I will not be buying the other two books in this trilogy because of the awful narration. The first narration made all of the characters sound like they were from the valley, even Christian who is supposed to be strong and masculine sounding. The second version is NO better! Becca does not sound as air headed as in the first version but Christian sounds even more AWFUL in the second version!!!
The story is well written and the writer takes the reader (listener) through each phase of the relationship between Christian and Anastasia.
I like the story, I very very very much dislike the narrator in BOTH versions!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had an extreme reaction to the awful narration!
The narrator should be COMPLETELY changed!
This book had the ability to be very interesting, and even with the new narrator it was, well off somehow. The list of Holy explitives and the full description of the emails was, well filler for me, the main character had very little depth. She repeated the same 10 phrases. This could have been an awesome book because the concept is provoking, but it was poorly told.
Probably not. Wooden characters. As boring as a pron is.
Sounded like she was a 16 year old twit. Her performance made worse a mediocre book.
Yes, not sure the star though.
I found Fifty Shades of Grey to be compelling but moderately annoying at the same time. EL James can write a love scene like nobody's business and that takes some talent. However, that's about where her writing skills end. She uses the same words repeatedly and her sentence structure has very little variation in it. (If I heard the word "beguile" one more time, I might have been induced to throw my phone out the window.) Some of her characters were a little flimsy but this book is not about character development or vocabulary, it's about sex, pure and simple (OK maybe not pure!). If you are squeamish or uptight about that, pass on this one. It's a good piece of erotica so take it for what it is.
I am probably not going to listen to the next two. I base this on a few things:
1) I do not like the remastered voice. The original was fine with me. The new one sounds drugged and slow.
2) Having listened to the entire "Twilight" series, I can see where this is going and I'm not that compelled to listen to more of her really bad writing to hear the same plot again.
3) I think I am happy with where this ended.
Something that really irritated me was that she chose the names Jose and Christian. That just seemed so stereotypical in the first case and too ironic in the second. (Not to mention I have always disliked the name Christian. Sounds like the parents were trying too hard when they named the kid.)
Something I really liked was that Ana was showing some backbone. Unlike Bella, toward the end of the book, Ana was beginning to gain a feeling of self worth and owning her actions. She showed some real maturity and I did appreciate that major difference from this story's roots.
An avid listener of audio books.
I really think the story is great. It is definitely not the type of book I would usually pick but it is tantalizing listen. I didn't mind the narration at all. I was scared to even buy the book because of the terrible reviews of the narrator. There were a few things she could have done better like making the transition between what Ana is thinking rather than saying. But it was definitely worth getting. Thankfully I saw some tv interviews with the Author that made me decide to buy it. I am looking forward to listening to the next two books.
I truly disagree with Random house decision to replace narrators, Becca Battoe's narration is very appropriate and believable with her young woman's voice.
I have completed all 3 books in the series. The author could have made one really good book instead of three O K books. This book drags on and on. The author focuses a lot on small details but forgets to touch on some key elements in the book. Its only popular because of the "kinky" sex and honestly I think only virgins and middle aged woman who are not having sex will really enjoy this book. Not to mention RHA did an awful job on the performance of the book. It was dreadfully awful to listen through. The "remastered" version was even worse. If you are interested in reading these books, read them do not listen to them it will disappoint you even more than the actual books will.
Loved Narrator....Cannot believe they changed narrator in book two and three. I previewed the audio in book two and was truly upset therefore I chose not to purchase the next two books. New narrator sounds like a 40 year old instead of a perky twenty one year old.The individual responsible for this change needs to be fired.
I loved that the book kept my attention. I have read many books that I get so lost with because the author goes into way to much detail. This book has just enough.
One of the most memorable moments of 50 Shades for me was when Ana asked Grey to show her what the worst was really like so that she knows what she is really getting herself into. Because thats when Ana realizes that she can't give Grey what he really wants, and the he could never truly love her, because all he knows is this. Also that he has way deeper issues then she had initially suspected.
Maybe not with this type of book. Her voice seemed a little to young, but then again Ana was a young woman just out of college. So I can see why she was choosen. At the beginning of the book she was really annoying, but it got better as the book whent on. It sounded like she was really excited at the beginning of the book but then mellowed out at the end.
Ya there were plenty of reactions to the book...I'll just leave it at that:0)
Its hard to decide if I will use any more credits on this series at this time.
No, My friends depend on my opinions, and I would not want them to doubt my book choices after reading this.
Young, Annoying, Immature
No, it would be rated XXX if it was...
I felt like I was reading a whinny 16 year old diary, Not at all what I expected.