I am not sure anything could have made this book better. the writing was horrible and the narrator was even worse.
This has got to be the worst narration of a book that I have ever heard. At first I thought it was just the epic fail of the masculine voice, but as I very painstakingly tried to continue listening I discovered it was just the narrator in entirety that I did not like.
I tried to feed into the media hype and I should have listened to my gut telling me that this was just bad. I wasted a credit on this horrible listen!
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It wasn't all smut..it's actually a good story of love...
no and she was pretty good. Would have to say one of my favorites now..I will seek out her other work.
made me hot...
I really like that there was a story behind all the sex...actually quite good.
top of the chain when it come to romance novels
Anistasisa and Christian are both good characters
I liked how she tried to do the man's voice. I had no problem with her Christian character. it was cute. not to manly and not to girly
make the film according to the book leave nothing out
I read some reviews that are not to friendly toward becca's rendition of Christian. I think she did a good job.
For the very young.
No just this one.
One with a sexier voice without the valley girl inflections .
Nothing stands out to me to make this decision.
Not well written enough to keep my attention in spite of the subject, it's tediously staged. I'm wondering about all the women who have raved about this book. I feel they have never had a real love connection with or without the domination.
By all means. It could put a little spark back into your love life.
When he first took Ana into the Red Room.
It is hard to say. I liked them all.
I listened to the Audible. I was able to close my eyes and almost put myself in Ana's place in character. Oh my is all I can say.
Recast and better editing for the Audible reading. The emails and the repetitive use of certain words and descriptions made me roll my eyes, completely took me out of the story again and again and again.
Engrossing sex scenes. Superficial and unbelievable characters. (I can't tell if I would like and believe that characters more if I had read the book myself.)
While Becca has a pleasant enough voice, her intonation, pronunciation and delivery are painfully distracting from the story and characters.
Irritation and arousal.
My friend called to tell me I MUST read this book immediately. She read it in three days and couldn't stop thinking about the characters. I had time to listen to the book but not to physically read it. Wish I had read the reviews first because now I feel the whole series is ruined for me because of the performance of the reader.
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 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!