I had heard that this was an extremely good series before I ordered this audio book. I read the only review on the site I saw and almost didn't order it because the reviewer was so down on the narator (voice too young, etc.) Yes this narator does sound very young, however, keep in mind that the character is only 21 years old. Since I wanted to listen instead of read, I took a chance. The narators voice was a little distracting sounding more like a 12 year old, but I was able to get past that and finished the audio in less than a week leaving me waiting for more.
I am writing this in the wee hours of April 17, anxiously waiting for the next two books to come out in audio,. I will pay for book two, and on the 19th buy book three with my monthly credit. When I finish all three, I plan to listen to them all again.
This is my first venture in to this genre of books. I love them. These are not for the fanit of heart, nor are they for teenagers, but for mature adults they are some of the best books I've ever listened too.
PASSION, LOVE, CHRISTAIN
WHEN ANA ASKS CHRISTAIN WHAT SHE GETS OUT OF THE PROPOSAL AND HE SAYS "ME"
LOVE LOVE CHRISTAIN, AT SOME MOMENTS I WANTED TO SLAP ANA. BUT I LOVE THE TWO OF THEM TOGETHER.
Totally Over rated. It was okay, but I have heard better. The plot was very good, it just seemed that the author could have done more.
I had written a review before they supposedly "remastered" the narration; which, Audible deleted when they offered the remastered version for download. I don't think slowing down the audio did anything other than making it even more annoying. The simple fact of the matter is that they tried to find someone who sounded like the narrator of the Twilight series and, in doing so, made the whole thing sound like some kind of child porn.
As for the story, I read it when it was Master of the Universe within the Twilight fanfiction world and for fanfiction, it was really good. The female lead said "oh my" so often that I wanted to never hear it again, but the storyline was good. I preferred "People Like Us" by justginger/people like us as a BDSM fanfiction storyline (TWCS) because the spin was positive as opposed to the negative approach within the Fifty Shades story. I am not a part of the BDSM community, but it bothers me that millions of people who are reading this story might only see the negative side of why a person might find themselves drawn to that lifestyle (as in prior abuse). Not that I think that is what the author is trying to portray but what I think the average person might come up with.
Regardless, the editors didn't help the author change enough of the "Twilight" references within the character personalities and the narrator sucks for this series. Sorry to be negative but don't waste a credit.
This was so good!!! It made me wanting more and more.
i would recommend this to anyone!!!
I love the storyline??? its engrossing
The Emails between Christian and Ana
Thanks for Changing the first Narration??? This is better.
Ardent Audible listener with a long commute!
I would definitely recommend this to my straight friends. Especially men. (No, we're not all looking for Christian Grey. Or interested in BDSM. But interested in imagination, yes!)
Don't think my gay friends would get anything out of this except a good laugh at the too liberal use of the clichés and startling metaphors.So, don't drive while listening to this.
You'll laugh out loud at some of the descriptions (did she actually wipe her lips off her face??? if so, where are they - on the floor???).
You'll be annoyed - 'disorientated' is not a word, ladies, and I don't have the print version to know if it was the author or narrator. Someone's editor was asleep, either way!
You'll also squirm at some pretty okay porn. Oh, I'm sorry, erotica. I don't want to ruin the suspense by describing it, but this predictable plot is worth it for the erotica. Even if the erotica always reaches its predictable end.
E.L. James is no Anais Nin, but Nin's use of flowery language and eupehmisms were a necessity when she wrote. Nin's voice was self-censored for her time. E.L. James has the freedom Nin never had, and she puts it to good use.
E.L. James writes erotica for the 21st Century woman, and lack of an editor aside (and much too liberal use of cut and paste), she's important for opening a popular, public door on a genre long hidden in bookstores with plywood windows, next door to liquor stores open all night, and late night computer sessions, with all of the lights out.
Yes, went for the 20% discount on three credits that's good till the end of the month and purchased the last two.
On the erotic part - sometimes I could hear the blush and stumble in the narrator's voice, even when the character was doing neither. When people say the erotic things that Christian and Anastasia were saying to each other, their inflection changes - their voice drops and gets husky, and their pace is more measured and careful. The erotica is narrated in a tone you could overhear in a grocery store produce section from someone asking about the benefits of organice versus natural apples. It's a seduction, not a grocery list!
Since I went from Sinclair's "Main Street", narrated by Brian Emerson to "50 Shades of Grey", the intrusiveness of the narrator was especially jarring. I got used to the narrator after about an hour, and stopped wondering how old she was and how she got into the audio book busness, and I was able to just listen to the story.
How many stars are fighting over the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steel?
Loved the story. The writing was poor but if you can overlook that, you will definitely enjoy the story. The female character, while weak appearing when dealing with Gray, is actually quite strong headed. I enjoyed the series and the love scenes thoroughly. I just wish she had chosen a better editor.
This was an awesome book...kept me wondering what was going to happen next. The reading was done very well too!
I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.
You may blush a bit while listening on the train....but this book won't let you down. I love when something lives up to the hype and this certainly does that. The only thing I don't like is that the characters exchange emails quite frequently throughout the book and if I were reading I would skip the, what felt like hundreds of times they; "To: Annastasia Steele From: Christian Grey Subject: (use your imagination) Date: June 12th Time: 10:48am" It gets really repetitive and somewhat annoying in the audiobook. Nevertheless 5 stars across the board.