A great effort
I admit, I was nervous to use a credit on a book that has such strong reviews both for the postive and for the negative. This story is very much a stereotype of woman's porn; lots of sex but with a storyline filled with a complicated love story. If graphic sex scenes turn you off and offend you, this book is NOT for you. Although, if you secretly or heck, openly, enjoy erotica, this book is a great find and worth the hype.
Now, on the Narrator: I didn't hear the original, so I can only comment on this narration. I'm an avid believer that with audiobooks, the narrator can make or break the 'experience' and therefore, the book for the listener. I agree with some other comments that the narration is a bit slow, but I only found this to be the case in the first chapter or so which yes, was a bit distracting. Thankfully, she tends to find her groove as she goes on. To be fair to the narrator who I'm sure is just doing the best she can and hoping you'll enjoy her performance (and I'm sure is hoping her parents don't come across this book! Ha), I imagine that Anna's "voice" is a difficult one to satisify with fans. It's one of those characters that you develop a voice for in your head and would be next to impossible for a publisher/director to recreate. I imagine it was extremely difficult to cast as the character is supposed to be only 22years old, shy and inexperienced. But if the voice is too young sounding, it could have a "valley girl" vibe and make her come across as stupid and ditsy, something the character certainly isn't. If the voice is cast with an older actress with the intent to give the voice some sophistication, it wouldn't be an authentic representation of the character either. All in all, I think that this Narrator has done a pretty good job with the monumental task of trying to make this book work as an audiobook.
I don't regret my purchase. Though, I'm tempted to buy my first paperback in years just to give Anna the voice that I have in my head. :) In summary, if you have an extra credit, or you haven't read the book yet with your eyes, click "purchase" !! If you have very strong feelings about 'who' Anna is because you have read this book before and you only have one credit in your account, you most likely will not be thrilled with your purchase.
This book was terribly written, verbose, dialogue was repetitive, and the story line a little predictable. It seemed that the author wrote the book then went back and used a thesaurus to add in impossibly sophisticated words that were terribly out of place. I guarantee most readers (educated or not) of this type of book did not know what 25% of her descriptive terms meant. They just seemed unnecessary and did not fit the book or the plot at all. I cannot say listening to this book was time well spent, however, it was entertaining. It was a good love story and intriguing enough to want to listen to the next book. Obviously the sensual sex scenes made it at least decently worth while.
While I shook my head and laughed out loud (at non humorous parts), I am afraid I will buy and listen to the next book. (I hear the next 2 books are better than the first). I want to know what happens and I will treat it as a trashy romance novel (guilty pleasure), which is what it should be categorized under. I can't believe all the hype about it. Honestly, have women never read romance novels before this one?
No, she was a terrible narrator especially for this book. She sounded like a 10 year old and her man's voice was not good. Her voice was annoying, her inflections seemed off and I basically got annoyed at her voice.
I would see this as a movie, albeit a light porno. The story line is intriguing enough and I would most interested to see who would play Christian Grey.
I didn't care much for the narrator, and I really hated the ending. I've heard that the issues I have with this book will be resolved by books 2 and 3, so I may just purchase the books and read them myself rather than suffer through another reading by Becca Battoe.
I would not change the book, the story is great.
Memorable moments were when I read the text.
The audio was very poor. There are sections where it is obvious that is was sped up and made it funky. I really am disappointed in the narration of this story.
Yes this could be a movie.
I rarely give up on listening to something I have purchased...but I did on this one. Story is mediocre and simplistic and the narration is distracting. Gave up after a couple of hours.
I'm not sure if I would try another book.. I have to read the one that I have on audio first. I just couldn't take the narrator's voice. She was driving me crazy. I only heard the first few minutes before I had to just turn it off.
I'm not sure about who I would cast. But definately not her again.
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I found the reader irritating and unconvincing. The story is pure fantasy and very hard to believe this could or would ever happen to a naive 21 year old college educated virgin! I would have preferred the author involve a little more reality so I could relate to the characters. If you “must read”, due to the media sensation, READ the book and create your own voice for the main female character.
The concept is similar to Twilight - a shy young girl drawn to a mysterious, dark, astonishingly good-looking young man. Just this time, he's not a vampire but a multimillionaire with a dark sexual desires.
Her voice doesn't fit so well with the supposedly attractive, 21 year old protagonist.
Yes. A close friend. It's hot but not for everyone.
My first one.
Uh... you'll have to read it.
Fun, Sexy, and Intense.
The growth in the relationship between the main characters.
At first it is difficult to acclimate to Becca Battoe's version of Christian. Although overall the performance was strong.