Becca Battoe takes a little while to warm up, but she does get better. At first I wasn't sure about it, but I came to really like her narration in light of the fact that the female character, Ana, is only 21 years old. And her portrayal of Christian, the main male character, is believable for a 27 year old who is older than his years. And if you aren't sold on the kinky sex, which I rather enjoyed, the second book delves deeper and deeper into the motivations behind Christian's lifestyle. Overall, the series is very satisfying and deeply moving. Give it a try.
I'm only five minutes into the story and I cannot stand the narrator's voice! She sounds like a whiney, abrasive teenager! I don't know if I will be able to finish this book! I have never complained about a narrator until now.
Only with fair warning, I hated the narrator. I am not sure if it is how the story was written or the narrator but quite often it sounded like word of the day toilet paper was being used and that did not work.
The third part was the best.
almost anyone else, perhaps a male and a female?
I had a hard time getting through the first two parts of the story, but I am glad that I did. Here is to hoping that the story line of the second book is as good as the last part of this one.
No...no....no! If this character says 'holy crap' one more time in that nasal adolescent tone I will scream.
No, but I will be more careful and I'll listen to the scores of warnings next time. I love sexy and yes, even graphic stories. Still I need them to be crafted and delivered well.
First, the writing was a handicap. It is truly horrible. Second, the reader simply has no talent or nuance. Awful tone, interpretation and pacing.
It caused nausea, anger and frustration.
It is tragic that this trash is making its author rich. Sad time in literature indeed.
In the top 50
Only Anne Rice could captivate me this completely.
Yes and no. She sounds a little snooty and I read Anna as much more humble.
This book explains the many aspects of top and bottom in a way that most never really get. Amazing and honest definition of the lifestyle. I hope that the readers are able to experience their own Christian as I have experienced in my M. There is no going back, ever.
Sexy, fresh, fun.
Christian (his expertise in and out of the bedroom).
I appreciate that it was not a short story.
It's a good thing I don't weigh my decisions based on others (reviews), I would have missed out on a story that I truly enjoyed! I loved everyone wasn't so busy sleeping around with everyone, as the majority of storylines are today. And adding Christians prespective at the end was priceless! Had a good laugh at that.
Just because I can get a better sense of the characters and that I can hear it in private.
First one to have read in this category.
Mr. Grey's conflicts
Love the book read all 3 in paper and love to hear it,even though it would have been better to hear other voices within the narrative.
Everything. I wanted to be generous. I wanted to like this book, because I love a good erotic story. I have some friends who enjoyed the whole trilogy and they recommended it to me. And of course, I've heard all about how it's supposed to be "mommy porn", so there was the curiosity factor. I was eager to give it a listen. But the dialogue in this novel is like something that was written for a junior high kid, by a junior high kid. "Holy crap." "Oh, my!" "My inner goddess..." (who I wanted to kick before the end of the book.) Ana is silly and shallow; granted, she's supposed to be naive, but seriously? You're about to graduate college and you don't have an email address, and apparently don't know that some people enjoy spanking their partners for kicks? Gimme a break.
Probably by buying the author a thesaurus. How many times can you hear "oh my" or "holy crap" or some tripe about an "inner goddess" or "my subconscious" without simply finding something more enjoyable to listen to, such as fingernails on a blackboard? A couple of times the author talks about the inner goddess doing a cheerleader thing...I threw up in my mouth a little....If you're going to write an erotic novel, write it for the adult audience it should be intended for, not like you're fifteen and writing in your diary.
I hated her voice for Christian, her voice for Ana...I hated her voice. To be fair to her, she got handed Alpo in the guise of one of the best selling books this year.
The author. And the narrator.
I wish I could get that wasted credit back.
I teach middle level reading, consequently, I find myself reading Young Adult selections. Audible is my guilty pleasure!
This is my first review ever. Had I not felt deceived by the hype surrounding this novel, I would remain silent, reading other points of view. Fifty Shades of Grey was as captivating as a "How to" manual. First, James didn't develop her characters, resulting in a flat plot. The thoughts, feelings and behaviors of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey became monotonous half-way through Part One, of the recording.
The concept for the conflict is intriguing and thought provoking, but the book was not. I would have enjoyed the book if the characters had more dimension. I struggle to read when I can't connect to the characters and conflict on some level, whether it be character trait or his/her background. While the speech pattern, including word choice of Anastasia is intended to create an aire of innocence and naievity, she came across as dim-witted and limited. We get the sense that one reason. Grey is attracted to Anastasia is her intellect. Instead, she seems like a typical "middle schooler".
Actors cannot make a weak story strong. Given the material she had to work with, Becca Battoe did a great job narrating. I haven't heard of her before, so I'm assuming she is new to the industry. Like all successful performers, Becca will hone her craft, through practice.
This book provoked a lot of anxiety. It wasn't the sexual practices, of Christian Grey, but the structure if the story. Simply put, I found it monotonous. Fifty Shades of Grey is an example of a long drawn out story line.
I wish I had read the reviews before making my purchase. Three women whom I respect and admire raved about this book. I question why my friends enjoyed it. I'm guessing they were intrigued by Christian Grey's sexual practice and Anastasia's sexuality. Her sexual awareness has familiar aspects. Perhaps it brings readers to a time in their lives when they weren't responsible for making a living and raising a family.
Becca, no, definitely not.
Yes. His characters seem to have wit and humor, and might be sexy, if they were narrated by a more sophisticated reader who understood the basics rhythms of sarcasm and comedic timing.
A reader who didn't over-enunciate, growl, "up talk," misread the humorous lines, and use "reading" pronunciation: clamboring has a silent "b." An English major would surely know this.
Pity. My friends who are reading the book this summer are loving it. I am the "working" girl with a very long commute. Now listening is just tedious, but I want at least to be able to discuss the story with them.