I would say that the listening to this book was not time well-spent. The story is not that great and none of the characters turn out to be very likable. The email sequences are almost painful to get through, listening to the narrator read the to, from, date, time, subject and signature lines back and forth is maddening.
I really thought this would be a sexy story- kind of a modernized version of a harlequin romance but it is far from it. The book throws in a few references to operas and art but they do nothing to hide the lowbrow content in the rest of the book. I know there are hoards of women who love the book but much like an evening with a good looking stranger- the idea was much better than the reality.
I would definitely do a lot more research of the story line.
The Spanish accent for Jose was comically bad, but overall is was a decent performance.
This was somewhat entertaining. I don't know how women think (just ask my wife!), but as a man, we don't think how beautiful a woman nearly every moment we are in someone's company. I tired of hearing how beautiful Christian was. We understand that he is one handsome guy!
As a story, there didn't seem to be much there. It felt like some cheap film trying to fill the gaps between love making. I read it to see what all the fuss was about. I will not be moving on to the next two installments.
Yes, truly enjoyed the book as well as the narrator. Her voice was not disturbing (to me) as other reviewers have stated.
I would recommend this to a friend, but I might blush a little!
When Christian showed up at her hardware store.
Battoe's performance was awesome! Really enjoyed it.
Yes I did it all! I felt it deep down in the dark places.
A more talented narrator would have made a world of difference.
I couldn't get past the drab, flat, lifeless voice of the narrator to even listen to the story.
Everything. There was absolutely nothing enjoyable about her narration.
Again, I listened to about 2 chapters of the book and that's all I could stomach of the horrible narration.
The relationship between Fifty and Ana.
Fifty, because he has so many issues. I want to know what happen to him to make him this way.
When she left him at the end of the book. She was so torn.
I don't know where to begin.
The narrator's reading of the book was SO slow and sounded too ditzy to me that in order to finish the book, I increased the speed. Unfortunately, that made it worse. The voices of the male characters only sounded like she had laryngitis. Were it not for it being in the first person, I don't think I would have been able to distinguish when it was Ana that was talking or Christian. The attempt at emphasizing a sentence between actions (kissing each body part) was...not....good. I..found..myself....cringing.....at every...attempt. (Said in Captain Kirk's voice)
The accents, oh lord, the accents. British? More like an awful attempt at mimicking Robin Leach and painfully failing. I'm not sure why she gave the mother a VERY light southern accent when her mother and new husband were transplants from Oregon..
Storyline: (may be harsh)
I know this is from fanfiction, but I would think a little bit more research would have been done regarding the terminology to make the story more believable. I couldn't help but roll my eyes whenever "medulla oblongata" was uttered to kick her into motion from whatever shock she was in.
A Blackberry? Really? If you're going to put in the "latest macbook pro that's not even out in the market yet" in the book, an Iphone would have served much better as a phone (because he is a multi-billionaire who has the "latest gadgets," after all) instead of a Blackberry which in 2011 was already a year behind in design and specs compared to other cell phone manufacturers and business users were beginning to move onto a different platform for mobile email and communication.
To call this an erotic novel is giving the genre as well as BSDM a bad name. Erotic is The Story of O, an erotic author is someone like Anaiis Nin. I think this is a very poor attempt of a little fish trying to play in the big fish pond. But yet, the masses are eating it up and E.L. James is quite wealthy at the moment.
This is another disappointed book purchase.
Not being written!
Not sure, wish I had never bought it. It was a waste of a good credit. Should have read reviews.
Terrible narration, but maybe it was what she had to work with.
Not sure what the hype is about, are people so desperate for sex or what? It a horribly written piece of literature, if you can call it that.
Among the best of the best! and I have listened to in about a year about 25 books, from Harry Potter to the Kite Runner! Let me tell you something, if you want to feel smart or are planning to analyze the writing, then don't read it or listen to it, but if you are all about relaxing and getting lost in a book as you would once in a while with a movie, then do it. Yes, it has it's soap opera moments, but sometimes they are needed.
I have never read
I thought she did a very good job. Reading this book, must have been very hard, to make people understand when she was thinking to herself or actually speaking, but 97% of the times you could make it out (it's an audiobook for god's sake! for those who complain!)
Yes! I laughed and almost crashed my car twice!
Absolutely recommended to anyone looking forward to get lost in a entertaining story.
So far this has been the most entertaining book that I have read. I'm not going to say that I was swooning over the characters but it was a fun read.
Yes, because this is a way to get exposure to something that most people think of as taboo. I don't think that it was horrible but it wasn't amazing either.
I would be open to listening to something else.