Having an involved editor. This book is in draft form and should have been proof read and edited severely before going into print. Shame on this book publisher for not giving Ms. James an experienced editor who would have told her you don't duplicate descriptions and responses hundreds of times over in a book. Another lesson that should be learned by the recorded books community is you don't have to repeat every, single email header and signature block. That was utter misery and boredom at its best.
Absolutely not. This is the worst and the main reason I can't tolerate the book. My 12 year old doesn't sound as immature and whiney as this narrator. Not to mention she is not convincing as other voices. Arrggg....what were they thinking? Doesn't anyone listen to these recordings before they hit the street? This narrator should NOT be in this business. It sounded as though she were reading and not living the story. I can't say "terrible" enough.
Maybe if I read the book instead of listening to it. Possibly then it wouldn't be as bad.
I'm a little fish in a medium pond.
The story line seems pretty good but a bit trite. I am hoping maybe in the next book there will be a different reader. This one has no fluidness and makes the story quite dull.
actually what is this book let's be serious
the bible for some purification
i would cut up the manuscript
The horrible writing. The fact that the writer seems clueless. Or that she opted to write about people and a state she has never even been to! The constant annoying repetition of words such as "Oh my!" and "my inner goddess". How did this book ever become a best seller is beyond me!
I've read some racy books but this was by far terribly written.
Nothing, it's not her fault that she read a dim witted book.
That's a joke!
I want my 10 hrs back!
This book would definitely benefit from more accomplished writing skills. Was it really necessary to use emails and contract verbiage as fillers?
It is just another book depicting educated young women as not so bright. It wasn't even very good erotica.
Maybe a different narrator. The Valley Girl voice was irritating.
Disappointment, boredom from too many emails and contracts.
This was an extremely disappointing book. I'm not sure that it qualifies as an "adult" book. the writing style is reminiscent of that of young adult books. It's not even very good erotica. I think this book would have truly deserved being on the New York Best Sellers' List if it was better written and if the author had taken more time to develop the storyline. The main character was supposedly educated in English lit and was going to intern for a publishing company. Her use of the English language was deplorable under those circumstances. She uses words that aren't in any dictionary I could find. I will not be reading or listening to the rest of the trilogy.
O. M. G.
Bared to You
All of them!
This was my first erotic novel, so I was shocked at first! But I loved the story and couldn't stop listening! When I was finished with the 3rd book, I just wanted the story to keep going. I really hope E. L. James writes more and centers them around Christian from his point of view!
Great story....loved it!!!!!
I liked that I was able to get into it without it being a supernatural book, being as those are my favorites. However, I chose to physically read the book rather than listen to the narrator's mundane way of speaking to a five year old. This isn't a children's story.
Shesee want able to captivate me by making it real. Other narrators, like therese Plummer, seem to be able to read the story as if they were telling it from personal experience, but this narrator was so terrible, she was almost laughable! And Btw, the way she can read the words of Christian Grey was so far from sexy, I think I just might turn gay.
A better narrator
Sex certainly sells but having listened to this I cannot really understand why the book has received so much attention. I think there are plenty of more worthwhile listens out there.
This book should have been named "Fifty Shades of Effed Up." It is nothing more than an adult version of Twilight, and that is not intended as a complement. This book is also as poorly written and is nothing more that an erotic, fan fiction publication that has just as much power over its followers as Twilight. I can only imagine that adult women will be standing in line around the theater when this book is made into a movie just as their daughters have for the Stephanie Meyer's series.
Anna an older, less secure version of Bella Swan. She is an awkward virgin that lacks self confidence when she stumbles into Christian's (AKA Edward's) office. He warns her that he is a bad boy as he lures her into his web in the same way that Edward said "...I'm dangerous, Bella...". At one point she even went home in his jacket, does that sound familiar? (hint Chapter 9 of Twilight) He also left the choice up to her. Right, like there was even a choice, that pathetic girl didn't stand a chance with him.
The similarities don't stop there. Bella, I mean Anna, has a kooky mother, loves old novels, and continually thinks that he doesn't like her [even though he's f--ked her (his words, not mine) repeatedly]. He's older, not 108, but yes, much more worldly, he's wealthy and drives a nice car, hum does that sound familiar? He even has auburn hair. I kept waiting for him to turn into a werewolf or some other mythical creature.
Then they author drops the final punch with an unresolved climax. I assume this is the only way to get poor sex-craved women to purchase that next book.
I can not, in good conscious, recommend this book to my worst enemy. Turn away, no, run away and find yourself a well written book where the characters have depth.