I actually enjoyed listening to this book.
E.L. James almost won me over to the dark side with her portrayal of Christian Grey. It started with his insistence on honesty and trust. From such an unconventional guy, these were pretty normal things for a relationship, right? And honestly, I was kind of intrigued by his whole outlook on the s&m lifestyle. The fact that he kept insisting it wasn't about pain - and he fact that he was so willing to work with Ana to quell her fears, really won me over. He was sort of sweet.... In his dark, twisted way. E.L. James almost had me in the palm of her romantic hero's hand.
Then.... The end. The end of the story came. I literally could not listen to another word after I heard our "hero" Christian telling Ana he was "sorry [he] hurt [her]" and hearing Ana shrug and say "[she] asked for it." this floored me. I want to know how. HOW could a female author write such dribble in he 21st century and get away with it? HOW could this sentence have been published, unedited? HOW could it have been nonchalantly narrated in an ungripped, unchanging tone?
15 minutes from the conclusion of this story, I unplugged the iPod and immediately stopped listening. I don't want to know how it ends. I have never been more upset at a national best seller and the dangers of others, like myself, experiencing what passes for literature with little to no warning about the horrors within.
I do not blame Becca Battoe for this crap. She did her best and she did well with the awful script she was given.
It's a shame the author couldn't write as strong of a female character as her male lead. It's a shame she had to demolish every ounce of personal strength Ana Steele had gained by that final chapter. I think she meant to teach some message about true love and how they were each giving something to each other? All E.L. James ultimately accomplished was to disturb me so much I will never, ever, be able to pick up another one of her books, and not even so much as think of listening to one. Let alone hear the end.
What a complete waste of my time.
The story and charaters captured me. The only thing that irritated me was the e-mails. OMG, I didn't need all the sastics for every e-mail.
The narrating was horrible.
She could've taken out 75% of the same ol same ol sex scenes and still had a decent story. The narration made the book a difficult one and an unenjoyable one to listen to.
Anyone else but Ms. Battoe.
I wish I could get my credit back. Simply a wasted credit.
It was an interesting story idea, but the execution seemed amateur and lacked an interesting dialog.
There are a lot of sex scenes which was interesting, but the lack of variety in the dialog made even those hard to bear.
A teenager who would probably skip through to the erotic sections might enjoy this more.
This was a genre? Ugh!
Anyone but...her Valley Girl inflection was so very annoying as was her raising and lowering her voice depending upon which character role she assumed.
Ugh...none. The writing was basic and elementary, the irrelevant incessant repetition of e-mail dates, times, to, from, subject, ugh!!!! The character development was totally lacking. The story line was totally implausible (26 year-old billionaire pursues a twenty-one year old naive virgin who's never been kissed, never had sex, doesn't have a cell phone, no pc, etc., etc.) Really? I mean, really?
I should have read the reviews before I wasted a credit on this book!
I thought this book was as plotless as a no budget porno, with a reader who sounds approximately as intelligent as a porn star. Wasted Credit! I kept waiting for a plot to develop... I mean, there are three of these books. I only made it through about half way. I will never get that time back.I suppose this is Rated X "Twilight".... weak stupid girl plus old creepy guy. I should have known better, I just expected more from a best seller.
The voice of the computer in War Games could have done a better job.
The part where Becca Battoe speaks.
Add a plot.
I would not recommend the audiobook, although I would recommend it as a book. The poor performance by Becca Battoe ruins what should be an entertaining listen. The writing isn't stellar, but honestly, the story is excellent. A guilty pleasure if there ever was one!
There's a sketch on Saturday Night Live called "The Californians." Imagine that horrible drawl for hours on end. Her voice is much too experienced than innocent naive girl and too girly to capture Christian. Her voice was so irritating that I listened to the book at 1.5 speed just so I could get through it.
I think her voice for other books could be fine, but she was a poor choice for this one.
50 Shades Darker/Freed- I'll be getting the paperbacks!
Erotic wrapped in adventure
There is no one moment ...the moment continues on and on.
It was a very attention keeping story. I have completed the trilogy and loved the ending.
Yes. I just really enjoyed the whole story
the whole thing
She helped the book come to life
A modern Romance
THe story moved very quickly. Really, a nice love story with a kinky twist.
Anastasia. She was very honest and intelligent but willing to do try things that weren't within her past experiences.
When she decided she couldn't stay with him.