Nearly everything about this audiobook is awful. The writing is repetitive and boring. Ana's neuroticism is obnoxious and she's extremely childish (just like the character she is based off of). She is supposed to be an intelligent, educated young woman, but she ends up seeming like a 13 year old doing adult things. Just as other reviewers have mentioned, "oh my", "holy sh*t," "so bossy", and other frequently used epithets get old about an hour into the audiobook. Interractions with her "inner goddess" are ridiculous (and not in an amusing way). No one would believe a 22 year old who drinks regularly has never been drunk, or has never experimented with self-gratification, yet is more than willing to engage in sexual relations with Christian when she gets a chance. The sex scenes are unrealistic and boring. The narration sounds extremely ditsy and amateurish. I could barely make it through the book. I was so bored by the time the book was half-way through; I couldn't care less about what happens by the end. I only finished the book to avoid feeling like I wasted my credit, but the end result was a wasted credit AND wasted time. I really don't understand why this series is so popular.
Not unless someone paid me. I'm not the slightest bit interested in what happens to these irritating, unlikeable characters.
Battoe's performance is dull. The end of nearly ever sentence ends in the same obnoxious tone. She sounds like a bratty high schooler rather than a young woman graduating from college. Her performance made the poor writing even more unbearable.
Never again will I purchase a book just because the whole trilogy makes up the top three current best sellers. Listen to clips and read reviews!
yes, it's a well written, erotic love story.
no, I do not like her valley girl sound. I want to get the next Fifty Shades book, but I'm not sure I can stand her voice through another one.
I Loved this book, and the entire trilogy for that matter. I do agree that the narrator does throw you off a bit, at first, but if you are able to keep an open mind and loose yourself in the words then you too will enjoy this. There are some overused phrases but again, keep in open mind. I highly recommend this book, don't let the comments about the narrator discourage you. Take the risk, you wont regret it!!
If the narrator actually participated in the book, such as change of voice when doing male vs female, and scene changes. Every time I listen to this book I found myself falling asleep. I thought it was just me, but after 3 different people tried we all agree that it was the narrator.
This was worst book I've read in ten years. Bad writing.
I don't think she did a bad job. It was what poor Becca had to work with that was painful... really "Holy Crap" painful.
Nothing, except anger that I wasted money on it.
Don't waste your time. What does it say about our culture that it is drawn to this kind of poorly written trash? My inner Goddess was disappointed.
The love story.
The voice, didn't perform it well, and too many times all the voices blended and were bland.
Not really, a bit too repetitive.
I have listened to hundreds of audio books and this was, by far, the worst narrator I have ever heard. It was a struggle to get through the book, not because of the story but because of the truly awful, mind numbing, overall idiotic performance. The story was ok but the author could have used a bit more imagination in her descriptions. The word "belly" was probably used more than 100 times in the book and started to become pretty annoying. Anytime the main character became aroused, anxious or scared, I knew the word would be used. Not one of my favorite books and I probably would not recommend this to a friend, at least not in audio format.
While the "Fifty" series is a great get away from it read, I'm baffled by the choice of narrator. Without offense meant to Ms. Battoe, who is a talented audible performer, I was SO DISAPPOINTED in this narrator for the Fifty series. Anastasia IS a college grad aged gal, an maybe that's why the "younger" sounding choice for Becca Battoe, but it simply didn't work for me. I skipped the "audible" version of the final book, opting to read it myself. Sorry Audible, you missed the mark on this one, in my humble opinion.
Since I listen in the car, it's time OK spent.
None...it's in a league of it's own
Absolutely not! The reading is AWFUL. Dreadful. Slow.. bad....just bad...
I have to admit, I do want to go on to learn more about Christian and Anastasia. Unbelievably, I am interested in the next book. I did buy the Kindle version, though...no way could I stand another audio version!
This series is getting a lot of hype, so I decided to check it out. It's not all that and a bag of chips. I can't imagine this 'spicing up my marriage' - but my marriage is already great. I can't understand that viewpoint, though. The book is OK. The writing is bad. Very obviously a first book by someone who THINKS they're an author. It's not good. Obvious that she's thrown words in just because she thinks they'll sound good. Doesn't flow. It's bad. But, I have to admit, she did something right, because I want to know what happens in the next book. The writing is very elementary (aside from the subject matter of course), but the story is overall OK. Maybe it's like a train wreck, I have to look....
Wiccan High Priestess
I knew its first incarnation was Twilight Fanfic. I expected to be disappointed, so I guess in a weird way, I wasn't.
Before downloading (the remastered version) I had read the first few pages online, so I knew that it was poorly written and had vowed not to purchase.
But... curiosity got the better of me.
The characters are one-dimensional and immature (particularly Ana) and the fact that there's little development there except for Ana's level of sexual experience makes the book tedious. I was somewhat surprised at the way Christian and Ana's D/s relationship and the BDSM was treated; enough credible detail to at least suggest the author had done some balanced research. It was (just) enough to keep me listening to the end of the book.
I thought Becca Battoe's narration suited Ana's immaturity well, but that the characterizations of others were somewhat awkward. Given the material she had to work with I think it's unfair to blame the faults on the narration as some other reviews have alluded to.