I enjoyed the books but the audio version sounded amateurish. The narrator was likely selected because she sounded young, and that makes sense, because the heroine starts out as a college aged, innocent and unsophisticated girl. But, Christian, the hero, is anything but innocent. He is powerful and very rich businessman, under rigid control, very confident and privately tormented by his past. This does not come across at all. The sexual tension, the slow buildup of emotion, the growing trust all have a single value in this version of the book. I was disappointed and will not buy the rest of the series in an audio format.
The overall story was pretty good. The narrator on this book really ruined the story. This book would have been better read, than listen to the narrator try and change voices for different people in the book
This idea of this book is VERY familiar... Its like E.L. James pulled every caracter from Twilight and plugged them in her books. Yes Books, it doesn't get better....... Story falls short, in fact I don't think there is a story..... A Lot of Sex with some Sex and a side of Sex... I will at least give it 2 stars because some of the sex is HOT..
If you really want this do not get the audio.. You can skip a lot of pages. There is page after page of emails that become anoying and are scattered throughout the story, the narator reads every detail every time. name.subject. content. title. emotocon. signature......every time.
Tell us about yourself! I Loved the 50Shadys of Grey books, lookin got anoter group of books like those. I heard all the the Sookie Stackhouse books, looking for another good story to listen to
I really like Becca Battoe voice. When I got to the end of the first book I had to drop everything and get the second one, I had to hear what happened to Anna and Christen next. I thought all three books flowed well together. I have recommended them to EVERYONE. but by reading some of the reviews on this website, these people probably think I am an idiot. Well I loved them. like the title of my headline states, these books improved my love life with my husband, he read them (he would rather read than listen) all of them and keeps bringing home new toys........
the romance, how he loved her so completly
I heard a sample of hers and it did not sound like these books. I really like Becca's voice and she did an excellent job. hang in there Becca, don't listen to all of those haters,
not real good at this, I would have to think about this one .....
I hear these are the first books by E.L. James, I think she did a wonderful job and good pick using Becca for the voice. maybe I would not use the word murmmered so much and something else beside OH MY! But I LOVE ALL THREE BOOKS
Maybe the narrarator, but not the author.
Something that'll raise my IQ back to where it was before I listened to this.
She was fine. She couldn't help what she was reading.
Everything except the sex. Fun.
I could read books in this genre if the author can refrain from repetition. OKAY, ALREADY! I GOT IT; SHE'S CLUMSY, ALREADY! Sheesh! Can you use another word besides "clambering"? Oh, I also understood the fiftieth (wink, wink) time you said that he's yummy. I really did.
I can handle sex. I can't handle a main character who is an English Lit graduate but doesn't know the difference between the words, "metaphorically" and "figuratively".
The Fifty Shades trilogy was a good listen. The only thing I found unbearably annoying were the number of times the phrase "Oh my" was said/written in the first book. Thankfully
the second and third book didn't have the same annoying phrase repeated over and over!
A more feasible storyline. This one is ridiculous. It is poorly written and the narrator has the most annoying voice I have ever heard in an audible book. I finally had to stop listening half way through when I heard the expressions: "Holy crap", "Oh, my" and " My inner goddess" one too many times.
I thought with all the hype that this would be a fun, entertaining book to listen too. Unfortunately, I couldn't get pass the narrator's voice
A different narrator
Don't waste your credit or money!
I have listened to this about 5 times since I got it! I am so intrigued by Christian and Ana because they both are so in love with each other. They both have self esteem issues that need to be worked out and that is part of their charm. Ana pushes Christians buttons to the limit and he gets so angry but he can't stay away. Christian is very immature when it comes to their relationship, but because of how he was raised. sex is his escape and coping mechanism when problems arise. This is an excellent book and I truly enjoyed it.
OMG! I have so many! The very first is when Ana is drunk and calls Christian.
I have not heard her before. She is o.k. Since this is my first audio book, I have nothing to compare it to. All I can say is that it is not what I expected. For some reason I thought male characters would be read by men and female characters would be read by women.
I was a little hesitant to read this book because everyone just said it had a lot of sexual content. After reading and listening to this book several times, I am hooked. I love the main characters and the mystery of Christian Grey! I enjoy Ana's subconscious and inner goddess comments and actions! We all have them inside and it was fun learning their thoughts as Ana goes through her daily routines!
Listening to Fifty Shades of Grey in the privacy of my own headphones was terrific.Sharing a listen now and then with my husband was a lot of fun and left us with many interesitng conversations and "Oh My's"..
As much as I enjoyed the diversity of this audiobook and look forward with great curiosity to the next Fifty Shades Darker, I can't quite shake the feeings that I don't want my daughter to read/listen to this book at this point in her young life at 19 years old. Although Anastasia was 21 years old and had these experiences in this story, I worry about the lack of 'life experiences' she hasn't had and the chance to really imprint this type of sex play, or conduct, as something that is completely normal in a relationship. Married and 59 with great life experiences and an open mind, I am curious about the impact this story is having on every college kid that buys these books. My 21 year old son tells me that the bookstores on campus cannot keep them on their shelves. With an apparent lack of self control among so many young people today, I worry that some young person is going to get hurt if not mentally, but physically. My daughter will read this book even though I asked her not to. I guess I hope we can have a little 'debriefing' at some point down the road....we are all such curious cases!
The narrator for the audible book SUXS. She sounds like a girl doing a 'guy' voice, no smooth transition so as you can imagine she deflates the sexy scenes. I would have preferred someone better or a guy voicing that character which I know doesn't happen often for audible books but I definitely have heard better. Also the multiple references to Twilight was a bit annoying and made me wonder if she even realizes she's doing it. Grant it I LOVE Twilight I don't need to see it in the 50 shades book.
If you read that the author was enamored by the Twilight series and were expecting a book with similar pull she missed the mark, at least for me. Her writing style does not flow smoothly like Stephanie Meyer's but in her defense neither does 90% of the authors out there. For me the writing was a bit flat with no real plot kinda like a porn movie. "Blah blah blah blah" and we move onto another sex scene. Seasonings are meant to bring out the flavor in the food. Good food doesn't need to be overwhelmed with seasoning and when they are it's because the food isn't that great to begin with. That's how I feel about this story and the sex scenes. The story line is just something you read between sex scenes. For the next book I've decided to read it instead to see if it helps with the book's flow. Likewise we talked about this books with a couple girlfriends at happy hour and they had similar feelings. The 'love story' is a bit blah and sex scenes (at least in the 1st book) unless you've got a chastity belt on for several years are pretty typical for a couple - minus the room of pain. If all the moms and 40 yr+ out there are devouring this book because of those scenes makes me a bit sad for them because they are missing out.
The narrator for the audible book SUXS. She sounds like a girl doing a 'guy' voice, no smooth transition so as you can imagine she deflates the sexy scenes. I would have preferred someone better or a guy voicing that character which I know doesn't happen often for audible books but I definitely have heard better.
Definitely if Ian Somerhalder is in it :)
Debating on whether I should tackle the other 2 books :/