I downloaded this book to find out what all the hype was about and it turns out that this is the most horribly written book I have ever read. I hated almost every second of the six chapters I somehow managed to wade through without throwing myself of a bridge, but I kept thinking, maybe if I just keep listening it will get better. But it didn't. I should preface by saying I am sex-positive, love erotic fiction, read Dan Savage all the time, and pro-BDSM. So, my hatred for this book has nothing to do with the subject matter.
I have multiple problems with this book.
1) The writing is horrible. Terrible phrases are overused to the point where it is extremely distracting. Every other sentence Ana is "blushing scarlet" or "flushing beet red", saying "holy crap" or "holy ___" fill in the blank. Christian is always gazing, paralyzing her with his good looks. I started keeping track of overused words but once I hit 18 uses of "blushing" I had to stop reading, it was just too painful.
2) The plot is horrible. The fact that this is a bootleg erotica story based on the Twilight books is so painfully obvious. Ana is clumsy and terrible at sports and falls a lot? Okay.
3) This story paints BDSM in such a stupid, negative light. In reality, you should be having discussions on what each person is into, negotiate the encounter, and there isn't just one person in control doing whatever they want to the submissive.
Really, America? This is what hits the top of the best seller lists?
The books is very poorly written, borderline amateurish. The constant "I flushed" and "Oh my" phrases that inundate the book make it laughable. You could create a drinking game on how many times those phrases come up and you'd be drunk within the first ten pages.The premise is absurd and ridiculous. To believe a billionaire would bother devoting that much time to this single woman is beyond belief. Truly mommy porn.
Remove all the "I flushed" and "Oh my" phrases.
I actually like Becca's performance, she just had extremely bad material to work with.
The sex scenes and the unpredictability of some of the books overall story arc were well done.
Several thousand of my brain cells committed suicide after I finished this book. As my IQ decreased, my enjoyment increased.
The story seemed like it was written by a 15 year old girl. The characters are absolutly unbelievable. The main character was dumber then a box of rocks.
Far too juvenile, maybe even for juveniles.
She sounded like a fifteen year old reading it. Although, no one could make this story worth listening to.
All of them.
I kept listening thinking it had to get better...IT DIDN'T!!!. At one point I contemplated piercing my eardrums with an icepick
I am a 50 plus year old woman and maybe I could have gotten into the story if it hadn't been narrated by a seemingly 12 year old girl. She narrated poorly and sounded entirely too young for the content.
Something maybe nature inspired and adventuresome.
I don't know but certainly someone with more experience and maturity.
Yes, I would recommend for the hopeless romantic to read with a modern twist.
I guess my favorite part of the book is when Ana "drunk dialed him" and he demanded she tell him where she was and she hung up.. Then guess who appears Christian Grey at a time where one of her best friends Jose Roderguez tries to make a move on her and he steps in... That was the first of many nights they would share together.
No this was my first but i like her performance in this series
Loved this book, it's very erotic true but set that aside it is a true love story!
Foodie, sports fan, loves indie and documentaries. A book lover and Grand Puhbah of a bookclub for 5+yrs. A fave is Shadow of The Wind.
The concept was intriguing. Yet, the idea of a mature and experienced man manipulating a young and naive college student slightly disturbed me. Having daughters in that age group, it was hard to have the same overly sexual experience that the soccer moms who giggled behind their book, camouflaged by a book cover at the pool the Summer of 2012. If the story didn't drag on and on enough to drive you mad, the audio will. The narrator sounds like she is a high school girl which just adds to the ick factor. I would not read the sequel. I will see the movie...on DVD. The actor cast as Christian Grey is pretty cute.
If I had made $95 million for writing it.
she did fine
kept me from speeding while driving
The writing is pretty bad - the plot is predictable and the author needs a thesaurus for descriptive words because she uses the same handful of words over and over and over again. The female protagonist is described by other characters as being intelligent, but I fail to see that actually demonstrated in any of the internal monolog; in fact, the dialog throughout the trilogy is much the same--trite. The narration is OK, but I'm not sure if that's because of the narrator or the deficient writing. On the other hand, the love scenes are very tantalizing and plentiful, making the series worthwhile.
I loved the storyline of Ana & Christian and how they each eventually accept each other for who they are.
The relationship of Ana & Christian
I have too many to name just one.
It made me laugh. It was an emotional roller coaster.
The trilogy was amazingly captivating, however not for the closed minded or foe people weak at the knees when it comes to sex. This trilogy was AMAZING I will read them again I also believe every sexually active man should rsad thess so he knows how to please a woman the right way.
My favorite character of course Christian he's so dark at times and so loving and sweet at other times....I wish he wers real.
I don't know that I have a favorits scene. Other then when Ana saves her sizter in law that was a good one.
It made me laugh at many points as Christian is so educated but knows nothing really.
To any who oppose this trilogy just remember back when they wanted huck finn and uncle toms cabin out of libraries this is the world we live in believe it or not. There are play rooms there is bdsm everywhere. Other countries laugh at us for being so prude. Maybe its time to open our eyes. Sex is sex it is what we were designed for.