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.
I stopped reading after part 1-it is bad pornography and very poorly written. I found it boring. The downside to audio books is that the bad writing and editing is obvious.
I liked the readers enunciation and voice, which is also important in an audio selection. The reader was able to do a very crediable transition from male to the female parts.
Probably but I am curious about the balance of the triology.
I like the narrator
NO. I definetly need to take breaks
Written book, yes. Audiobook, no.
Let's be honest, the sex scenes are what we have all been reading this book for, followed closely by the giddy feeling of pretending we are this young woman being swept off her feet.
This woman knows nothing about expression, cadence, or which words to emphasize as she reads. Completely ruined the book. What idiot selected her and thought she had any talent for a book like this? She reads like she is expressing an eight year old girl, not a woman experiencing a sexual awakening.
Commuting 2 hours a day to and from work allows me the pleasure of listening to many books where I would otherwise not have time to read
I was almost persuaded from what I've read of the reviews of Becca Battoe's narration to not download this audio book. Although I would say that she is not the most gifted narrator with the male voicings, she did an excellent job with all of the female voices including the main character. Her voice was spot on to a 22 year old femail graduating college.
The story, on the other hand is pure fantasy. A 29 year old man, perfectly good looking, thick head of hair, smart as a whip, perfect body definition, well endowed, multi billionare, owns and pilots his own helicopter and private jet, knows how to please a woman, is CEO of an international firm, etc...
I don't understand how the reviews for this book dwelled on how badly Becca narrated and not how poorly it was written.
The book was just alright in my opinion.
I would, however, listen to another book narrated by Becca Battoe.
My wife and I tried to listen to this on a road trip. We couldn't make it more than 30 minutes into the book. Simply put the narration was horrible. She sounds like a teenager reading a book in front of her class for the first time. Her diction is weird. Her delivery halting. The way she over-pronounces her "t"s and hammers all the wrong words drove us batty.We are going to read the book(s) on our Kindles and forget this ever happened.As an audio product.. this is terrible.
There are some really good erotica readers out there, this narrator was so bad it detracted from the story. Random house needs to rerelease this book with a new narrator and offer those of us stuck with this version a free download of it!
Hands down this was the worst narrator I've ever heard. It almost makes me never want to listen to another book. She's like a "valley girl" from the 80s and her "male" voice is comical. This is turning out to be a comedy, and I'm pretty sure the author didn't intend for that!
A completely different narrator.
Yes. I find it a compelling story that engaged me emotionally. Despite its popular reputation, this is a novel focusing on a relationship and its complexities, rather than a sex story that only incidentally seeks to understand its characters' feelings and motivations. At its heart Fifty Shades is a story of redemption. This book and its sequel form a single whole, with an ending that is satisfying. Several sections remind me of my favorite scenes in Pride and Prejudice.
Christian Grey was my favorite character. He's the classic hero -- honest, well-intentioned, courageous, caring -- with a fatal flaw. We come to know him as well as we do Ana, even though the tale is told in her voice.
I enjoyed Ms. Battoe's rendition. As some of the other reviewers noted, she sounds young, but that's in keeping with the twenty year old character she portrays. Her narration gave me more of a sense that I know Ana that I would get from simply reading the book.
It made me smile -- and I found myself going back to my favorite parts, none of which were the sex scenes.
The first two books form a single story, one that feels like a classic (rather than a modern) romance. The third book is more in the form of a "further adventures of. . ." addition, fun but not as deeply involving. Don't be put off by the sadomasochistic aspects of the story. They add a frisson of titillation, but they're only central to the story in that they provide a barrier that the two main characters must overcome in order to reach the satisyfing conclusion.