca Battoe for this crap. She did her best and she did well with the awful script she was given.
It's a shame the author couldn't write as strong of a female character as her male lead. It's a shame she had to demolish every ounce of personal strength Ana Steele had gained by that final chapter. I think she meant to teach some message about true love and how they were each giving something to each other? All E.L. James ultimately accomplished was to disturb me so much I will never, ever, be able to pick up another one of her books, and not even so much as think of listening to one. Let alone hear the end.
What a complete waste of my time.
The book sounds as if it was written by a junior-high school girl. There was very little of substance, just a lot of "ohhhh, Christian Gray, I can't believe I'm talking to Christian Gray". That got old quickly for me. I didn't make it past the first half of the first part.
Not necessarily, but I won't be buying any more of this series.
She had a nice voice.
I was very disappointed with the book after all they hype.
NEVER. Sadly, I already purchased the other two otherwise I would ask for a refund.
Not have written them at all.
Stephen Lang..yes a man could have done it better.
Look, if you are curious about BDSM....clearly seek out more realistic material...something factual. This trilogy is a love story with very minor kinks and kink in it. Nothing to write home about and surely nothing that should have been written about period. I wasted my money...so do not follow in my footsteps. This book is as much about BDSM as Bugs Bunny is about wild life.
There is no way I would read another E L James book, but then, I am a guy. This book appears to have been copied straight from Stephanie Meyer. The somewhat clumsy ingenue, the older sophisticated gorgeous man, can't believe he likes me, blah blah blah. I can just hear E L James at work:"Let's see... Remove all 'Twilight' names, insert 'Grey' names. Add sex. There, done! Wow, that was easy!"I tried to give it a shot, but I could not even get over half way. Would I have liked the book better had I beat my head on a rock for the remaining pages and finished it? How many times do I have to hear about Christian Grey's long fingers? Ugh.
The reader's performance was about as good as anyone could have offered this book. She put her heart and soul into portraying a vacuous young woman.
Okay I heard this was a top seller. That it was a fabulous book, so I bought it. How disappointing. The narrating is AWFUL! I listened to the first chapter and had to turn it off, could not stand the narrator anymore. I wasted a credit on this book just annoys me no end.
All my friends hiped the book and only to find out it was just soft porn from Cinemax...lol.
11-22-63 - more my type of book.
Becca Battoe is a great narrator with a wonderful tone to each character.
Interest at the start but disappointment towards to the end - just not my type of book.
The narrating was horrible.
She could've taken out 75% of the same ol same ol sex scenes and still had a decent story. The narration made the book a difficult one and an unenjoyable one to listen to.
Anyone else but Ms. Battoe.
I wish I could get my credit back. Simply a wasted credit.