First, get a better narrator. I never read the book in print. However, listening to Ana and Christian's endless emails, (including dates and times) made me want to pass out from bordom. Further, the constant bickering between Ana's subconsious and her "inner goddes" was annoying, and the writer's overly-generous use the terms "holy cow", "holy s--t", and "oh my" became predictable. I'm no prude, and have read many books with erotic components. However, with the writer's use of the same descriptions over and over again (e.g. "exquisit orgasm"), even the sex scenes became boring. I truely don't understand why this book has received so much hype.
Take a writing class
I would recommend reading the BOOK to a friend, but not the audio version. The narration is terrible. Wish I could get my credit back.
I find narator's voice distracting.
A different narator, perhaps a more mature voice. Her inflections and timing is off.
I think being are being overly negative about the reader. I didn't have a problem with her. She wasn't the best but I have heard worse. I thought she did a fine job!
Yes...but, would be much better with a man speaking Christians part.
So far, Christians character. I cant wait to see how it developes and of course the submission/domination sex. Christian makes it feel okay. Kate, is the least interesting.
Umm, she sounded like a good representation of a naive 21 y/o virgin.
Yeah...the last 2 chapters of part 1. (wink,wink) ;-^) lol...
cant wait to dwnld parts.2 and 3.
Warning: Do Not Start reading /listening to this at bedtime.....you won't want to stop, then you may not make it into work the next day...Jus' sayin' yawn!!
The new narration is terrible! Why the change?!
Her voice for Grey is so awful! Hard to listen to! Her Ana voice is so not as sexy as the first!
I can't say I have even got to chapter 3! I have heard great things about this book, but this narrator is killing me! I think my 11 year old could do a better job! Did she know someone to get the job? I am going to keep listening to it only because I paid for it and I do want to hear the story....just hoping I can get through her Valley Girl talk and fake guy voices.
Let's not pretend that this is fine literature. It's a fun, smutty diversion, but it is that.
Different reader would have helped!
Battoe made the lead character sound like a vapid Valley Girl. And when she changed her voice for different characters, she was simply ridiculous -- like the local librarian who puts on a silly voice to read the part of "Mr. Toad" to local children. She makes one of the characters, who happens to have a Latino surname, sound like Speedy Gonzales.But it is her performance of the lead character that is the most egregious. Absolutely appalling. So inappropriate for the character that she takes you out of the story completely.
Somebody MUST rerecord this! And, here's an idea: why not have an actual man read the men's quotes, so that it is slightly less ridiculous?
Have a more interesting story. The female lead character just seemed weak to me. Not someone to root for.
The sex (most of the book) is very hot. The characters a little unbelievable. I think there is definitely an audience for this. The plot was a little light for me.
Not sure. It's pretty graphic. Will be interesting to see who and how they play out the scenes.
Just ok. I actually didn't quite finish it. Very hot and graphic bondage scenes. The new narrator (I originally downloaded with the first recording) is so much better and sounds more age appropriate to the character.
Yes - It is well written and well delivered by the narrator. It is adult themed and very erotic so be aware of what you will be hearing. I totally disagree with the other reviewers who have made negative comments about the performance. I think Becca does a great job of portraying all of the characters. Her Ana has just the right degree of sexual innocence combined with honesty and a good sense of self.
Yes - but impossible to do...
Please make the rest of the trilogy available quickly!