Can't put down!
That there is a story, and a good one
This was my first of hers. I loved it however and are reviewing other books narrated by her.
Too many to count!!!
Love the whole series.
Audible Addict. My iPod is my security blanket.
No, but will make sure to choose a better author next time.
I found the entire experience was painful.
I disliked the entire book.
Crazy thing is, the only part that really made me cringe wasn't even sexual.
I shouted "No, no, no!" When Anastasia used Christians toothbrush. That freaked me out for some reason.
This book wasn't my cup of tea.
I really did want to like it, but the whole time I kept wanting to slap the main character.
I would have liked to have the author explain why Ana would let a man belittle her. Why was she so taken by him? What was in HER past that would make HER enter a relationship like that?
Christians money, power and good looks weren't enough for me.
I NEEDED there to be more. The book lacked depth.
The character wasn't relatable.
I'm two years older than Ana, from Seattle and could not identify with her. I didn't feel anything for her.
I can't count how many times I rolled my eyes at the dialogue.
We might be young, but we're not stupid. Twenty-somethings don't say "Oh my". Twenty-somethings don't generally like being told what to do. (Daddy Issues?)
I didn't like the whole Dominant-Submissive thing. I would never let a man dictate what I could and could not do.
To me, that shows a lack of spirit and love for oneself.
E.L. should have addressed more issues. If she would have made me feel something (anything) towards Ana then maybe I would have enjoyed it.
Yes to E.L. James
Hell No to Becca Battoe, unless she was reading a book on valley girls, then it would be a great fit.
She was way too Valley girlish and made Christian and Anna sound ridiculous. I was actually nice in giving her 1 star.
Not the audio version of it.
Nothing I'm afraid. She made the book unbearable to finish.
The book would have been great if you had a better narrator.
Redo it with a better narrator and let me try again.
I liked the story line, it was the narration that was upsetting. Nothing against the Ms. Battoe, I have listened to other books she narrated, however this one she needed to sound more maturely innocent rather than teenie-bopper, valley girl.
I will listen to books two and three because I have to complete the series, but hopefully they will at least add a real male voice.
She was too, teenie-bopper, valley-girl. Need a more mature, yet innocent voice and needed a real male voice doing the male parts.
I liked the story line and all of the characters.
This was the first time I downloaded a book without listening or reading the reviews first, lesson learned!
16 year olds ....
Not even worth a conversation ...
The WHINNIE monotone
How did this ever make the best seller list?
Pride and Prejudice; A great love story with a rich man who had to deal with his feelings for a woman that did not come from wealth with a great ending.
Pretty Woman the movie, not the book.
I loved it!!!
The many facets of finding and being in love.
I love this series. It is about romance. As I read this book, I reminisced on my own relationship with my husband. I believe that we all have that special someone that was put here for us and this series was a great reflection for me of the 16 great years of romance from my man. Ladies, if your man hasn't made you feel like you was his reason for living, I recommend that you keep on looking.
The s.x scenes were descriptive but needed so that the reader would have a true understanding of both characters and how their relationship developed. You can always fast forward or skip this part if it is too much for you. I like that the book had so many underlying discussion on topics such as safe s.x, a man being worthy of having to the woman, a man opening the car door, a woman following her dreams. etc.,,
The context of the book was good, but the voice of the narrater ruined the experience for me. It was like listening to a whiney little girl for hours and hours. Very disappointed
Yes...but only with a different narrater
A different voice. Stronger, not so breathy and whiney. Made me want to punish her...
I hope the author didn't pay the narrator for her work. It was truly painful to listen to her. I did not take the time to listen to a sample, as I was on my way out the door to work. I had been reading the novel on my Kindle Fire and thought I could listen on my commute, as the story was simply a good little story, simple, yet, fun. Well, I seriously had to TURN IT OFF it was SO AWFUL. Do not waste you money on this narrator. The narrating is terrible.
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.