I can't say I have even got to chapter 3! I have heard great things about this book, but this narrator is killing me! I think my 11 year old could do a better job! Did she know someone to get the job? I am going to keep listening to it only because I paid for it and I do want to hear the story....just hoping I can get through her Valley Girl talk and fake guy voices.
Let's not pretend that this is fine literature. It's a fun, smutty diversion, but it is that.
Different reader would have helped!
Battoe made the lead character sound like a vapid Valley Girl. And when she changed her voice for different characters, she was simply ridiculous -- like the local librarian who puts on a silly voice to read the part of "Mr. Toad" to local children. She makes one of the characters, who happens to have a Latino surname, sound like Speedy Gonzales.But it is her performance of the lead character that is the most egregious. Absolutely appalling. So inappropriate for the character that she takes you out of the story completely.
Somebody MUST rerecord this! And, here's an idea: why not have an actual man read the men's quotes, so that it is slightly less ridiculous?
She sounded like a very young, tipsy Valley Girl. Not the right choice for 50 Shades. In fact very bad choice. Detracted from the story.
Will not download rest of the trilogy w/ this narrator.
I have to say, I agree with the other reviews. This is a BAD LISTEN!
I am not on to like snarky reviews. Picking out small details that really don't define the overall audio expreience. "Fifty Shades," is a big fail.
I have listened to audio books for well over 10 years and this is one if the worst in all of that time.
It is odd to think that this is a huge pop-culture book and for those of us who are audiophiles are left wondering....
What's all the fuss about?
Certainly, not the audiobook!
This book is like a car wreck, you don't want to slow down and look, but you can't help it. You want to stop listening, but you want to know how it ends. The reason this book is sooo long is because it keeps going over the same stuff over and over and over again. Enough. If you want to write an erotic book, just do so, but don't beat us over the head with the same stuff or have the narrator read emails including the to, the from, the date, the time, the signature. I wanted to stick a pencil in my ears.
The author isn't a great writer. I'm sure if I read the book on my Kindle, I'd still think the whole thing was dumb. But I most certainly am struggling to get through the Audible version because the narrator is soooooooo bad. Sounds like a mindless valley girl. Every time she says "my inner goddess" I roll my eyes. And the author has her saying it every other sentence. Arrrrggggg.
Only if I was reading about sorority girls or a high school prom.
In every way. The narrator is totally distracting to me.
When I heard the recording had been remastered, I'd hoped they got a better narrator. But to no avail.
I have not read the book so I cannot comment on the honestly. I would guess I would speed read the E-mail portions- because I could - a little hard to do when having it read to you.
It is an interesting look from Anastasia's point not having any clue about the lifestyle of Christen-
She does a good jobe of switching characters. Believable in the varied emothions.
This would be appropriate for anyone 'new' to the erotic fiction genre, or someone who thinks the "Twilight" series is great literature.
The stilted, affected prose created a huge issue with the flow of the book. EL James tries to present her characters as evolved and realistic, but the dialog betrays her lack of experience. Its obvious that the author is British, using very formal language descriptively, but trying to channel a 20-something American girl through phrases like "awesomely hot" leaves the reader confused and annoyed. No one talks like this!
Becca Battoe has a weird cadence to her voice that is absolutely grating. It amplifies the poor dialog between characters in such a way that I had to take small doses of the book. Another reviewer called it a 'Judy Bloom" voice, and I couldn't agree more! I felt like a voyeur watching some pervy old guy and a 14 year old vs. two apparently consenting adults. I'd consider Aasne Vigesaa, who has a youthful, but clear voice and seems to understand emotion to convey mood in a story (hear her read for Women of the Otherworld series). She has sensuality; but can be demure without the offensive, breathy undertones of a juvenile.
This book had no editorial changes. How else can we explain that the main character lives in Vancouver, but must travel through Portland to get to Seattle?
I think its unfortunate that this book has had the success it has on the coattails of the 'Twilight' books. I didn't like that work either, seeing that truly amazing literature is being pushed aside for horrible writing that speaks to no more than a 5th grade comprehension level. Expansion of genres like erotic fiction is a welcome side effect, but this book shouldn't be considered there either. "Fifty Shades" is truly a Cinderella story, but it doesn't live up to its hype, good for the author, bad for the reader.
What story? It felt more like and introduction to bondage. Half of the book was Ana reading the contract between dominate and submissive.
I think that men beating women in any form is wrong. I don't know why this book is so highly rated.
I downloaded this book because I was curious about all the hype. What a waste! Frankly, I am disturbed that so many women find this book erotic.