Firstly, I have the books in written format, as well as in audio. Like some of the other reviewers, I found the bickering and constant references to Ana's "inner goddess" and conscience to be somewhat grating. The writing was passable, not good, and certainly not great, and was made all the more disappointing because of all the build up and hype. That said, I thought the book passed away a couple of hours in a pleasurable enough way. Not great, and not worth the cost, but reasonably enjoyable. The audio book, however, was so bad I couldn't even listen to it all. The performance of the narrator was dreadful, and all the "oh my's" and "holy crap's" became intolerable. She made everything all the more over the top and syrupy.
Well, the story as a whole is more than a little unbelievable, but this is often the case with romance, however, I thought the likelihood of virginal Ana accepting Christian's proposal was silly. Had she been somewhat inexperienced, this might have been more credible.
Beyond that, the writing is a little repetitive.
The interpersonal relationships of both Christian and Ana were quite realistic, and if Ana and Christian had been less OTT then this might have worked better.
NO, no, God no! Sorry.
I enjoyed the concept of the book. I like BDSM romances, but this was a let down. As I said earlier, the supporting characters were well thought out.
Try Sylvia Day's crossfire novels as an alternative. The writing is excellent, and I found the story more realistic.
Better voiceover talent would have made this a 4-5 star listening experience. Couldn't stand it anymore past the first few chapters.
Please get an actor to properly do the voiceover. This is the most annoying voice and attempt at reading aloud. She has no idea how to read aloud. Its the exact same as being an actor. The voice and the voiceover is so poorly done that its very hard to even listen to. I cant get over the poor attempt at voice acting ..Its like they grabbed the secretary at office and said hey just do the voiceover for us.
cant get past the poor voice acting to even listen to the story.
by god get an voice actor. stop being cheapskate at production.
anger at the production of the audio book.
learn not to get just anyone to read aloud.
I live in a small town. I love Suspense Thrillers, CIA type books, Detective Books. I sometimes listen to some books based on true facts.
Kept me interested to the very end
I haven't read a book like this since I was about 18 years old
I know there are people that are like these characters but I can't imagine me being submissive to do WHAT EVER a man says to to do The book was very sexy but not something I would do Reminds me of what they profile as men that could be abusive to their wives or girlfriends
Already Have. This is the best book I have EVER heard!!!!!!!!!!!
Christian. The way the story is told you can relate to him on so many levels.
Ana. She is so innocent and young but so bold and daring.
Be prepared to be left wanting MORE!!!!!
I want a Part 4!!!!!!!
My favorite thing about this book, and the whole series is the way the characters grow.
I loved the character of Christian, he was a character you could easily fall in love with
I have only listened to her performance of the 50 Shades books, and I Enjoyed them all.
This book made me laugh and cry!
I think this whole series is very good, and every reader will get something different from it.
The characters were really engaging and the story was very well crafted.
EL James is not the best writer in terms of her descriptions and use of variation, but her characters are very engaging and the story kept me hooked. Good job!
One thing I found annoying was going through all the headings of every single e-mail going back and forth between Ana and Christian. I understand it has to be done this way, but it got tedious and boring. I tried to imagine the scene in my mind and how two young people in love would continuously text or answer back to each other even if in the most inappropriate moments.
The reason I chose audible was to be able to finish a book even with my busy daily work schedule. I would have never finished the first book in such short time ever!
The sudden end of the first book. Ana just left him... really? It was then I realized I wanted more and more of the story. It could not end that way...
I did not enjoy her at first, but then.... her voice could really be Ana's and she tried hard to make a difference between all characters and it sounded good.
Not really. Tense moments when it got a bit too long to get a final ending of a thirlling moment in the story. Hated the repetition of "crap", "Holy sh" and so many oher repetitive quotes, but got over it thinking it all came from the mouth of a young and inexperienced girl.
I got wrapped up in Ana and Christian's story very quickly. Not for the erotic contents, more the emotional tension of the relationship between these two characters that could not be any different from each other but so compatible in a strange way. Not a sticky love story, since the relationship had constant shifts of mood and abrupt changes in interaction through the story.
I can understand why some readers did not like the story, got bored with repetitions throughout the books, but I liked the fact that it got me into to a tense "what will happen next" kind of dramatic tension.