The writing was simply bad and the reader did not help. I suppose if you are looking for something written at a fourth grade level, you will appreciate this. If you are looking for something with any intellectual quality, you should look elsewhere. I decided to give this a chance because of positive reviews on NPR. While driving, I listened up to the part when she is at work and the 'brilliant & gorgeous' man shows up (somewhere around 1.5 hours). The narrator's ridiculous voices for the masculine roles didn't help. After that, I pulled off the highway to find anything else to listen to because the pain was excruciating.
no... I accidentally bought two books and wouldn't think of trying to finish the first. Total waste of time and money. I want my money back...
no. She sounded ridiculous, particularly when she read the masculine dialogue.
Annoyance, disappointment and pain.
Everything disappointed me about this production. The only thing the narrator did well was present a voice for the main character that was just as feeble, annoying, and bitchy as the character in the story. The book is so poorly written I am sure that my 13 year old son could have done a better job. The characters are 2 dimensional stereotypes. What little story exists is trite and difficult to believe. As a work of supposedly erotic fiction, the sex scenes are terribly short, worded without imagination, and lack detail.
I knew I would dislike it from the first paragraph, but I continued in the hopes that it might get better. I only finished it out of stubbornness. I wouldn't recommend this garbage to anyone. It is the most poorly written work of fiction I've ever read.
She could have written it as though she were writing for adults with some experience of the world and some level of reading proficiency. She should not have written it in the present tense. She should have written a female character with a personality rather than a collection of cliches and stereotypes. She should have thought of a story for the characters to journey through, developing along the way. She should have written sex scenes with better detail and more descriptive language. She should have included some male characters that were not 100% stereotypes. she should have done a little bit of research into the b&d world so that she could write it into a believable and exciting work of fiction.
Basically, she did everything wrong.
It could be that Becca Battoe's performance was incredibly good considering how poorly Anastasia Steele is written. So, I am a little bit curious to hear her read a well-written novel.
I would cut every single one, but especially Anastasia Steele.
Don't buy this book. If you think you want to read it, go to the library and read a few pages. You will change your mind.
Erotic but romantic
I haven't read anything like this
Any of the sex scenes, lol
I like that it's not only an erotic book but it has a great story, it made me not want to stop listening, I finished this book very quickly!!!
There wasn't much of a story, it was just a mislabeled romance novel.
Developed more of story within the first two chapters.
I don't know. I don't really have an opinion on the narrator.
Bored housewives looking for their ideal of exciting romance.
Yes. I doubt I would try anything that is considered to be like this.
It was OK. She did a good job.
I was disappointed that it turned out to be a standard romance novel with S & M thrown in to give it a twist.
I haven't even finished it. The main character thinks she's independent, but she's really just the standard romance heroine falling for a pretty face with money.
The quality of the writing in general and the poor plot line. I felt as if I was reading a 12-15 year old's ridiculous fantasy of love/sex. I am all for a good erotic novel but this was seriously lacking. The continued use of 'Oh My' and 'Crap' and 'Holy F***k' made me want to shut the book, which I did several times before picking it up again. I was expecting hot sex and some naughtiness and got immature and childlike sex scenes.
Overall the plot had some intrigue but was slow and the attitude of the main female character was a poor excuse for a strong female lead.
doubtful, I am understanding that women imitating men's voices is not easily done well, but again it felt awkward and forced. It would have been better if she just read it straight.
My reaction to this book was one of utter astonishment! I can't believe that this has become such a phenomenon. There are tens if not tens of tens better written, erotic novels with deeper story lines and strong leads.
I read this book out of curiosity because everyone said it was SO good. UM... NO, NOT GOOD, TERRIBLE!
I purchased this trilogy 9/12, I just got around to take a listen and did not make it through the entire audio. What was I thinking. I lost 3 credits.
In the context of an actual story line, this was very weak. Perhaps, if you're used to watching porn, where the story line is weaker yet, then these will probably seem like great books. This is your more basic of base romance novels, the only difference is the author stuffed it with sex scenes. I don't know the narrator personally, but I would not have picked her to read the male lines in this series. Her voice was fine for all of the female parts, but come on.... the male voices sounded way too forced for it to remain enjoyable.
11/22/63: A Novel, by Stephen King
I haven't listened to enough books to make a valuable recommendation.
Disappointment and anger; I'm not the first to ever complain about fair treatment between the sexes, but the portrayal of each sex in this book was horrid. Not because of how the author chose to portray each, but by the mere fact of how publicized and "liked" these books are. If you're only going to read these because you want to know all about the "juicy sex scenes" then save your money. The internet offers porn for the small monthly cost of your basic internet service. The actual story itself was incredibly weak. I've read romance novels with much better stories (including the weak females and rough/tough males) with far less sex. The only thing about this book that makes you want to buy the next one is the ending. If you can't stand finishing a book on a cliff hanger DONT PICK UP THIS BOOK. Otherwise you'll be sucked into buying the next, and then the next after that. It is a horrible cycle. By the end of the three books (yes, I wasted my time listening to all of them because I hate books that end on cliff hangers) I hated Christian. Despised him in fact. Regardless of how wonderful a picture the author tries to paint, I cannot stand him. Anna is another I cannot even begin to like. Though her character was very typical of a romance novel by generally being weak willed, unpractical in her thinking and moronic in most of her actions.
I was completely uninterested with the narrator but tried to stick it out bc I heard the story was so "great".....The story was terrible! Didn't even get 1/2 way through!!
The story was very child-like and cheesy
Better person to narrate probably would have helped a lot
Dissatisfied and disappointed