Kushiel's Dart or Fingerprints of the Gods
I suppose that the voice matched the character it portrays; childish, vapid, inane. I found the endless stream of email data particulars painful to listen to, and the entire pace slow, dragging me kicking and screaming through a paid credit's worth.
None of the characters were noteworthy. Christian's "dark" side was a joke. Becca's virginal mind laughably unlikely and the various other characters as lacking in depth and dimension as the two protagonists.
After all the hype and titillation of reviews and my friends, I seriously expected something WORTH the talk. This book hasn't got an ounce of human depth and dimension and the "kink" is a joke. In present times when storytellers like Jaqueline Carey can weave a tale so compelling and stunningly written one is bereft reaching the end - of each chapter, each book, but tripe like Fifty Shades of Grey gets the talk simply boggles the mind. If every woman thought she could write a romance novel, this book proves any woman can write about a tame "red room of pain" and get incredible publicity from it. It is an insult to educated readers; there is very little plot, zero character development and the writing is redundant and vacuous.
Mind Blowing Naughtiness
I don't think I've ever read a book like this. I am reminded of Sidney Sheldon's writing and the book Lace I read when I was a teenager but they had nothing on this book!
Her voice is so irritating! It was like listening to my pre-teen daughter read me a sex book! It did get better as the story went on or maybe I just got used to it.
Are you rolling your eyes at me?
I enjoyed this book and so did my husband! I really hate to waste my time reading trashy novels but even though my i.q. went down as each page was read, my sex.q. went up!
There are a few words/phrases that are used to death in this book. "Oh my!" and "Holy Crap" are used every few minutes.
Thank GOD you can adjust the narrator speeds. She is so slow that I need you keep the speed at 2X.
More than I'd keep.
If you want a love story, go get a love story. If you want porn, go get porn. This book is lacking in both.
Even with a most ardent suspension of disbelief, this series is amazing, yet I???m still not sure which of the following reasons impressed me most:
1.That (except for the huge difference in quality) the series should be more fantastically categorized with "Lincoln the Vampire hunter" and more appropriately re-titled " Trixie Beldon and the Marquis de Sade."
2. If a key word search removed "body wash, "oh my" and any references to wardrobes or meals you'd have maybe 25 pages (12 pages if you excluded interior and architecture descriptions).
3. That immature, whiny, annoying and constantly questioning would be attractive to anyone, especially a devastatingly handsome bejillionaire.
4. That anything slightly prurient outweighs a need for (any) literary integrity.
5. That this ever made it beyond the bodice-ripper section.
My biggest fear is that the popular success of this drek will spawn more of the same.
Oh...the narration is the worst by far of hundreds of audio! The worst.
The story and the characters were very well put together.
No. For example when e-mails were going back and forth between characters it was a bit much to hear the to, from, subject, date and time for EVERY e-mail. I believe there was to much repetition in some parts of the book that was unnecessary.
The voice was very whiny in parts and since there was just a female reader the male parts especially when things got hot and heavy didn't match well.
I will read the other two books because I enjoyed the story line but I will not listen to them on tape and I will for sure be skipping over some of the unnecessary/ repetitive writing.
A story line, well developed, believable characters, a plot, good writing: all of these things would have made the story better.
This isn't a story, but simply light porn disguised as a story. The most disappointing thing is that I wasted money.
The narrator's speech is a fad/gimmick accent most commonly associated with teenagers.
The scenes are erotic a bit scary and unbelievable.
If you are looking for an erotic, far fetched fantasy and nothing more, then this is the perfect book. I heard a woman at the spa referred to this piece as a self help book.
Bad narration and an adolescent, immature plot. There were many good reviews about the book and I listened to the first five hours thinking it would have to get better. If the author was hoping to flatter the author of the "Twilight" by imitating the characters, Bella and Edward, she miserably failed. This was fifty shades of bad.
A teenage Helena Bonham Carter
All of them. It would have made for a better plot
This book was a disappointment, there was no plot, no story, mostly sadism and control, the narrartor was bland not good voice to listen to for long time. How this book got on best seller list is a complete mystery to me. It had no ending which was very bad.
No. I did not care for the writing, or the narration.
Come up with her own storyline, rather than write a so-called "erotica" story that so closely mirrors Stephenie Meyers Twilight.
No. I did not care at all for her narration of the male characters.
I purchased this book with one of my monthly credits, due to a little prodding from a friend who had just read the books. As I began listening I was a little surprised and annoyed to discover all the similarities to Stephenie Meyers Twilight. Both set in Washington, the same hair color for the male characters in each, many descriptive qualities, and others. I continued to listen, as my friend kept insisting that I would come to Love Christian. I'm still waiting.
I'm not a prude, but the constant use of the word f--k got old REALLY quickly. It was also unbelievable to me that a virgin would allow herself to get into this kind of "relationship"
The whole thing with the e-mails - subject, date, time, etc - got really, really annoying as well.
Throughout the book, I found myself rolling my eyes often. Should I worry about being spanked for that?
All in all, I was very disappointed with the book. I'm glad I didn't pay for it, but I really wish I would have spent my credit on a book I know I would have enjoyed.
Wife, mom, career woman who loves books!!
Loved the book, narrator was ehh... I loved that it was an easy read for everyone. The story was sweet and sassy and what can I say about my favorite character..."CHRISTIAN" Dreamy!!