Yes. The first time I started listening to it I hated the author's snobby sounding voice, and it just didn't catch me. Then after listening to people tell me to try again, I did. It actually ended up being good.
Anastasia, because she was what you would call an untypical woman in this day in age. Mostly you have money hungry women who wouldn't think twice about taking a man for his money. All this woman wanted to do was help this man learn how good he was and how much someone could actually love him. Yes she had her "immature" parts, but not all women are promiscuous and have sex early. There are virgins out there. There are also some that just don't see the need to get into all the hype of electronics, and such.
All of you who have bad mouthed the book...I just think that you didn't have an open mind about it. Also who ever said that this was just a book about an immature girl in an abusive relationship has no knowledge of what a real abusive relationship is! Yes the author didn't use so many of the "normal" terms for things. She is from London for goodness sakes! Then there is the fact that there was the inner goddess. I thought it lightened parts of the story, gave it some humor. The author stated on a show that she wrote this book for her. The fact that it got such great reviews is because some people saw it that way and ran with it. Just because some of you don't have the same like as others doesn't mean it was a bad book. To each is own!
I am a creature of habit and I watch movies I enjoy over and over. In short I have read and listened the Harry Potter series collectively more than five times. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and likely will listen to it many more times.
The most memorable moments in the book were the many inner personalities to Anastasia. The inner goddess, the subconscious, etc. They blend amusingly to show the inner workings of an insecure, post-pubescent, sexually repressed female.
At first listening, Becca, channels the california valley girl stereotype, someone who is not as well read and eloquent as her character. However, she grows on you and you find yourself thinking Ana in Becca's voice. Again, I am spoiled by Jim Dale who had an excellent performance in the Harry Potter series.
The end. I was particularly happy that I had the second book in hand (figuratively) so that I could move on. Had I been forced to wait I would have been frustrated.
One of the main reasons I gave this book four stars was the fact that this book was written in parts on a Twilight Fan Fiction blog under a pseudonym using Twilight characters as a base to the characters in this series. That being said, I enjoyed the Twilight series. I had my own reservations about the series for its mediocrity. This book was thoroughly enjoyable in its own right and you lose the sense that the characters are written based on another set of individuals. You will see the correlations and will respect the characters for their differences. It is clear that EL James is more equipped to write a book than Stephenie Meyer, thus it should be a better written book, and it is.
Had heard a lot about this book, but nothing compared to the actual story. Good thing that I purchased it while on vacation. Could not stop listening. Of course I bought Book 2 of the trilogy.
Anastasia. She considered herself weak, but her character actually came off as being very strong.
Becca did a great job narrating this book
There were times that I laughed out loud at some of the things Ana said in the book. There were also some times that I felt like crying. Especially at the end.
Not the same ole love story.
Charactors that are likeable and you can feel for.
She is Anastasia
Be careful you may never fall in love again
Loved that the story is very different but the raunchiness gets old but that is what makes it enjoyable but unnecessary. Would have liked more action.
Hot, heavy and steamy...
Damn Anastasia, your a virgin?!
I was really able to invision the scenes.
I laughed a lot!
I really like this book!
The content was ok but I was so distracted by the reader its hard to say.
She reads in a monotone voice that has very little distinction between characters. She must be a failed actress because she can't use inflection or tone in expressing emotion. That was bad enough, but when I heard her pronounce envision, envicious, not once, but twice it became even more of a distraction. Also she pronounced disoriented, disorientated. Where are the producers to catch these things? I probably will not order books 2 or 3 just because I can't get past this reader, even after several hours of listening.
I listen to a lot of audiobooks as I travel often. I also use audiobooks when I walk. I have heard readers that I haven't cared for but given time I get caught up in the story and forget about them. It isn't happening with Ms Battoe. Her lack of ability is a major distraction to the content of the book.
noone should read this book!
a very very disappointing book!
I cant believe I wasted my time listening to this stupid book! My kids can write a better book. I WISH I CAN TAKE MY MONEY BACK!!!!!!!!!
Terrible idea to spread the concept that it is acceptable to promote abuse of any kind - The female character was a nitwit and listening to this book via audio had to have been worse than actually reading it.
probably not - definitely not a romance novel
Get Your Facts Straight!
I am currently well over 4 hours into this book and I'm still waiting for something, ANYTHING to happen other than a sex scene (that I skipped). I had heard so many people say they enjoyed this book, but I cannot figure out for the life of me why.
I feel like I'm a teenager listening/reading a naughty story of a college graduate.
Not within the genre, but definitely the author.
I don't believe so, I would just keep hearing this book in the back of my mind.
I'd rank it in the top ten. I've listened to all three and each got better. I listen to several books a week and have listened to all of the Fifty Shades multiple times. Maybe more than once is the key!!
Christian is my favorite, although I think he'd have to be Superman to perform so frequently.
I like Becca Battoe. Her ability to change her voice for so many individuals in one scene was great. When I read the reviews, I feel like I read a different book and heard someone else read. I'm glad I didn't read the reviews before I got the book for sure.!!!
Both!! I was sad for Christian being so negative on himself but there were some funny things too.
I'm waiting for E.L James' next book and I hope Becca reads it!! I do agree that some of the writing could be more realistic. I don't think a virgin would go quite so active so soon.