I don't mind getting stuck in traffic...as long as I have an audio book playing.
The POV was so immature. It reminds me of a Mills and Boon novel from the 80s...but with a little S&M involved.
The reader's voice was really, really, really, annoying and childish.
I will definitely not buy another book.
Better Characters, Better Story
Anastasia Steele was so weak it was infuriating.
Her Performance was weak
Total Re-write. Write a strong Heroin! The 18th Century is over!
This Story does not live up to the hype
Audio books are my new favorite thing, I'm catching up on so many books. If you know any good dystopia novels, please recommend them to me!
For all the hype surrounding this book, I wasn't really impressed. It was shocking at times, yes, but perhaps the genre just isn't my thing, which is understandable considering the book's content! hah
I will say, however, that Anastasia's voice didn't bother me as it did some people, I thought she sounded like a woman in her early 20's, which...she was.
I'm still contemplating on whether or not to get the next book, the fact that its a trilogy makes me think there's more to the story that might get me to like it more. And the ending just leaves you champing at the bit for more... In the mean time I'll go back to my young adult novels to recover haha
Much better, imaginitive writing and a less predictable, trope filled story. The narration was also awful- Anna, the main character, is admittedly vacuous and uninteresting, but making her a valley girl made things even worse. The production decision to read the headers, salutation, and closings of each ot the endless, idiotic e-mails is inexplicable. When actually reading, the eye would automatically skip right over them, but in audio it is an endless, mind numbing repetition. Making the plot less predictable (seriously, who didn't know exactly what would happen?) would go a long way. Also, Anna's constant, irrational inner dialog only serves to highlight just how empty headed she really is. Honestly, I was hoping one, or both of the main characters would be killed, but no such luck.
Good question- what genre is this? Seems like an "adult" version of a Harlequin romance. Given the hype, I had no idea it would be so devoid of anything interesting, or that it was
Not if she continues to affect a whiny, valley girl accent.
It had the potential to be interesting given the exploration of S&M (not your every day topic), but it would require characters that people might actually care about.
I'd like to say I'm baffled by the massive sales of this book, but the Twilight series prove there is a vast audience for badly written romance novels. This one has the added attraction of pornographic content. The thought of listening to the sequels makes me shudder.
Better writing, where were the editors in this book? Or better yet, the author could really benefit from some writing workshops. However, since this series is so popular, the author is probably laughing all the way to the bank. Why improve your craft if horrible writing makes a lot of money?
Terrible writing. I would expect better writing out of a class of advanced high school English / literature students. I don't understand how this is popular. As badly written as Twilight was, at least there was a payoff if you took the book as a romance book. I don't understand the attraction to Christian at all. And the book could be much more tightly written.
The poor narrator did not have much to work with here. The narrator was fine.
Tighten the book up. It takes too long to get going.
Twilight series.In their own way they both illustrate that true love can conquer all, including the baggage we all bring to a relationship.
Absolutely love these books. Audiobooks always produce a deeper and fuller connection with the characters and story. When I was done with this series I missed Ana and Christian, so much so, I started listening to them again. I have 100+ audiobooks and these are the only ones I have listened to twice!"Oh my" is engraved in my mind, including the sensual intonation. Becca Battoe provides a very believable naive and innocent Ana.
The narrator does a great job as Ana. Sounds like a college age girl.
I've never listened to a story line like this. I've listened to most all of Jodi Picoult & Nicholas Sparks this book is not narrated as well as those. It's too many characters for one person, should have had a narrator for Christian at least. On a positive note, it doesn't take long to get past her "Christian Grey" and just enjoy the story. It's like listening to a friend impersonate their husband.
Perfect for Ana
Purchase & listen!
She made the female characters very whiny.
The hype for this book was disproportionate to its quality. It dropped a lot of names i felt were just put in to attract a certain crowd. (converse,xbox, bands)
main character is awful.
needed more character development.
its a romance novel.
whatever floats your boat i guess
I could not put this book down!
This book is like no other
I don't think I can pick one favorite part because there were so many.
This book consumed my life for a couple days!
I don't understand what all the critisizm was with the reader. I thought she did a fine job and I enjoyed the book.