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.
I would recommend this book as a good summer read, but would suggest buying the book instead listening to the audio book. Becca Battoe has a very strange reading style and misreads several words repeatedly. For example; she reads the word "chaise lounge" as chaise long.
I would have used a better narrator.
I wish I bought the book and read it myself. I've been traveling and always looking for good audio books in order to avoid packing the books for my trips. I found Becca Battoe very difficult to listen to for extended periods of time. In fact, I stopped the book frequently to take a break from her narration. This series is supposed to be erotic but, listening Becca Battoe leaves me flat and certainly not looking for more.
The characters should have been older. Its hard to take them seriously at age 23 and 27.
The over use of "oh my" and "my sex" made me want to vomit.
No, I will pay more attention to reviews before I purchase next time.
The voice from Anna was that of an excited teenager. Her version of Christians voice was horrible.
I couldn't believe the press had made such a big deal about this book.It was only after seeing the skit on SNL that made me curious about it. It was a complete waste of a credit. I was angered how the book ended. I thought it was a ploy to get me to purchase the rest of the series.
I think the paper version of this would have been better than the audio. The narrators voice was piercing to listen to.I couldn't wait for it to end.
I cannot believe how bad this book is and how much hype it has received. The writing is a joke, repetitive, and predictable.The narration didn't help things. I asked myself several times if this could possibly be a satire on romance novels because it was the only explanation for how terrible it is. I couldn't get past the second chapter even though I tried to hold out to see if it would get better. I am sorry to be so negative but I am trying to save someone else the pain and suffering of this book.
This was awful beautiful virgin falls for millionaire with disturbed childhood and dominant submissive issues.
Not this series
Narrator had range from squeaky to annoying
Anger no human has the right to control another. If u have sex kinks keep them in your bedroom anything else is tmi!
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? lol. I totally did.
I did warn her that it is a bit intense, kinda twisted, and very hot.
This book is only for the open-minded, but I actually like it more than the sequels because I think they get a bit tame. . .in comparison. :)
P.S. I actually liked the narrator. It worked for me.
P.S.S. Check out the E L James web-site. The soundtrack is AWESOME!
Oh god, the ending for sure. I admit, I couldn't wait 10 more days for my new credits and actually bought more.
never knew what to expect
lots of twists and turns. She was able to bring him out of his horrible past
I think she did a fine job
On my second listen
I simply could not stop listening to the audiobook. I went through the whole trilogy in about three weeks. What a fun, exciting, and entertaining series. Here's an idea...maximize on what sure is to be a sensation... you heard it here first... I would love to have a soundtrack to complement the book, as well as a wine list recommended by Mr. Grey. They could offer "date night" recommendations as far as wine, meal, and "dessert" pairings. Regardless, you won't be disappointed with the storyline. A modern day Beauty and the Beast with dark, yet irrestible twists.
If I could give it a minus star I would!
Maybe teenagers would be a good audience for this book.
Edit! When I first started this book it seemed like it had such possibilities! The dialogue is childish and unrealistic in my opinion. The narrator is not the best but seems to do an ok job. I did not mind her tone of voice and realized that the childlike sound was not the narrators fault but the way it’s written.
Save your credits!