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!
She sounded like a very young, tipsy Valley Girl. Not the right choice for 50 Shades. In fact very bad choice. Detracted from the story.
Will not download rest of the trilogy w/ this narrator.
I have to say, I agree with the other reviews. This is a BAD LISTEN!
I am not on to like snarky reviews. Picking out small details that really don't define the overall audio expreience. "Fifty Shades," is a big fail.
I have listened to audio books for well over 10 years and this is one if the worst in all of that time.
It is odd to think that this is a huge pop-culture book and for those of us who are audiophiles are left wondering....
What's all the fuss about?
Certainly, not the audiobook!
This book is like a car wreck, you don't want to slow down and look, but you can't help it. You want to stop listening, but you want to know how it ends. The reason this book is sooo long is because it keeps going over the same stuff over and over and over again. Enough. If you want to write an erotic book, just do so, but don't beat us over the head with the same stuff or have the narrator read emails including the to, the from, the date, the time, the signature. I wanted to stick a pencil in my ears.
The author isn't a great writer. I'm sure if I read the book on my Kindle, I'd still think the whole thing was dumb. But I most certainly am struggling to get through the Audible version because the narrator is soooooooo bad. Sounds like a mindless valley girl. Every time she says "my inner goddess" I roll my eyes. And the author has her saying it every other sentence. Arrrrggggg.
Only if I was reading about sorority girls or a high school prom.
In every way. The narrator is totally distracting to me.
When I heard the recording had been remastered, I'd hoped they got a better narrator. But to no avail.
love listening to great books while I work, clean, and drive...a great way to experience great books!!!
the anticipation of what the characters would do
When Christian gps Ana at the bar and comes to her rescue.
the voice work was ok but the emails: listening to the heading of each email prior to the actual message was madding!!! "From Christian Grey CEO...." OK WE GET IT!!!!!
when Ana enters the elevator for the last time and Christian is a live wire of pain...it is a haeart breaking moment when one knows they have lost love.
A BETTER ENDING...
A familiar author...I know then I will like the ending for sure.
She does pull you into the story with her reading.
Bring out another book with a continuation and a better ending!
her voice for the man was too cheesy
both the main
I had heard great things about this book but it was not interesting or unique in any way.