There are some really good erotica readers out there, this narrator was so bad it detracted from the story. Random house needs to rerelease this book with a new narrator and offer those of us stuck with this version a free download of it!
Hands down this was the worst narrator I've ever heard. It almost makes me never want to listen to another book. She's like a "valley girl" from the 80s and her "male" voice is comical. This is turning out to be a comedy, and I'm pretty sure the author didn't intend for that!
A completely different narrator.
Yes. I find it a compelling story that engaged me emotionally. Despite its popular reputation, this is a novel focusing on a relationship and its complexities, rather than a sex story that only incidentally seeks to understand its characters' feelings and motivations. At its heart Fifty Shades is a story of redemption. This book and its sequel form a single whole, with an ending that is satisfying. Several sections remind me of my favorite scenes in Pride and Prejudice.
Christian Grey was my favorite character. He's the classic hero -- honest, well-intentioned, courageous, caring -- with a fatal flaw. We come to know him as well as we do Ana, even though the tale is told in her voice.
I enjoyed Ms. Battoe's rendition. As some of the other reviewers noted, she sounds young, but that's in keeping with the twenty year old character she portrays. Her narration gave me more of a sense that I know Ana that I would get from simply reading the book.
It made me smile -- and I found myself going back to my favorite parts, none of which were the sex scenes.
The first two books form a single story, one that feels like a classic (rather than a modern) romance. The third book is more in the form of a "further adventures of. . ." addition, fun but not as deeply involving. Don't be put off by the sadomasochistic aspects of the story. They add a frisson of titillation, but they're only central to the story in that they provide a barrier that the two main characters must overcome in order to reach the satisyfing conclusion.
I'm a librarian. I listen to a book of some kind almost every night. I'm not devoted to any category but SciFi/Fantasy is my favorite.
I listened to it while traveling to Canada and back and it was great for my long plane rides and long bus rides. The story was engaging. I barely noticed the other people around me because I was so engrossed in what was happening.
The story isn't some earth-shattering classic but it's fun. Christian and Anastasia have a relationship that made me want to learn what happens next. It's a beach read.
So at first, I hated the narration. Hated. It. But then it grew on me, I think that as the story went along she became more mature sounding. She certainly became more mature acting, ahem.
No, just no. No movie.
I loved this book...it took me a few chapters to get into it, but I will definately get the next one. The only negative to listening to it on audio is that the voices are all done by the same person and then there is 'erotic' dialogue and it sounds silly. But that's it. Other than that, I would recommend.
Very diverse person who enjoys good books.
I really like the story, but I don't care much for the woman who is reading it. I think it could be better if they had found a different person. But I would say, go ahead and listen to at least book #1 and see if her voice does not bother you. I am funny about the sounds of people's voices, so I may be pickier than most.
From E L James, yes. From Becca Battle, never.
I think she is the same girl who did the opening lines for "Baby Got Back".
Every time I hear "Oh My" in that Valley Girl accent I have the reaction of nausea.
The story is great, but I can't focus on it or take it seriously due to the terrible narrating. Her Valley Girl accent is so annoying, it would be perfect for comedy but is ridiculous for this story. My husband and I are listening to it in the car and are choking through it for the sake of the story. Do not buy this audio book, just buy the book.
Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
I would definitely recommend this to my straight friends. Especially men. (No, we're not all looking for Christian Grey. Or interested in BDSM. But interested in imagination, yes!)
Don't think my gay friends would get anything out of this except a good laugh at the too liberal use of the clichés and startling metaphors.So, don't drive while listening to this.
You'll laugh out loud at some of the descriptions (did she actually wipe her lips off her face??? if so, where are they - on the floor???).
You'll be annoyed - 'disorientated' is not a word, ladies, and I don't have the print version to know if it was the author or narrator. Someone's editor was asleep, either way!
You'll also squirm at some pretty okay porn. Oh, I'm sorry, erotica. I don't want to ruin the suspense by describing it, but this predictable plot is worth it for the erotica. Even if the erotica always reaches its predictable end.
E.L. James is no Anais Nin, but Nin's use of flowery language and eupehmisms were a necessity when she wrote. Nin's voice was self-censored for her time. E.L. James has the freedom Nin never had, and she puts it to good use.
E.L. James writes erotica for the 21st Century woman, and lack of an editor aside (and much too liberal use of cut and paste), she's important for opening a popular, public door on a genre long hidden in bookstores with plywood windows, next door to liquor stores open all night, and late night computer sessions, with all of the lights out.
Yes, went for the 20% discount on three credits that's good till the end of the month and purchased the last two.
On the erotic part - sometimes I could hear the blush and stumble in the narrator's voice, even when the character was doing neither. When people say the erotic things that Christian and Anastasia were saying to each other, their inflection changes - their voice drops and gets husky, and their pace is more measured and careful. The erotica is narrated in a tone you could overhear in a grocery store produce section from someone asking about the benefits of organice versus natural apples. It's a seduction, not a grocery list!
Since I went from Sinclair's "Main Street", narrated by Brian Emerson to "50 Shades of Grey", the intrusiveness of the narrator was especially jarring. I got used to the narrator after about an hour, and stopped wondering how old she was and how she got into the audio book busness, and I was able to just listen to the story.
How many stars are fighting over the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steel?
I would listen to this book again, again and again. I do not understand all the bad reviews about narration. I loved it and thought it was great. I could stop listening. Just finished second book and have to talk myself into going to bed and start the third one tomorrow morning.
Oh my.... My favorite character... CHRISTIAN GREY of course :) But Anna is great as well.
Too many scenes. But most favorite phrase no doubt is "Laters baby!"
I cried, I laughed, I went into deep thoughts, I imagined, I was so into this book that sometimes had to pinch myself to realize that I was listening to a book and it's not my life :( :))
Five thumbs up!
The fantasy, taking me to a place I would never have gone sexually...I liked too, that it was erotic, with out getting into real s & m...that I could not have endured.
The development of the relationship
I thought the performance was well done.
It made me dream!!!
Can't wait to get the next one~