A lot of the reviews tear up the narrator. I almost didn't order it because of my first impression of the narrator's voice. At first her voice drove me crazy! I almost stopped listening. If the story hadn't hooked me in I would have! But then as I continued to listen, I got used to it and now I think it's who Anna is. Becca Batoe actually does a pretty good job with the other characters accents and voices. I don't like her version of Christian, but I've gotten used to it. As far as the story, it is definitely all fantasy, but a nice escape.
From the first chapter of Fifty Shades of Grey to the end of the prologue that follows the last chapter of Fifty Shades Freed.. this is an amazing story that takes the reader to a place where most of us have never been nor will ever be. I believe the reader, Becca Batoe; did an amazing job. Her natural voice was a perfect fit for Anna, and as she read aloud, her voice flowed from charater to character flawlessly, giving each one their own recognizable voice.
So many people were talking about the book, so I decided to judge for myself. I should have listened to the reviewers. Who would like this? What would they like about it?Why would they like it? When they started, why would they continue reading. She writes about unlikeable characters, make young women look stupid, and needs to get a better vocabulary. It upsets me that this is a best seller, there are so many better books out there.
I could not even get close to finishing this book. It is incredibly poorly written. I only purchased it because all of the hype. You should not waste your time.
The story is very good,i like it so much that i listen to it over and over.Grey tormented by his childhood, enigmatic and obsessed to posses, Anastasia innocent but eager to learn. That is the mix i like so much about that story.
the narration, the writing
A narrater who wasn't stilled. like a bad junior high student reading a poorly written diary. I am sooo kicking myself for downloading this book.
all of them
I can't think of anything other than a determined and desperate desire to save anyone else from this experience
I was very put off by the reader. Her inflections in the reading were juvenile and very distracting.
I tried to give it a chance but it just wouldn't click. I finally had to delete it when I imagined a child of mine reading this or worse participating in something like this - it has made me so sad I am almost disconsolate.
I view this book as a basic instruction manual in perversion. I feel bad that I have this information in my head. I would be first in line for a memory wipe to get rid of this book from my mind.
No! Verbage was so immature and repetitive "Oh My!" Arggghhhh!
How many people will fall into an addiction to pornography because of this book? First book I've ever read that has made me feel sick and sad.
I listened to this after reading the books to get a different perspective. It was just as GREAT as reading.
LOVE LOVE IT!!!
This was my first "romance" novel and my first audio book. I was surprised of how much I enjoyed the "erotic romance" and will definitively read more books of this type. I also liked the fact that I could listen to the book while I was doing shores, driving or exercising rather than reading only when I had some time to sit down and relax. This is a plus specially when you get hooked on a good book.
The core story of the book was not ingenious or original. It is the old Cinderella type story. I think what makes the book so entertaining and addictive is the erotic and explicit passages. That was totally new for me since I am a mystery and/or science fiction reader. I think the book gave me enough suspension to keep me interested in the story rather than just the sex passages.
I think she has the right voice for the character of Ana Steal. She sounds just like I would imagine her.
I really enjoyed this book and the rest of the trilogy. This was a new style of novel for me and I will add romantic / erotic novels to my list of books I like to read.
I'm so glad that I read these books before I knew about the media hype and the connection to 'Twilight'. EL James is a fantastic writer. Making the characters hard to resist. I listened to all 19 hours of the book in one sitting... I couldn't stop listening.
The narrator did a wonderful job of telling the story!!
I loved the end of the book. I don't want to give anything away.
WOW. I don't often read a book that leaves me with such strong emotion. I told everyone I know about the book and the two books that follow in the series. Again, WOW.
I recommend to everyone I know to read EL James. Block out the media frenzy about the books and enjoy the characters that she built. Loved loved the books.