NO NOT NARRATED BY BECCA BATTOE
SOUNDED LIKE A BAD ACTRESS , WAS COMPLETELY DISTRACTING. I WAS NOT EVEN ABLE TO GET THREW THE FIRST CHAPTER. COMPLETE WASTE OF MY CREDIT.
PLEASE REDO IT WITH A WOMAN AND MAN NOT JUST A VALLEY GIRL.
Yes. It was too dragged out.
Too slowly read and monotone. Had to speed up to 1 1/2 times to get through it.
No. I was happy to have other books to read and listen.
I was told by many reliable people to go with this book as they couldn't put it down. After the first third, I was bored and disappointed to have wasted my credit. I've known people like Mr. Gray and of the life style. I don't approve or disapprove. I just don't feel the need to live vicariously through someone else's sexual preferences.
I would just like to say that I, for one, really appreciate audible.com listening to its customers and quickly making an effort to re-record this very popular book. I think it is without doubt better than the original. I read all the reviews protesting LOUDLY and decided to order it anyway. I thought, Good Grief! It can't be that bad. I started listening, determined to not be critical of the narration. After about two chapters. I cut it off and I just thought I wasted a credit. I couldn't take it and it kind of creeped me out and annoyed me at the same time. It REALLY did sound like an eight year old valley girl reading an adult novel. The new version is MUCH better. I think it is very comendable that you would act quickly and respond to your listeners. Thank You! I am now able to finish this book and see what all the fuss is about!
I started listening to this book having no idea what it was about. A very conservative friend recommended it to me. I had a 15 hour drive home and thought it would be good to get me home. I almost drove off the road by the sex. Of course my drive passed very quickly. I loved the three books. I didn't have a problem with the narration. I had a problem with the texting back and forth. It was boring, but the love story was what kept me interested. The Heathman Hotel in Washington is booked all summer, by the way. I happened to have a trip to Seattle and thought I would stay there. Not a chance.
The fantasy of fabulous looking, attentive lover Christian, is every woman's dream. I'm sure men wouldn't mind Anna either. This is just not the real world, but a great fantasy.
The sex became very secondary. The healing of Christian thru his love for Anna was very well done. Really enjoyed the books!
Her voice? It took me until chapter 4 to get past it.
it's a great book- her voice will (mostly) stop annoying you around chapter 4, I promise.
High School teacher and audiophile...I listen to no fewer than four books a week. It is my escape. I listen for information, entertainment and sometimes just brain candy, so my audio library is eclectic. I offer no profound literary analysis, but I can tell you if a book is fun to listen to!
Though I agree with many others that the narrator's voice took some getting used to, I thought she did an amazing job with the material. By the time I finished this book, I could not imagine anyone else as Ana.
The story, however, has many issues that become painfully apparent in audio format. Overused phrases, limited descriptive vocabulary, lack of depth in some areas. That being said, the email exchanges between Ana and Christian had me laughing, literally, out loud. Very witty and amusing. I wish Ms. James had demonstrated the same level of sagacity in the text for the sex scenes.
Overall, it is an enjoyable listen if you can overlook (overhear???) the too often used lines...(Oh my, down there, unexpected). I listened and looked forward to every email exchange!
I hate this new format. I have spent $5000 on audible in the last year. This is the 2nd book (well triology). I woke up at 4:00 to listen, never happens.
I love Audible and I love books! The file formats for Audible are great, easy download, doesn't take up a lot of space on your device, the ability to download titles again are great. Narrators add another dimension to great stories.
Yes, that is a little play on the story, my headline. I do feel compelled to listen to the next two in the series, which will have to wait as, I plan on getting one of the books a month. What I find interesting is all the uproar which is happening around the story, as usual people tend to focus on specific aspects of a certain something and not the whole. I think it was well written, with one exception...the author continually used "hot" to describe attractiveness of the male main character. The author used so many other fabulously diverse words, that "Hot" kind of got boring. That would be my only negative to the story.
Yes! It was the perfect mix of romance and passion in its rawest form! As a 47 year old male, this is not my normal type of book, but it hit the spot for sure.
Anna was delicious! Made me wish I was 27 again for sure. Christian was warped, but right on target. I have been inspired in many ways by this book! I want my wife to read / listen to it now for sure.
I loved her voice! She made me want to keep listening. I listened to all three books back-to-back! It was hard to go to sleep at night! She sounded so sweet and innocent combined with the scorching content... it was HOT! I think I could listen to her reading a phone book! I will certainly listen to them all again!
Yes, but I was soooo sad when the books were completed. I did not want it to be over. Over 60 hours for the three combined, but I am ready to listen to them again!
The email exchanges could have been done a little better. That was a little much, but loved the changes in the subject lines and signatures... Worth it in the end.
I'm a big fan of audiobooks, so I think this rates around a four star rating.
I wouldn't compare this book to anything else, it's a bit dark like Black Dagger Brotherhood, but it's a wonderful love story.
Becca Battoe is not as talented as many other narrators, but neither is she a complete flop on these books. After a while you forget her as a narrator and just listen to the story. I was originally inclined to listen to the "mean reviews" of Becca Battoe, and therefore went ahead and bought the ebooks. Later, I thought I'd give the audiobook a try, and I was pretty mad that I listened to all the nay-sayers. Becca did a good job--not outstanding--but far better than the nasty reviews she's been given. I am completely happy with the narration.
The love story is amazing. It's flows and makes sense, and it's just a beautiful story, well written and inspiring.
Don't let others turn you away from this audiobook series. It has a near 4-star rating for a reason on Audible. I have never written a review on Audible, but Becca Battoe does not deserve the vehement negative reviews she's been getting on this series. It is a lovely narration--not the best I've ever heard--but still lovely.