The story is fabulous...if this is the only way you can "read" this book than you must download because it is a must listen/read. With that said.....the narration of this series is not what I expected.
I'm not sure if the original description of the book was misleading or if I selected it based on the positive national reviews, but I was not prepared for the book. I didn't finish it and perhaps I should have slogged to the end before commenting, but there didn't seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
The narration was better with the remaster, but the original one just emphasized the true nature of the plot and characters. Does using a more mature tone change the real story? That is, a twisted young man preying on an even younger woman. As long as women the same age as Ana are lured into things like legal prostitution and are dominated by men physically and financially, this should be uncomfortable to hear, regardless of who reads it. Any woman who actually thinks this is "romance" needs counseling. And any man who reads this and convinces himself that the average healthy woman awaits their Christian Gray is mistaken.
The narration is horrible. It's like listening to a middle school girl read aloud. When she tries to "be" the male characters it's close to laughable. Really, really disappointing.
Note: I TRIED to listen to. Holy moly, how on earth did this girl get a PAID job reading this book? I felt like I had an 1980's Valley Girl whining in my ear. After an hour, I had to pull the plug. Then I saw it was remastered, and I thought GREAT now I can get what I paid for! Not! Same HORRIBLE narrator. Mind you, I could do no better. But assuredly, no worse. I feel completely ripped off. Shame Recorded Books did not have the production rights, I hear it is a great book. I read nonfiction, I listen to fiction. Guess I will die without
"audio-reading" this one.
ONLY if a new narrator is hired.
Audible: Please protect me from wasting my hard earned money. I want a credit on this defective product.
I think if her vocabulary would have been better? I didn't like how she said "oh my" all the time.
wasn't for me
I gave this one a try just to see what all the fuss was about. I had difficulty taking the book seriously because if it wasn't the terrible dialogue that made me want to bang my head against the desk, it was the horrible voices that made me bust out laughing. The male characters sounded silly, and the female characters sounded like dimwitted sorority girls.
I'm trying to think about that. As long as she doesn't have to mimic a man's voice, perhaps.
Eye exercise - i.e. I rolled my eyes, A LOT!
I sighed - but not from the "lusty" scenes. I sighed in exasperation from the silliness of this story.
Holy Crap - there's going to be a movie and additional book(s) in this series. My Inner Goddess --- laughs at this ridiculousness.
I get folks want to read erotica but the controlling aspect of this book really made me feel like this bordered on a tale of domestic violence. The domineering nature of the male character paired with the insecure partner was very off putting. The book would have been better with a more equal partnership.
James could have written a story with less manipulation and control and more equality.
I found the book itself disturbing and if that was the aim then her performance was excellent.
Anger that this type of relationship is being glorified in a book but also perhaps hope in that its popularity seems to say that the readers have not experienced domestic violence in their life. Why else would it be so popular??
If you are looking for erotica, I am sure there are plenty of juicy reads out there. I would pass on this one as the relationship between the characters is controlling and manipulative.
No to both. The story never turned into anything but porn. The story was just sex over and over. Becca Battoe is just terrible as a narrator. She just made it sound like a dumb girl making stupid choices. So. Annoying.
The story never formed into anything entertaining.
She just sounded like a dumb valley girl.
The book was terrible and the girl reading it just made it 10 times worse.
The writing was simply bad and the reader did not help. I suppose if you are looking for something written at a fourth grade level, you will appreciate this. If you are looking for something with any intellectual quality, you should look elsewhere. I decided to give this a chance because of positive reviews on NPR. While driving, I listened up to the part when she is at work and the 'brilliant & gorgeous' man shows up (somewhere around 1.5 hours). The narrator's ridiculous voices for the masculine roles didn't help. After that, I pulled off the highway to find anything else to listen to because the pain was excruciating.
no... I accidentally bought two books and wouldn't think of trying to finish the first. Total waste of time and money. I want my money back...
no. She sounded ridiculous, particularly when she read the masculine dialogue.
Annoyance, disappointment and pain.