The narrator's exceedingly annoying voice and horrible voice acting, plus the author's utter lack of skill can be distracting. The heroine is a far more annoying version of Bella Swann that is barely tolerable with her inane inner dialogue and seemingly weak grasp on reality. But just like one doesn't browse Playboy for the articles or watch porn films for the plot, one doesn't purchase this book for the its literary accomplishment. Enough said.
Someone who can act the part not just read it. Would like to have men play men.
Not very good acting. Christian sounds like a cartoon character not a sexy man.
I loved the book. On my fifth read!
For a bestseller like this, seems you could have put more money into it.
I don't even know where to start. I rarely hate books. But this book... This book is just a train wreck. If you've ever been in a bad relationship, don't read this, it just makes you feel so... ugh! How has this book sold 40million copies? I think the word I'm looking for is traumatic. As in so bad, I think I need to find a therapist now.
But seriously, I can get over bad reads most of the time. I mean, we can't expect every book to be a classic can we? Some books are just guilty pleasures that are meant for entertainment. But there was nothing entertaining about this. Dirty sex? pff! Maybe it would be better if the author bought a thesaurus.. or hell even a dictionary... Where was the editor on this? As it stands, the sex is poorly written and although it borders on kinky, I can think of dozens of other authors who are far better at writing more creative, more passionate scenes that EL James. This is just an insult to that genre. The BDSM parts are really very tame and so poorly written... why is this book so popular? If I had to rate E. L. James against the other romance/fantasy authors out there, she wouldn't even come close to the top 1000. Frankly, the creepy dude who sat behind me in English class in 10th grade could probably write better sex scenes than E.L. James.
Plot? What plot? I get that it's supposed to be fantasy but really, I have yet to find one redeeming quality about anything in this plot. Normally, I can forgive oversights on reality to the characters but this isn't even reasonable. A 27-year old billionaiire? puh-lease! If he's gonna be such a creep why not just make him a an unbelievably young looking 37year old? That would have been more believable and a better fit as a Dom. But why do women continue to obsess over bad relationships? I'm sorry but I cannot sit through another franchise that is based off of women debasing themselves for men or trying to "fix" them. If he's really so great then why are you trying to change him? I really worry about what this and the Twilight phenomenon are doing to women today if this is what they fantasize about. It's one thing to fantasize over a guy who is so passionately in love with you that he is obsessive about protecting you and makes you his whole world. But when you have to change who you are for a guy who won't even tell you he loves you... ugh!! This book has the potential to do some serious mental damage to this generation. Seriously, I would be far more entertained to set these two characters on the set of Jerry Springer.
I'm gonna kill my two friends for recommending I read this. I was going to stop this book about halfway through but then I went online and saw that the second book starts out with them broken up. So then I kept reading/listening just so that I could watch this b***h finally come to her senses about this whole thing. I'll just pretend the next two books don't exist. As for my comments about the audiobook performance of it: I don't think it was that bad. I like that the reader was younger although her impressions of the male characters were rather cheesy. I'll trade younger for ditzier sounding and frankly, given how horrible this book was, I much prefer listening to it than investing my time reading it on my kindle. I'm sure if I would have read the text version I would have been far more annoyed by the lack of writing skills by E.L. James.
Use two voices: one woman for women and narrator; a man for the men's voices.
Ms Battoe did a good job of giving Ana a voice.
She can't do men.
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!