50 shades of yuck is what I would call this book. I can understand why people are calling this "mommy porn." The characters and storyline keeps the reader's interest but the writing is awful. I'd like to have a count of how many times the author used the word "clambered" ugggh I did finish the first book of the series just because everyone has been talking about it, but I will not be continuing the series. The narrator for this audible book was not impressive. She lacked expression! She did not give enough personality to the characters. The whole s & m thing is just 50 shades of smut and creates a disappointing read.
People who thought the Twilight series was well-written might enjoy this book. I, however, am giving up after Chapter 5. The narrative has become a parody of itself by using the same descriptive words and phrases over and over again. The storyline moves at an incredibly slow pace, and I can see where it's going from here. I honestly can't understand how this has become such a popular book.
sex and sex
Maybe because of sex, not her writting skills. It was vary lacking in the story.
MOVIE? RATED X? Maybe all three books could make one good movie? But, without the x rated not much of a movie.
If you want to spice it up in bed with your hunny, good listen.
Needed a different more believable narrator,and should have had a female and male reading.Love the Fifty Shade Series. The narrator ruined the characters for me. It was like a bad dream. Could not even stand to listen. Was a joke!!
The story is AMAZING!! Have read it over and over! EL James is a gifted story teller and I highly recommend the series to anyone and everyone. The story of Christian and Ana is incredible!
Thought everything was terrible! Voice did not portray Ana the way I saw her. And her imitation of Christians voice was laughable!! Totally ruined it for me!
I DID LOVE THE BOOK!! HATED the narration!!
Please find a new narrator. The voices makes the story seem more silly than erotic. I don't have much time to read and prefer to listen to books on my daily commute. I am very much enjoying the story but will not purchase another audio version with the same narrator. I will have to purchase the actual books for the remainder of the trilogy as I do not want to ruin it with the voice of Christian sounding so...........well, annoying and silly.
I loved the book it kept me wanting to find out more what is going to happen next. I can't wait to hear the other two books.
I don't think I have heard anything by her, but I wish she would have been more into the story.
The topic is new and intriguing!
There isn't a fav character in this book for me... i really enjoyed all the characters
She has terrible intonation, valley girl style.... uhhg, i listen to about 2 sometimes 3 books a week and i have to say this is the worst narrator i have ever heard. her voices aren't different enough, her accents are really bad, and the intonation of a dumb woman dripping all over it all. it was really distracting for me. but the story is really good, so i made it through. if it were a mediocre story i wouldn't have listen to the whole book because of the intonation... i feel really mean for that :/ but it really had to be said.
Bahahaha, the book has A LOT of sex in it! It was hard not to be "moved" through the whole thing.
I feel like maybe some people out there are overreacting to this book. I understand that the type of sex is new to romance novles. but the way it is told is so mainstream that I was left wondering when the story was going to get controversial??? it never really did for me. It was a new perspective on a topic most people don't understand. didn't make my flesh fall off.
more of an actual story line...the entire first book has no purpose. no action
All it was was sex...he took her virginity in a very vulgar and mean way,. She CONSTANTLY repeated her lines.
oh my...Holy S--t...Holy f--k...Holy Hell...it got old
becca did fine
anybody else notice an uncanny resemblance to twilight
Male is adopted, has a doctor as a parent, is insanely beautiful, is insantely rich, over protective and domineering.
Girl is clumbsy, average, lacks self esteem, works at a hardware store, puts up with domineering man. Comes from divorced family. Finished high school with her dad who was ex military (bellas dad was a cop)
Becca Battoe did a most excellent job with the female voices.
The characters were entertaining.
I cannot believe you produced an audio book with this subject matter having just one person narrate. The story & characters most certainly required both a female and a male narrator. I made myself finish listening to the first book, but will be buying the hardcopies of the next two in the series as it made my skin crawl to hear a female read the male voices in this story. To give you an indication of how strongly I feel about this, I will say that this is the ONLY review on anything I have ever purchased. I never take time to provide feedback, but want all future listeners to beware purchasing this version.
i loved to be read to as a child and i still love to be read to 40 years later as an adult. when i looked into listening to the "shades of grey" trilogy, review after review seemed to dissuade me from listening to the books due to the poor narration...and i almost followed suit. so glad i didn't. is becca battoe the best narrator ever? no. is she in the top 10? no. do i enjoy books more when there is a different narrator for each character? yes. however, just as when i was read to as a child, my imagination can handle pretending that a female narrator’s lowered voice is a male’s. i don’t need the oration to be perfect, just enjoyable. and honestly, i enjoyed becca battoe’s narration. she used expressions where i wouldn’t have, and i liked hearing her version in my ears more than the version that would have been silently in my head. there were times that battoe’s naivete version of anastasia or the steamy version of christian saying “baby” made me smile and feel flushed at the same time. it was steamy. it was funny. it kept me listening until all 3 books were finished (and i’ll go see the movie when a movie version is made). is this book good literature? no. is it good smut? yes. good, captivating, hot, juicy, smut. thanks e.l. james, becca battoe, and random house audio.